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Accelerate YOUR growth with our startup PR

1284START makes quality comms affordable.

  • Boost your new business PR narrative
  • Position yourself for opportunities
  • Get results-led publicity, networking and awards
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Maximise your impact from product launches, profile-raising activity, and funding rounds with 1284’s specialised startup PR service.

We know the challenges and opportunities faced by startups and CICs.

Our communication strategies experienced media professionals help you influence your target audience and amplify your brand.

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Michael Smith Switchgear logoHQ RECORDING STUDIOMenphys Charity LogoPukaar Group logoACT Medical logoThe People Deal logoTzuka logoWorth-it Positive Education logoWillsow Book Makers logoER Recruitment logo
Michael Smith Switchgear logoHQ RECORDING STUDIOMenphys Charity LogoPukaar Group logoACT Medical logoThe People Deal logoTzuka logoWorth-it Positive Education logoWillsow Book Makers logoER Recruitment logo
Michael Smith Switchgear logoHQ RECORDING STUDIOMenphys Charity LogoPukaar Group logoACT Medical logoThe People Deal logoTzuka logoWorth-it Positive Education logoWillsow Book Makers logoER Recruitment logo
Michael Smith Switchgear logoHQ RECORDING STUDIOMenphys Charity LogoPukaar Group logoACT Medical logoThe People Deal logoTzuka logoWorth-it Positive Education logoWillsow Book Makers logoER Recruitment logo
Michael Smith Switchgear logoHQ RECORDING STUDIOMenphys Charity LogoPukaar Group logoACT Medical logoThe People Deal logoTzuka logoWorth-it Positive Education logoWillsow Book Makers logoER Recruitment logo
Michael Smith Switchgear logoHQ RECORDING STUDIOMenphys Charity LogoPukaar Group logoACT Medical logoThe People Deal logoTzuka logoWorth-it Positive Education logoWillsow Book Makers logoER Recruitment logo
Michael Smith Switchgear logoHQ RECORDING STUDIOMenphys Charity LogoPukaar Group logoACT Medical logoThe People Deal logoTzuka logoWorth-it Positive Education logoWillsow Book Makers logoER Recruitment logo
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Establishing your credibility

Building a public profile requires effective PR strategy that resonates with your target audience and develops brand recognition.

Fast-growing startups need professional comms that amplify high-quality stories consistent with your mission and values. 

Content builds credibility with influencers, at events, and through awards - forming the relationships you need with partners, media, and your market.

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We needed to improve digital marketing to increase leads for a new product.

1284 helped us complete two stages of a detailed grant application that won us £30,000 of expert support.

We gained an SEO audit, user journey overhaul, new analytics and data capture which trebled leads and brought in new national and international business.

Liz Robson-Kelly

Liz Robson-Kelly
Founder
Worth-It Positive Education CIC

Our startup experience

TRYING YOUR OWN PR? GET OUR FREE GUIDE

Productive PR for SMEs is packed with ideas to help East Midlands small businesses plan and deliver their own campaigns. Its 28 pages include templates for how to:

  • plan a strategy;
  • shape a narrative;
  • put together a press release;
  • approach journalists;
  • make your content work harder.

The handbook also lists email addresses for dozens of regional news outlets - as well as a host of local awards events for you to enter.

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Building your brand

Startups build brands through storytelling and messaging that ties their strategy, mission, and values to their audience's interests and pain points.

Content marketing through email outreach, thought leadership, and visual storytelling underpin brand awareness and attract leads.

Through consistent, clear, and compelling messaging, we help your startup build customer trust and authority in your field.

Here's how
Leicester Innovation Festival

Tzuka approached 1284 after we were put forward for three awards.

As these were our first award nominations, we wanted help in ensuring that our brand and achievements were effectively communicated. We also wanted to ensure we were clear in meeting specific category criteria.

Tzuka won two and came runner-up in the third.

Tom Jelliffe, Founder and MD, Tzuka

Tom Jelliffe
Founder and MD
Tzuka

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Growing your network

Networking is critical startup success - and strategic communication is central to helping you win the professional connections that matter most.

You use trade shows, conferences, and other events to connect with industry, investors, and customers.

We support with strategic email, social media engagement, and PR initiatives to help you identify decision-makers and connect with them purposefully.

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OUR ASK OF YOU

1284START works by providing highly efficient Public Relations. This enables us to pass savings on to you. Therefore, it is only available to startups that fit within our framework. Call us if you are:

  • Located and operating in the East Midlands
  • Registered at Companies House
  • Developing an innovative product or service
  • Have been trading less than three years
  • Have annual turnover or funding of less than £250k
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