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The Silence of the Newspapers

I love newspapers. I’ve been an avid reader for years and not only because media coverage has always been such a major part of what I do for my clients. In the UK we are so lucky to have so many published national titles (12). With these come a wide range of excellent journalists and […]

Awards- Who Are The Real winners?

I’m usually the one who writes award nomination forms for my clients, sometimes requiring thousands of words. It is very time consuming and award entries take hours. I focus on them as if I was answering an exam question and I’m always aware of the importance of checking the criteria and then answering what’s required […]

Who Are The Real Winners of Love Island?

I confess I am bereft, my guilty pleasure of being an avid viewer of Love Island for the past eight weeks is now ‘soo over’. No more series link, no more late night catch ups, no more snuggling up to watch the latest episode of the villa drama with my other half. I’ve never watched […]

What’s So Good About Networking

I recently went to the annual St George’s Day lunch event from the St Albans Chamber of Commerce. Unlike a lot of regional Chambers it’s very pro active and this lunch is the local business event of the year. 345 guests enjoy much jollity, networking, good food, plenty of liquid refreshment, a guest speaker and […]

In Times of Crisis

I recently took on a new client who said they wouldn’t need my crisis management services, yet as soon as the first week of working with them began I got an emergency call from my main contact, one of the company’s directors. A partner in their sister firm was also the head of a big […]

Earthquake Oxfam

Like everyone else, I have watched, read and listened with utter horror as the story has unfolded of how some Oxfam employees and those in a number of other aid organisations/NGOs, have taken hideous and indiscriminate advantage of the desperate poverty-struck people (usually females) in Haiti, Bangladesh, Chad and just about in every other poor […]

In Praise of Local Radio

When I lived in London (most of my life) I never gave any thought to local radio, although of course at different times of my life I have listened to Radio One, Capital Radio, Jazz FM and latterly BBC Radio 4, which, despite all of the things that are wrong with the BBC (I could […]

How Do You Get Your (Good) Name In The Media?

I’ve been invited by the FSB to give a talk at a local event about what makes a good news story, how to attract media attention and make it easy for reporters to cover your story. Obviously I’m biased but I do believe that PR can be a very cost effective way of getting your […]

No Way Out

I began my PR career in the film industry, all very head turning and glamorous and I eventually ended up working in television at the BBC for 12 (long) years. That’s over 20 years in the entertainment business. As a young woman you just got used to the unwanted attention of sexually inclined predators. It […]

Can You Save Your Reputation In A Crisis?

The recent latest debacle from Ryanair might have hit CEO Michael O’Leary by surprise. He is so used to insulting his passengers he probably wasn’t anticipating quite so much outrage from them and the subsequent revolt from his overworked pilots when hundreds of flights had to be cancelled to give pilots holiday leave. I was […]