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10 Reasons To Apply For Business Awards

10 Reasons To Apply For Business Awards

Having just pressed the send button for two entries into a local business awards competition for a client I thought I would share some thoughts about why it is good to get involved. Here are 10 reasons:-   1) Raises your profile (whether you are shortlisted or win there are opportunities along the way) There are lots of marketing and PR opportunities along the award submission journey so go for the ride!   2) Be recognised for your expertise Winning or being shortlisted for an award raises your reputation as a trusted expert in your field. You know you are experts, but being nominated for an award by someone else is independent praise for what you do. This counts for a lot when potential clients are checking out your products and services as they are more likely to be impressed by third party endorsement.   3) Gain 3rd party endorsement Your award submission will be judged by an independent panel of judges. They will be a panel of respected business leaders who will be assessing your business for the skills you present. 3 rd party endorsement is really powerful.   4) Allows you to review and take stock We all know that life takes over and we carry on working and doing but this allows us to stop and think. It forces you to set targets and objectives and makes you think about how you have delivered against them which can really assist in future planning of the business.   5) Sets you apart from your competition I’m sure other competitors will be applying but there will be plenty...
Limetree Public Relations got off to a blazing start. Demonstrating various fire  training scenarios required meticulous event planning and it paid off as the event  attracted huge media attention.

Limetree Public Relations got off to a blazing start. Demonstrating various fire training scenarios required meticulous event planning and it paid off as the event attracted huge media attention.

Feeling raw from redundancy but with bags of PR experience gathered from the corporate world Bridget took a huge step into the unknown as set up Limetree Public Relations in autumn 2006. Having gained all her experience through working for British Gas, Centrica and Manchester Airport she felt well equipped to take on her own clients. Limetree PR launched into business taking on an international launch event from associated with her previous employer Manchester Airport. Organising an event with Manchester Airport Fire Service and Simulation Terrs got the company off to a blazing start. Demonstrating various fire training scenarios attracted huge media attention and meticulous event planning. In the early days Event Planning was the main stay of the business planning the events calendar for Business Link North West, a 6 month roadshow across the regions for business owners and their AGM events kept me furnished with new contacts. Co-ordinating opening events for two Waste Recovery Plants both at short notice required detailed event management and supplier co-ordination. Media Relations is just one of the challenges on such high profile occasions. Needless to say the launch of a Jamaican Patios New Testament Bible appealed to the media and required multi interviews across the country. One of my favourite clients has been The Pitch film competition. A regular client who I have supported at key points in the competition calendar. I have loved working with budding film makers and following their story through to the finished film, living the highs and lows of emotions with them. I’ve maintained membership with Chartered Institute of Public Relations and have been a member of the North West committee for the last six years. Professional development is important to me...
How Dyslexia Aware are you?

How Dyslexia Aware are you?

HOW DYSLEXIA-AWARE ARE YOU? Dyslexia Awareness Week is this week. The week when the British Dyslexia Association highlights the difficulties that dyslexic people face every day. The aim of the week is to debunk the myth that dyslexic people just have difficulties with reading and spelling. It’s also about raising awareness of the other difficulties dyslexic people face such as poor short term memory, difficulties with Maths, poor organisational skills but not forgetting the strengths that dyslexia can bring too. This year their campaign is called ‘Making Sense of Dyslexia’. There is a common misconception that dyslexics jumble up their words and are poor at spelling. Having discovered for myself, through my daughter, dyslexics develop clever coping strategies. Many invent clever ways to disguise and deviate from their weaknesses. Considering that 1 in 10 of the population are dyslexic it’s challenging to think how dyslexia friendly many forms of communications are? I thought I’d share some tips:- When producing fliers, posters, newsletters keep the typeface simple. Don’t show off by using different typefaces. Use illustrations and photographs to reinforce your points. When printing double sided, use quality paper. Documents printed off on cheap paper can prove difficult to read. Use pastel coloured paper – this is often easier to read than stark white paper? Consider the layout of text. Using a list of points is easier than continuous prose? Provide video and audio facilities where appropriate. Dyslexia seems to be difficult to identify in the education system. There’s also a lack of specialist teachers to deliver the style of teaching which enables learning therefore many pupils are leaving school...
GEEK or CREATIVE?

GEEK or CREATIVE?

Hackspace THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE HEARD OF HACKSPACES will have an idea of what I’m talking about here. Others of you may be wondering what on earth I’m on about! Those of you who know me well will know that I’m not really technologically minded and not in the slightest bit interested in computer gaming or coding as long as my PC works, is all that bothers me! However if you start showing me pieces of craft work, sewing projects, baking and handmade projects I will start to get excited! Hack Oldham It was the imagination of Andy Powell from Caffeinated Projects who really helped to inspire me and enabled me to foresee the concept of the HackSpace working, and how the collaboration of different geeky and creative projects in one space, would work. I could visualise Andy’s dream and it was his infectious spirit that made me feel that this project was worthwhile and how I wanted to be a part of it. Hardcastle Street, Oldham Visiting the former bike repair shed at its first viewing, I must admit I did struggle with the concept, but seeing it develop and being there on the open day certainly pushed back my horizons! Even the leader of the council who had assisted in the property search was amazed at what he saw that day! Not an IT geek community completely, but one of creativity and technology, handmade and computer equipment in the same space. Some activities ‘got’ me and others didn’t! Independent Quarter Perfectly situated in the Independent Quarter of Oldham Town Centre its location couldn’t be more ideal. Now...
Spending time on a film set

Spending time on a film set

Recently I had the privilege of visiting the film set of Only Child. A gypsy community scene set on the old Talywain golf course in Aberyschan in South Wales. Only Child is the short film idea of Andy Toovey who was the winner of The Pitch film competition earlier this year. Director of his own company 2v studios in Pontypool, South Wales,  Andy is already an experienced film and video maker but this project is taking his career to a new level of directing. The competition prize includes amongst a whole host of other things the luxury of a director of photography, full production crew and cast; something he is certainly not used to! Not only challenging his writing skills, which at times were gruelling for him, but having to redraft and rewrite his story to refine the key aspects of his story, but directing and trusting a director of photography to the cinematic interpretation of his story was another key learning point for Andy. I was very excited to learn that a talented cast had been selected for Andy too. The two key characters Eva and Davro were awarded to Eva-Jane Willis, the South African born actress Humans and Julian Lewis Jones, Welsh actor famous in Wales for his role in Stella, fishing programmes and his appearances in Under Milk Wood (2015), Zero Dark Thirty (2012). Just visiting the set for a few hours I was staggered at the dedication and stamina of the whole team and so was Andy, I think. When I had a few moments to catch up with him he said: “I am blown away by the way everyone has worked so...
Gallery Oldham lit up for Museums at Night Fest

Gallery Oldham lit up for Museums at Night Fest

GALLERY OLDHAM SET ALIGHT FOR MUSEUMS AT NIGHT FEST HACK OLDHAM set Oldham Gallery alight after hours last night when local children came along to fill the museum with coloured LED Throwies. Part of a UK wide festival Museums at Night aims to encourage visitors to museums, galleries and heritage by opening its doors after hours and organising special events. Anyone was invited to the free event and encouraged to create their own light sculpture, contributing to the explosion of light generated by 1000 LED lights in space of a few hours. Andy Powell, founder of Hack Oldham and owner of Caffeinated Projects, organising the event says, “We’ve been organising monthly computer clubs on Saturdays in Oldham Library for over a year now. These have been well received so we have been keen to do something with Gallery Oldham as well. When the opportunity came along between planned exhibitions we seized the chance to fill the gap with a light display.” Speaking about the event, Andy said, ”We thoroughly enjoyed organising the event and working with Gallery Oldham. Children never cease to amaze us! Their creativity has not limits so for us it was a very special experience.” Gallery Oldham’s Access and Interpretation Officer, Evad Ould-Okojie said, “We are really grateful to the support of Hack Oldham on this event. Lighting up the gallery has been great fun and a huge success! This is our first venture working with them and we look forward to working with them more in the future” Ends For further details please contact Bridget Batty, Limetree Public Relations Ltd on 07771 870400 Notes to...