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Peer Dining With The CIM


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Being a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), I was delighted to receive an invitation this week to an exclusive dinner “as a sign of appreciation to all our Fellows”.

Held in The Peer’s Dining Room at the House of Lords and hosted by Baroness O’Cathain so it sure to be a very prestigious affair and I’m really honoured to be recognised by the CIM in this way.

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Mystery Voice


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It was a bit of a radio week last week, not least because I was invited onto Midweek Drive morning edition last Thursday as the mystery voice and, thank goodness, I was recognised!

That could have been awkward. Here’s how it went… (more…)

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Cool for CAT


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Exciting news…CAT is re-branding for a brand new era.

Lots of fantastic new projects are being developed behind the scenes which will expand the range of services on offer to support businesses in all aspects of their communications.

Individual announcements will be made about these very soon but, in the meantime, I am excited to reveal a brand new logo to reposition and equip CAT ready for this amazing new journey.

So, stay tuned for more news as it happens! (more…)

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CAT Nominated For National Award!


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EXCITING NEWS!

After years of being part of award-winning campaigns for clients and agencies, I’ve been nominated for a CIPR Excellence Award myself as an Outstanding Independent Practitioner and I’m absolutely thrilled about it!

The CIPR Excellence Awards are considered the PR industry’s most established celebration of creativity and professionalism, and recognise talent from all corners of the country, so to be considered amongst the very best in the UK is an enormous accolade. (more…)

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Alone On Christmas


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Working in PR I am often involved in some fabulous projects and I’m even becoming a bit of a regular at Pinewood Studios working on the music videos for singer Gary Curtis.

I have to admit that I’m enjoying the experience and Gary’s latest video for his single, Alone On Christmas, was a particularly exciting project as it was a short film around a zombie breakout featuring a number of familiar faces including; Sally Geeson (Bless This House/Carry On films), Gary Ashburn, Jerome Blake (Star Wars), and Nick Elliott rock photographer.

What was even more exciting for me, though, was that I was invited to be one of the scientists brought in to help contain the attack but I don’t avoid being infected myself! (more…)

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Online and ready to go!


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For anyone who has ever published or updated their website, there is a moment of nervous anticipation just before clicking the button to make it live. I have felt that feeling this very morning.

After months of hard work, the moment has finally arrived to launch my newly created website onto the unsuspecting public. (more…)

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Dare you call for Bloody Mary?


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Legend has it that saying “Bloody Mary” three times while standing before a mirror will summon a terrifying entity from beyond the grave.

Every year I carve a pumpkin for the village Trick Or Treaters so this year I bring you Bloody Mary and hope you enjoy your fright night….just don’t risk say her name too many times!

Happy All Hallows’ Eve.

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A Nation of Shopkeepers


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freelancer n : A person hired to do specific assignments, not employed continuously

The world of the freelancer is a stressful place to be.

In my career as a Communications Specialist I have worked with many different clients, in many different business sectors and have often been approached by marketing, advertising and PR agencies to provide freelance support.

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Kicking The Business Bucket


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I often chat with fellow business owners and self-employed people during the course of my working day and there’s a challenge which appears to be facing everyone – how do you manage to make your finances go further in Britain today?

It seems that most small businesses and, let’s be honest, individuals are struggling to balance the books, as a recent Which? poll revealed. (more…)

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Camera, action


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I count myself very lucky.

Over the years I have been fortunate enough to meet and work with a lot of well-known, and not-so well-known, people through the course of my photo-journalistic and PR work and have enjoyed every minute of it.

I recently put together a snap-book for one of my PR clients capturing his exploits through the ages and thought it would be really nice to document my own journey in images. (more…)

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Two Fingers Of Red Eye Please


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I often have a date with Mr P Grigio. He’s cool and strong and visits me regularly. Oh, we have such fun together.

He’s enormously good company and has been a constant companion through many a crisis, being completely relied upon to provide just the perfect level of support when needed.  Even on the most difficult of journeys he has been right by my side. (more…)