Roots Consultancy

Natural Connections

We can help you to grow your business around the things that make you tick, and to connect more deeply with customers and communities through partnerships, events, marketing & communications that resonate.

 

This is How We DO IT

We bring together talent and services specialised in professional self-expression and community engagement across the board, but to understand what truly gets you going, the starting point is to listen. We do this with experience of asking questions to understand you and your business: the journey so far; the hopes and fears; the highs and lows; the friends and foes.

We can dig deeper using data-driven insights to understand how your customers, business and marketplace operate, and work with you to bring your personal experience, motivations and connections into your business strategy. Then it's about creative content and collaborations to show your identity, and marketing tools and techniques to help get your story out.

Broken down and put into green/blue boxes, our services look something like this.

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In addition,

  • A first consultation is always free (and hopefully quite enjoyable)
  • We take on an allocation of community projects at half the usual rate
  • We offer a 20% discount on services from some trusted partners - from design & illustration, to venue & AV equipment hire

If we can't help directly, we'll happily point you in the direction of someone who can.

 

But Why?

These days, business as usual doesn't seem to cut the mustard. Purpose is the new profit, collaboration beats competition, digital nomads are leaving their 9-5s, and small is beautiful once more. But most of all, we don't want to consume, we want to connect.

For us at Roots Consultancy, work that allows us to express ourselves and engage with the community is key to life in the city. We've found our place working with others to nurture and share their passions, values and character through their work.

We've seen how self-expression and exploration can be as rewarding at a business level as it can at a personal level. Whether you've got a live venue or an online platform; a local business or a big multinational; people are looking for authenticity, and reacting to businesses and initiatives that resonate more deeply.

Take social enterprises as an example - companies with a purpose beyond profit. Last year 58% of social enterprises grew compared with 28% of mainstream small and medium-sized businesses, while in Hackney - now officially a Social Enterprise Borough - there are an estimated 350 Social Enterprises ranging from jazz clubs to coding clubs, and food to furniture.  

Using your business as an outlet to express yourself can bring all kinds of rewards. You probably know this already, but it doesn’t mean it’s easy. We want to help.

 

Recent Work

 Gregor Riddell (Cello, and SVS Radio co-founder) and Adam Teixeira (Drums) performing as Birdworld at Café Oto. Photo: Coline L'Achiver

Gregor Riddell (Cello, and SVS Radio co-founder) and Adam Teixeira (Drums) performing as Birdworld at Café Oto. Photo: Coline L'Achiver

SVS Radio (Music Platform)

Full Service

SVS Radio supports adventurous music from the Nordic countries, and provides a musical connection to East London.

Ongoing support includes helping to arrange and promote their successful Winter Solstice events; growing ties with relevant media and funding organisations; and using online data to inspire a communication strategy that promotes their musicians first and foremost, and their platform as a result.

Coline and Marc (front, 3/4 from left) after the Hackney SE Partnership presented their manifesto to Mayor Phillip Glanville

Hackney Social Enterprise Partnership (SE Facilitators)

Social Innovation & Strategy

This collective of 10 leading social enterprise (SE) facilitators was selected by Unltd and UBS to develop a collaborative infrastructure of support for Hackney's SE community. What began as the Hackney Champions Network has developed into the Hackney SE Partnership, and we're now working with Hackney Council to role out our manifesto.

 

 Head Chef Jake Boyce's rosemary sourdough recipe featured in Foodism, complete with rosemary from St Mungo's community orchard

Head Chef Jake Boyce's rosemary sourdough recipe featured in Foodism, complete with rosemary from St Mungo's community orchard

Minnow (Restaurant)

Partnerships & Collaboration; Events & Communication

Minnow - a small fish in Clapham's big pond - distinguishes itself with quality seasonal food, charm and community spirit.

This has been developed and showcased through events with community groups including This is Clapham, The Clapham Book Club and The Clapham Society; and creative content like this recipe for Foodism during Real Bread Week in collaboration with St Mungo's community orchard, and this animated mince pie recipe with Gail Gosschalk for Christmas.

Legal Geek (Law Tech Community)

Research & Insights, Events & Communication

Legal Geek is the largest start up community in the legal industry, looking to disrupt and improve the legal industry.

We've helped by supporting their charitable Law For Good events and hackathons; generating insights for the annual Legal Geek Conference, and most memorably joining founder Jimmy Vestbirk on the #LGRoadTrip to meet the Law Tech start up scene around Europe. You can watch the video here.

 Betty, star of the #LGRoadTrip, in which Marc travelled around Europe with Jimmy to meet and interview start ups, and host and join events

Betty, star of the #LGRoadTrip, in which Marc travelled around Europe with Jimmy to meet and interview start ups, and host and join events

 

More Clients and Projects

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Media Features and FRIENDS

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