Royal Mail has completed its first design roster, after assessing an initial invitation list of 288.
The Design Supplier Review was intended to “drive up the quality of design” in the company, according to head of branding Deborah Gildea (DW 23 January).
The 12 roster groups are: Bang Communications, Bostock & Pollitt, Bi Design, Carter Wong, Coley Porter Bell, Information Design Unit, McBains, Interbrand Newell and Sorrell, Oyster Group, Rufus Leonard, Siegel & Gale, and Start Design.
The process, which started last June, included an internal review of current suppliers, the identification of new suppliers and supplier categories, and the selection and pitch process.
Of the initial 288, 84 consultancies were asked to submit work. A week-long review was carried out by Royal Mail’s masterbrand team, with outside organisations.
Thirty-one groups then presented credentials, from which 12 groups were selected.
The roster starts on 1 April.