Apparently, I’m ‘one to watch’

7 12 2010

Still high from Friday’s award-win, I was really excited to see the CIPR’s judges comments online today. They’re so lovely – I’m glad that I made such an impression.–

Tara has achieved an incredible amount in just a few years of working in the industry and has made a massive impact on the Midlands PR scene. She has been instrumental in helping her company rise to the top in a short space of time, and her steely determination and love of communication has meant she has built a vast network of contacts that have no doubt proved invaluable in delivering the rapid growth and success of her agency so far. Tara has a huge passion for Birmingham as a city and is a shining example of some of the great PR work being undertaken outside of London. She clearly lives for her career and enjoys (almost) every minute of it, with a refreshing approach to team management for someone so young. Tara is a breath of fresh air and a real inspiration. There was no doubt in the minds of the judges that she sums up everything a young communicator should be and she has a really promising career ahead of her as a future industry leader. Definitely one to watch!

Fingers crossed I can live up to this now!

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Reviving the blog and living up to the award

5 12 2010

So, yet again you hear those words, “I’m reviving my blog”. I always have the best intentions with this blog but then, as usual, life gets in the way and it slips down the ‘to do’ list. But, with a very exciting weekend under my belt, I’m back on the blogging bandwagon and ready to live up to my new title.

Friday night saw the annual CIPR PRide Midlands Awards, where the best comms teams from across the East and West Midlands don their best ‘award attire’ to celebrate another fantastic year in the industry. Last year was the first time I went to the Awards and was also the first time Rewired PR entered; even better, we won Outstanding Small Consultancy.

Twelve months later and the then-team-of-three is now a team of six and after a fantastic night we walked away with Outstanding Small Consultancy for the second year running. I’m so proud of us for winning; it has been an amazing year at Rewired, with some fantastic new additions to the team and client list! More than just a massive boost to the team, I also love that our clients have the knowledge that they’re working with an agency recognised by its PR peers.

On top of the Rewired award was also my personal award-win; Outstanding Young Communicator of the Year. I went for the award in the knowledge that I’m still relatively new to the industry but proud of what I’ve achieved so far. When I was shortlisted, I was absolutely over-the-moon, especially being up against three brilliant PR professionals.

I’m beyond delighted that I’ve won (for once I’m actually speechless); it’s so fantastic to be recognised by the CIPR team and fellow PRs and agencies. I’m also following in the footsteps of the lovely Lucy Kemp, PR Director at Seal, and I’ve promised her that she’s handing the title to someone that promises to live up to it! Winning the award has given me a massive confidence boost and I hope that I can work closely with CIPR throughout the year to promote the amazing work done by all PR agency and in-house teams across the Midlands.

So, with that in mind, I intend to dedicate more time to my blog and document a lot more of what I’m getting up to. For all the times that I fail, head to Twitter and I’m sure you’ll find a running commentary of my life.





Get on your dancing shoes… International Dance Festival Birmingham is coming

2 12 2009

It’s an exciting day in the Rewired office, and not just because my Christmas playlist is on repeat. We’ve been confirmed as the PR Agency for International Dance Festival Birmingham 2010.

Taking place 19 April – 16 May the festival, which is run by DanceXchange and Birmingham Hippodrome,will be showcasing a huge range of dance styles at venues across both the city and the region. Some of this year’s highlights include:

A new solo Kathak work by acclaimed choreographer Akram Khan; the National Ballet of Cuba featuring guest appearances by Carlos Acosta; Mark Morris Dance Group with the orchestra of English National Opera; Strictly Come Dancing – The Professionals; Sutra, a stunning dance piece featuring 17 monks from the original Shaolin Temple in China; and C!RCA, a thoroughly new circus show combining dance with awe inspiring acrobatics. There will also be a host of other activities and events including free outdoor spectaculars, a weekend for children and families, and many opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to take part.

IDFB 2010 is being funded by Advantage West Midlands, Arts Council England West Midlands, and Birmingham City Council, with a new sponsor Brewin Dolphin. BBC Radio WM has come on board as a Media Partner and Crowne Plaza has been confirmed as the Accomodation Partner.

I’m so excited about working on the festival, it’s going to be an amazing project. Anyone that knows me is aware of my love for dancing, and we’re making plans in the office to start dance lessons so look out for the big announcement.I’ll be sure to start blogging about our dance lessons too… and there will be plenty of twitpiccing!

Until then, I will just continue ripping up the dance floor in my usual hotspots over the festive season!