PRWeek Global Awards Winners 2021 - Corporate Branding

The winner in this category is From Henry Howard Finance to Propel. Rebranding for Results. By Propel Finance.

PRWeek Global Awards Winners 2021 - Corporate Branding

Henry Howard Finance, a finance business catering to SMEs, was born in 1996 and has since grown to serve more than 40,000 customers.

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But its aspirations of being viewed as a tech-driven, innovative Tier 1 UK lender, and its leadership team’s desire to better serve the growing fintech market, were hurt by its niche, regional-style of branding.

The firm engaged with customers, vendors and employees to uncover fresh brand insights through a collaborative process, following which it developed a new branding based around ‘driving’ and ‘boosting’ growth for UK businesses, supported by three values: personal, progressive and partnering.

The name ‘Propel’ emerged as a powerful, memorable name, with employees and HR engaged to help bring the new values and brand to life. The name and corporate identity inspired a creative launch at Aerospace Bristol, where the animated Propel logo was revealed through a state-of-the-art projection-mapping onto the side of the iconic Concorde aircraft.

Since the rebrand in December 2019, which directly led to 70 new employees being drawn to the business, the business has secured a landmark multi-year commercial partnership with Barclays Bank to offer smart asset finance to one million SME customers. On top of this, it has established a new operational centre in Manchester to support all the new growth they have seen since the rebrand.

Judge's comment:

“It is clear that this small yet highly professional team got lots of impactful work done on a relatively small budget - the execution looks superb, and the results were strong and went well beyond awareness.”

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