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!


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.

Happy New Year, Happy New Snow Boots

6 01 2010

Hello hello, it has been a while since I’ve blogged… apologies but the festive season has got in the way. The bad news now though, is that my brain has a backlog of things I’ve been meaning to blog about so sorry if you get sick of seeing random things from me over the next week.

So, how was everyone’s Christmas and New Year? We all set and ready for 2010? I am; completely. I don’t know why but I’m really excited about this year; there are so many things going on and being the start of a new decade makes me think there are even more possibilities.

On the personal side, there is lots going on, including an exciting house move this Friday. Stay tuned for pictures of the housewarming…

Work-wise there are some amazing things on the horizon, including some exciting plans for Style Birmingham; International Dance Festival Birmingham 2010; some great projects with Punch Records; and the fantastic Pop: Jann Haworth exhibition at Wolverhampton Art Gallery. There is also the looming final of The F Word, which features Birmingham’s very own Lasan. Fingers crossed they do it… tune in to Channel 4 tomorrow night at 9pm to find out. There’s loads more happening at Rewired, so I’ll be sure to share it with you.

But for now, I just want to say how bored I am of the snow. It was exciting when it was Christmas but Mr Jack Frost, IT ISN’T CHRISTMAS ANYMORE. I’m not using the white stuff to have any time off work either; what’s the point, you’ll only end up doing more when you’re back anyway. The drive home tonight was a tad horrendous as the snow is turning to ice, but most of the problems are caused by bad drivers!

Anyway, rant over… I’m off to finish packing for the big move. Catch you later.

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!

A year in the life of Rewired

27 11 2009

The Rewired team with Rob Markwell (Pitch Consultants) and Michael Collie (BBC)

I can’t believe it has already been a week since we were getting dolled up in the office ready for the CIPR PRide Midlands Awards. Held at the ICC, the awards celebrate PR professionals and agencies across the Midlands region. Rewired was up for Outstanding Small Consultancy and I’d tried not to think about it too much for fear of being disappointed, but as soon as we sat at the table, my heart starting going. Luckily, my first trip on the stage was to collect a bottle of Veuve (I was one of the raffle winners!) so we popped the cork to settle the nerves.

The night was amazing and 21 awards into the show, Rewired was announced as the CIPR PRide Midlands ‘Oustanding Small Consultancy’. I won’t go into details but let’s just say the night didn’t end when the awards did and my bottle of Veuve was one of many.

It was such an amazing achievement for us as a company and a team, especially seeing as though Rewired was only been born 18 months ago.

Winning got me thinking about what an amazing year and a half it has been at Rewired. Everyone knows how much I love my job and the people I work with, but more than that I was proud of Rewired for having such a fantastic year in such a difficult economic climate.

This time last year, we had already begun working on some amazing clients; Taste of Birmingham, Hello Digital, Wolverhampton Art Gallery and The Big Picture, but since then the client list has gone from strength to strength. We’re working with some amazing organisations on some really exciting projects and clients.

We’ve maintained our niche of creative, digital and leisure companies but developed each of these client bases to include some amazing companies. As well as regional organisations like Screen West Midlands, Audiences Central and Ormiston Trust, we’re also working with innovative companies and projects like Mudlark.We’re still heavily involved in the region’s arts scene and continue working with Wolverhampton Art Gallery; currently on the amazing ‘Pop: Jann Haworth’ exhibition, which you MUST go and see.  We are also working with Punch Records on some amazing music and arts projects, and so far have brought some brilliant music to the city!

We also have also strengthened our events arm; both PR and event management. We’ve done PR for BASS Festival, Style in the City and Birmingham Book Festival. As well as the event management of Producers’ Forum ‘Celebrate the Future of Film’, Royal Television Society Awards and a number of high profile film premieres and industry events for Screen WM.

As well as Style in the City, we have also moved in to the fashion world (much to my delight), working with Retail Birmingham. Style Birmingham, the consumer brand for Retail Birmingham, had a fantastic rebrand earlier in the year (courtesy of 383 Project, who I love working with). Since then, Style Birmingham has gone from strength to strength and is fast-becoming the city’s voice for style and shopping. This project is a major part of our leisure/consumer work, which also includes work with Lasan, Birmingham’s premier Indian Restaurant, who have recently won Best Indian Restaurant on The F Word.

There are so many other clients to mention but you’ll get bored if I keep going, but it’s just amazing for me to see how much we’ve grown since last year. We’ve just been taken on by a couple of new clients, which I’m sure I will be blogging and twittering about very soon.

2010 looks to be a very exciting year so hopefully, this time next year, I’ll be writing a post about event more exciting times at Rewired HQ!

Stepping into the world of Dub

23 11 2009

Coming from a musical background – Google Barry Tomes and Norma Lewis (Momma and Poppa Bear) and you’ll see what I mean – I’ve always been pretty open minded in the music department. My iPod has the most random mix of music on it.

I’m quite in to drum ‘n’ bass and recently this has developed into a love of dubstep. It seems to be pretty popular at the moment, with Skream and Rusko making it on to Radio 1 playlist thanks to remixes of La Roux and Mr Hudson.

As part of Rewired’s work with Punch Records, I’m really excited about working on their latest tour, Dub to Dubstep, which kicks off later this week.

Mikey Dread

The six-date maverick tour is an exploration of the connection between dub, reggae and dubstep. Such a massive genre across the world, people don’t often understand the difference between these three types of music so Punch is working with Channel One Sound System and Vagabondz to bring this tour to life.

Who’s involved?
Celebrating their 30th Anniversary, Channel One will bring their custom-built soundsystem to each venue, with Mikey Dread as Selector and Ras Kayleb as MC. The tour will also feature four leading dub artists; The Uplifter, JazZstepPa, Kromestar, and Rob Smith aka RSD.

Who are they?
A fixture on the scene since 2003, The Uplifter is an established DJ, who brings his performances to life with animated art projections, live percussion and vocalists. He will be joined by JazZstepPa, one of the UK’s leading dubstep acts that have already attracted attention from BBC Radio 1. Another sought-after dubstep DJ, and BBC 1 Xtra and Rinse FM resident, Kromestar, will also feature in the line-up. The final act to take to the stage as part of the exciting tour is Rob Smith aka RSD, who has produced a number of songs including Massive Attack’s first single ‘Any Love’.

The Channel One Sound System

When is it?
Dub to Dubstep is taking place between 28 November – 12 December:

28 November: Beaver Works, Leeds
3 December: The Rainbow, Birmingham
4 December: Trinity, Bristol
9 December: The Den, London
10 December: Digital, Brighton
12 December: Old Firestation, Bournemouth

It’s exciting to see a different type of tour happening and from what I know so far, it’s definitely going to be explosive, so make sure you check it out. I will be going to a couple of the gigs so give me a shout if you’re going too!

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Time For The Resurrection

17 11 2009

Don’t worry, I’m not about to get Holy on you all and start talking about Jesus and suspicious moving rocks, I am just resurrecting my blog.

A victim of my busy lifestyle, I started this blog with all good intentions but then life got the better of me and I let it slip. The guilt has been with me for a couple of months (how very melodramatic of me) so I thought I should make the most of my last few days off work and bring my blog back to life. After all, I have so much to say for myself, as you all know.

It might not be New Year yet but my resolution is to re-kindle my blogging and share my thoughts and experiences on this here site. As I had initially intended, I’m going to use my blog to talk about things I’ve done, things I’m doing, work, play, and just about anything else you may (or may not) be interested in… think of it as an online diary of a girl who works in PR, likes to socialise and likes to shop.

Enjoy the new look… (I don’t mean my new look – after too much shopping in New York – I mean my newly resurrected blog!)