Full of PRide!

It has been a great year for Syndicate Communications and we are thrilled to announce that we have been shortlisted for four CIPR Midlands PRide Awards.

This news comes not long after celebrating our second birthday – and what a way to celebrate by being shortlisted for four prestigious awards!

The CIPR PRide Awards recognise the inspirational and outstanding work produced by leading public relations teams and consultancies, with category winners from nine UK regions and nations. So it is a real honour to have been acknowledged by our peers for all our work and achievements over the last year.

We have beaten around 350 entries to be shortlisted for four categories; Public Sector Campaign, Integrated Campaign, Best External Publication and Regional Campaign of the Year.

The nominations for Public Sector Campaign and Integrated Campaign are for our work with Amey and Birmingham City Council to promote the closure of the A38 tunnels (2013) (Amey-A38-Tunnels-closure) into Birmingham City Centre last summer. We helped to raise awareness of the closures across the West Midlands by organising a road show, working with key partners, and promoting the event by arranging for an Amey spokesperson to appear on BBC Midlands Today and BBC Radio WM, gaining some great coverage.

The Best External Publication and Regional Campaign of the Year awards are both for our work on the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills – Business is GREAT Britain campaign (Department-for-Business-Innovations-Skills) which demonstrated to small businesses the wealth of support, advice and expertise available through Government services and agencies.  This campaign was a great success for us resulting in over 125 pieces of media coverage with a circulation of over 112 million!

It is an exciting time for us and these nominations are a real credit to the commitment and effort made by everyone who worked on the two campaigns.

As the newest member of the Syndicate team it is truly inspiring to see the agency producing award winning campaigns and celebrating so much success which bodes well for the future.

We will be donning our dresses and dinner suits on Friday 14th November at the Ricoh Arena with everything crossed for gold!

Take a look at the Tunnels and Business is GREAT campaigns on our website and for more information on the CIPR PRide Awards 2014 visit www.cipr.co.uk.

 

Jade Perrysmith

PR and Social Media Account Executive

 

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Syndicate Communications celebrates its birthday by launching a brand new website!

We are very excited to reveal our brand new website after months of working on it with the help of our design partners IO Studios (www.iostudios.co.uk).

After celebrating our two year anniversary in April we decided that we needed to give our website a fresh feel and a complete revamp, so we teamed up with the Redditch based design gurus at IO Studios to work on creating something brand new.

Knowing that visibility and business go hand in hand, having an up-to-date website is essential. It is one of the easiest ways to reach prospective clients, as a fresh new look can attract a large number of viewers at any given point of time. And, of course, as we are in the communications industry it is crucial we ourselves have a fresh, modern and easy navigable website.

Before starting the rebuild I had no idea the level of detail and complexity surrounding the design of a website or the deeper workings of CMS, However with the help of the web development team I quickly picked up the process and was soon uploading content, images and links to our site like a pro!

We began completely from scratch. New lay out, new design and new copy. Our main aims of the new design were to make it faster, easier to navigate for users, and simple for us to manage and update. But most of all, we wanted to help our clients and future clients get to know us better.

Steven Timberlake at IO Studios was a pleasure to work with explaining everything in detail at each stage and coming up with some great ideas for the site whilst listening to exactly what we wanted to achieve and suggesting ways in which it could be made possible.

On a personal note it’s been a great learning curve as it’s something I’ve never worked on previously so it was great to have such involvement and responsibility on the project. I particularly enjoyed seeing the site evolving at each stage and am really proud of the end result!

Please take a peak around the site (www.syndicatecomms.co.uk), I think you’ll get a pretty good idea of who we are and what we do as a company.

Once you’ve done so it would be great to know what you think!

 

Rebecca Murphy

Account Manager

 

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My entrance into the world of work – my first weeks at Syndicate Communications

Having just graduated from the University of Southampton this summer with a BA (Hons) in Film and English, I was committed to pursuing a career in public sector PR.

I knew that an internship with Syndicate Communications, who specialise in public sector marketing and communications, would provide me with the grounding and skills needed to succeed in Public Relations. So when I received the phone call to say I have been chosen for the role of PR and Social Media Account executive internship I was over the moon!

The first day anywhere is always nerve-racking; the first day of school, moving to university, or starting a new job, and although I had a few butterflies they soon disappeared when I was greeted by the welcoming and friendly team.

I’ll never forget my first few weeks at Syndicate Communications; not only have we had the hottest weather of the year, I have already gained some great experience and am really enjoying myself. I have been kept busy with numerous different work tasks, including research for new business, compiling media lists and creating client coverage logs.

In addition to all this I have had the opportunity to be a key part of the recent brainstorming sessions, written several press releases and have also carried out research on prospective clients.

The work has been both varied and engaging which has provided me with a real insight into the company. Also the level of responsibility and the opportunities that have been presented to me many interns perhaps would not be privileged to and I can tell that even in this short amount of time I am beginning to get to grips with the industry!

So far, the highlight of my internship was attending a meeting with my colleague and Account Manager Rebecca Murphy, to discuss the content and progress of Syndicate’s brand new website. It was fascinating to see the process involved when creating and developing a website and it was great to be able to have an input at the meeting.

To think, it was only last month that I was donning my mortar board, and preparing to step up on stage in order to graduate from the University of Southampton, and now I am embarking on a new journey that promises to be a valuable learning curve for myself. Watch this space!

PR & Social Media Account Executive Intern

PR & Social Media Account Executive Intern