1284 and its associates are experienced media, policy and business leaders. 1284 clients span the private, public and non-profit sectors. Together, we write stories which influence change in large general audiences and small targeted groups.
We work with graduate startups, research spinouts, founder-led SMEs, social entrepreneurs, universities and public authorities. Our clients operate in various sectors.
1284 works with both innovation communities and organisations that fund them. We give honest opinions based on extensive experience and wide professional qualifications. We value diligence, transparency and curiosity.
We work collaboratively, discretely and responsively alongside your own people. Our associates have managed hundreds of projects and people. Your long-term success is more likely if we share our experience with your people. So we do.
Our objective is to deliver your message clearly and concisely to the right audience at the right time. We provide tailored consultancy - whether you employ one person or one thousand. We do not do one-size-fits-all.
Public relations and media relations
Our professional experience, responsiveness and reliability has resulted in broad networks across business and media. We offer strategic options in public relations, media relations and stakeholder relations as you tell your story.
Our tactical PR and media services include:
We have led established, public-facing brands which engage with large regional audiences. Our associates know that communication is about more than simply saying something is the case. We work to integrate your strategic objectives across all of your communications, whether it be through an email to the team or a timely tweet.
Our tactical activity includes:
editing strategic documents
designing annual reports
internal change comms
1284 specialises in innovation and change. Our associates have led dozens of organisational transformation projects, both in the public and private sectors. As well as the startups who are designing the future, we work with the organisations which facilitate them. These include regional development agencies, universities, co-working spaces and investors.
Covering the East Midlands
We are based in Loughborough and work across the East Midlands. Although our core geographic area is Leicestershire, we have established networks extending across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. In addition, our many years leading regional newspapers mean that our connections in the media run across the UK.
Our founder George Oliver
1284 founder George Oliver is a Chartered PR Practitioner and a Chartered Manager. He was the Leicester Mercury editor from 2016 to 2020. George led the title’s transformation to digital-first publishing and co-founded the LeicestershireLive Innovation Awards. Our associates have decades of leadership and strategic experience in media, public affairs, research and business management.
1284 and its clients value diligence, transparency and curiosity. By being approachable, down-to-earth and responsive with our clients and their people, we add further value by increasing their teams' understanding of the why - not just the how.