East Sussex college group: Making the complex simple

As part of a strategy to strengthen their position for sustained success into the future, Sussex Coast College and Sussex Downs College merged in 2017 to create a new entity, East Sussex College Group (ESCG). The Group planned to develop a new brand identity which could be used across its campuses, as part of its aim to communicate the benefits of the merger in enhancing education access and provision across East Sussex.

We’re hugely proud of the work we did with ESCG in developing a brand strategy for the merged college group. We worked with the senior management team to focus down on simplified branding that could be applied with consistency across sites, and a positioning that resonates across staff, students, local employers and the community. A structured process of stakeholder consultations and decision-focused workshops were key in creating consensus amongst a diverse group of decision-makers with different priorities, past experiences and immediate needs.

"OKO helped guide us through a major consultation about our brand and strategy for the newly merged College Group. Key was their ability to derive clear insight, translate this into strategy and create consensus amongst all of our stakeholders enabling us to make decisions about our future."

Dan Shelley, Executive Director, Strategic Partnerships & Engagement, East Sussex College Group

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