Getting your innovation closer to business
Helping universities meet enterprise goals.
1284 works with several universities, offering an independent perspective on business innovation and communications.
As well as developing and leading comms for university incubators, we provide them with media training, and guest lecturing.
Our senior media leaders also support with media relations, journalism, and small business communications.
Loughborough Business School was commissioned by a national industry association to deliver a series of one-day courses.
1284 was invited to provide a guest lecture as part of our Effective Stakeholder Engagement and Management course, hosted in Loughborough, Glasgow and London.
Feedback showed delegates appreciated real life examples and suggestions, gaining theoretical and practical aspects, and being equipped with practical steps that could be implemented in their own work.
Dr Kate Broadhurst
Lecturer in Innovation and Strategy
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1284 works with enterprise teams at several East Midlands universities on developing meaningful relationships with local small businesses.
We are experienced in bridging the gap between research and SME leaders, as well as bringing established business leaders onto campus.
We are comfortable in complex stakeholder networks, offering comprehensive, brand-safe content for universities to make useful approaches to employers in language they understand.
Graduate startups and research spinouts need to make an impression as they establish.
1284 provides corporate communications to higher education innovators, including commercialisation projects and social entrepreneurs. We offer tailored solutions, including thought leadership, case studies and content strategy.
We also support with bid-writing, securing tens of thousands of pounds of grant funding for some of the most innovative businesses in our region.
We look for experts from journalism, marketing, and PR to enhance students' experience and provide industry advice.
1284 has features on a number of occasions, providing practical advice and guidance during lectures.
Students benefited from a host of useful tips on writing engaging content, preparing press releases, designing magazines, and careers in the media.
Feedback from students has been outstanding. They have produced better work as a result of 1284’s input.
Senior Lecturer in Journalism
University of Derby
Our founder George Oliver is an Entrepreneur-in Residence at the University of Leicester.
He and several other successful entrepreneurs and senior-level executives assist students, alumni and staff with their business projects through the School of Business and Leicester Innovation Hub.
George is also Comms Lead for LUinc. - Loughborough University’s incubator - and a member of the Eagle Lab working group based at De Montfort University’s Innovation Centre.
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:
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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