Manchester-based agency the Mammoths (formerly Mammoth Events) has secured a three-year contract to produce the conference for the UK’s largest education union, the National Education Union (NEU).
The NEU was formed in 2017 by the amalgamation of the National Union of Teachers and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers and represents school teachers, further education lecturers, education support staff and teaching assistants. It has more than 500,000 members and it’s estimated that the inaugural NEU Conference, taking place at ACC Liverpool, 15-18 April 2019, will be attended by more than 1,700 delegates.
Mammoths Managing Director George Thompson said: “When we established the business in 2012 the National Union of Teachers was one of our first big wins. To have continued to hold such a prestigious account for six years and now be reappointed following the merger says everything about the relationships we build and our ability to deliver.”
The NEU’s Karen Handley added: “Ater a rigorous tender process we’re delighted to be working with George and the team again on this Conference and the subsequent ones in 2020 and 2021."
The agency has no full-time employees other than its two directors who both work remotely. Instead, it works with freelancers and specialist production companies to deliver projects.
It claims this cost-effective approach has proved positive, with the agency posting turnover for year six of £754,823 with profits of £70,212. Thompson’s fellow director Amanda Gilmour said: “Turnover for the last three years has been consistent and new clients have come to us purely by word of mouth. Growth isn’t something we put a huge focus on but the way we’re structured means we don’t have to; rather we invest our time in delivering projects that really excite us such as the NEU Conference.”
The Mammoths client list includes Universal Pictures, BAE Systems, The Fragrance Foundation and Lyreco.