We are Nine
Firstly, thank you for your continued support. The past year has had its ups and downs with the challenges Covid-19 has brought to us all (more on that later!), but we’ve seen exceptional customer loyalty, and we are grateful to work with you all on some exciting projects over the past year. We do enjoy helping create every single product. We thought we’d share some personal highlights from the past few months and plans for the year ahead:
We are delighted to continue our support of two fantastic local charities, The Kirkwood and Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, by being part of their business clubs and getting involved in different fundraising events. We have made charity badges for various re-branding and events, and last September, as a team, we took part in The Big Quiz for Kirkwood and managed to raise £200 for the charity. This year, we are looking at taking part in the Midnight Memory Walk and supplying the medals. We encourage all local Huddersfield peeps to sign up, and hopefully, we will see you there!
We’ve also got an exciting project coming up with The Kirkwood and Wild in Art, as we have recently joined what will be the most significant art event in West Yorkshire, Snowdogs Support Life, Kirklees. Organised by The Kirkwood, this free public art trail will take place throughout our local community in Kirklees in September and October 2022. 60 Snowdog sculptures will be brought to life based on The Snowman™ and The Snowdog. We’ve recently selected our Snowdog design and can’t wait to start working on this with the artist. We are excited to share the Snowdog design we sponsored later this year!
So why are Made By Cooper getting involved? We decided to become a sculpture sponsor because it is such an interesting public art event to be brought to Kirklees. It encourages our local community to get together and celebrate local and national artists while supporting The Kirkwood, a fantastic charity that has touched many of our hearts. We are a creative business, so to be involved in this community art event is incredibly exciting, and we can’t wait for Snowdogs Support Life, Kirklees, to begin later this year! Find out more here.
A New Home
A new office! From Lion Chambers to New North Parade in Huddersfield town centre, we love our new headquarters! Although technically we moved here in the Summer of 2020, we didn’t all get together as a whole team in our new office until August 2021 because of the on and off working from home guidance due to Covid. We still have many pin walls to create here, but we’ve made a start, and we will make it bigger and better than the old pin wall if that is even possible?!
We may have had limited time together as a team over the past year, but we did make up for it with our recent Christmas party! We went to The Escaporium in Halifax, and we undertook escaping The Haligonian room and Crux Codicillus. We split into two teams, and we all worked well together to make it out in time, with the winning team having nearly 15 minutes to spare! We have much more planned for this year, including our 9th birthday party; we’ll be heading to Carousel for a celebratory meal and to play some arcade games. As you can probably tell by now, we’re all big kids at heart!
We’ve worked with many world-renowned companies such as NHS, BBC, ITV, National Geographic, YouTube, Leon and many more! We’re proud to have created many pins for our National Health Service, including badges that celebrate pride and diversity and show the valiant efforts of those who played a role in diminishing coronavirus.
We designed and produced some custom soft enamel pin badges for Wembley Vaccination Hub, which wanted to commemorate vaccinating over 145,000 during the height of the pandemic. They wished to give badges to the vaccination staff members as a symbolic gesture of their achievement and a special thank you for their tireless efforts during such a difficult time. They gave us a brief to include the Wembley Arch and the vaccination amount. Our talented in-house designer, Luke, then worked closely with the client and created a visual proof with a few different ideas and options for them to choose from, and once tweaks and amendments were approved, we produced 500 badges for this excellent client. They planned to present them at a staff event in October, so we hope all those involved liked their badges as much as we enjoyed making them. This is one way to commemorate an occasion or event with badges you can keep and treasure.
Pedal 4 Pounds 10.5
We have sponsored Pedal 4 Pounds for the last three rides, organised by our local team, Huddersfield Town. Thanks to Covid, there has been a little delay since Pedal 4 Pounds 10 in 2019, but it’s back and labelled Pedal 4 Pounds 10.5 (a slightly smaller event, hence the half!) Over the years, we have gotten used to seeing cyclists wearing shirts with our logo on the front. However, this year, they have let us go even further. Some of you know our Made by Cooper pattern - well, this year, the shirt will be covered in it using the club's famous blue and white. So far, the design has been well received, and we’re looking forward to seeing it on the roads. (don’t forget to tag us if you see one out!) The previous Pedal for Pounds instalments has raised over a whopping £2 million for charity so far! Find out more about this amazing cause here.
We’ve created long-lasting relationships with our wonderful clients and watched many small businesses grow from strength to strength. For example, we have been working with a beautiful charity called Guts UK to create promotional products, including pin badges, trolley coins, and temporary tattoos. These custom-made products helped raise awareness of their charity and were an alternative way to help with fundraising. Guts UK carried out a social media campaign with their temporary tattoos called #GUTSelfie – take a look for yourself on Instagram! It increased its followers by 250% and its Linktree web clicks by 550%. We love the creativity of this campaign, and the results speak for themselves. It’s been fantastic to learn more about this charity and see how they’ve used these products to help increase brand awareness.
Five Star Help
Over the last year, we’ve received a whopping amount of reviews, and 96% were five stars! We’re happy that you’re happy!
And it obviously wouldn't be the last 12 months without Covid! We have all faced the uncertainty of the past year and a half with various lockdowns and restrictions, with guidance regularly changing for businesses - I know Gemma is hoping not to face organising another office rota for quite some time (if possible, please!) We adapted to working from home well and office rotas but tackled several courier delays due to Covid, which we eventually overcame. We did appreciate customers' patience with their orders, and thankfully, we survived the pandemic and became stronger and more focused in the months ahead.
Thank you for all your continuous support over the past years - we can’t thank you enough! Here’s to the next nine years!