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Corporate communications for people leading change

You're a uni startup looking to win funding. Or a founder-led SME looking to increase media coverage. We communicate messages that help you grow.

1284 is a communications and PR agency based in Loughborough. It was founded by George Oliver in 2020 and works with innovative people and organisations, often during periods of change.

We help our clients with strategic and tactical planning of their:

  • corporate comms

  • PR

  • media relations

  • stakeholder engagement

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We told Leicestershire Business Voice about our purpose, opportunities and challenges

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Media background

1284 associates have decades of SLT experience from editing newspapers. As well as business growth activity, this includes digital transformation and other major change programmes.

Our purpose

To use our knowledge, skills and strategic communication experience to the advantage of 1284 clients as their people lead change and grow.


Our approach is based on traditional journalism skills (such as concision, clarity and network management) combined with strategic leadership theory. As such, our work is underpinned by 1284's DID framework of three key principles:

  • Delivery

  • Integrity

  • Discretion

What we offer

Our people work as part of our client's team. Whether it be social enterprises, tech startups, founder-led SMEs or large public organisations (such as councils), we build strong relationships by being visible and alongside your people.

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We told Loughborough University the story behind our name - and why we chose to work from LUSEP

Our clients

Our people work as part of our client's team. These may be social enterprises, tech startups, founder-led SMEs or large public organisations (such as councils). We build strong relationships by being visible and approachable for you and your people.

Qualifications and accreditations

1284 is a member of the Chartered Institute for Public Relations (CIPR) and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). We are also members of the East Midlands Chamber and Leicestershire Business Voice. As well as leadership-level media experience, our people have a number of relevant qualifications, including:

  • MSc Strategic Leadership

  • CMI Chartered Manager

  • CIPR Diploma in Public Affairs

  • CMI Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership

  • CMI Diploma in Professional Consulting

  • CIM Certificate in Professional Digital Marketing

  • NCTJ National Certificate for Reporters

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PR agency 1284 is a CIPR member

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We use industry software to measure impact across print, broadcast and digital media.

Based in Leicestershire

1284 was founded in the summer of 2020 by former Leicester Mercury editor George Oliver. It provides corporate communications to clients across Leicester, Leicestershire and the East Midlands. This includes internal and external material as well as public campaigns.

Across the East Midlands

Our associates have led large regional media titles across the East Midlands and nationwide. This includes content and oversight for titles including:

  • Leicester Mercury & LeicestershireLive

  • Nottingham Post & NottinghamshireLive

  • Derby Telegraph & DerbyshireLive

  • The Sentinel & StokeonTrentLive

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Our network of media contacts stretches across the East Midlands and beyond. 

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Holywell Building
Loughborough University

Science and Enterprise Park
LE11 3UZ

01509 412899

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