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Cotswold Life EMI Awards 2016

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Over 450 joined Cotswold Life at Cheltenham Racecourse, flying the flag for regional manufacturing, engineering and innovation excellence, at the second Cotswold Life Engineering Manufacturing Innovation Awards

The Cotswold Life EMI Awards celebrates a thriving industry across Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and Worcestershire. There is no other single awards ceremony that comprehensively celebrates and showcases the diversity of manufacturing in the Cotswolds. Representatives from some of the largest national manufacturing and engineering support organisations joined Cotswold Life to showcase the breadth and depth of innovation and skills here.

The 2016 awards evening got off to a fantastic start when over 450 guests entered the room to see an aeroplane suspended high above the dinner tables. The incredible Electroflight P1, based at Stroud, has been designed by a team led by Roger Targett and is powered by high performance electric motors. Designed to set world records for an electric aircraft the Electroflight P1 is showcasing true engineering ambition demonstrating future potential for “green energy” aircraft design.  Also on show was a Formula Student Car brought to us by four students from Oxford Brookes Racing, of Oxford Brookes University one of the best universities for motorsport engineering in the world.

The second highlight of the evening was keynote speaker Lord Paul Drayson whose inspirational speech celebrated the Cotswolds as a hotbed of design and manufacturing capability. Lord Drayson has developed successful businesses in food manufacturing, bioscience and motorsport research and development, and served as a Minister in the British Government, first in the Department of Defence and then in Science and Innovation.

Each of the 100 Awards entries offered an impressive insight into what is happening across this sector. Manufacturing is embedded in this region. It employs and trains tens of thousands and offers fantastic opportunities to anyone with ambition and drive. All the 2016 finalists and winners showcased manufacturing brilliance and collective ambition. The judging panel were impressed with the quality of nominations and the truly inspiring innovation happening within Cotswold companies.

The Isaac Partnership proudly sponsored Exporter of the Year for the second time, with Director Chris Isaac presenting the prize to Batten & Allen, who just edged out the other finalists, Advanced Insulation and Delphi Diesel Systems.

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Local Marketing Company Launches into Space with MIT Contract

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Stonehouse-based marketing and design agency the Isaac Partnership have won a prestigious contract to deliver the internet marketing strategy and website for one of the top professors at MIT in Massachusetts USA, Sara Seager, Professor of Planetary Science and Physics.

As Christopher Isaac, Creative Director explains “One of our existing engineering clients, Omnitrack, who manufacture specialist ball units for the aerospace industry, put our name forward for the web design and development project and, despite competing with MIT’s existing suppliers, we secured the contract to deliver the digital strategy that will explore the scientific journey and discovery of exoplanets, earth-like planets that are suitable for human habitation.”

The Isaac Partnership presented a series of concepts, bringing together interstellar imagery with an interface and user journey that reflected the boundary-pushing scope of Sara’s work and institutional heritage of MIT.

“The first stage design work captures the excitement and has a unique feel and I’m definitely enthusiastic about working with The Isaac Partnership” commented Sara.

“It’s made me feel so proud to be part of the amazing voyage of discovery and to know that thousands of people around the world will see our work” continued Chris, “It’s great to be able to say we’re an accredited vendor to MIT, I think it gives a sense of the scale of our work and reassures our clients that they are getting a truly world-class service.”

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Export Sales Rise Due To New Packaging Designs

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Lister Shearing, based in Stonehouse, started manufacturing shearing equipment back in 1909. Today Lister products continue to be designed and manufactured in the UK and are exported to over 60 countries. The business engaged the Isaac Partnership marketing agency in Stonehouse halfway through last year to come up with a new strategy for their product marketing.

Lister has an enviably well recognised brand in the shearing world,€ explained Chris Isaac, Creative Director of the Isaac Partnership. The range includes equipment for all levels of user and types. The problem lay in the very traditional look and feel of the brand. With more and more younger upwardly mobile shearers working in agriculture we had to go back to what made the products great and re-engage with a younger audience. We called this market segment the €˜Hunter Wellies Brigade€™. Lister products were appearing as something that your father or your grandfather would use. By introducing fresh colours and streamlining the look of the products on the packaging we were able to create something new in the shearing world that nobody else had seen, and re-establish the brand as a leader in the market.€

Simon Freegard, Global Sales Manager at Lister Shearing commented We had struggled on with the same packaging for nearly ten years and our products were feeling dated, despite continuing to make innovations in the product design and manufacturing. By engaging with the Isaac Partnership to redesign our packaging we created new interest in the market and got retailers really excited about our products again. We can clearly see the correlation between the new product brand & packaging strategy and the sales increase in all territories. We are now working on a number of exciting new projects and are looking forward to even more success€

We really value British manufacturers and love helping them to create better marketing and packaging€ continued Chris. Since the start of this year we have already completed marketing campaigns in over 20 countries and are in the process of developing a multi language, multi currency ecommerce site for another Gloucestershire manufacturer.€

To celebrate Export is Great Week we are offering manufacturing and engineering firms in Gloucestershire a free 1 hour Marketing, Branding & Packaging Review.€

For more information or to book your review please email alex@isaacpartnership.co.uk.

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BB-8 is helping Isaac Partnership search for a new apprentice at Gloucestershire SkillsFest

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We are thrilled to be attending Gloucestershire Skillsfest on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th March at The Growth Hub, Oxstalls Campus, University of Gloucestershire. Skillsfest is a free event for ambitious school leavers, students or for anyone just looking to explore exciting career options. It provides an insight into a fantastic range of career opportunities with the chance to test out some of your skills with have a go activities.

We will be there to answer your questions and to talk about a few of the projects that we have been working on, from developing websites and branding, to marketing strategies and PR. There is also a chance for you to have a go at web programming with our newest member of the team, BB-8. Show us your programming skills by directing BB-8 through a small maze without him getting stuck at a dead end. If you can manage to get him from one side of the maze to the other, then you might just be the person we are looking for.

BB-8 will be helping us in our search for an enthusiastic web programming/development apprentice to join our growing team. We are looking for a school or college leaver with strong maths skills, in particular algebra, who enjoys problem solving and puzzles. The ideal apprentice will be a logical thinker with an eye for detail, a knack for lateral thinking and able to work well in a team and by themselves. Any knowledge or experience in computing at GCSE or A-Level is a plus. This is the perfect opportunity for someone with a keen interest in web programming to learn and develop new skills.

So come down, have a chat and see if you can get BB-8 through the maze. We look forward to seeing you there.

For more information and to register to attend, visit www.glosskillsfest.co.uk

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Isaac Partnership proud to sponsor the EMI Awards 2016

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Last year the Isaac Partnership sponsored the Exporter of the Year category at the Cotswold Life Engineering, Manufacturing & Innovation Awards and are proud to be sponsoring Exporter of The Year a second time. Last year€™s awards were a fantastic celebration of Gloucestershire€™s manufacturing and engineering industry and we were proud to sponsor a category with so many incredible nominees.

Gloucestershire is an amazing county for engineering and manufacturing€ commented Creative Director, Chris Isaac. We€™ve been supporting businesses in this industry for more than a decade, working with national names like Stanley and BAE Systems, through to amazing local manufacturers like Lister Shearing and Omnitrack.€

The great thing about working with engineers and manufacturers is that they€™re always innovating. We only work with one solicitors practice, one accountancy business, one school, to avoid any conflict of interest. But with engineering, there€™s no competition, just great businesses and a great community working to make amazing things.€

Last night marked the official launch of the 2016 awards with an amazing launch event held at Dean Close School.

It€™s great to sit among such an esteemed set of sponsors like Omega, Lockton, Gloucestershire College, Grundon, Oxford Brookes, Land Rover Experience, Quolux, Bruton Knowles, Total, and headline sponsors BPE Solicitors.€

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Isaac Partnership client UKPS named in the Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100

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2015 Fast Track 100 logoThe Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 league table ranks Britain’s 100 private companies with the fastest-growing sales over their latest three years. UK Power Solutions, The Utility Connection Company are delighted to announce that they have placed 29th on the list.

UKPS are one of the UK’s leading independent electrical utilities providers, connecting residential, commercial, mixed use, and renewable energy projects. They deliver a turnkey project, working closely with their customers to provide them with the right technical and commercial solution. Their dedicated team of experienced and knowledgeable engineers manage projects from the initial customer enquiry through to design, construction, energisation and the final adoption of their network, delivering projects on time and to budget.

We’d like to thank the entire UKPS team, said Operations Director Nick Wright. Everyone has been working incredibly hard to get the company to where it is today and this recognition of that effort and achievement is amazing. When we first heard we were on the list, we felt incredibly proud of the company we’re even prouder to break the top 30.

UKPS have grown exceptionally quickly in the last three years, and continue to do so. This year has seen UKPS take on more staff to deliver their growth; the company now employees 140 people and has opened a dedicated sales, design and project management office in London cementing their place as one of the leading providers of electrical connections in the country.

This has been a milestone year for us in many ways, said Brian Cooke, Sales Director. Our placing on this list is a great way to end 2015 and we’re excited to lead the company on to further success in the new year.

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Engineering, Manufacturing & Innovation Awards

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The Isaac Partnership is proud to sponsor the Cotswold Life EMI Awards 2015. The EMI’s are putting engineering and manufacturing in the spotlight” commented Chris Isaac, Creative Director of The Isaac Partnership, “We value association with the awards because we help brand and market products manufactured in Gloucestershire. We€™re blessed with a diverse range of innovations, from medical tools to aerospace technologies and everything in-between.”

The Isaac Partnership are sponsoring the Export category at the first ever Cotswold Life Engineering, Manufacturing & Innovation Awards, the Cotswold Life EMI Awards. The awards will champion and showcase the Cotswolds€™ established, successful and growing manufacturing sector. The black-tie awards ceremony on September 17th will be attended by the good, great and the entrepreneurial from across the region’s manufacturing industry.

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Dursley Sports Complex Turf Cutting Ceremony

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On the 15th of September, The Isaac Partnership helped officially begin £1.7 million building work to transform Dursley’s pool into a fully fledged leisure centre. Pool manager Angela Gillingham, leader of Stroud District Council Geoff Wheeler and mayor of Dursley Clare Nelmes attended a turf-cutting ceremony at Dursley Pool on Tuesday to officially commence the work.

The Isaac Partnership is currently helping Dursley Sports Complex with marketing strategy as well as branding of the interior of the building.

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Randall & Payne Host Gloucester Business Awards Finalist’s Reception

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The Isaac Partnership recently provided photography and social media support for Randall & Payne at their reception for the sponsors and finalists of the Gloucester Business Awards. The Isaac Partnership’s marketing strategy for Randall & Payne includes up to date content marketing, including live-tweeting events such as the Finalist’s Reception.  Randall & Payne also have an in-house magazine, In Focus, produced by The Isaac Partnership, where the photos from the evening will appear.