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Our parent company, Chime Communications, recently disposed of a number of PR agencies and formed a new Public Relations Division, the Good Relations Group.
We are the North of England team within the Good Relations Group. With over 60 consultants in offices across Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool, we are the biggest PR agency in the North of England.
To reflect being part of the newly formed Good Relations Group, we have changed our name from Bell Pottinger North to Good Relations North.
Our commitment to client reputations is as resolute as ever. Our skills and creative expertise help companies to engage and win advocacy to achieve trusted relationships. As everybody knows, it is only by forming trusted relationships with customers, staff and stakeholders can companies thrive and achieve success. Trusted and admired brands are the engines of success.
The new group has been formed to build upon this.
To find out more, or to discuss how we can help you, please get in touch.
Chris Warham, Managing Director, Good Relations North
It’s something everyone feels. The moment the camera goes on, the words start coming out of the journalist’s mouth and the slow, dawning realisation hits you. This is live. You become acutely aware of the simplest things; how you’re speaking, where you hold your hands, even the frequency of your blinking. Suddenly, the simplest of tasks like getting your words out, becomes a thought-intensive and complicated process.
At Bell Pottinger North we help our clients get through these difficult moments with expert media training from former journalists. One of the first lessons we teach trainees is to keep calm and handle any situation with care, compassion and control. Perhaps it is reassuring then to remember that even ‘experts’ at the art make mistakes.
On Monday, David Cameron was called into the Commons to discuss the future of his minister Jeremy Hunt who was facing accusations of complicity in News International’s takeover of BSkyB.
As soon as the Prime Minister started speaking, it was clear it wasn’t the calm and collected man we are used to. He immediately began launching tirades against the opposition benches, obviously irked at being called into the Commons when he was supposed to be campaigning.
This culminated in a comment he made to Dennis Skinner MP, the 80-year old MP affectionately known as the Beast of Bolsover for his bolshiness. The MP asked in his typical style:
“Why is the secretary of state for culture getting better employment rights than the rest of the workers in Britain? Is it possibly because you know that whilst ever the culture secretary is in the firing line, that it prevents the bullets from hitting you, the Prime Minister?”
To which the Prime Minister replied:
“Well you have the right at any time to take your pension and I advise you to do so.”
Just weeks after the controversy over a ‘granny tax’, the morning after the newspapers and airwaves were awash with accusations of ageism, losing control and bullying.
The mistake the Prime Minister made was a simple one. He forgot to handle the situation with care and compassion and turned a bad situation into a worse one.
It is always worth remembering when that camera switches on and the journalist starts speaking, whatever worries go through your head, just remember to keep cool and carry on.
Here is Bell Pottinger’s budget 2010 summary http://tinyurl.com/ylmgrqa
There could be a rude awakening for communications types over the coming weeks. Google’s new Sidewiki has the tag line “Contribute helpful information to any web page”. In short it allows any Google toolbar user to make comments about any page. These can then be displayed directly alongside that page by any Google toolbar user that chooses to view them. That’s any of your web pages…..
Control of the contents of the browser window has now been handed over to public opinion (well not quite but..) Imagine the airline that charges for “online checkin” whose web site is adorned with reams of comments about “watching for the hidden charges” or the retailer with delivery problems whose site is encircled with horror stories. The damage could be enormous.
It’s only a beta and will certainly evolve – but if you are not fully engaging with your web-savvy target audiences, then now would be a great time to join the conversation.
Bell Pottinger parent company Chime Communcations plc along with other FTSE plc’s is supporting an initiative by BITC to improve the work experience their companies offer to more than half a million young people every year.
Chime Communications plc (Bell Pottinger North’s parent company) outperforms analyst expectations with 7 per cent income growth.
Brand Republic (Web), 25/08/2009, p.0, Alec Mattinson
We have sharpened up our web site. Come and have a look at Bell Pottinger North
The world’s largest brick manufacturer, Wienerberger, has appointed Bell Pottinger North to implement and manage a national PR campaign. The Consultancy will be working closely with Wienerberger’s marketing team to deliver ongoing reputation management, proactive media relations, crisis communications and a targeted thought-leadership programme.
Bell Pottinger has won a contract with the Health & Safety Laboratory to deliver a comprehensive campaign of PR and communications support over the next 12-24 months. This makes it four in a row for Bell Pottinger North which continues to expand its client portfolio with this major new public sector account win.
Bell Pottinger North has won a contract to raise the profile and reputation of LapCabby, a leading classroom technology solution that manages the storage and charging of laptop computers. http://tinyurl.com/kqblha