Year One at Seahorse

This week, Team Seahorse is celebrating the company’s first birthday and we wanted to share our year one highlights. Launched in April 2018, Seahorse Environmental Communications is a specialist consultancy that designs and executes political campaigns and communications programmes to enhance both the natural environment and the commercial success of our clients.

It’s been a fantastic first year, growing the team from two to six, working across eight client accounts and to date, we are finalists for Agency of the Year at both the Business Green Leaders Awards and the Renewable Energy Association Annual Awards.

We want to thank our brilliant clients, the Seahorse Advisory Council and all of those across the sector who have supported us this year. We couldn’t have done it without them.

Here are a few of our year one success stories:

  • With Greener UK, we helped secure the one key environmental amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill that required the government to publish provisions for environmental principles and for the creation of the new Office for Environmental Protection (OEP).

  • For our work with Greenpeace on the Fisheries Bill, we helped win the only amendment passed at Committee Stage and we successfully lobbied Labour to reform Labour Party policy on the Bill to directly align with Greenpeace’s asks.

  • We secured supportive videos and quotes of e-cargobikes.com from ministers at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Department for Transport, helped orchestrate e-cargobikes.com’s involvement in Business Green’s Future Jobs Hub as part of BEIS’ Green GB Week, and facilitated extensive national media coverage for e-cargobikes.com’s launches with Sainsbury’s and the Co-op.

  • With our coalition coordination and political strategy for On The Hook, we significantly raised public, political and expert awareness of the need for the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) to improve its Standard, leading to the issue to be featured in the Sustainable Seas Parliamentary Inquiry. The MSC has subsequently opened new consultations on the issues associated with its Standard.

  • Seahorse does a selection of pro-bono work including for the Seahorse Trust, a seahorse conservation charity. We are currently working with Facebook to discuss ending the illegal wildlife trade of seahorses on the platform.

  • Mike Barry, Director of Plan A at M&S helped us launch Seahorse Sittings, a new series of interviews with industry and parliamentary leaders. Follow us for our next round of interviews!

The environmental impact of any organisations’ activities is now of major and growing importance to consumers, governments, shareholders and NGOs. As a result, every organisation needs to plan and manage their environmental impact and strategically communicate this to all stakeholders. This demands specialist advice from people who understand the environmental community, matched with top level communications skills and first-hand experience of how governments, parliaments, civil servants, shareholders and consumers operate, think and behave. This is the market in which Seahorse operates.

We’re driven by our passion for enhancing the natural environment and tackling climate change. Seahorse provides expert policy advice, impactful communications programmes and winning campaigns for clients who share our vision for a cleaner, greener, more sustainable tomorrow.

If you have an issue you would like to discuss with us do please get in touch at info@seahorsecomms.co.uk.