INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY 2018

Today, March 8, is International Women's Day (IWD) celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

Below, I've detailed three inspirational women who helped me when I was starting off in the world of public relations.

 Amanda Wakeley OBE

Amanda Wakeley OBE

London based fashion designer Amanda Wakeley took me on when I was starting in the fast paced and cut-throat world of fashion.  Amanda set up her company in 1990 and was, for years, the only person I knew who brought her dog to work every day.  Since 1996, Amanda has co-chaired the committee for ‘Fashion Targets Breast Cancer’ raising substantial sums, which fund vital breast cancer research and was awarded an OBE for her services to the fashion industry.  

 Aurelia Cecil

Aurelia Cecil

Aurelia Cecil, founded Aurelia Public Relations in London in 1990.  Apart from Aurelia in the movie Love Actually, the love interest of Jamie played by Colin Firth, she is the only person I know with this unusual name!  Aurelia Public Relations was the first foray into the world of a public relations agency.  The company handled PR for some of the world's most luxury brands including Versace (which I worked on), Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo, Mont Blanc, Krug Champagne and many, many more.  Aurelia started her business aged 23 from her home with a small business loan, saying 'I sat at the desk and I hit the telephones'.  She sold the business for £4.25m in 1997 staying on as MD for a number of years.

 Jeanne Rankin

Jeanne Rankin

I first watched Jeanne Rankin presenting on TV shows such as Gourmet Ireland and Ready Steady Cook.  She was arguably one, if not, the best pastry chefs of her time and together with her former husband Paul, they went on to be awarded Northern Ireland's first Michelin star at their restaurant Roscoff.  Jeanne trained at La Gavroche, the Roux Brothers' restaurant before settling in Northern Ireland.  I worked with the Rankin's for ten years off and on ending up handling their PR and marketing.  Jeanne quit kitchen life after breaking her back in a horse riding accident going on to re-train as a yoga teacher where she now practices in her native Canada.  Not one but two very successful careers.

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LISTE D'AMOUR #2

Welcome to the the list of the top 5 things we loved working on during the months of October & November 2017.

Have a read and if you love the content then add your deets at the end of this blog to keep up-to-date!

If you would like to work with us, lets arrange to grab a coffee, drop me a mail: chris@lovepr.co.uk


1. DOWN ROYAL RACECOURSE FESTIVAL OF RACING

Love PR launched the Down Royal Festival of Racing at the Ulster Museum for sponsors, media and stakeholders.  The festival was officially launched by Belfast boxer and former WBA super featherweight world champion Carl Frampton, a previous attendee to Down Royal. The festival, the highlight of the racing year at the Co. Down racecourse, took place over two days on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th November which saw the National Hunt Horse Racing descend upon the Co. Down race track.  Key moments from the festival included the JNWine.com Champion Chase and the Victoria Square Best Dressed Lady Competition with a spectacular winning prize of a ten night trip to Rio de Janeiro.  The next race meeting takes place on Boxing Day, 26th December.  For details go to www.downroyal.com


2. UNICORN GROUP PURCHASE FORMER COCA-COLA SITE

We announced the multi-million purchase of the former Coca-Cola site at Lambeg by the Unicorn Group. Over the next six months the company plans to relocate its head office and existing manufacturing sites in Lisburn and Markethill to the new 17.5 acre location. Unicorn Group is a privately-owned Northern Irish company with a diverse portfolio of businesses manufacturing interlocking PVC floor tiles, washroom products, medical and recycling bins currently exporting to over 40 countries worldwide mainly Western Europe but as far afield as Chile, India, Australia and UAE. The business has grown over 40% in the last 2 years and in 2016 acquired a Belgian based company transferring production from mainland Europe to Northern Ireland.

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3. IN CONVERSATION WITH CHRIS SUTTON

Belfast born Chris Sutton took over the Mac Theatre recently to talk about his varied career to date working as a fashion designer and photographer.  Guests were given an insight into creating tour pieces for Lady Gaga and her dancers, working behind the scenes at Dior and Fendi and gaining access into the state of the art archives of Chanel working alongside Amanda Harlech to create Karl Lagerfeld's Retrospective Exhibition.

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4. BLOGGING FOR BUSINESS WORKSHOP

Following on from September's PR Masterclass, we were back at Ormeau Business Park delivering a Blogging for Business workshop to SMEs.  The workshop covered blog strategy, idea generation and how a business blogs can help with building relationships with clients and prospective clients; building credibility as an expert in your field and helping to improve organic SEO.  If you would like to discuss an in-house training session for your organisation drop an email to chris@lovepr.co.uk


5. IT'S CHILLI, NOT CHILLY!

With winter setting in and temperatures plummeting across the island of Ireland, South Africans are gearing up for summer and getting ready to hit the beach this Christmas. To honour their homeland, Nando’s has created the Mzansi Christmas Burger which delivers a touch of South African heat and UK festive cheer to Nando’s restaurants across the Christmas period.  The Mzansi Christmas Burger is inspired by traditional Christmas flavours mixed with some South African heat. The word ‘Mzansi’ is a popular slang word for South Africa in the Xhosa language (one of 11 official languages of South Africa.  Mixing festive favourites and African heat the burger features a PERi-PERi chicken breast fillet and flame grilled thigh, with mushroom and chestnut pâté, cranberry sauce, festive slaw and crispy onions.  Nando’s is joining the fight against malaria by helping combat the spread of the deadly disease in Mozambique, the birth place of PERi-PERi. Nando’s has launched a limited edition six pack of its PERi-PERi sauces with all profits going towards the cause.

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AUGUST - LISTE D'AMOUR

Welcome to the the list of the top 5 things we loved working on during the month of August 2017.

Have a read and if you love the content then add your deets at the end of this blog to keep up-to-date!

If you would like to work with us, lets arrange to grab a coffee, drop us a mail: chris@lovepr.co.uk


1. SMART NI RETAIL CONFERENCE LAUNCH

Love PR launched Smart NI Retail, a one day masterclass set to take place in September to help Northern Ireland’s beleaguered retailers and high street traders compete online. Smart NI is set to debunk the decline of the high street through a series of interactive workshops and industry expert lead seminars which will equip the attending retailers with the digital marketing information, ideas on how to integrate innovation and technologies into their business to help them thrive and survive, with a core focus on how to create better customer experiences both instore and online. To book click here: www.ti.to/smart/retail

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2. NANDO'S LEAVING CERT (A' LEVEL) RESULTS

Students across the island of Ireland received their Leaving Cert and A' Level results during August. Whether heading to uni or college, into the world of work, or off travelling the world, Nando’s wanted to share in the celebration, and in the true spirit of PERi-PERi, offered some free chicken in support of 2017 school leavers. Students claimed their free 1/4 chicken across the country.  There were over 36 million opportunities to see and hear about this Nando's activation from Belfast to Derry and from Dublin to Cork.

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3. SLIM'S HEALTHY KITCHEN NEW MENU IMAGES

Slim's Healthy Kitchen have been exploring new innovations, flavours and combinations for a new menu launch later this year.  We have been helping them with their launch plans including creating and styling menu imagery.  Here's a little teaser of their new breakfast protein pancakes.  Keep posted for updates on menu launch date at their Lisburn Road and Belmont Road restaurants in Belfast. 

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4. LOCO PIZZA & GRILL - UNLIMITED WINGS

Wing lovers can flock to Loco Pizza & Grill in Dundonald for delicious, buffalo wings and a beer or soft drink all for £15 every Tuesday.  So, if you're hungry and on a budget, take flight to Loco for LITERALLY, ALL - YOU - CAN - EAT! After we shot this pic, we tucked into the 100 wings it took to make this scene.  SO DAMN GOOD!

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5. BELFAST OKTOBERFESTLAUNCH

Belfast Oktoberfest launched in Victoria Square Dome as the city announced Custom House Square will be transformed to welcome the 10 day event from Thursday 19th until Saturday 28th October.  In partnership with Bavarian beer Erdinger discerning beer drinkers, beer lovers and hedonists alike will be served traditional steins of the full Erdinger range in true Oktoberfest style by welcoming hosts in Bavarian style lederhosen and dirndl dresses. 

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