About us

Make Happy is a creative marketing consultancy.
We help our clients build powerful marketing strategies, campaigns and teams.
We research deeply, strengthen existing skills, unleash creativity, develop rigorous plans and execute them impeccably.

  • People with good ideas are much more creative and much more radical. It's not quantity that counts. All you need is one brilliant idea.
    Neil Turok
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  • Uncertainty is an uncomfortable position. But certainty is an absurd one.
    Voltaire
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  • Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.
    Dr Seuss
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  • When institutions fail to distinguish between current practices and the enduring principles of their success, and mistakenly fossilise around their practices, they've set themselves up for decline.
    Jim Collins
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  • Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity.
    Charles Mingus
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  • When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.
    John Lennon
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  • Every child is an artist. The problem is staying an artist when you grow up.
    Pablo Picasso
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  • Being right keeps you in place, being wrong forces you to explore.
    Steven Johnson
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  • Change will lead to insight far more often than insight will lead to change.
    Milton Erickson
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  • Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.
    Scott Adams
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  • Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.
    Albert Schweitzer
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  • Creative thinking is not a talent, it is a skill that can be learnt. It empowers people by adding strength to their natural abilities which improves teamwork, productivity and where appropriate profits.
    Edward de Bono
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  • Happiness depends upon ourselves.
    Aristotle
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  • Don’t wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get you’ve got to make yourself.
    Alice Walker
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  • Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.
    Benjamin Disraeli
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  • Creativity takes courage.
    Henri Matisse
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  • Creative thinking - in terms of idea creativity - is not a mystical talent. It is a skill that can be practised and nurtured.
    Edward De Bono
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  • Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
    Mahatma Gandhi
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  • Creativity is a consequence of action, not its motivation.
    Wade Davis
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  • Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of travelling.
    Margaret Lee Runbeck
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  • Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts.
    Rita Mae Brown
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  • We are a social species; seeing other people happy elicits happiness in ourselves, and it is therefore vital that all communications, no matter what the message, make the generation of happiness their key aim.
    Catherine Fish
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  • We find no real satisfaction or happiness in life without obstacles to conquer and goals to achieve.
    Maxwell Maltz
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  • The best way to predict the future is to invent it.
    Alan Kay
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Our services

To help you realise your business ambition, we work in four key areas:

Research
and
insight

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Marketing strategy and planning

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Unlocking internal capabilities

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Full service marketing delivery

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Companies we've made happy over the years…

Our work

Take a look at some examples of the work that we are most proud of.
Because they made our clients happy.

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Entrepreneurial Bootcamp at De Montfort University

The client: De Montfort University, a public research and teaching university located in Leicester, England.

The challenge: De Montfort University approached us asking us to design a training program to help recent graduates set up and …

Alexi

Visual Identity and Investor Pitch for Alexi

The client: Alexi, a wholly curated app for discovering and engaging with great books. Updated weekly, the app’s guest curators, including world famous authors and thinkers, compile lists of recommended books based around …

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Duck Food UK Launch

The client: Leading Belgian raw dog food company Duck Food

The challenge: After three decades of success in Europe, the brand wanted to launch in the UK in early 2015. They needed to understand the UK …

FreddieGrubb

Brand positioning for Freddie Grubb

The client: Bicycle brand, Freddie Grubb.

The challenge: As a new entrant in a competitive market, Freddie Grubb wanted to gain enough exposure to build interest and ultimately sales in their new range of bikes to …

Internal communications workshop

Internal comms for an investment bank

The client: an international investment bank.

The challenge: this client was facing communications challenges with one of their largest divisions. Their people were demotivated, lacked focus and were under performing. Make Happy’s challenge was to understand …

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Digital Marketing for Propertyflock

The client: Propertyflock, an online marketing platform for estate agents that allows agents to harness the power of social media to grow their businesses.

The challenge: To bring an innovative product to market in an old …

  • People with good ideas are much more creative and much more radical. It's not quantity that counts. All you need is one brilliant idea.
    Neil Turok
    Tweet this
  • Uncertainty is an uncomfortable position. But certainty is an absurd one.
    Voltaire
    Tweet this
  • Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.
    Dr Seuss
    Tweet this
  • When institutions fail to distinguish between current practices and the enduring principles of their success, and mistakenly fossilise around their practices, they've set themselves up for decline.
    Jim Collins
    Tweet this
  • Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity.
    Charles Mingus
    Tweet this
  • When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.
    John Lennon
    Tweet this
  • Every child is an artist. The problem is staying an artist when you grow up.
    Pablo Picasso
    Tweet this
  • Being right keeps you in place, being wrong forces you to explore.
    Steven Johnson
    Tweet this
  • Change will lead to insight far more often than insight will lead to change.
    Milton Erickson
    Tweet this
  • Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.
    Scott Adams
    Tweet this
  • Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.
    Albert Schweitzer
    Tweet this
  • Creative thinking is not a talent, it is a skill that can be learnt. It empowers people by adding strength to their natural abilities which improves teamwork, productivity and where appropriate profits.
    Edward de Bono
    Tweet this
  • Happiness depends upon ourselves.
    Aristotle
    Tweet this
  • Don’t wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get you’ve got to make yourself.
    Alice Walker
    Tweet this
  • Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.
    Benjamin Disraeli
    Tweet this
  • Creativity takes courage.
    Henri Matisse
    Tweet this
  • Creative thinking - in terms of idea creativity - is not a mystical talent. It is a skill that can be practised and nurtured.
    Edward De Bono
    Tweet this
  • Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
    Mahatma Gandhi
    Tweet this
  • Creativity is a consequence of action, not its motivation.
    Wade Davis
    Tweet this
  • Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of travelling.
    Margaret Lee Runbeck
    Tweet this
  • Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts.
    Rita Mae Brown
    Tweet this
  • We are a social species; seeing other people happy elicits happiness in ourselves, and it is therefore vital that all communications, no matter what the message, make the generation of happiness their key aim.
    Catherine Fish
    Tweet this
  • We find no real satisfaction or happiness in life without obstacles to conquer and goals to achieve.
    Maxwell Maltz
    Tweet this
  • The best way to predict the future is to invent it.
    Alan Kay
    Tweet this

Blog

Our views on marketing, communications, social media, organisational change, technology, creativity and of course, happiness.

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The rise and rise of podcasting

Posted on - March 10th, 2016

My name is Sophie and I am a podcast-aholic. From the twisty mysteries of Serial to the statistical ponderings of Freakonomics, I consume hours of podcasts each week. And it seems I am not the …

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Jonathan joins Maserati 100

Posted on - February 22nd, 2016

We are delighted to announce that Make Happy founder Jonathan Bannister has been named as part of this year’s Maserati 100.

The Maserati 100 recognises entrepreneurs who are generously giving their time and resource to support …

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