In 2017 the Goodwin Development Trust teamed up with the European Regional Development Fund to create ENRG – a scheme designed to support entrepreneurs to start up and establish new businesses in the Humber region. After the initial roll out of the project Drunk Animal were asked to strengthen the brand presence and explore ways of connecting with potential new business. Over 18 months we revitalised the ENRG brand presence, helped establish the new Creative ENRG (CENRG) off-shoot and connected with more than 1,500 businesses across the region. This was achieved through a multi channel, multi platform approach that included print, digital and public engagement activities across the city and in the surrounding areas.

Initial research and public consultations led to a ‘people focussed’ approach to the wider marketing that focussed on testimonials, simple, relatable messaging and honesty. In order to connect with the target audience and encourage young people to have the confidence to embark on the journey to start their own business we had to address potential pitfalls, concerns and obstacles head on.

As part of the ongoing project Drunk Animal created a series of short videos that highlighted the journeys of some young entrepreneurs in the city. The films documented new businesses across the city of Hull, as they found their feet in the marketplace and embarked on new ventures. Exploring the good, the bad and the ugly, Drunk Animal had a short time to identify, film, edit and promote the inspiring stories.

The result was a series of thought-provoking short videos that captured the attention of our target consumer, helping to boost the number of startups in the city. The team, in partnership with the client, identified the most interesting stories and set about interviewing the business owners to understand their personal journeys. From this, we identified the most inspiring individuals to base the campaign around.

Each of the selected businesses had benefited from the free support and advice provided by ENRG, and were asked to speak about their own business journey. It is this message that the videos had to convey; the impact that the client had had on that individual’s business journey.

To make the films feel real-life, we captured the entrepreneurs in their workplaces, doing what they do day in, day out, to show a true picture of what’s involved in starting and growing a business.

Created on a small budget, the films had a rawness to them that appealed to the target audience. It was a warts and all look at setting up a business but the videos had impact; the city observed a 60 per cent growth in start ups the year following the campaign.