Support for strategic initiatives

  • Value proposition research
  • Market scanning, landscape review and competitor analysis
  • Content workflow and management
  • Scenario planning
  • Market sizing, analysis and segmentation
  • Competitor, acquisition and partnership research
  • Management information provision
  • Strategy-process planning and facilitation

Our leadership team also provides training for your teams in agile methods, project management, digital copywriting, proofreading, content publishing, and diversity and inclusion.

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“Oriel Square understands the education environment and is able to source individuals to fulfil the specific needs of the project context.”

Education Development Director

Our approach to publishing and content strategy follows the framework laid out by Richard Rumelt in Good Strategy/Bad Strategy: The Difference and Why It Matters (2011). The approach is founded on a structured process, with the aim of delivering clear and practical recommendations.

Expect us to challenge assumptions and help develop focused business plans and winning strategies. Our report will typically provide you with:

1. A diagnosis: develop a shared understanding of your specific context and needs.

2. A guiding policy: build and test a series of hypotheses for success.

3. An action plan: outline a clear and executable plan.

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Corporate strategy facilitation

A review of strategic priorities for a major educational publisher in the wake of the pandemic.

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Corporate strategy facilitation

We worked with the senior team within a major educational publisher to review their strategic priorities in the wake of the pandemic. This involved planning and delivering a hybrid workshop for the global team and, subsequently, producing a strategy report which offered a clear, practical action plan.

Our approach to strategy follows the framework laid out by Richard Rumelt in Good Strategy/Bad Strategy: The Difference and Why It Matters (2011), which is notable for its lack of jargon and insistence on clarity and coherence in action planning. After delivering an interactive, tailored workshop, our report included a diagnosis of the publisher’s competitive position as well as a guiding policy statement to inform the final action plan.

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Oxford University Press Oxford Language Report

We were delighted to work with Oxford University Press (OUP) to produce the first Oxford Language Report.

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Oxford University Press Oxford Language Report

We worked with Oxford University Press (OUP) to produce the first Oxford Language Report which examined the causes and impact of the “word gap” on young pupils, and sought to understand how to support schools to narrow and ultimately close the word gap. The teams at OUP and Oriel Square were delighted with the result: widespread coverage in the media of this important issue, and engagement from education policy-makers and influencers keen to help.

Applying Oriel Square’s expertise in educational publishing, we guided the project from its development stages through to completion. We facilitated OUP’s project discussions by chairing meetings, allowing the team to develop the report’s narrative and concluding position with efficiency. We then oversaw the publishing process, taking it through editorial and design and delivering in time for OUP’s award-winning publicity campaign.

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Strategy

Working with you and your team to identify and develop opportunities for new products, services or markets.

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Research

Research that answers your questions, communicates your findings and strengthens your strategies.

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Publishing

Creating high-quality, inspiring content to deliver transformation through education.

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