Posts from September 2015

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Refresh PR whips up a storm in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support

On Friday 25th September we rolled up our sleeves, dug out our whisks and all got baking in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Refresh PR Manchester


With recipes including raspberry brownies, lemon layered sponge cake and cherry and almond cake, we pulled out all the stops to deliver a variety of sweet treats in order to tempt our neighbours into digging deep for charity.


We opened our doors from 11am, welcoming neighbours and passers-by with a chance to indulge on a Friday afternoon. As the day came to a close we also went out and about in the Northern Quarter to sell the remaining cakes, ensuring we collected the most we could for charity.  


On the day we managed to tempt our favourite Tariff Street haunts into generously parting with their cash, with Tariff and Dale, The Whiskey Jar and newcomer The Pen and Pencil all making a donation in return for cakes. Neighbours such as My Clever Agency, Paul Danson Imagineering and Spacemen helped us raise a grand total of £70.


We want to say a huge thank you to all of our generous neighbours who made a donation to Macmillan Cancer Support – with a special thank you to Tariff and Dale, which kindly let us sell cakes to all of its customers, and the team at Paul Danson Imagineering which generously donated in return for a full tray of our remaining cakes.


Refresh PR’s Gemma Killackey commented, “As a team we were delighted to have contributed to Macmillan Cancer Support. This is an extremely worthwhile charity which supports not only cancer suffers, but also their families, helping them cope with the illness. The money raised from our cake sale and the infamous coffee mornings which took place up and down the country will go towards ensuring those facing cancer are not alone – this is something we are proud to have been a part of.”


This year alone Macmillan Cancer Support has raised nearly £1,000,000 from coffee mornings across the UK.







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A lot can ‘appen in a week

Heading into the app store can sometimes seem as overwhelming as checking out the shelves of an overstuffed shop; there’s just so much to look at and such a lot of it seems useful! Following extensive research into the most popular apps around (yes, including Candy Crush and the Kim Kardashian game), team Refresh has compiled the seven most useful apps – one for each day of the week, and of course they accompany old faithfuls such as social media, messaging apps and storage!  



An ultra-busy day at work means nipping out for lunch can be tricky, however, you may well be tempted by a post-weekend treat. Step in Deliveroo, which allows users to order from their favourite restaurant and have their ideal meal delivered straight to their desk. With many of Manchester’s most popular eateries already signed up, this is the perfect app for those who fancy a cheeky burger for their Monday midday meal.



Stay fully organised throughout the week using Evernote, a productivity app that makes syncing devices, to-do lists and even documents ultra-simple. Ideal for workers on the go, Evernote acts like a digital personal assistant – think of it as Siri meets Stepford Wives.



Ever wondered how much (or how little!) activity you actually undertake in the day? Then you need to download Moves. This app tracks how much physical activity you complete in terms of time, actual steps, distance and calories burnt; ideal for those who are working on their fitness, Moves can even be used to set targets and will reward you with personal bests.



Late night shopping on Thursday may inspire a cheeky post-work trip to buy a weekend outfit. Ensure you’re getting the best possible price for your splurge by downloading Quick Scan Bar Code Scanner before you shop. Simply open the app and photograph a product’s bar code; the app will then show where the item can be bought and will show you which store is offering the best price, leaving you with more spending money in your pocket.



The best music always seems to play on the office radio on Fridays. While this is no bad thing (who isn’t happy when Crazy In Love plays on Kisstory?), what can be annoying is when an absolute tune plays but the name of the track or artist cannot be remembered. Worry not; simply open Shazam and hold your phone in the direction of the music. Shazam will tell you the artist and song name and can even link up to iTunes so you can buy it.



Taxi to your favourite haunt on a Saturday with Uber, which can be booked and paid for via your smartphone. This app proves especially useful when heading home with, perhaps, a little less cash to hand then you originally planned at the start of the night. It has rescued us on many occasions.



Find that those Saturday night selfies don’t look quite as fresh upon review on Sunday? Filter to your heart’s content with FaceTune to make sure none of the weekend’s shots are duds. Providing more editing options than Instagram, FaceTune is an ultra-simple way to improve your pictures. Be warned however, the temptation to stray into Mariah Carey levels of airbrushing can be all too tempting; less is often more.


We’d love to know what apps are your essentials throughout the week, be they for selfies, storage, social media or singing  – tweet us @RefreshPR or simply comment below.





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We're feeling Fresh!

September is proving to be a very good month for Refresh PR. We have been nominated for another award and this time it is for the ‘Freshest Consultancy Team’ at the 2015 Fresh PR Awards!

We’re extremely excited about our national award nomination; the Fresh Awards celebrate independent organisations that strive to showcase creativity and innovation within the creative, media, digital and public relations industries.

In order to be nominated, the consultancy must have displayed and maintained outstanding work across various clients and projects. Refresh has certainly done that!

As a result of securing new clients over the last couple of months, Refresh PR has hosted a number of extremely successful media events and even secured a Guinness World Record for beauty brand Arbonne along the way.

Here at Refresh PR, we are determined and passionate about providing high quality, creative and forward-thinking work across all our accounts. We prioritise quality over quantity and this is highlighted, not only through our client work, but also within our small yet specialised and driven team. We pride ourselves on our collaboration and team-work in everything we do.

Account director Gemma explained: "We care about getting the right results for clients; we’re part of their team, delivering honest PR that’ll make a difference to business objectives. Our working atmosphere helps us forge a real ‘team’ effort alongside clients."

We’re very much looking forward to the Fresh Awards and hope to be coming home with an award that will really put the fresh in Refresh.



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Good things come in threes for Refresh PR!

Refresh PR received three CIPR PRide award nominations this year - two for the ‘Best Event’ and one for ‘Best Small Consultancy’.


The CIPR PRide awards are held every year and recognise the achievements of public relations professionals, teams and agencies throughout nine different regions within the UK. The CIPR PRide awards are the most recognised awards in the public relations industry, which celebrate and reward outstanding work.


It has been a very busy past six months for Refresh PR, with new team members, successful events, press trips and new clients joining the Refresh portfolio. It is therefore extra special to be receiving three nominations this year! 


Team Refresh’s two nominations for ‘Best Event’ came from the highly acclaimed ‘rOadTONE’ event in London for client, OTONE Audio and our ‘Arbonne Drive By’ event for beauty, health and wellness client, Arbonne.


rOadTONE saw Refresh PR and Otone Audio fill an Otone branded Hummer full of food and drinks and chauffeur journalists around London, chatting and letting them try the brand’s new Blufiniti speaker. As you can imagine this was a huge hit with journalists, ourselves and the Otone team. Read more about the rOadTONE event here.


Nia Dawson explains: "This was a fantastic way to get the journalists all in one place and really tell them about what the product offers. Like the brand itself, we wanted to keep rOadTONE fun and relaxed – I believe we achieved this and I am very proud of the success of the event and the coverage secured following it." 


The second nomination came as a result of the Arbonne Drive By which saw Valentine’s gifts of Arbonne cosmetics delivered to romantics around the city centre. This centred on a convoy of Arbonne’s iconic white Mercedes cars travelling around Manchester city centre for half a day, stopping off for sampling and photo calls at key landmarks and locations.


Arbonne and Refresh PR were joined by the Manchester Evening News for the journey, that also covered the story on the website.


Gemma Killackey explains: "The event was a huge success and it was all down to team work. Each car has a specific role to play so accuracy and planning were key on the day to ensure everything went perfectly, both ourselves and Arbonne were delighted with the results of the stunt."


Both of the nominations for ‘Best Event’ were only possible because of the great clients we have the pleasure of working with at Refresh and the account teams working for them. We came up with never-seen-before campaigns, something which always carries a risk element, but they really paid off for us.


Refresh PR is also nominated for ‘Best Small Consultancy’. This is an award we are particularly proud of; as a small team we work hard and very closely together, which means team work, organisation, cooperation and a shared passion for Refresh PR and all of our clients.


The winners will be decided later in the year by the highest calibre of experts, drawn from the very top of their fields. The awards will be taking place in Manchester on the 5th of November and Refresh PR hopes to be bringing home a well-deserved win!



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