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Creative Mansfield business to work on flagship project

Posted onPosted on 7th May

Creative marketing agency Linney is to lead a branding campaign for a flagship Mansfield project.

Destination Mansfield is one of the Towns Fund projects to benefit from a £12.3m government-funded allocation, and aims to promote the district as a great area to live, work, and visit.

The vision was outlined in a new strategy, Make it in Mansfield, which was launched last November and was developed by Mansfield Place Board, an alliance of local leaders, businesses, and other organisations.

Linney will be responsible for creating the brand identity, the narrative that promotes Mansfield as a place to live, work, and visit, as well as working with focus groups to develop concepts and manage the launch of the campaign — all promoting Mansfield in a positive light.

The 10-year Make it in Mansfield strategy sets out priorities for ensuring Mansfield is a place ‘where everyone can make it in life’ under four themes:

Build thriving communities so that people can be confident and ambitious, believe in a positive future, and be proud of Mansfield.
Create opportunities for all by ensuring people have the right skills and can access well-paid local jobs.
Grow a vibrant economy by supporting local businesses to grow and attracting new ones to the district.
Enjoy a happy life where local people are supported to be healthy and active.

John Kay, co-director at Linney, said: “As a sixth-generation Mansfield business, we’re proud of our town and excited about its potential. Linney’s Mansfield story dates back to the 1850s, when we opened a bookshop in the town centre.

“Today more than 1,300 of us work on a 45-acre Adamsway site, delivering marketing services for international brands.

“We know that Mansfield, with its rich manufacturing heritage and location at the heart of the UK, has played a key role in our success. Mansfield has a proud past and a positive future, and we’re excited about the opportunity to support a community that so many of us live and work in.

“It makes it even more special to know that Linney people working on this project will directly benefit from it.”

Andrew Cropley, chairman of the Mansfield Place Board, and principal and chief executive of West Nottinghamshire College, added: “We are thrilled to have reached another milestone in the delivery of the Destination Mansfield project.

“Linney is a fantastic Mansfield success story, so to have them on board delivering this campaign that highlights the district in a positive light is a perfect match.

“The tender panel were massively impressed by Linney’s extensive knowledge on how to develop brands, their understanding of the local area, and the insight they have on what local people and businesses want. They bring a huge amount of creativity about how best to position Mansfield now and in the future.”

Make it in Mansfield is designed to inform the strategies of all major local organisations, including priorities for future investment by both the public sector and businesses.