Unite, Perform, Transform
By: Chris Teague

'One With The Power to Shape The Future' was a kind of annual staff conference. But it had to be much more than a conference, specifically because it was a coming together of two global businesses. As such, their values and beliefs had to be challenged and changed.
The event had three key objectives: To unite two former businesses
as...

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Categories: Snippets
Reaching The Unreachables
By: Natalie English


Working at Rapport, we find ourselves faced each day with new challenges and opportunities that really grab our attention and spark something within each of us; with some of our most recent activations resonating so deeply amongst the agency that they have kick started our latest team journey, of Reaching The Unreachables.
This journey is our most recent path of...

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3 things I've learned and loved at Rapport
By: Emma Carney

I’m Emma - I’m not a novelist, but I am a creative here at Rapport (who kindly let me be queen of the questions for 2 months on placement, please forgive me).
I’d just finished a degree in holds breath Fashion Brand Promotion with Photography at the University of Central Lancashire exhales and within 3 days I had my first...

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Categories: Culture
Co-creation at the core
By: Laura Gallagher

LV= pride themselves on being customer focused. As part of this they commissioned a research project to identify segments that truly represent the broad spectrum of customers. These segments are an invaluable insight for employees at LV= to help the company deliver the vision to be “Britains best loved insurer”. It was our challenge to take this research and present...

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Categories: Snippets
Don't Just Communicate, Activate.
By: Chris Teague

Activity Based Activations
We’ve all read the Benjamin Franklin quote: “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” We can all relate to this yet when it comes to business meetings and conferences/events; the old didactic approach [perceived expert on stage offloading information on a passive audience] presides over people/audiences exploring and...

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Categories: Thought Leadership
20 years of activating
By: Laura Gallagher

It’s been 20 years since the first Harry Potter book was released. And whilst that makes me feel really old... it is something my generation has grown up with and we have been truly activated by it in many, many ways. I could give 1,000 reasons as to why, but here are just four of the ways we’ve been activated...

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Categories: Culture
Empowering a Creative Culture
By: Joe Gilliver

“Originality is fragile. And, in its first moments, it’s often far from pretty.”
Ed Catmull, Creativity Inc.
Pixar. Oh Pixar. They move so many of us with their emotionally charged stories, beautiful vision, and seemingly limitless creative output. It is astounding how much good material comes from Pixar and it begs the question, how on God’s green Earth do they...

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Categories: Inspiration
7 Reasons To Bring Your Dog To Work (Charlie’s Perspective)
By: Charlie (The Dog)

Every time my mummy shouts “Walkies”’ I feel a tingling sensation in my tummy and my tail begins to wag back and forth. Watching my family in anticipation as they search for my lead, I am raring to get outside. Hurry up; I’m ready for my walkies! “Woof!”
That’s when I see it in my mummy’s hand, a glistening black...

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Categories: Culture
Where The Agile Things Are
By: Natalie English

We were lucky enough to collaborate with Janssen, a pharmaceutical company, on a 'Where The Wild Things Are' themed event at Amsterdam Zoo. Janssen wanted to recognise and empower employees, and asked for our help to bring an agile workshop to life.
The Brief
The workshop needed to be fun, engaging and provide networking opportunities, whilst also educate delegates on...

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Categories: Snippets
We're hiring!
By: The Team

Job Title: Brand Engagement Executive
Job Location: Manchester
Due to a period of growth Rapport: The People Activation Agency are looking for a Brand Engagement Executive to join our fantastic team.
The successful candidate will have a marketing or creative background and be able to demonstrate a genuine interest for Internal Communications and Employee Engagement.
This is a great role...

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Categories: Culture
Activations of the month - April 2017
By: The Team

People Activation is the action or process of empowering a human being to create a positive change. Or causing increased emotion, activity or desire to change; capable of exerting influence (opposed to passive).
We are always on the hunt for amazing examples of People Activation and have found that the more we look, the more we are blown away by...

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Categories: Inspiration
What can Disney teach us about company culture?
By: Chris Platt

What can Disney’s master storytellers teach us about understanding company culture?
We recently had the chance to spend time with Ron Clements and John Musker, the Disney directors behind such classics as Aladdin, The Little Mermaid and their latest project Moana - their first CGI film.
Moana is an animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who, with the help...

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Categories: Inspiration
Activations of the month - March 2017
By: The Team

We are always on the hunt for amazing stories that embody People Activation and have found that the more we look, the more we are blown away by the way people across the globe are standing up and creating positive change.
In the first part of this year alone, we've seen that People Activation can come from anywhere and at...

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Categories: Inspiration
TalkTalk Consumer ReBrand
By: Laura Gallagher

As well as recently launching our own rebrand, we’ve been supporting TalkTalk on launching their new consumer brand to all employees, ensuring they all become brand advocates.
TalkTalk’s is on a journey to change their brand reputation from Cheap Challenger to the Smart Choice Quadplay provider. Not only had the much publicised cyber-attack of 2015 undermined trust in TalkTalk but...

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Categories: Snippets
What’s it like being a new starter at Rapport?
By: Joe Gilliver

The past few months have been a whirlwind. Actually, in all honesty, these past few months have been rather unsettling. When the opportunity arose to move to Manchester and become a Producer, my mind felt like unassembled Lego bricks that had been thrown on the floor by a petulant child.
Even though I knew this would mean a complete change...

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Categories: Culture
Rapport at OFFSET
By: Gary Booth

Rapport’s studio team were lucky enough to visit OFFSET in Sheffield in October '16. Offset has fast become one of the world’s most inspirational, educational and vocational conferences for the design and creative industries, attracting around 2,500 attendees annually. This was the first year it had been outside of it’s main base in Dublin, so it was a rare chance...

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Categories: Inspiration
3 months in
By: Natalie English

It's been just over 3 months since I joined Rapport as a Creative and I've just been informed that it's a tradition for new starters to write a blog post summarising their first few months. For my blog, I thought I'd keep it simple and stick with the number 3 theme.
3 things I’ve learned:
What People Activation is. It's...

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Categories: Culture
So, what is 'People Activation'?
By: Abi Humayun

At it’s simplest; People Activation is what happens when people are inspired to take action in order to create a positive change.
We are all familiar with the phrase ‘employee engagement’, indeed it’s the benchmark for a happy and productive team. However, is it enough these days to simply say that you have people who are engaged? Whilst there is...

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Categories: Thought Leadership
One Astellas: Part 5 Our Story To Tell
By: Chris Teague

Last night saw the industry awards season draw to a close and what a year it has been for Rapport and the amazing ONE ASTELLAS project.
I’m honoured to have been challenged by and entrusted with this truly ground breaking project. The opportunity to engage 4700 colleagues from 43 offices & 21 countries does not land very often - I...

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Categories: Snippets
Strictly Wheels
By: Chris Platt

We recently found out about Strictly Wheels - a charity set up to encourage wheelchair dancing. Yep, wheelchair dancing. How awesome is that!
Strictly Wheels was founded in 2016 by Paula Moulton and Gary Lyness, who compete for Great Britain at international level.
We loved what they do so much that we asked Paula and Gary to feature in our...

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Categories: Community
One Astellas: Part 4 The Technical Challenge
By: Chris Teague

In terms of technology, we had to choreograph live performance, a live TV show, an international broadcast and recorded video in to one event that would unfold across all 16 sites as one experience. Another key challenge was audio. We had sound incoming from 16 different sites that had to be mixed seamlessly. Presenters and producers also needed perfect lines...

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Categories: Snippets
Announcement
By: Russell Oakley

Rapport Events rebrands to become world’s first “People Activation Agency”.
Manchester. 04 October 2016: Award winning Manchester based agency Rapport Events has today re-branded as Rapport: The People Activation Agency in a move that will see it diversify it’s offering to include all aspects of Employee Engagement and Internal Communications.
The agency, who’s clients include Talk Talk, Müller, Purina and...

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Categories: Snippets
One Astellas: Part 3 Music & Choreography
By: Chris Teague

The event comprised dance, theatre, music, poetry, and film, created from the stories told by Astellas employees, for Astellas employees.
Music Composition by Dom Jones
For the Opening performance, the challenge was to write a suite of music that told the story of Astellas in 30 mins. The music had to be divided into 16 separate Scenes, all different in...

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Categories: Snippets
New Feminism and People Activation
By: Hannah Cross-Phillipson

People Activation is a moment that sparks change, a moment when someone stands up for what they believe in and propels others to do the same. Sometimes these moments can start a movement. That's what Emma Watson did in 2014, when she stood in front of the UN as the goodwill ambassador and introduced a new inclusive approach to feminism...

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Categories: Inspiration
One Astellas: Part 2 Storytelling
By: Chris Teague

The technology that was set up to connect the affiliates created an incredible storytelling platform. We had the opportunity to truly embrace this for the opener. It needed to set the scene for the delegates that this is not a meeting. It’s a celebration of the employees and of their story. A story that celebrates life and the company's role...

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Categories: Snippets
The Thoughts of a New Starter at Rapport
By: Pippa McGuire

As one of the newest members of the Rapport team, I’ve been asked to write a blog entry about my time here so far. We’re on the brink of our new brand launch so it's a great time to talk about the recent past as we embark on something spectacular…watch this space!
I joined Rapport at a strangely quiet period....

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Categories: Culture
One Astellas: Part 1 Collaboration at its heart
By: Chris Teague

I am immensely proud of my colleagues and partners at Rapport who deservedly picked up 4 C&IT awards for One Astellas: The Grand Prix, Best Event Solution to a Business Challenge, Internal Communications Event of the Year and Pharmaceutical Event of the Year.
http://www.citmagazine.com/article/1409684/rapport-steals-limelight-biggest-ever-c-it-awards
A successful event such as this always has collaboration at its heart and as such the...

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Categories: Snippets
The Somme #WeAreHere
By: Hannah Cross-Phillipson

We spoke to Turner prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller about the first world war memorial that captured the Nation's attention in 2016.
If you were anywhere near social media on the 1st of July 2016, even for the briefest of moments, you will have witnessed the photos and videos being shared all around Britain. From London to Glasgow, in Bristol Temple...

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Categories: Inspiration
Reclaim
By: Georgia Rigg

We are a Manchester agency and we’re damn well proud of it! We love our home city and there’s so much inspiration and opportunity around us to thrive from. But we also know that these opportunities don’t come as easy to everyone.
It was Hannah that came across a wicked campaign by RECLAIM and we all wanted to get involved...

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Categories: Community
The First Rule of Team Code is Always Talk About Team Code
By: Amy Brown

Back in December we were tasked with creating a Team Code. Something that ensured we continued to grow as a team, as an agency, and something we could all relate to and use everyday. After all, with Forbes 2016 rating our jobs as the fifth most stressful career around, we felt it was important to put something in place to...

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Categories: Culture
Legacy
By: Chris Teague

Better People Make Better All Blacks
Our culture is our USP and our number one priority – as we grow we want to maintain this and embed it as the way we do business: we lead rather than follow, we strive to be better than before and we respect one another.
So with this in mind several of us have...

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Categories: Thought Leadership
Lydia's Placement
By: Lydia Tissier

Towards the end of my 1st year studying Theatre and Performance at the University of Leeds, I realised it would be useful to undertake some work experience. Because like most students, I haven’t the faintest idea of what I would like to do.
Now, you may be thinking 'what is a drama student doing in an agency like Rapport?'
I...

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Categories: Culture
Next chapter
By: Abi Humayun

As 2015 draws to a close we enter another exciting chapter for Rapport. On Monday we move to our fabulous new home at The Hive in the Northern Quarter. The NQ has been the perfect community for the agency and in the 9 years we’ve been working here, we have seen it become the creative hub and social mecca it...

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Categories: Culture
The Ebb & Flow of Feedback
By: Marc Woods

We spoke to Paralympic Gold medallist and cancer survivor, Marc Woods, about the role that feedback has played in his life and his achievements. Marc is an author and motivational speaker and we think you'll be really interested in how his own practices and beliefs can be adopted in the workplace.
I was once discussing the merits of feedback with...

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Categories: Thought Leadership
When your senses lead you
By: Laura Gallagher

Being a designer, I’m naturally drawn to things that look awesome and I truly care about making our client projects look great. However, what would happen if SIGHT was taken away?
I recently visited Budapest on holiday, and even though I try to switch off, you just can’t help but be inspired. I was lucky enough to visit the ‘invisible...

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Categories: Inspiration
Enduring success
By: Andy Cave

Elite climber Andy Cave’s story of overcoming adversity and rising above expectations has inspired audiences the world over. His recent talk on mountaineering drew many powerful parallels with business.
Andy’s story began 3000 feet underground in the Yorkshire coalmines. After four years as a miner, he quit his job and pursued his passion for climbing. From the Himalayas to the...

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Categories: Thought Leadership
Why? A marathon story
By: Hannah Cross-Phillipson

I ran the marathon.
I put one foot in front of the other for 26.2 miles. My friends and family thought I was mad and quite openly doubted that I would be able to complete it. The most common response I heard after telling people what I was doing was… WHY?
I signed up five months ago, after one too...

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Categories: Culture