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The Open University

The Future is Open - a bold new brand platform for The UK's largest university - comes to life in every channel and touchpoint for a brand even more relevant today than at any time in its 53-year history. This significant body of work, devised by a trio of Havas agencies, spans everything from fresh new visual identity and above-the-line ad campaign to media planning and buying and recruitment communications.  

Agencies: Havas London, Havas CX helia and Havas Media.

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To celebrate Aston Martin’s return to Grand Prix racing for the first time in more than 60 years, we launched AMCF1's inaugural fan and partner engagement platform, I / AM. I / AM represents a commitment by AMCF1 to place its fans at the heart of everything it does – consciously reflecting the world beyond the track, progressively driving the team and the sport forwards, and inviting everyone along for the ride. It aims to build a global network of diverse people with a shared passion – acting as a fan-centric, positive platform for collaboration and change.

Agencies: Havas CX helia, Cake, Havas Studios and Inviqa.

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No Mask for Mental Health

A campaign to raise awareness of the mental toll of the COVID-19 outbreak on medical professionals - as the UK's only first responder mental health charity reports an 88% year on year increase in requests for help that require an acute, clinical response.   Agencies: Havas London, Cake, Havas Media, One Green Bean, Red Havas UK, Cicero/amo, Maitland/amo.

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The Black Plaque Project

Just 1.6% of London's famous blue plaques are dedicated to Black people. The Black Plaque Project is a new initiative, in partnership with Nubian Jak Community Trust, commemorating the rich, diverse contributions of Black people throughout history.

Return to Play

Sport England is committed to building a nation where everyone, everywhere feels able to get active in a way that’s right for them. After a series of national lockdowns, caused by COVID-19, we needed to inspire the nation to get back to the sport and physical activities they love, regardless of age, background or ability. #ReadyToPlay is the first film in our series that will encourage people back to sport and physical activity, as part of Sport England’s #ReturnToPlay campaign.

I may destroy you

I may destroy you

The BBC has a problem. The nation’s youth (under-35s) is departing in droves; its weekly reach has fallen 11% in the past two years. Perceived to be out of touch and increasingly out of mind, In ‘I May Destroy You’ (IMDY), we had the makings of a golden ticket to address topics of sexual consent in a way that really mattered to u35s. CONNECTION: We partnered with The Face & gal dem to shape an authentic conversation around the culture and passions of our audience. CONTEXT: Built to coincide with Sexual Health Awareness week, our digital zine 'The Ins and Outs of Consent’, explored the topic of consent from multiple perspectives and served as an important digital resource for U35’s. CONTENT: The Zine featured an A-Z of consent and detailed seven ‘chapters’ that covered topics such as gender identity. The whole zine was interlaced with evocative video clips and pictures from the show, as well as expert voices.

Uniting the movement
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Uniting the movement

Sport England needed a powerful new name, visual identity, launch film and strategy documents for its radical 10-year vision to engage more people in sport and physical activity. Our work covered digital, social and event activation from initiation through to launch, and was delivered against an aggressive timeline to a broad steering team. 'Uniting the Movement' was given a powerful visual identity, and the emotive launch film, voiced by Dame Kelly Holmes, acted as a rallying cry to potential sponsors and partners.

The Rewear Edit

In partnership with renowned stylist and sustainability advocate Miranda Almond, we delivered the The Rewear Edit – a fashion shoot incorporating 3.5 tonnes of clothing waste - the same amount discarded every five minutes in the UK.  Our work is part of Vanish’s global mission to let clothes live many lives, in turn promoting responsible clothing production and consumption.


EE X Beatport presents Parallel

Parallel was the UK’s first hybrid 5G powered club night, bringing simultaneous live DJ sets from different locations together across EE’s award winning 5G network. The first event went live in Liverpool with local DJ’s, Yousef and Mele, dj’ing back-to-back from separate roof tops in the city, all over 5G. The second event was in Manchester with headliner, Hot Since 82, dj’ing back-to-back with up-and-coming local artists. Initial results show views of the sets are well over a million and rising every day still. One of the biggest successes for EE was being able to capture such an acute portion of their target audience –results proved Beatport was bang on for a partner to this event.


King of the Streets

‘King of The Streets’ was a fully integrated global campaign, created to reaffirm JD's position as the number one retailer for street style and the leading brand in youth culture. At its heart was a two-minute TV ad, ‘JD Street’, starring more than 30 sporting, musical and TV youth culture icons including Little Simz, KSI and Jadon Sancho. As an extension of the TVC and OOH, a mockumentary, launched via TikTok and JD social channels. Consumers also got a chance to shop their favourite items via a full-length, digital, shoppable version of the ad - pausing the scenes and shopping in real time, whilst also being able to play a mobile game version of ‘JD Street’ for the chance to win weekly prizes. The hero TVC was ranked as YouTube’s most engaging Christmas Ad of 2021.


Lets Not Go Back to Normal

As countries around the world eased lockdown restrictions and people began to look toward some semblance of normality, together with Durex we encouraged people not to go back to normal – because normal wasn’t good enough.

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Carling Made Local

Carling’s latest marketing campaign ‘Made Local’ champions and supports people who are making a positive impact in their hometown - just like Carling, proudly brewed by local people in it's historic home of Burton-on-Trent. For their latest installment, we shone light onto Black Country Fashion FC, a LGBTQ+ inclusive football team. The local team, built on values of inclusiveness aims to help local culture and lift community spirit. To raise awareness of the team we made them the focus of both Carling’s new ad and the first documentary in the Made Local series. The ad featured across multiple channels nationwide, including TV, VOD, social and cinemas.

Agencies: Havas London, Universal Music Group and Cake.

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Ocean Vinyl

We partnered our client Sharp’s Brewery with the charity, Surfers Against Sewage to help raise awareness of one of the biggest global environmental threats of our time, ocean plastic pollution. Touching on the Cornish roots of the brand, we enlisted Universal Music’s Nick Mulvey to create ‘Ocean Vinyl’, the first playable vinyl made from reclaimed ocean plastic from Cornish beaches. It turned the idea of single-use plastic, something that is constantly surrounded by negative press, into something positive; a way of spreading the charity’s message as well as encouraging people to help clean up the UK’s coastline. The Ocean Vinyl was a huge success: Sky News described the vinyl as a ‘work of art’. The vinyl sold out in 3 minutes of initial release, with the campaign having 24 million media impressions.

Agencies: Havas London, Havas CX helia, One Green Bean, Universal Music Group

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Keep It Fresh

'Keep It Fresh' is a major new brand campaign and positioning for Coors Light in the UK. Championing freshness as an attitude, it launched with an epic, off-piste (literally) TV spot as well as OOH, social, digital, PR and a series of C4 idents.

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Long Live the Local

Every day, three pubs in the UK close their doors for good – in part due to cripplingly high beer tax. Britain’s Beer Alliance was formed to help the industry fight back. In 2018, the Chancellor announced that a further increase in duty would be forthcoming in the Autumn Budget. Our challenge? Persuade the Chancellor to reverse the planned beer duty rise. We had one shot to get it right. The first campaign of its sort. No past learnings. No idea of success until Budget day. ‘Long Live the Local’ became our rallying cry. We launched our campaign with a bang to spark a groundswell of action. The campaign celebrated the important role pubs play in our local communities, our culture and our national identity. And in October 2018 the Chancellor did just that. Saving the industry £110m and preventing 4,000 job-losses.

Agencies: Havas London, Havas Media, One Green Bean and Cake.

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The London Ear

In 2018, the BBC united their audio offerings into one personalised app and website, creating BBC Sounds. As their biggest product launch, in over a decade, we worked with them to deliver ‘The London Ear'. In an epic activation, we branded 6 pods of the London Eye and managed a live broadcast show in each. While also taking over neighboring County Hall to project a 60 second projection, lighting and audio show to promote the app. BBC Sounds reached 47 million people in the first week, equating to circa 70% reach of the British public for the campaign as a whole.

Agencies: Havas Media, Cake.

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Travel Fan in Japan

O2’s long running sponsorship of England Rugby has always been based on the power of support. As the nation geared up for the 2019 World Cup, we wanted fans to feel closer than ever when they #WearTheRose. We spent a month in Japan with Ugo Monye and Jamie Laing, visiting host cities and exploring the parallels between samurai Bushido values and the guiding principles of rugby. Our six-part series, distributed on O2 digital channels and ITV, made an impact. We united players and fans, bridged cultures, and brought those supporting from home, closer to the action.

Agencies: JUMP, Havas Media and Havas Studios.