About Us

Very Berry works with some of the best-known sports brands and athletes offering strategic and creative marketing expertise, including campaign planning, sponsorship, event creation and media.

Our marketing expertise is based on twenty years in sports marketing working for the likes of Speedo, Adidas, British Cycling and UK Sport.

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Recent projects have included teaming female Olympians and Paralympian's up with Boots’ Miles for Macmillan campaign (2011-2014) to get more women active; helping DFS to partner up with the British Women’s Volleyball Team in 2012 and in 2015 brokering a deal with World Champion swimmer, Adam Peaty; sports marketing for Adidas on swimming (2012 & 2016 Olympics and Paralympics) and triathlon (2012); and marketing support for leading compression brand Compressport,and leading swimming training venue The BEST Centre based in Mallorca.

Founder, Melanie Berry, started Very Berry in 2009 after eight successful years at Perfect Motion Sports Marketing Ltd. During that time, she transformed the business into a multi-faceted sports marketing and PR agency. 

Before this, Melanie worked at Speedo International as their International Sports Marketing Manager. She managed their involvement at events including the Sydney Olympic Games, FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour (1996 – 2002) and 1997, 1999 and 2001 World Championships and the World Triathlon Championships.

Outside work, Mel is a passionate cyclist, swimmer and triathlete. In recent years she has cycled from Lands End to John O’Groats, completed several Ironman 70.3 triathlons, marathons and three L’Etape du Tour’s, with the last one being this summer and having the sun shine too! She is currently a non-exec director of a local cycling charity Ridewise, that aims to get more people into cycling, Ridewise. Sits on the board and is Chair of Sport Nottinghamshire and the Triathlon Industry Association.

Marketing

A successful marketing campaign can make the difference you need. Very Berry has a wealth of knowledge and expertise having worked on events such as the Olympic Games, World Championships and high profile grassroots events. Let us help you plan and execute your campaign.

 

Marketing Campaigns

Using all of our creativity and knowledge from our sports marketing campaigns, we make sure that the energy we put behind our actions and the integrity with which we do business delivers results. We believe in forming successful partnerships with our clients and delivering real benefits.

 

Boots – Get Active with the Girls

The Get Active with the Girls campaign helps Boots colleagues and customers to feel good, as well as complement and support the Boots charity partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support.
Four high profile female athletes support the campaign, swimmers Hannah Miley and Jo Jackson, track cyclist Jess Varnish and Paralympic track and field sprinter Sophia Warner. They are working to actively encourage women to get fit, stay healthy and feel good.

Have a look at some of the great coverage from the recent walk in Clumber Park
 
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This Girl Can Nottingham - Female mentoring project

Very Berry worked with Nottingham City Council on a female mentoring initiative that paired up like minded women. The group consisting of experienced female coaches and deliverers were gathered together with the intention of using their knowledge and experiences to help mentor other females, many just starting out in their journey, with the aspiration to get more females active.

Each mentor was paired up with a suitable mentee and through a combination of one to one sessions, training courses and support through the group, mentees have been provided with the guidance, encouragement and advice to develop themselves, many highlighting the impact that the support has given them.

"I feel like I'm moving forward, like the ideas I dreamt of are actually happening."

Mentors have also found the whole process very rewarding, not only an opportunity to give something back but also a chance to re-evaluate and improve their own delivery.

"It helped me to re-evaluate who I am as an instructor and where I want to be. It has also helped me to be more humble. There are a lot of people out there wanting to live their dream and it is very important that I support these people just the same way that people supported me."

And the journey doesn't end there, the group and pairs will continue to support each other through a variety of platforms, helping each other continually improve.

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Swimathon 2018

Very Berry has been commissioned by Limelight Sports and The Swimathon Foundation to support Swimathon 2018. The campaign is aimed at getting over 20,000 swimmers to take part in the event, which takes part at over 600 venues across the UK.

Supporting the campaign is Olympic gold medalist Duncan Goodhew, Olympic silver medalist Keri-anne Payne and an amazing group of influencers.

For more information go to www.swimathon.org

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British Cycling - British Cyclosportive

Again, working with British Cycling, we created an English-style Etape Du Tour that started in Grenwich and finished in Canterbury to mirror the British stage of the Tour De France.

 

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British Cycling - Tesco's Bike Active

Bike Active was a British Cycling campaign that was aimed at increasing cycling participation amongst young people. Very Berry worked on both the creative aspect and also the implementation of the campaign through the school networks.

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FIVB - Beach Volleyball World Junior Championship

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BEST Centre and BEST Fest

Very Berry works with The BEST Centre and it’s open water swimming festival BEST Fest. It is responsible for all marketing, partnerships, sponsorship and communications.

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Sponsorship

Very Berry believes in working in partnership with its clients to deliver high profile, hugely impactful and focused campaigns that generate maximum
value through exceptional return on objective and investment. We have worked with brands such as Boots, DFS, Adidas, Compressport, Milk skincare and Z3R0D and numerous event organisers such as Pacesetter events and Les Stables.

 

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Adidas Swim

Very Berry has worked with Adidas UK and global for over eight years supporting its Sports Marketing and product team. In 2016 Very Berry was part of the team at the European Swimming Championships in London along with contracted athletes such Andrew Willis and Chris Walker Hebborn and the Team GB kit launch.

 

 

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Dame Kelly Holmes Trust

Be part of the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust annual conference on the 22nd June. This years theme is a about “Embedding A High Perforce Mindset” click HERE

This one-day conference hosted by Dame Kelly Holmes will outline the world class attitudes that go into a high performing mindset and how you can transfer this mindset to your workforce. It is aimed at CEOs, Directors and other members of senior management.

Sessions will be delivered by Dame Kelly Holmes Trust’s high performing team of Olympic, Paralympic and world class athletes alongside leading sports training and workplace consultants.

For more information on sponsorship click HERE

News

Notts TV - Talking about why women in sport are more successful and some amazing Nottinghamshire women.

What is the importance of the power of WHY? I have been a fan of Simon Sinek for years. The first minute of his TED talk about this famous WHY and titled “How great leaders inspire action” raises

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Tuesday 6th February marked 100 years since women were given the vote. It was good to be on studio with Kate Chamberlain talking about the suffragettes and Swimathon with Cadi Lambert. Watch the

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A century after women first won the right to vote in the UK, politicians, activists and social media users have paid tribute to the women who helped to force a change in the law. It was good to

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Swimmers urged to take the plunge for charity


With just 95 days to go until Swimathon 2018, the world’s biggest annual fundraising swim, launches on 27th April, the event this

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Very Berry has been commissioned by Limelight Sports and The Swimathon Foundation to support Swimathon 2018. The campaign is aimed at getting over 20,000 swimmers to take part in the event, which

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It was great to see Nottinghamshire women shine at the 2017 UK Coaching awards in London. Notts This Girl Can ambassador led the warm up for the night and got the room moving.

It was great to be back on the Notts TV sofa with Ian and Kate. Its always good to talk about all things sport and Nottingham.

Very Berry has loved supporting Nottingham Post Women In Business rising star winner Trishna Daswaney from Kohl Kreatives over the last year. Through the work at Nottingham Universities Ingenuity

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Sport Nottinghamshire supported the recent Nottingham Sports Awards as one of the key sponsors. As chair it was great to see so many people celebrating the success of the county. Well done to

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What a night of fundraising for The Perfect Day Foundation with Natalie Jackson at Notts County FC. The event raised over £5,000 and attached the great and good of sport and business from the

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My first trip to Zambia in 2012 with Mel Marshall and Adam Peaty was a cycle ride from Livingston - Lusaka. In 2017 it was to play 5 sports in 5 days and raise £50k and what a trip it was. I was

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It was great to be part of the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust team at its annual team day in London in June. The event took part at the Mermaid Centre and attracted over 200 delegates and athletes. It

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Its always good to have a challenge hey? 2017’s big challenge was a very hilly bike ride in France called La Marmotte with some great friends from the triathlon world. It was the hardest cycling

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Nottingham Trent University played host to the 2017 Nottinghamshire School Games delivered by Sport Nottinghamshire and Perfect Motion. It was great to open the event as Chair of Sport

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The 12th July marked National Table Tennis Day and to celebrate it Mel Berry got her MSc students to play table tennis with Chinese legend Jenny AKA Liu Haoyu and one of Nottingham Universities

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It was great to be part of the Dragon’s Den style panel for July’s Dame Kelly Holmes Trust “Get On Track” with Olympic swimmer Joanne Jackson, the team from Proludic and Nottingham City Council.

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Nottingham welcomed the Corporate Games in July 2017 and Very Berry enjoyed the Open Water Swimming at Race Hub HQ in Colwick after a venue change from Colwick Country Park.

What a week at BEST Fest 2017 with likes of Swim Smooth founder Paul Newsome, Olympic medalist Keri-anne Payne and celebrity coach Greg Whyte to name a few. Make sure you come and join me next

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Read Very Berry’s thoughts on Notts County Ladies FC and football

We caught up with Notts TV show Sports Week to talk all things swimming and coaching open water swimming for Park Life the Notts TV programme that announces the launch of Open Water Swimming.

The open water session is now open for business in Nottingham and Mel Berry is in full swing again. Let us know if you have been down already.

It was another great year for Nottingham University’s Ingenuity Lab with its business competition Ingenuity 17. Very Berry’s Mel Berry picked up the coveted award of “mentor of the year” from

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TIA chair Mel Berry looks at the business of training:

Very Berry worked with Boots UK and Nottingham Forest in the community to create The Feel Good Club - Nottingham. Aimed at youngsters in Nottingham City the club will engage with families through

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Very Berry loved being part of the Team GB kitting out day at Birmingham NEC in July. We

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The team at Very Berry always loves a challenge, the latest one in July was the famous L’Etape du Tour for Mel Berry. This years stage went from Megeve - Morzine with the final climb being the

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Very Berry love giving back and have supported Macmillan Cancer through its work with Boots for the last four years. Over thirty Boots staff and friends trekked to Machu Picchu in November 2016

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The 220 Triathlon team will be heading to BEST Fest in May to try out the 1.9km/3.8km iron-distance swims which are new for 2016 and aimed

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Mel Berry has worked with Nottingham University as a business mentor for the last eight month and was one of the mentors for Ingenuity 16. It was great to see ...

TCG is now 1 years old! Independent research has shown that 2.8 million women aged 14 to 40 who recognise the campaign say they have done some or more activity as a result and 1.6 million of

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Have you considered taking a non-executive director role as a way of enhancing your life and career?

PR

Great to have the team from 220 at the BEST Centre and making the front of the magazine once again.

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220 Triathlon is the UK’s leading triathlon magazine. It was great to secure 220 Triathlon to do a photo shoot at the centre and some great competitions with partners such as HUUB.

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Milk & Co, a men’s skincare product developed by Aussie swimming legend

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ZEROD came to the UK in 2011 and Very Berry once again teamed up with ...

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We have been working with the UK distributer, ...

The 220 Triathlon team will be heading to BEST Fest in May to try out the 1.9km/3.8km iron-distance swims which are new for 2016 and aimed

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Co-founders James Parrack and Matthew O’Connor grew up in local swimming

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Case Studies

Its was great to be part of the team at two of Sport Nottinghamshire’s showcase events. As chair of Sport Nottinghamshire it has been good to see the organisation go from strength to

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The Olympic games is a great event to bring to life. Very Berry have worked with DFS over the last five years and two Olympic Games 2012 and 2016.

In 2011 DFS supported the GB women’s

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Project: To promote the new men's skincare

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