We use SLT experience in business and media to help innovative people and organisations communicate effectively.
What We Do
1284 is a strategic communication agency. It works in PR, media relations, corporate comms and digital marketing. Our network spans multiple sectors in Leicester, Leicestershire and the wider East Midlands. Our clients are innovative people and organisations of all sizes. Our approach is considered, effective and discreet.
Relationships are important to us. We value trust. Clients range from social enterprises, tech start-ups and founder-led SMEs through to large public organisations. 1284 purposefully uses trial periods to give clients confidence from the outset about ROI. 100% of clients who have taken a trial have gone on to retain our services.
We take a keen interest in higher education and regional business networks. We are members of the CMI and the CIPR, as well as the East Midlands Chamber and the Federation of Small Businesses. 1284 works in measurable outcomes, has years of SLT experience, an extensive network across the UK, and is qualified to Master's level in business leadership.
How We Work
Honest relationships and collaboration are fundamental to good outcomes. Our clients like to make informed decisions. We provide them with practical options and frank advice to do so. We are signatories of the codes of conduct of the CIPR and CMI.
We have decades of SLT-level experience in digital and print news media in Leicestershire and the East Midlands. Our services range from strategic communication and PR to content marketing and media relations. We are members of the East Midlands Chamber and the FSB.
We are interested in the stories of innovative SMEs, graduate startups, social enterprises and public organisations implementing change. Fundamentally, we are interested in people with purpose. We mentor at Leicester Startups and are members of the Loughborough Enterprise Network.
Who We Are
George Oliver is director of 1284. He is an experienced news executive with understanding of the media landscape in Leicestershire and beyond.
George was made editor of the Leicester Mercury and LeicestershireLive at 36 and served from 2016 to 2020. Its online audience trebled during the period.
George was digital editor at The Gazette and TeessideLive from 2013 to 2016 as it became one of the three fastest-growing regional newspaper websites in the UK.
George is a member of the CIPR and a CIM-qualified marketer. He has an MSc in Strategic Leadership from the School of Business and Economics at Loughborough University.
1284's associates include executives and leaders with decades of experience in media, business and politics and comprehensive networks both in the East Midlands and across the UK.