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The Department for International Trade is celebrating the success of the UK Creative Services sector at this year’s Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity as it launches a new campaign from M&C Saatchi.
The campaign playfully nods to the haul of silverware the UK is expected to bring home again this year, as it enlists the quintessential British metal polish with a royal warrant – Brasso – the “Official sponsor of the UK creative industries” for the week.
Developed in conjunction with media partners gyro, Clear Channel and voodooh, the campaign will update its creative throughout the week to celebrate the number of Cannes Lions won by UK creative agencies.
Current UK nominees include Adam&EveDDB, Mother, and Grey for their work with internationally headquartered brands such as Volkswagen, KFC and Volvo respectively.
The campaign is live throughout the festival (18-22 June), and will be running in DOOH, including a set piece site above the Grand Hotel (shown here).
The digital poster will be supported across paid social, digital display as well as on the ground PR activity from M&C Saatchi PR. The campaign will also partner with Campaign and Contagious to showcase the exceptional nature of UK creative companies.
The government department, led by International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox, seeks to increase international trade and investment as the UK prepare to exit the European Union. The work is part of the department’s GREAT International Trade campaign, which promotes British goods and services to international B2B and government buyers across fourteen key sectors.
Toby Orr, Director of Communication & Marketing said: “To work on an international scale and across all formats, adverts need to be based on inspirational creative ideas like these – we aimed to empower UK creative agencies while at Cannes Lions this week and get international audiences to consider finding a UK partner for their next creative execution.”
Justin Tindall, Chief Creative Officer at M&C Saatchi said: “It’s a great honour to be promoting the UK’s thriving creative industries at this critical moment in the nation’s trading history. This campaign is a brilliant example of M&C Saatchi’s founding philosophy – Brutal Simplicity of Thought – perfect for the unique and bustling environment of Cannes.”
Client: Department for International Trade
Director of International Trade Campaign : Jamila Saidi
Deputy Head of International Trade Campaign: Charlotte Moss
Campaign Marketing Manager: Olivia Loh
Creative Agency: M&C Saatchi
Chief Creative Officer: Justin Tindall
Deputy Executive Creative Director: Matt Lee
Creative Team: Matt Lee and Darren Keff
Strategy: Simon Butcher Chief
Client Officer: Jeremy Hemmings
Account Team: Gemma Dodds, Dan Eastment and Katie Mandel
Producer: Ed Day
Media Agency: gyro
Business Director: Verity Dyson
About the Department for International Trade
The UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT) has overall responsibility for promoting UK trade across the world and attracting foreign investment to our economy. We are a specialised government body with responsibility for negotiating international trade policy, supporting business, as well as delivering an outward-looking trade diplomacy strategy.
About the GREAT International Trade Campaign
The GREAT International Trade Campaign works to promote the strength of UK industries to overseas buyers, forging new business partnerships through DIT Trade experts across the globe. Whether its celebrating close UK-US ties in the Creative Industries, or the use of UK technology across the world, the campaign creates an online presence through which exceptional UK companies are promoted on a global stage.
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