1284 is a PR agency in Loughborough
Offices on the LUSEP campus at Loughborough University
Although based in Loughborough, 1284 works across Leicestershire and the wider East Midlands. We also have associates who specialise in providing PR and communications services in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, as well as in other regions across the UK.
Public relations services
We were founded in 2020. Prior to that, our founder George Oliver spent 15 years as a journalist. He worked from reporter through to SLT level and is now a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR). George also holds a Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) professional qualification in digital marketing from Loughborough College. Our services draw on that professional and academic experience in working with clients from across Leicestershire. Services may typically include:
Social media writing
1284’s Loughborough PR clients are based in or around the town. Others are located in Leicester and other parts of the county. Our clients range from graduate startups through to large public organisations, social enterprises through to founder-led businesses. Clients typically come to 1284 because they trust us to provide a thoughtful but effective service. They also appreciate our wide range of contacts across our Leicestershire audience and beyond.
Loughborough news experience
Our founder George Oliver was the editor of the Leicester Mercury newspaper from 2016 to 2020. As such, he was also indirectly responsible for the Loughborough Echo and the Hinckley Times. George was editor at the launch of LeicestershireLive in 2017 and also co-founded the LeicestershireLive Innovation Awards.
Loughborough University campus
1284 is based in the Holywell Building on the Loughborough University Science and Enterprise (LUSEP) campus in north Leicestershire. LUSEP is part of the Loughborough and Leicester Science and Innovation Enterprise Zone. Other sites in the cluster include the Charnwood Campus, also in Loughborough, and the Waterside development in Leicester. Although based in Loughborough, 1284 operates across the county and the wider East Midlands.
Loughborough Enterprise Network
The selection of 1284’s office was made carefully so as to be at the heart of the county's innovation community. We are part of the Loughborough Enterprise Network and George studied enterprise and innovation as part of his MSc at Loughborough University’s School of Business and Economics. We take a close interest in Leicestershire’s innovation scene and provide pro bono support for selected graduate startups. George is also a mentor for Leicester Startups.