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Middlesbrough College

The Task:

Cool Blue was asked to raise the profile of Middlesbrough College and deliver PR coverage for a mix of activities – from education successes to business engagement.

The aim was to help the college achieve its strategic goals of increasing student recruitment and its interaction with regional companies.

We were tasked with positioning the college as the biggest and best provider of post-16 study in the Tees Valley in regional and national media.


Cool Blue formulated a message matrix for the college to ensure the right messages went to the right audiences and created an on-going PR campaign plan to ensure maximum coverage across a broad range of topics and platforms.

In order to garner the best results possible Cool Blue has built strong relationships with targeted regional media and national education journalists, delivering timely and planned releases, each of which meets the needs of the title’s demographic.

Cool Blue’s innate understanding of the media’s needs and our creative approach ensure the college consistently benefits from an impressive profile-raising return on investment.

Student numbers are increasing year-on-year and the college features regularly in regional titles and national education media such as The Times Education Supplement and FE Week.