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I’ve been shortlisted for a PR Award!

I’ve been shortlisted for a PR Award!

I’ve been Shortlisted for CIPR Outstanding Independent Practitioner for the North West region. Woo! Hoo! I will be kept in suspense until November though, when the highly prestigious award ceremony will be held at The Principal Hotel in Manchester. It is a tense occasion when the great and the good of the PR world will be present, competing against each other for the top prizes. The CIPR North West region is one of the largest outside of London boasting a healthy membership and is a key region for PR activity outside of London. CIPR North West region includes the counties of Cumbria, Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Cheshire so be shortlisted amongst these is really exciting. CIPR Membership I joined the CIPR back in 2001, then 10 years later was voted onto the CIPR North West committee. One of my commitments on the committee is to encourage other PR companies, agencies and in-house practitioners to apply for the annual awards, of which there are numerous categories. I’m always on the lookout for competitions and encouraging my own clients to enter awards so this year I’ve submitted an entry myself and am through to the final! My submission will have been marked by a panel of independent judges outside the North West region with the shortlisting being announced on social media a few weeks later. Independent Practitioners provide great value I often say you don’t need to use a big city centre PR agency to gain the best PR support and this shortlisting is proof of that too! Being recognised as an award finalist or winner clearly demonstrates the value...
10 FINALISTS but only ONE winner!

10 FINALISTS but only ONE winner!

The final stages of The Pitch film competition sees 10 finalists being invited to Pinewood Studios for the weekend, to pitch to a panel of independent industry judges, in the grand setting of Pinewood Studios boardroom. This is a nerve wracking experience for many of the burgeoning film makers. In some cases the young film makers have never pitched a film idea before. In the unique case of this competition candidates need to pitch an initial story idea and have to be prepared to be challenged on the plot or the way they see the story developing in order to win the competition. This year was my fifth year of being involved. The selection process is tough and being selected as one of the TOP 10 is a fantastic achievement. Having the opportunity to write about the top finalists I grow to know them a little so the finals day is an anxious one for all involved. What it means to be a TOP 10 FINALIST 1) Chance to profile yourself as a film maker 2) Gain experience as a film maker 3) Network with other film makers 4) Learn loads along the way by attending free masterclasses 5) Chance to refine and develop your story idea 6) Align yourself with industry professionals 7) Become a member of The Pitch family 8) Win a residential course in the Lake District 9) Have a trip to Pinewood 10) Gain loads of valuable feedback So to be a finalist in this competition is to be a winner! However there is only one ultimate winner who walks away with the top prize...
Why Support A Careers Event?

Why Support A Careers Event?

An annual fixture in my diary now is to support a Careers/Options evening at my local high school but why do I go? In true 10 year anniversary style, here are 10 reasons:- 1) I’m a local business looking to support my local community 2) My children used to attend this school so I see it as a way of paying back 3) It gives me chance to profile my business to parents who accompany their children 4) Sometimes I’m supported by local university PR students who benefit from explaining what PR is! 5) It keeps me on my toes as I need to do something different each year 6) I challenge myself to be interactive – giving the students something to do when they visit my stand 7) I profile my professional organisation – the CIPR – with whom I am a member and North West committee member to. Membership reassures my clients that I adhere to a professional code of conduct 8) It’s a great opportunity to write content. Often the local newspaper photographer is invited to the event. Even if they aren’t I will write my own news release or write content for our website and share on social media too 9) I support the Positive Steps Careers Adviser based in the school whose role it is to talk to pupils about career opportunities and share local business and networking news with her 10) It broadens horizons. Many such events are represented by traditional career options whereas PR has such vast opportunities.  It’s a growing profession particularly with PR being a Chartered profession now AND guess what I had...
TODAY we have launched Limetree PR TV!

TODAY we have launched Limetree PR TV!

We’re very excited to announce that our channel has officially been launched! Weeks in production but 10 years in collecting the content; here we have the first in the 10-film series. Looking back, 10 years has taken us to lots of different places up and down the UK, from glamorous award ceremonies, interviewing celebrities to working on the side of an airport runway and inside a massive recycling plant. Working for clients such as :- Manchester Airport North West Ambulance Service Business Link Northwest Manchester Airport Fire Service NHS England NHS Wales Bible Society The Pitch Film competition Manchester Metropolitan University Global Renewables ….. To many SMEs and local businesses who need a helping hand with communications. Adapting to each business, organisation and project is what we are good at. We come in, hit the ground running and help you, to be better seen and heard in your marketplace. Our role can vary from supporting over stretched in-house teams to providing an outsourced PR department whilst integrating into your operational teams. Be it writing website content, producing marketing collateral, preparing news releases, building stakeholder relations and handling the media, planning and organising events to blog writing and social media we are here to fill the communications gap. Here we have our first film HOW DO YOU DO! Please feel free to like and share and look out for No 2 WINNING FRIENDS coming very...
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...
Community Engagement through Volunteering

Community Engagement through Volunteering

It was National Volunteers Week, last week – did you know? Many of us volunteer our time without thinking about it. We might sit on a committee. We might support our children’s schools through PTA, school trips or we might help out at the local swimming club or support the music centre with fundraising or serve food at an older people’s luncheon club but how many of you volunteer through work? Volunteers Weeks is an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK and takes place between 1 – 12 June. Many businesses recognise the benefits it gives by allowing their staff to contribute to their local community. You may be wondering how this can be? Here are some key benefits:- Supporting local projects can really raise the profile of your business It gives your staff a really sense of achievement Staff can feel really empowered Sponsoring projects financially can really set you apart from your competitors By providing time for your staff to contribute can be a real team boost or even provide a team building activity Volunteering can provide you with some great news stories to help spread the word about your organisation In my local community of Oldham I am working with Chadderton Together (a local community group set up as an umbrella organisation of various smaller community groups). They have been allocated budget from the local council to campaign against the closure of Foxdenton Hall in Chadderton. Foxdenton is a Grade II* listed building sat in beautiful parkland which has been closed to the public for over 4 years. The...