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Copper thrives in communicating complex and challenging issues in considered but innovative and creative ways, connecting developers, communities and decision-makers. We have a commitment to quality and excellence and a culture of hard work, problem solving and value for money.

Copper provides communications and stakeholder engagement across the energy, resources, transport, water and built environment sectors. With offices across the UK, Copper offers over 30 years of expertise in communications for multi-million pound projects, working across both the public and private sectors.

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Energy

We have unrivalled experience of delivering communications and consultation for major energy companies in the UK, including Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects.
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Resources

We have a proven track record of delivering effective consultation, community engagement and communications support to the resources sector.
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Transport

We know what it takes to build new transport infrastructure, including road and rail projects delivered through Hybrid Bills.
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Development

We support communities and developers through planning and construction, from large urban regeneration schemes to small residential developments.
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Water

We help the water industry and environmental regulators meet the challenges of delivering 21st century infrastructure and customer services
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We have been working in the energy sector for nearly 20 years. Our team is expert in providing communications to support high profile, nationally significant linear, electricity and gas transmission infrastructure and renewable energy developments.

We draw on the significant experience we have gained in promoting projects on behalf of key players. We have a working knowledge of current UK and devolved government energy policies and can advise on planning legislation.

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We work on a wide range of projects from helping to deliver new waste infrastructure to promoting recycling to raising a company’s profile within the industry. We also work with local authorities on municipal waste and resource management and lead behavioural change campaigns.

We are at the centre of improving how the waste and resources sector engages with stakeholders. Campaigns, consultation and communications are delivered using innovative tools and techniques.

We are members of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) and the APSRG (Associate Parliamentary Sustainable Resource Group).

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We have a detailed knowledge of the transport sector and our team’s experience includes delivering communications and stakeholder relations on projects such as Crossrail Thames Tunnel, the M6 Toll Road and Norton Canes Motorway Services Station, Thames Gateway Bridge and the Dartford River Crossing.

We devise and deliver strategic communication programmes for single site and linear projects, many of which face complex planning and consent procedures, and which require the support of diverse stakeholder interests, including political, media and campaign groups.

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Our team uses their extensive experience and knowledge to work with developers to make their case to decision makers, address key local concerns about development and identify local sensitivities.

We have experience in the housing, commercial and leisure sector and we employ planning experts and work closely with the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).

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We have sound knowledge of the water industry and its challenges gained from our work supporting both water companies and environmental agencies.

Examples of our project work in this sector include pre-planning application consultation with the local community on behalf of the Environment Agency and Ipswich Borough Council to consider how to tackle the issue of flooding in Ipswich and we recently provided PR and public affairs support for Wessex Water.

Team

We work purely in our chosen sectors as it is in these fields that we have specialist industry, policy and communications expertise. We have strength in the depth and breadth of our knowledge.

Copper’s senior team draws on decades of experience in the communications, energy, resources, transport, utilities and built environment sectors. Our people are intelligent, influential thought leaders who act as trusted advisers and critical friends to our clients. The senior team is supported by enthusiastic, hardworking and dedicated consultants, committed to delivering results.

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At Copper, we offer unrivalled experience and a depth of knowledge across our sectors. We specialise in developing highly effective communications, consultation and engagement programmes using innovation and creativity to solve problems and provide solutions. Our high level strategic advice and detailed delivery programmes come from over 30 years of experience. Clients draw on our thought leadership role delivered via partnerships with key organisations such as the Major Projects Association, The Consultation Institute, Chartered Institution of Wastes Management, Environment Industries Commission, Public Relations Consultants Association and the Royal Town Planning Institute.

The breadth and dynamism of our products and services are briefly explored in the case studies below... but we'd much rather talk to you about how we can help you, so please do pick up the phone or drop us a line.

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Copper developed a series of short and engaging animation videos to support NLWA’s Development Consent Order (DCO) consultation for the project.

These videos were central to the public consultation programme as they helped to attract audiences which don’t typically engage in infrastructure consultation by making the topics of waste, energy and planning more dynamic and easy to understand.

David Beadle, Managing Director at North London Waste Authority said: “Copper understands how to explain complex projects to a wider audience in a straightforward way. They blend the focus on detail with the big picture vision. The result is clear and concise communications which added value to our project.”

Copper has been shortlisted for a PRCA DARE Award 2015 under the ‘Campaign Challenges’ category for this work.

To watch the animation videos, please visit the project website www.northlondonheatandpower.london

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Copper has provided Kingston Council with strategic communications and engagement support for its £30million mini-Holland cycling Programme.

As much about behaviour change as the infrastructure, Copper devised an advocacy strategy – heavily focused on engaging local people through social media – to create a buzz across the borough and encourage more people to cycle more places more often.

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In order to encourage public engagement and deliver robust consultation along the route of National Grid’s Hinkley Point C Connection project, Copper came up with the solution of running a series of ‘Community Hubs’ where members of the public could access detailed information about the project during the consultation and the pre-examination phases of the project.

Copper set up and managed Hubs located in Bridgwater, Nailsea and Avonmouth. The converted shops gave local people the opportunity to speak directly with knowledgeable staff and have their questions about the project answered. The Hubs acted as education centres, explaining to people what National Grid does, the importance of projects such as the Hinkley Point C Connection Project, and promoting careers in engineering via interactive displays such as the VEX robots.

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Copper worked with Tendring District Council to support its waste and recycling team in achieving its aims of raising awareness of recycling and increasing recycling rates. Copper accomplished this by developing a unique recycling brand to capture the imaginations of householders and show that recycling is something positive that everyone can help with.

 

“It was important for us to have a local recycling brand that really ‘stood out from the crowd’. The brand and campaign designs produced by Copper have undoubtedly achieved this with 94% of residents sampled telling us the brand is encouraging them to recycle more. Waste and recycling representatives from local authorities across Essex have also commended the brand’s originality.” Tendring District Council

 

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Copper acts as the community relations representative for Crossrail’s C310 Thames Tunnel project between Plumstead and North Woolwich. We have become an integral part of the Crossrail and Hoctief Murphy Joint Venture project teams, providing a regular on-site presence, supporting the Crossrail helpdesk, and working with the community to help overcome the enormous challenges associated with this work.

Since construction began early 2012, Copper has been working closely with businesses, local schools, community centres, churches and the Salvation Army. We have developed several community initiatives including volunteer days, a pensioners’ lunch, school presentations and support for community gardens and events. These initiatives are helping to build positive relationships within communities where negative feelings are running high. Throughout these initiatives Copper continues to work closely with Crossrail’s media team in order to maximise PR opportunities both internally and externally.

 
“Copper’s excellent community skills, their patience and understanding of the issues faced by local people, who have been going through a very tough time, can only be rated as excellent.” Royal Docks Learning & Activity Centre
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