The origins of the joint venture go back over 20 years, with the sole purpose of sharing and trading expertise across boundaries, providing more cost effective and specialist services for local authorities. The venture has evolved over the years with organisational and name changes adding to an already confused positioning and lack of a visibly coherent brand. From a change in direction and a desire to capitalise on bigger commercial opportunities, they asked us to help them define and create a new brand for the JV that would give them independence from Capita whilst drawing upon their links to Wales.
We worked closely with key stakeholders from Capita and the local authorities to define a positioning and strategy for the brand. We developed the core brand idea around a Redstart, a small migratory bird whose stronghold is in Wales. The concept of the bird that knows every inch of its territory from earth to sky aligned perfectly to their new holistic approach. We created a stylised bird ‘mark’ that references the undulating shapes of the Welsh landscape. And we developed a design system using graphic compositions taken from the master identity and a less formal illustrative style with sweeping lines that echo the journey of the bird.
The new brand has reinvigorated the business and instilled a greater sense of professionalism and confidence. It has allowed the organisation to have conversations beyond the JV area and Wales itself, creating bigger and more beneficial opportunities. Redstart is helping shape, deliver and support regional projects like never before.