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BIM there, done that: The state of BIM in 2020

As we enter a new decade, BIM (Building Information Modelling) might feel to some like merely the over-hyped remnant of the last, a promised digital revolution that never really changed the world the way it was meant to (see also: the Millennium Bug, Tamagotchi’s, Amstrad Emailers and MySpace).  

However, 2020 could be the year that BIM finally takes it long-awaited turn in the spotlight! With the dual drivers of increasing construction demand and the need for digitisation, BIM could in fact be the hero of the hour.

What is BIM? 

In short, BIM is a way to create an intelligent 3D model that simultaneously stores a vast array of information that can easily be drawn upon at every step of the building’s lifecycle.

Not only can the architect create highly detailed and intricate designs, but the data on each and every building product is easy to find and update for the engineers, construction professionals, facilities managers, owners, operators, refurbishers and maintainers of the site, from the day its first imagined until the day it’s demolished. 

By visualising the data in this way, it’s much easier for the project’s stakeholders to see how their choice of materials will affect the long-term operations and functionality of a building.

The story so far

2016 was meant to be BIM’s year. The UK Government set a deadline for 4th April by which point all public sector construction projects should be designed using BIM. This was meant to be the light that set the fuse on the BIM firework.

As it turned out, the take up was not as decisive as the industry thought it was going to be, and rather than a dazzling rocket it felt to many like BIM was just a short-lived sparkler.

What will 2020 mean for BIM?

Metaphors aside, the current outlook is that BIM sits somewhere between where the government wants it to be and where detractors think it is. In fact, the National BIM Report 2019 states awareness and adoption has grown from “10% in 2011 to around 70% in 2019”, however it admits “the latest survey shows some stagnation in adoption.”

While enthusiasm may not be at a fever pitch, many construction product manufacturers have felt the need to make sure they have a fully stocked BIM library. By having their products readily available as downloadable BIM objects, a manufacturer avoids being the one left off the all-critical specification list for those projects that have finally embraced BIM.

This approach may well be the one that ultimately pays off, as not only is more of the construction industry now using BIM than not, but more and more pressure is being placed on architects and developers to utilise smarter, digital methodologies in order to meet a sharply rising workload.

BIM helps to cut costs and timescales by streamlining the complexities of large-scale construction. It does this by enabling the quick and easy sharing of large quantities of data between large numbers of people, which in today’s fast-paced digital workplaces is an ideal way to enhance collaboration while reducing aggravating errors and duplication.

With growing populations requiring housing, and forecasts predicting growth for multiple sectors, including education, health and civil engineering, it’s possible BIM will see a renewed uptake in popularity. Thanks to its interconnected, holistic nature it could be the best way to increase productivity in the construction industry – which will need to happen if all the work that’s coming the industry’s way is going to get done!

Time will tell if BIM ever becomes the star that we were promised, but it’s fair to say that it’s already made its mark and is going to be a topic of conversation for some time yet.  

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Another success story for Eurocell’s Future of Homes campaign

To finish off our blog series on this year’s Construction Marketing Awards, we’ve written about our work with Eurocell on the Future of Homes campaign. In this blog we talk through the campaign to help explain why it repeatedly achieves award shortlists.


To address the housing shortage and ensure that the housing stock deficit is erased, the UK needs to build 340,000 new homes every year until 2031, and it’s critical that these homes meet the needs and demands of future homeowners.


To gain insight into this, we worked with Eurocell to survey 1,000 25-40-year old renters and homeowners to investigate their views on the subject. The findings were then displayed in a digital, downloadable whitepaper hosted on Eurocell’s website, which also incorporated the thoughts of leading architects who participated in a roundtable discussion to analyse the findings.


The Future Homes campaign achieved strong media interest in highly specialist titles, positioning Eurocell as a leading authority on a range of key subjects and creating new opportunities to establish relationships with architect practices.


We’re really proud of this one and we’re looking forward to seeing if it can claim the title of best Big Budget Campaign at the CMA’s awards ceremony in November.






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The sky is the limit for Refresh PR and Uponor!

Last week we announced that Refresh has been shortlisted for eight Construction Marketing Awards, making 2019 the best in the company’s history in terms of CMA’s!


Kicking off our blog this week, we’re looking at Uponor’s ‘The Sky’s the Limit’ campaign which has been shortlisted for three CMA’s this year: Strategic Planning & Management, Best use of Press & Public Relations and Best Low Budget Campaign.


In January 2019, Uponor appointed Refresh to accelerate the company’s brand awareness.


We started out by holding a strategy development session with the Uponor senior team, then followed it up with further research and creative development in order to create 'The Sky's the Limit' campaign. The campaign utilised independent research among Uponor's target audience to identify key trends and issues in high rise construction in order to create a compelling PR story driven by a piece of 'hero' content on Uponor’s website: 'The Sky's the Limit' whitepaper.


Designed to deliver top-level, issues-based and opinion-led content to encourage engagement and debate, the campaign delivered clear results, including backlinks in media coverage, downloads of the whitepaper and direct leads generated through a download of the whitepaper.


Both Refresh and Uponor are both thrilled to see the campaign being recognised by the CMA’s by being shortlisted for three different awards and look forward to seeing if they can go the whole way on 28th November!





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Window with a View gets shortlisted for Best use of Press & Public Relations and Best Mid-Range Budget Campaign

As you may have seen last week, Refresh PR has been shortlisted for EIGHT Construction Marketing Awards, making 2019 a personal best for the company in terms of CMA’s! Today on our blog we’re going to be delving into the Window with a View campaign we’ve been working on with, the consumer arm of the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF).


Refresh has been working with GGF for a number of years, and has worked on the Window with a View competition for the past four years. This year the competition, which invites members of the public to embrace their inner photographer and capture any particularly impressive window and view, involved changes to make it bigger and better than ever.


This year the competition moved from being solely held on’s website, to involve its social channels at both entering and voting stages. This raised awareness of the organisation on social media, as well as prompting a spike in number of entries for the 2019 competition.


In late July a panel of photography, architecture, marketing and glazing professionals met to judge the hundreds of images that the public had submitted, resulting in a winner for each of the 11 regions across the UK. These regional winners, and the competition in general, led to record numbers of pieces of coverage across regional and national titles, which in turn led to an intense few weeks of voting for a national winner on the website, Twitter and Instagram pages.


In early September 2019, the national competition closed and Arundel Castle was announced as the national winner of the Window with a View 2019 competition, again providing with coverage across a number of regional and national titles.


Both Refresh and are over the moon that the competition and its success has been recognised by being shortlisted twice for the Construction Marketing Awards, for Best use of Press & Public Relations and Best Mid-Range Budget Campaign. We’re all looking forward to the ceremony on 28th November - wish us luck!


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Eight Construction Marketing Award shortlists for Refresh PR

It’s a very happy Monday at the Refresh PR office. We’re celebrating after being shortlisted for not just one, but two agency gongs at the 2019 Construction Marketing Awards (CMAs) – in the Small Agency of the Year and PR Agency of the Year categories.


CMA awards

That’s alongside another SIX nominations for campaigns with our clients Uponor, and Eurocell!

Entries are judged on criteria such as consistent high performance, having delivered client satisfaction, met client objectives and demonstrating a strong culture of creativity and originality.


Our MD, Laura Mashiter, said: “The CMAs, run by the Chartered Institute of Marketing, showcase the commitment, strategic thinking and creativity that sits behind the UK’s most successful construction marketing and communications campaigns. They’re the gold standard so it feels wonderful to be recognised once again – particularly as we approach our tenth anniversary in business. The night provides a chance to look back on the successes of the past 12 months and give our team (and our fantastic clients) the recognition they deserve for being amongst the hardest-working and PR folk in the business.


We can’t wait for the ceremony on 28th November. Watch this space!


The Refresh PR team has over seven decades of PR experience in both the built environment and tech sectors and experienced record growth in 2018/19, with 2019/2020 set to be even bigger. 




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3 things we learned from UK Construction Week: day three

And, just like that, it’s over! The third and final day of this year’s UK Construction Week certainly did not disappoint.

Importantly, today was World Mental Health Day. The entire event showed its support for this vital initiative – and not just at the designated wellbeing zone.

Getting materialistic

Materials. They’re at the very core of built environment projects – but ongoing conversations around sustainability mean that it has perhaps never been more important to consider the environmental impact that materials can have. It was encouraging to see the issue being taken seriously in a talk by Natasha Watson, a senior structural engineer who highlighted her belief that you can always find a way to reduce the impact of the materials you use, but that there is no “one-size-fits-all” solution.

The session chimed with many other talks this week, that have zoned in on the importance of sector unity in the face of the climate emergency, and the critical role we have to play in tackling it. Watson stated: “we can start solving these issues with collaboration and new ways of thinking.” It’s an important message and one that resonated with the audience.

The future of skills

Talk turned to skills this afternoon, with a panel discussion on the ever-present need for businesses to recruit and retain qualified teams. The skills crisis is, of course, not limited to the construction sector alone, but it’s certainly started to bite a little harder in the past few years. Just this week, Randstad revealed that Brexit has created recruitment slump across the sector this summer, with fewer than half of jobs being filled due to parliamentary uncertainty. It was therefore an apt seminar, which included contributors such as Liz Male of the eponymous consulting firm and Sarah Beale of the CITB.

As promised, the team delivered a whole host of practical ways that businesses can tackle the skills crisis head-on – leaving the audience members (including myself!) feeling inspired to put their tips into action back at the office.

The workplaces of the future

The changing face of the traditional “office” has become a central point for discussion in recent years, specifically for the construction industry. Flexible working and the growing number of entrepreneurial digital businesses (that can operate from anywhere with a WiFi connection) are changing the face of town centres and business districts as we know it. 

Architects, planners and developers must therefore dramatically reassess how to design these spaces; that’s to say, with the agility and flexibility required to meet the needs of our future workforce. Disruptors in this space have come in the form of co-working offices such as WeWork and pop-up marketplace Appear Here – both of which fundamentally change how buildings are used by their occupants.

It’s something that was explored in depth on the Main Stage in a session entitled “Future-proofing town centre and workplace: what buildings do organisations need and want?”

The panel included experts from Google, John Lewis and Grimshaw Architects and it was fascinating to hear from some of the biggest names in the field discussing how the sector can create places and communities that thrive. As we have seen throughout the event, a lot of time and effort is – quite rightly - focused on the tech and digital solutions that will drive innovation in coming years. But it will be equally important to ensure the industry designs for people; after all, what is the point of built environment projects if not to improve the lives of those engaging with them?

Key takeaways

There may be weary feet aplenty heading out of the NEC this evening – but it’s safe to say that everyone has come away with a greater understanding of the key issue at stake across the entire construction sector. We are still sad that we didn’t win the Peaky Blinders gin competition…but we’ll have to live with it.

Here’s our three key learnings from day three of the conference. Bring on 2020!

·         The climate emergency can only be solved if the industry comes together as a whole and develops new ways of tackling it

·         The skills crisis is only what you make it – you need to ensure that HR works harder for your business

·         We must design and build to ensure future communities are not just created – but thrive

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UK Construction Week 2019 day two: what we learned

Day two dawns at UK Construction Week and there was a huge buzz around the keynote speaker of the day – construction minister Nadhim Zahawi. Much of the discussion yesterday centred around the importance of regulation when it comes to tackling issues such as sustainability and changes to process following the Grenfell disaster, so Zahawi naturally commanded a crowd.

Top of the government’s current agenda is, of course, the housing crisis – something that was discussed in great detail by a panel led by the BBC’s Steph McGovern in “The Housing Crisis will never be solved, unless…”

Pressures from ministers to deliver 300,000 new homes a year is undoubtedly an optimistic target, which is hampered by constraints such as land provision, planning, quality design, energy efficiency expectations, dropping sales prices, skills and workforce shortage and Brexit. It was therefore intriguing to hear from experts on what they feel are the most valuable solutions to the crisis as we head into the 2020s.


Sustainbility: the word on everyone’s lips – including those of George Clarke, who has been a brilliant host of the event so far. He has partaken in many a selfie and is still smiling!

In his session on “Heat pumps, sustainability and MMC” the celebrated architect highlighted how heat pumps and modern methods of construction will be two critically important methods by which the UK can reach – and exceed – its CO2 reduction targets. Alongside a spokesperson from Mitsubishi Electric, he explored the responsibilities of the UK housing supply chain when it comes to addressing the climate change disaster.

What was clear is that robustly considering the environment is more important in construction now than ever, and it’s up to the industry to stand up, be counted and do better every day.

Mental health and wellbeing

This year, there is a real focus on mental health issues within the sector. It’s an incredibly important issue; recent statistics from the ONS show that male construction workers are three times more likely to commit suicide than the average male. The reasons for this are multifaceted but long working hours and concerns around the current instability of the sector and future job security are all said to contribute.

A number of talks are exploring the problem, for example “Enhancing workplace environments for mental wellbeing and neurodiversity” which looks at how construction organisations can recognise those with “neurodiversity” – that’s to say a condition such as autism or ADHD – how it’s often linked to poor mental health and how to make practical changes to accommodate.

The event is also being supported by Every Mind Matters, an NHS and PHE-backed campaign that champions mental wellbeing in the workplace. It’s such an important initiative so it was great to see a busy stand and people getting on board with the message.

Key takeaways

It’s been another day of incredibly insightful sessions (not to mention some of the most creative and engaging merchandise we’ve ever seen on stand. Top marks to Storage on Site and their bright yellow “SOS” tote bags and Quinn BP’s adventures in green screen!)

TL;DR – here are the three top takeaways from day two!

·         To address climate change, the industry must come together and be brave

·         Construction must no longer be a “tough man’s industry” – mental health and wellbeing should be taken as seriously as any other physical ailment

·         The industry cannot alone solve the UK housing crisis – it needs support from a wide range of stakeholders to truly improve lives

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UK Construction Week 2019 day one: what we learned

Day one of the UK’s largest built environment event was – naturally – full of expert insights and important conversations from across the sector. It’s a key date in the calendar for a reason; the event seeks to shine a light on the most vital issues and opportunities faced by the industry – from architects and specifiers to housebuilders, contractors and everyone in between.

This year, the theme is innovation and there is certainly a clear focus on the future. In essence, how can we come together to make the construction industry more profitable, more productive and more sustainable in the coming years? And what can we do about it right now?

Digitise or die

One of the first talks of the day addressed this head-on, with architect George Clarke leading a discussion on the solutions that will transform the way we build, increase profitability, deliver projects faster, safer - all without having to compromise on quality.

Entitled: “Are you being left behind? Capitalising on innovation and disruptive change,” the slot saw Clarke being joined by leaders from forward-thinking organisations such as Big Innovation Centre and Construction Blockchain Consortium. All emphasised the rapid speed at which the sector is evolving and how important it will be for every single business within it to keep pace with the change. 

Although not necessarily a new topic, it was great to see how well the audience engaged with the issues raised and showcased why digital transformation is on everybody’s minds.

As Felipe Manzatucci, director of digitalisation at Skanska UK, highlighted later in the day: “Construction is one of the least productive industries in the UK. If you want to stay in the game, digitise.”

Zoning in

And speaking of innovation, the newly-created Innovative Zone provided an inspirational look at the disruptive businesses that are creating genuine change within construction. As organisers highlight, the aim is to show how innovation can create new value in the industry and stop the short-term, purely cost-driven ‘race to the bottom.’

This came across strongly when visiting stands such as JCB Industrial. It’s a business that has been around for decades but has its sights very much on the future of construction, using technology (such as its new “Hydradig” excavator) to improve efficiency and productivity across the board.

A number of other launches were also on show, such as the debut of Platform Design Programme - a project that encourages innovation in offsite construction for a range of projects, including schools, hospitals and prisons.


One launch that garnered a good deal of attention was a unique, curved eco-building with a green roof. Exhibited by manufacturer, Green King, it formed just one small “pod” of an entire building structure – a number of which are already in use residentially, commercially and in public buildings such as schools and visitor centres. The structure is manufactured offsite in modular sections and delivered to site virtually complete.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, given that it is often cited as one of the key solutions to the UK housing crisis, offsite was another central talking point of the day. In her talk, Lorraine McMorrow of The McAvoy Group explored about how digital technology is advancing off site construction – speaking at length about the latest digital techniques which radically improve the way we design and produce new buildings. For example, she discussed how BIM, virtual reality, augmented reality and laser scanning is driving offsite construction to the next level. A fascinating insight.

Key takeaways

As the sun sets on Birmingham’s NEC and exhibitors head to the Beer Festival which is kicking off the evening’s festivities, below are just some of the most salient points we have taken on board. Another great day in store tomorrow!

·         Digitise now, or risk being left behind

·         As a priority, organisations much change their mindsets, embrace innovation and attempt to drive disruptive change

·         Offsite will continue to play a vitally important role in future

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Double recognition for Refresh PR in CIPR Awards

The Refresh PR team is pleased to announce we have received two shortlists in the CIPR North West PRide Awards for Best Business and Corporate Communications Campaign and Best Integrated Campaign of the Year categories. The nominations are for our work with Eurocell and the Heating Installer Awards, respectively.

The CIPR North West PRide Awards celebrate outstanding communications campaigns and recognise PR activity that makes a positive impact on the businesses involved.

Laura Mashiter, our MD, said: “When we were submitting our award entries for both campaigns and looking at the results we had achieved, we knew they were both high quality entries and deserved recognition.

“Our work with Eurocell involved market research, a roundtable, the drafting of a forward-thinking whitepaper and a hard-working press office, and the outcome made a real impact on Eurocell and its business. In six months alone, the whitepaper achieved over 750 downloads and generated significant sales leads for Eurocell, which they are now converting.

“The Heating Installer Awards, which is owned and managed by Refresh PR, has grown each year by mammoth proportions. We now use events, video, social media, press office and get on-the-ground with installers to become THE awards tradespeople want to enter - creating mass brand exposure for our sponsors at the same time.”

The Refresh PR team has over seven decades of PR experience in both the built environment and tech sectors and experienced record growth in 2018/19, with 2019/2020 looking to be even bigger. 

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A ‘FEIN’ new client for Refresh PR

We’re delighted to announce that we’ve secured a new client – premium power tool manufacturer FEIN – to add to our ever-growing portfolio of clients working within the built environment.  

FEIN has been a world-leading power tool manufacturer for over 150 years, providing professional power tools and special application solutions in the metal, interior and automotive sectors. Having invented the first ever electric hand drill in 1895, FEIN has continued to develop durable power tools for those working in a wide range of industries, including steel construction, machinery production, ship building and repair, plumbing and general building.

Our established built environment PR team has a plethora of experience within the sector, enabling us to deliver considered campaigns for clients on a daily basis. FEIN joins over a dozen other Refresh PR clients within the built environment and building products sector and we’ll be working with the company to raise its brand awareness and ultimately generate business leads through PR strategies and strategic content.

Speaking of the reasoning behind choosing Refresh PR, Channi Revell, marketing manager at FEIN, said: “I felt since the first initial call that we just clicked really well -  I really appreciated how interested and enthusiastic the team has been in the brand and this project and I think Refresh PR is definitely the right team to push this forward. I was also looking for an agency who really understood the technical nature of what we do and Refresh PR demonstrated this well.”

One thing that sets us apart from other PR agencies is our creative campaigns and we were very proud to be shortlisted twice in the B2B Campaign of the Year category at the Prolific North Awards. This recognition for the Future of Homes campaign which we executed for PVC-U window and door manufacturer Eurocell on top of the Refresh PR owned and run Heating Installer Awards helps to demonstrate our prowess for built environment PR campaigns.

We’re passionate about creating successful PR strategies that work for our clients across not only construction but also food & drink and in the tech sector where we have significantly grown our client base following the introduction of several new specialist members of the team.

All of our hard work last year resulted in a record growth year for Refresh PR and we’ve continued to go from strength to strength throughout 2019 so far. We’re looking forward to working with FEIN alongside our existing clients as we help to propel them to future success with innovative campaigns and strategies. 

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Heating Installer Awards - The Highlights

Last week saw the result of 12 months of hard work as the team at Refresh PR announced Tony Dumble of Unequaled Heating as the winner of the Heating Installer Awards 2019. The Heating Installer Awards, which is owned and run by Refresh, was established to celebrate the achievements of plumbers and heating installers who deliver top quality work and excellent customer service on a daily basis. As we enter its fifth year, we thought now was the perfect time to reflect on some highlights from the 2018/19 campaign.

National coverage

The campaign this year started with a bang when we got two past winners, Dennis and Shaun, in The Sun talking about their experiences as plumbers. Whether it’s The Sun, The One Show or The Daily Mail, we work hard as a team to get national coverage for the awards and our sponsors.                       

Meeting new people

As we often help installers write their entry, we get to meet hundreds of installers each year and it never fails to give us great insight into the industry. We work hard to develop and maintain close relationships with our installer network and as a result we now work with many of them on campaigns for a number of our construction sector clients.

Our sponsors

Undoubtedly, one of the major highlights each year is working with our sponsors. Working alongside other teams that are as passionate about the industry as we are is always great and helps the awards reach its true potential. We’ve worked so closely with sponsors that they have gone on to become clients of ours and it’s something we definitely pride ourselves on. We also embed ourselves in our sponsors’ businesses, working closely with their marketing and sales teams to try and drive as many entries as possible.

Social media

I’ve never personally met a trade that is as invested in social media as the plumbing and heating community, so we use this as a key channel to build relationships and engage with the industry. Installers don’t just use social media as a tool to sell their services, they also use it as a platform to learn about new products, applications and techniques, as well as support each other through work as a sole trader and meet new people.  For those looking to engage with this audience, it can be difficult to get the tone of voice right; we’ve seen many brands try to use social media as a platform to target installers but content has been too formal and therefore inaffective. Once you get it right, you’ll have access to a community of tradespeople who are very passionate about the industry they work in.

Sponsor events

This year, we arranged for our regional winners to attend a training day (and night out) with our sponsor, Glow-worm. This was a great chance for Glow-worm to show the installers just how great its products and associated services are. It was an incredibly interesting day (and night!) and we cannot wait to see where the Glow-worm Mystery Trip will be this year!


As we’ve done previously, we announced the winner of the Heating Installer Awards 2019 at industry trade show, Installer. We got to meet all of our regional finalists face-to-face again and seeing how much the awards meant to them made 12 months of hard work worth it. Last year’s winner, Shaun Scott, joined us at the announcement to hand over his crown to this year’s winner, Tony Dumble of Unequald Heating. As always, the announcement was watched by a big crowd made up of installers and manufacturers from across the industry. Our sponsors also got the chance to take part in a Q&A, discussing the benefits of entering the awards and the positive impact the scheme has on the industry.


No exhibition would be complete without some after parties and we definitely took advantage of this at Installer2019. Whether it was winning £1 at the casino with Big Wipes or attending a networking event in a brewery hosted by Wilo, we made every minute count and had a great time!

To get involved in the Heating Installer Awards 2020, drop us an email at



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Futurebuild 2019 – what we thought

Although it has gone by a few monikers, the basis of Futurebuild has remained the same over the years – the number one destination to explore and tackle the biggest challenges impacting the built environment. In fact, Futurebuild believes its new identity reaffirms its commitment to championing true innovation and sustainability across the built environment. That’s why every year we try and visit the exhibition to allows to get ahead of the curve when it comes to all things construction.        

Futurebuild 2019 tackles the overarching theme of Time for Action, a topic vague enough to cover a range of topics yet still remain relevant. The key themes displayed throughout the exhibition were centred around sustainability, the housing crisis, off-site construction, the skills shortage and digital transformation - all of which feature highly on the news agenda. With a raft of clients in the construction sector, the above topics feature regularly in editorial content, social media and whitepapers that we draft so it was great to speak with industry experts to determine their viewpoints.

Tech in construction

This year, the exhibition hosted a range of seminars and workshops to delve deeper into key topics within the industry, including ‘Unlocking Construction’s Digital Future – A skills plan for the industry’, looking into CITB’s future plans to help the construction industry adopt more technology in its day-to-day running. It covered everything from app downloads and cloud-based systems to AI, VR and augmented reality and how the industry can realistically adopt these modern methods of working to reduce overheads and increase productivity.

It was great to see that bodies within construction are taking technology more seriously and a very valid point was raised within the workshop directly linking the reluctance to adopt technology and the skills shortage. A comparison was made between construction and the pharma and finance industries; with the latter two apparently willing to embrace modern technology, they are seeing a high number of young people seeking employment whereas the youth don’t seem invested in an industry like construction, that seems too traditional and archaic.

Young people are digital natives and use technology in their every day lives. If they aren’t looking to pursue a career in construction then there is a lack of drive from the industry to adopt the latest method of technology – which is what makes CITB’s £3.3million investment in digital training so important.


As well as the drive for tech, it was interesting to see the emphasis that was placed on offsite, with the exhibition having a dedicated section for this method of construction. Deemed as one of the best ways to counteract the housing crisis, most of the ‘show stopping’ offsite stands were ready made rooms and buildings as opposed to the individual components that make a building. The exhibition hall displayed numerous pre-made rooms and buildings, such as Portakabin, and talking to the teams behind these creations, it is clear to see how they can help meet stringent housing targets. One provider can even build a property using five carparking spaces, building upwards, taking away the problem of the lack of land available in our urban areas.


For me, some of the most interesting elements of Futurebuild were not the brands and manufacturers that were there, but the messaging they were putting out. As we approach the deadline for Brexit, a lot of companies were adding an emphasis of the heritage of their business, with stand branding emphasising how many years they had been providing solutions for. This was complemented by their constant innovation, reassuring customers, both current and future, that they have the experience to provide real benefits to a building project whilst still always developing and innovating.


There was also a real emphasis on sustainability and being ‘green’ – something most stands had to some degree. The University of Brighton’s full stand was showcasing its building made of reclaimed products including music cassettes as wall cavity insulation, ex-office carpet tiles used as cladding  and 19,800 toothbrushes used for wall cavity. ZEDpower also displayed a ‘Zero Bills Home’, again showing its passivehaus ideology, something that went down very well with delegates.

Whilst the exhibition has undoubtedly decreased in size over the years, halving in size, the quality of conversations, seminars and workshops has remained as insightful and informative as ever. Whether you’re an architect, specifier or just someone with a vested interest in the construction industry, we’d recommend attending Futurebuild and more importantly, engaging in the opportunities available there.   

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Refresh PR takes top spot at the national Construction Marketing Awards 2018

Refresh PR has won Best use of Press and Public Relations at the national Construction Marketing Awards 2018 for its industry-leading Heating Installer Awards campaign.


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The awards, designed and launched by Refresh PR four years ago, were initially developed to support plumbers and heating installers who were delivering high-quality, professional work to homeowners and commercial companies across the UK but facing increased competition from unqualified workers.


Evolving over the past four years, the awards still remain true to their roots while incorporating new elements, including a search for the best apprentices across the UK.


Sophie Smith, awards director, commented: “We’ve worked closely with our sponsors over the years, who realise that while the value for heating installers is in the credibility that the awards bring toRefresh PR Construction Marketing Award winner their business, the value for sponsors is in being able to form strong working relationships with these key industry influencers. It is a form of sponsorship that delivers so much more.


“We’ve built the campaign in this way to ensure we maximise opportunities for heating installers at every point, whether that’s incentives to enter or prize bundles for regional and national winners that deliver real business benefits for them. At every point possible we’ve kept the campaign digital, with a real focus on creating a supportive community on social media. The challenge now is to continue to evolve to strengthen it again for Year 5!”


Beating off competition from five other campaigns, which included Refresh PR’s own PR work for, the judges had the following observations: “The campaign had very clear outcomes versus objectives which were surpassed in all cases. Research was undertaken with key audiences and plans made to evolve the awards and introduce new elements. The campaign clearly met its objectives, delivering an annual awards campaign that can grow in future years.”


Refresh PR was shortlisted for three other awards on the night including two Best Mid-Budget Campaign awards and national PR Agency of the Year.


Laura Mashiter, managing director of Refresh PR, said: “This was a real highlight in Refresh PR’s year. 2018 has been a year of fantastic PR campaigns in the sector produced by some top agencies, making this recognition even more special. Refresh PR's Heating Installer Awards campaign continues to gather momentum thanks to our amazing 2018/19 sponsors, and despite already being part way through Year 4 of our campaign, it's about time the team working on this account took a step back and realised just what they have achieved and how far they have come in a relatively short space of time.


“As we go into another year faced with more political uncertainty and Brexit debate, PR campaigns must be able to demonstrate true business benefit in order to secure the support of the Board. Creative campaigns that can cut through the noise to deliver real value will always be in demand, so it’s up to us to continue to push the boundaries and use all the communication channels we have at our disposal – from social media and influencers to broadcast, print and online – to ensure clients’ messages are being heard.


With the shortlists and win, Refresh PR cements its place as one of the UK’s leading construction agencies on the national league table.




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Five Construction Marketing Awards shortlists for 2018 for Refresh PR

It’s safe to say that Refresh knows built environment PR. A team of sector specialists executes considered and strategic campaigns for clients on a daily basis. The UK's Construction Marketing Awards (CMAs) are therefore a key calendar date. As a chance to go head-to-head with other agencies, each shortlist gives the hard-working team at Refresh an opportunity to celebrate a job well done that year.


An email from the organisers today informed the delighted team that Refresh had been shortlisted for five national Construction Marketing Awards:  

·        PR Agency of the Year 2018

·        Best use of Press & Public Relations – for the Window with a View for the Glass and Glazing Federation

·        Best use of Press & Public Relations – for the Heating Installer Awards 2018

·        Best Mid-Range Budget (£25k-£50k) - for the Window with a View for the Glass and Glazing Federation

·        Best Mid-Range Budget (£25k-£50k) - for the Heating Installer Awards 2018


The Window with a View campaign, which Refresh PR created and implemented on behalf of the Glass and Glazing Federation’s consumer website,, searches for the best views across the UK. In 2018 Refresh generated first-class entries, millions of page views from coverage off and online, and moreover a host of results aligned with the client’s key business objectives.


Refresh was also able to prove the tangible benefits of being part of The Heating Installer Awards, which in 2018 are sponsored by Danfoss, Geberit, Glow-worm, Polypipe and leading industry magazine, Installer. Each year the awards scheme gets bigger and better, with 2018’s winner having just returned from a trip to Denmark with Danfoss.


With almost seven decades of construction PR experience, the team at Refresh is now providing PR campaigns for over a dozen clients within the built environment and building products sector, while heading for an agency-wide record growth year.


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A day in the life of Refresh PR

This week, one of our lovely clients spent two days with us learning all about PR. Here’s what she had to say about her experience…

A day (or two) in the life of Refresh PR

This week I was lucky enough to gain some experience working with the Refresh PR team. With a predominantly in-house marketing background, I was interested to see how agency work differs; in terms of structuring accounts, their priorities and to see where the marketing and PR disciplines cross over!

About the team

Nestled in the heart of Manchester, the Refresh office is a hive of activity all on its own. Structured into two main teams, Refresh works with companies spanning both B2B and B2C markets. As well as being a really friendly and welcoming team, they really know their stuff and are definitely a well-oiled machine when it comes to all things PR.

Why did I want to gain experience in PR?

I wanted to get a greater understanding about what PR is and what it involves day-to-day. I’m ashamed to say that, for me, the the difference between marketing and PR hasn’t always been clear. After spending some time with the team, I now understand that PR acts as the fundamental mouthpiece of a brand. Working in PR is ultimately a customer facing role, and it can be an extremely rewarding vocation when you are creating content that the target audience enjoys to engage with.

As well as defining PR, I wanted more insight into how an agency works. As a third year university student currently on a 12-month placement, I have only experienced working within a small marketing department, where we each work on our own projects whilst working towards overall goals for the business; such as increasing product sales or growing consumer engagement online, to name just a few.

From just a couple of days in the world of Refresh, I’ve witnessed a whole host of activity behind the scenes: juggling accounts, meeting deadlines, being at the forefront of the news as it lands, all whilst maintaining a relationship with the audience and delivering results for many different clients.

What are some of the things I got to do whilst being here?

Over the two days I got to try my hand at a few key activities with the team:

-          “Creative Club” – a monthly session at Refresh PR which brings the team together to share learnings and encourage creativity. This month’s discussion was on how to consistently create sharp, engaging posts for online audiences.

Social media is a great platform for free and easy communication. However, that’s not all it’s good for. One of the key takeaways from this discussion, for me, is that social media is ultimately about creating an online personality – all whilst sat behind a screen! In the words of Caroline Gibson, Head of Consumer, “people want to talk to people”.

-          Drafting social media content – with our discussion in mind, I had a go at drafting some Twitter content for Refresh’s Apprentice of the Month campaign

This task is harder than it seems. Producing engaging, informative content is a fine art - something that Refresh is a dab hand at - you can tell by just listening to their office banter!


Overall I’ve really enjoyed my short stay at Refresh PR, it’s definitely been a worthwhile experience. The team couldn’t have been more welcoming, and thanks to them I can now confidently say that I understand key differences between marketing and PR! Not only that, but I also understand how integral it is to have the two disciplines working together in order to create a truly successful brand image. Agency work is a fast-paced lifestyle that is both exciting and rewarding, and Refresh’s contagious energy is something I look forward to keeping with me – with whatever it is that I decide to do next.

Author: Steph Dewhurst, marketing assistant at Sentinel

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Meet the team

Last month we introduced you to our head of consumer and now we had across our office to give you an insight into our B2B team. Here we learn more about our B2B PR account manager, Ash Davies.

How did you get into PR?

I did history at University and had no real idea what I wanted to do, I just knew working in a museum wasn’t for me. I carried out various internships and work experience placements in different sectors and nothing ever felt quite right – that was until I started my PR internship. From the offset, I was going to new biz pitches, client meetings and working on creative campaigns and fell in love with the job. From that moment I knew I needed to work in PR.  


What do you love most about working in PR?

After six years of working in PR, the thrill of generating real results for our clients never wears off. I love working with our clients to truly understand their business objectives and implement creative campaigns that help meet these. Working in B2B PR, there is often the misconception that there is no room for creativity; showing clients how their PR can be fun, creative and results driven feels great. I have even written a blog post on this – you can read it here.


What do you think you bring to Refresh PR?

A cliché but I’m definitely a people person. I integrate myself into our client’s companies and consequently build long lasting relationships; in fact, I’m good friends and still work in some capacity with past clients from many years ago. These relationships have allowed us to collaborate with some great companies that understand the importance of creativity within PR and appreciate the impact Refresh PR can have on their business.


Outside of the office, what do you do for fun?

In my opinion, Manchester is the best city in the UK for socialising. With so many new restaurants and bars opening on a monthly basis, I’ve made it my personal aim to try them all. I also love to travel, and have just had my annual leave signed off for my drive across Europe this summer!


Finally, where do you see the future of PR?

The media landscape is changing and a basic press office function just doesn’t make a big enough impact anymore. Whilst a solid press release and effective pitch used to be enough to get great results, in today’s climate we need more integrated campaigns incorporating events, social, digital PR and SEO, amongst others.  Many traditional B2B PRs will need to get a greater understanding of, and build relationships with, digital outlets. At Refresh, we pride ourselves on coming up with creative campaigns that utilise much more than just a press office. The Heating Installer Awards and our work for are great examples of this. Not only are they proven ways of getting better results, they’re more fun to work on!

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Know an amazing view? Share it with us!

The search is on once again to see which building in the UK can take the monumental crown of the UK’s Best Window with a View 2018!

Following a hugely successful second year of the competition, which we launched together with independent consumer advice website, nominations are now open for 2018 and the campaign promises to be bigger than ever before, thanks to a new twist.

This year, the competition is expanding its horizons, accepting entries not just from public buildings, including pubs, theme parks, museums and hotels, but homes and workplaces too. That means three times as many chances to enter!

Each year, after entries close, the best four images from each region are selected by a panel of expert judges and put to a public vote to decide the winner. The 11 regional favourites are then put forward for the national shortlist, to determine the UK’s Best Window with a View.

If you know of a fantastic view in the UK, whether it’s from your home, your office or your favourite getaway, make sure you take a great picture using your camera or smartphone and submit it to the competition via:

Entries will close in May, so you still have a few weeks to take part. Don’t miss out, as there are some fantastic prizes on offer!

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Are you a Senior Account Executive looking for a new challenge? Get in touch!

At Refresh PR we pride ourselves on our ability to get under the skin of our clients’ businesses. Giving bold, strategic advice based on robust insight we deliver fresh and inspired ideas with consistent results. Our fast-growing client base ranges from cutting-edge business start-ups to national companies across both private and not for profit sectors.


We’re looking for a confident and articulate person with a passion for PR who will relish the chance to join the team as a senior account executive working across a range of B2B accounts in the construction, built environment, property, tech and e-commerce sectors.  You’ll have already gained valuable PR agency or in-house experience with at least a year spent working in B2B PR.


You will be great at preparing sector specific copy for trade press as well as developing and maintaining great relationships with journalists to secure the best possible coverage for your clients. You’ll work closely with account managers to ensure we are delivering consistently for our clients, yet will be able to use initiative, working independently most of the time.


You should be able to think creatively, and be interested in working together with our team to inject disruptive campaigns into the most traditional of industries in order to help our clients get noticed. After all, it is this way of thinking that has seen us secure so many award wins over the years!


More broadly, we’re looking for someone filled with energy and enthusiasm who is proactive, persistent and methodical in their approach with a real eye for detail – you may even pride yourself on being a perfectionist! You are considerate and supportive; a real team player with the ability to remain calm and considered when faced with new or pressurised situations.


Working in a fantastic location in the Northern Quarter, we’re a sociable bunch of like-minded people who really enjoy what we do.  We’re proud to be a fun, friendly team offering a more flexible approach to work.  As a fast-growing business, we can offer you the unique opportunity to contribute to the direction of the organisation.  What’s more, we’re dedicated to helping our people grow and achieve their potential through The Refresh Management Academy – a 6-month programme of structured training and development, created and delivered by experienced PR practitioners and expert trainers. This unrivalled programme provides you with all the key skills that will help you to become a highly effective senior account executive and progress your career with Refresh.


Interested in applying or finding out more about the role? Send your CV to





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The Apprentice of the Month Awards

As the Carillion crisis continues, apprentices are among the many who have been impacted by the downfall of the outsourcing giant. Good news came recently when the Department for Education settled the confusion and confirmed that apprentices will be paid until they find new employers.


According to GOV.UK, apprenticeship participation now stands at a record level with nearly all apprentices feeling that they acquire or improve their skills as a direct result of their apprenticeship. At Refresh PR we have recognised the importance of apprenticeships. A new arm of the Refresh PR owned, industry-famous Heating Installer Awards has officially launched, The Apprentice of the Month Awards.


The Apprentice of the Month Awards aims to recognise the efforts of apprentices who go above and beyond each and every day. The awards will accept nominations from lecturers, employers, family, friends and apprentices themselves, via a short video entry, submitted on social media.


Each month, entries will be collated and a winner will be selected by one of the award sponsors: Sentinel, Vaillant UK, Installer Magazine, Polypipe and Wolseley. The shortlisted entries will then go head to head in a public vote.


The Heating Installer Awards is renowned for its great interaction with the installer community, and with levels of engagement higher than ever, it is up to Refresh PR to build up the Apprentice of the Month campaign so it’s as successful as the Heating Installer Awards. We’ll particularly be focusing on the power of social media, with Twitter a key platform for the installer community whether qualified or still in training. Plenty of Twitter activity has been planned over the next few months so watch this space!


At Refresh PR we keep up with all the latest social media advancements, implementing changes and improvements to the social media campaigns we run for our clients. If you think your company could benefit from an engaging social media campaign contact us on 01611 871 1188. For more information about the Apprentice of the Month Awards, follow them on Twitter - @AotMAwards or email
















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Do you have Britain’s best Window with a View?

The search is once again on to find Britain’s best Window with a View. For the third year, Refresh PR will run the campaign on behalf of, the UK’s independent consumer advice website for home improvement and glazing.


The campaign, which drives hundreds of thousands of visitors to the each year, comprises social media, digital PR, backlink building and traditional media relations activity to generate entries into what is fast becoming a key event in the calendar year.


Adding to a very successful two years, for the first time in 2018 views from offices will be eligible to enter the campaign. So if you’re lucky enough to gaze out of your office window each day onto an amazing view, we want to hear from you. We’re also still inviting entries from tourist attractions and other public buildings as usual.

The campaign will launch at the start of February, so get snapping your views now (remember to include the window frame) and save them up ready to upload to



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Food for thought at the Construction Marketing Awards

We spend our working lives advising our clients how to utilise PR to benefit their business, but we have to admit, our own PR often takes a backseat. In agency life, no two days are the same and often a day starts at 9am with a to-do list that doesn’t even get touched due to other priorities that hit the inbox at 9.01am. This makes writing an award entry for ourselves – a task that can easily take a whole day – a challenge.


But every so often we try to enter some awards to showcase the campaigns that we deliver and gain a stamp of approval for the value that we add.


Award winning Refresh PR


This year the agency brought home two awards at the CIPR North West PRide Awards – and we’re still celebrating almost a month on. We have also recently been recognised as finalists for our work by the CIM, the B2B Marketing Awards and, most recently, at the CMAs in London last night.


Construction Marketing Awards (CMAs)


A sector that we specialise in at Refresh PR is the built environment. Construction PR has always been at the core of our business and over the years we’ve delivered many different campaigns that have won recognition from CIMCIG (that’s the Chartered Institute of Marketing’s Construction Interest Group, which runs the CMAs). This year, despite travelling to RIBA in London for a 25 minute interview with the awards judges earlier in the year (potentially my shortest ever stay in London!) unfortunately we didn’t bring home the trophy.


We did however have a great night – what other award organisers would put Laura and Ash on a table with…another Laura and Ash? The dance floor was packed right up until the last song too - a fabulous testament to a room full of hard working marketeers letting their hair down just a little at the end of a long year.


Construction PR in 2018


So this leads us to predict what the coming year may bring. Personally, I’m hoping for a massive increase in the level of creativity in the sector. We’ve made great strides, but there’s still a long way to go. The sector still needs to effectively embrace the ways in which people consume news, so on our Christmas wish list this year we have:

-        More fun on social media – we’d like less cheese and fewer corporate posts, and more to engage those listening across the social channels  

-        Fewer leaflets – it’s shortly going to be 2018 everyone!! There are more effective – and environmentally friendly – ways to speak to your audience

-        More for the apprentices – let’s continue to make this a sector that people are proud to work in, where great work is rewarded with peer endorsements and promotion/referrals, and we may just help to narrow the skills shortage gap

-        Making the most of new channels – let’s see some Snapchat campaigns or Instagram stories, let’s embrace channels that can really reach our audiences…it’s what they’ve been designed for after all

-        A ban on colour seps – there’s no need to pay to get news into a trade title, if the quality of the news is good enough. Any decent PR agency will advise on the angle to take in order to get editorial (aka free) coverage. Colour seps existed when there was no digital printing, and it genuinely cost more to print a page in colour; now it’s purely a money making exercise. Question if a presence in a magazine that demands a colour sep fee is actually effectively reaching your target audience. Consider an editorial partnership with a magazine, utilising its different channels instead

-        Fewer grey suits – we don’t wear them, we don’t even own them, and we don’t think anyone else should have to


We’ll be presenting 2018 plans to a lot of our clients over a mulled wine or two in the coming month, and I’m looking forward to showing them all of the above, but most of all how this sector can be exciting, fun, challenging and brilliant to work in.




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CMA shortlist success for Refresh PR

For our B2B team, the Construction Marketing Awards are a highlight of the year. For one night, we get to celebrate the hard work put in over the year on our built environment clients, and now that the shortlist for this year's awards has been released, we're thrilled to say 2017 will be no different.

This year, Refresh PR has been shortlisted for 'Best use of Press & Public Relations' for our Window With a View campaign and ‘PR Agency of the Year’. 

Our Window with a View campaign, which we launched on behalf of our client, has been finding the best views across the UK for the last two years. We have generated great pieces of coverage throughout the campaign, whilst achieving results that were aligned with our client’s key business objectives.  

We are also incredibly proud to be shortlisted for ‘PR Agency of the Year’. With more than three decades of experience in built environment PR across our team members, we provide innovative and creative ideas, that drive results, for a range of clients within the construction sector. We're so proud to say this has been recognised by the CMA judges, and can't wait to see if we take any accolades home on the night. 

Congratulations to all those shortlisted!

You can view the full shortlist here:

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Regeneration and Retrofitting in Manchester

Refresh PR specialises in built environment PR. From student accommodation and flooring, to plumbing and glazing, we have more than 30 years combined experience. 

As a Manchester based PR agency, we have witnessed the city’s regeneration over recent years, and it is something that interests us immensely. Yesterday we were lucky enough to attend the UKGBC (UK Green Building Council) Regeneration and Retrofit Task Group Report launch in Manchester, where a panel of industry experts from Clarion Housing Group, SmartKlub, UKGBC, GMCA and DCLG touched on different elements of regeneration in the housing market.

One important element of the talks was regarding the Government’s prioritisation of regenerating some of the most deprived areas in the country in order to improve levels of employment, health, connectivity and fuel poverty, as well as crime and antisocial behaviour levels. Whilst demolition and rebuild may work for some regeneration schemes, it will not be viable, wanted or appropriate for all and so retrofitting can be the best solution.

Some of the benefits of regeneration and retrofit discussed were:

Upskilling the community

Although one problem with retrofit regeneration, particularly in terms of energy efficiency, is the lack of trained workers available, this present the opportunity to upskill people. Often initiated in areas with a higher unemployment rate, the scheme hopes to train members of the community to complete the jobs, leaving a long term legacy. This will not only improve the immediate locality, but leaves long term benefits to the wider community.  

Representation of the community

Rather than tell a community what will be happening to their homes, the scheme works with householders to implement a scheme that will benefit their day-to-day lives. This generates a sense of ownership and encourages pride within the community, meaning the developments are more likely to be maintained and invested in further.

Zero carbon targets

The scheme works towards the government’s carbon targets to reduce emissions by 57% between 1990 and 2030. By installing a range of energy efficient upgrades, such as ground source heat pumps, solar panels and cavity wall insulation, the regeneration will aid in reaching governmental targets.

Whilst retrofitting upgrades into pre-existing properties are important, it is paramount that new developments, currently in construction stage, are designed and built to be zero carbon. Whilst it is difficult to execute, for example ground source heat pumps cannot be zero carbon until the footprint of the electricity grid is improved, implementing this technology at build stage will mean there is a reduced need for expensive retrofit schemes 10 years down the line.

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Sponsor the Heating Installer Awards - opportunities available

The Heating Installer Awards is back for 2018, and we have numerous sponsorship opportunities available for companies that want to be involved with this award winning campaign!

Established in 2015 to celebrate plumbers and heating installers who provide outstanding levels of service every day, but often go unrecognised, the awards has – for the last two years – shone a spotlight on heating installers who go the extra mile to make the industry special.

The Heating Installer Awards campaign secured recognition at the 2016 Construction Marketing Awards and most recently through the international B2B Marketing Awards, partly due to the benefits and return on investment enjoyed by the sponsors.

The 2017 campaign, which came to a climax at Installer2017 in May, brought about huge benefits for our sponsors:


       Direct marketing and engagement with more than 50,000 plumbing and heating installers

       Targeted social media campaigns to support sponsor events and product launches

       8,000 website visitors viewing sponsor news articles and content

       Brand mentions in broadcast, print and online press material, generating more than 8 million opportunities to see

In the third year of this campaign, we’re adding an extra element to the competition: Apprentice of the Month. Run entirely on social media, sponsoring this monthly recognition of outstanding plumbing and heating apprentices exposes young talent to your brand at the very start of their career.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available for both the Heating Installer Awards and Apprentice of the Month, with prices starting at £5,000 for 10 months of activity.

If you wish to hear more about packages available and how we can use the awards’ presence in the industry to promote your brand, please email or call 0161 871 1188. You can also visit for more information.



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What is Legitimate Interest, and does it affect you?

The EU General Data Protection Regulation, otherwise known as GDPR, is a hot topic at the moment, with thousands of businesses across the UK currently adapting their data protocol in time for the changes coming into play in May 2018. For built environment organisations, your supply chain, members, installers and retailers are vital for business, so you’re more than likely to be affected by GDPR.


‘But I process data for the greater good!’ we hear you cry. ‘I have to process client data, otherwise how will they know about the company?’ is another common worry.

The legitimate interest clause – which is currently going somewhat under the radar – is providing built environment brands with some security amidst the confusion.


The clause, one of the six lawful grounds for data processing in Article 6.1 of the GDPR, states:

·     [Processing is] necessary for the purposes of legitimate interests pursued by the controller or a third party, except where such interests are overridden by the interests, rights or freedoms of the data subject


There are some examples where legitimate interest may apply – risk assessment, for direct marketing purposes, existing relationships (agency and client, for example) – but for those working in built environment, certain areas are particularly pertinent:


Personalisation is key in many digital marketing campaigns and today, is expected by users. For you, it could be tailoring the web journey to make it easier for installers to buy their previously bought items again. Or providing bespoke incentives to suppliers you want to extend contracts with. However, under the new GDPR rules, personalisation as we know it will be heavily controlled and marketers will need to have evidence that they have permission to target their users with marketing and comms. The legitimate interests clause within GDPR however, means companies can justify using analytics to personalise website content for each user. It is argued providing a better UX is in the user’s best interest, and therefore particular elements of personalisation may not be liable to GDPR.

Web analytics

As an industry that is becoming increasingly digitally-focused, web analytics are pivotal to success in the built environment industry. So good news: you can happily use diagnostic analysis to track visitors, posts, user journey and social media metrics to advise future marketing campaigns without fear of a fine under GDPR. This information must be used for business intelligence. Cookie consent, however, is a different matter so make sure you’re clear on the difference.

Artificial Intelligence

Many elements of the supply chain use artificial intelligence; whether to demonstrate how in-progress developments will look and feel when complete, or to tailor online purchasing systems to make transactions of materials quicker and easier. Certain elements of AI do not fall under GDPR and many companies will not need to change their processes to facilitate this. It’s more a case of what you do with the data after this stage so be clear on what applies to you and what doesn’t.

While legitimate interest can provide some reassurance, it is important that companies understand GDPR, what it is and how to best implement processes to protect your company. If the groundwork isn’t put in before the 25th May 2018, when GDPR comes into effect, the consequences to your business could be catastrophic.

If you want to understand more about GDPR and need our help, get in touch and we’ll explain how it will affect your business from next year.

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Refresh PR shares ‘how to awards’ strategy with CIMCIG

You may have heard of the Heating Installer Awards; it’s the award winning campaign run by Refresh PR. From the One Show to BBC Radio, the public and plumbing industry were invested in the awards and engaged on a record scale throughout the 2016/2017 campaign.


Particularly in the construction and building product industry, face-to-face engagement with customers is a pivotal element of business strategy, and one required for successful campaigns. This November, our Head of B2B, Erin, will be in London to share the secrets behind the award-winning Heating Installer Awards, telling a room full of marketing professionals how they can inject the same passion and enthusiasm into their campaigns.


The talk takes place on November 8th 2017 at The Building Centre in London. Erin will be sharing her wisdom alongside experts within the industry, including EcoBuild and RIBA. Time is running out to register, so if you want to learn how to maximise your campaigns, booking details can be found here:


If you think your PR strategy could benefit from some high engagement, award-winning campaigns, get in touch to see how Refresh PR can help.

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Are you ready for GDPR?

Companies that process a lot of personal data might know the ins and outs of GDPR, but what exactly is it, and what does it mean for the rest of us?


Essentially, the new General Data Protection Regulation gives consumers more control over their personal information. You might think this doesn’t affect you, however if you have a sales contacts database, or simply send e-newsletters to new or existing customers, you need to carry on reading. Here are five simple steps that will keep, you, your company, and your data safe.


Take control

With so much to consider when aiming to be a successful business in a competitive market, we suggest nominating a director or consultant within the business to ensure GDPR criteria is met. Make sure this person is invested and understands data management in the built environment. New information and developments are introduced to the industry regularly, so someone in the company needs to stay on top of these and apply them to your business.  


Secure your systems


Your nominated director should ensure your data is collected and stored correctly. Specifically:
- Controls and procedures must be put in place to ensure the data is kept confidential, is accurate, and available when needed
- Data should be anonymised and/or encrypted
- You must be able to restore the data and systems quickly in the event of an incident
- Regular testing and assessment of the effectiveness of your measures

In today’s day and age, this should all be commonplace anyway, however with the BIM (Building Information Modelling) mandate coming in last year, data has not been front of mind, so use this as a chance to update your systems, and adhere to the law.


Check your suppliers


You must ensure your suppliers and clients are also compliant. If your suppliers breach legislation, you could be held accountable. This is particularly important from those in the construction and built environment sectors that will potentially use third parties for everything from van hire to recruitment. With so many levels in the supply chain, it will pay to reach out to everyone you work with to ensure they are following the necessary steps.


Stay relevant to your audience


Currently, it’s easier to press ‘delete email’ than it is to unsubscribe, however, with the ‘unsubscribe’ button about to become more obvious than ever, it’s never been more important to provide interesting, relevant and up to date content for your subscribers. That way, they won’t need to unsubscribe and you save yourself a job.


Whether you manufacture plastic piping or deliver a specific service, it’s worthwhile speaking to an agency experienced in construction and the built environment to develop a content strategy to ensure you only send out valuable information, meaning you don’t lose customers at the first hurdle.


Stick to protocol


If there has been an information breach, you must report it to the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) as soon as possible. This is where having a person responsible for the management of data is crucial.


The introduction of this regulation won’t be unmanageable and in fact, it makes it the perfect time to update some potentially archaic systems. Focusing on accumulating and processing important, useful, and legally compliant information is a smart move – and if the GDPR provides some incentive for that, then those that work in the build environment industry will be better off for it.


If you want to know more, or discuss content strategy, get in touch.





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Being passionate in PR

99 per cent of PR professionals are passionate about what they do. A love for telling a great story, the buzz of media relations and the fast-paced nature of the job is what gets us up in the morning. Sometimes, however, a love for the industry is just not enough.


If you work in a PR or creative agency, chances are you will have clients in a range of fields. From glitter to plumbing, we have it all at Refresh PR and that old cliché, no two days are the same, rings very true. In order to do justice to your clients, a love of their industry, as well as your own is imperative.


PR’s speak with dozens of journalists in a day, and we need to persuade them that what our client has to say is more valuable than their competitors. Unless you speak about your clients with true passion, you’ll get nowhere. If the news doesn’t excite you, how do you expect a journalist, who’s received 40 similar calls that day, to be enthused? If you love what you do, and love working with your clients, this will come across. 


Being fully engrossed in your client’s work will eventually lead to your PR agency being an arm of their company, rather than a supplier-customer relationship. Once this happens, you’ll automatically be kept in the loop regarding company news, be able to contact everyone and anyone when that golden opportunity comes through and be totally honest with them- a valuable but often over overlooked trait in our industry. At Refresh PR, we promote hot desking at our clients’ offices, giving us a chance to see what they do, and how they work day to day. Realistically, can you ever really get a true insight into your clients from just a bi weekly WIP call alone?


You’re much more likely to want to learn about an industry or topic that you’re interested in. Whether it’s cosmetics, food and drink or heating installations, find what excites you and you’ll never work a day in your life.









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Search For the UK’s Best Window With a View is back!

Following a hugely successful campaign in 2016 (which saw us scoop a Construction Marketing Award in the best mid-range budget campaign!), we are once again launching the Window with a View competition with our client,


And this time, the campaign has a twist! As well as hunting down the best view through a window from the UK’s tourist attractions, we’re also looking to see which lucky homeowner has the very best view from their property, with the launch of Home with a View which is supported by Rightmove.


Shining a spotlight on the UK’s thriving tourism industry, the Window with a View competition received widespread entries from thousands of people who wanted to share the views which they believed to be the UK’s most stunning. Furthermore, the competition made headlines across the country with a healthy rivalry between the regions emerging early on in the campaign.


The best four images from each region were selected by a panel of expert judges and then put to a public vote, with the regional favourites put forward for the national shortlist.


Announced in September, the view from the People’s Republic Gallery at the Museum of Liverpool won the inaugural crown of the UK’s Best Window with a View. Those from the North West might have seen or heard coverage of this on several of the local TV and radio stations!


The 2017 campaign follows exactly the same process, and also works in the same way for Home with a View. Those who feel their home has a special view deserving of recognition should submit a picture taken from inside their house, with the window frame in view, and enter it soon. This new element of the competition goes to show how important a view can be when a home goes on the market.


Entries close on 31st May 2017. A regional shortlist for each category will then be decided by a panel of experts, with a public vote to decide the two national winners which will be announced later this year.


For full rules and details about the Window with a View and Home With A View competitions, visit:






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Ecobuild 2017: Inspiring People, Places and Products

Fresh out of university, I’d be lying if I said I was aspiring towards a career in construction PR. Fast forward the clocks and although construction comms is not 100% of what I do, it’s certainly a sector in which I have built up (see what I did there) solid experience and have a keen interest in. Which brings me to Ecobuild – taking place this week, it has been one of the annual highlights of my working life for a number of years. Usually I’m off to London for the week armed with press materials to carry out a busy schedule of media meetings or events on behalf of one of more clients. Unfortunately, this year I’m unable to attend so instead I’ve been eagerly watching news from the exhibition unfold on social media.


Social media and industry news outlets have been awash with announcements from the event, from both exhibitors and visitors, so I’ve not been short of reading material. As well as the usual packed conference and seminar programme, the first two days of Ecobuild have seen the usual burst of product launches from companies across the sector, including from the Hadley Group, which launched a design competition for student architects with a prize worth up to £6,000.


Day one also saw the winner of Ecobuild’s Big Innovation Pitch announced. For the third year running, Ecobuild partnered with M&S in a search for commercial engineering solutions and innovations that have potential to make a huge contribution to achieving the retailer's Plan A sustainability objectives.  This year saw two winners for first time ever there - Protomax Plastics and Airedale Air Con – congrats to both!


Despite reports from last year claiming the show suffered from a lack of visitors compared with previous years, and many in the industry needing much convincing in order to allocate often large percentages of marketing spend to have a presence in one of the many halls, there is no doubt in my opinion that exhibitions such as Ecobuild provide a companies with the ideal opportunity to deliver compelling brand experiences to a captive, targeted audience.


Whether its via meetings with potential partners, live events on-stand, meetings with key media, hosting seminars or stunts etc, as long as activity is planned and executed correctly, exhibitions can provide organisations with the perfect platform to not only share their latest innovations with those who matter the most but also secure top quality business leads and gain valuable industry insight from their peers.






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Award-winning campaign back for 2017

Having won two awards at the 2016 Construction Marketing Awards – claiming first prize in the Best Use of Press and Public Relations category, and Highly Commended in the Best Mid-Range Campaign category – the campaign is back bigger and better, complete with a rebrand and redesigned website.


The Heating Installer Awards work to champion plumbers and heating installers who make it their mission to bring a superior level of credibility and customer service to the industry. It recognises those using innovative skills and technicality to install energy efficient solutions which change the lives of homeowners.

Sponsored by LG , Vaillant UK, Danfoss, Graham The Plumbers’ Merchant, , Pegler Yorkshire , Sentinel and Continental Underfloor, the Heating Installer Awards is open for entries from now until February, when an expert panel of judges will select the best heating installers from 11 regions across the country.

Following the announcement of the regional winners in March, it will be over to the public to decide the UK’s Number One Heating Installer. The winner will be announced at the industry’s leading plumbing and heating show, Installer2017, in May 2017 at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena.

Laura Mashiter, managing director at Refresh PR, said: “The 2016 Heating Installer Awards campaign was a bold move from our agency – we wanted to create something unique that had a positive impact on the heating industry, which for so long has been plagued by the ‘cowboy’ tagline.

We know that’s not a fair representation of the industry, so we thought it was high time that there was a scheme that recognised the excellent standards of work taking place by tradespeople, and which created a new buzz for the industry.

“We had high hopes back then, and after the success of year one and the multiple award wins, we’re aiming even higher in year two. We’ve created an integrated campaign which utilises online PR coverage, a mobile-responsive website, social media, emarketing and direct marketing which not only works to promote the superstars of the heating industry, but which ties into the individual PR objectives for each of our sponsors over the next 12 months.

“If you know a heating installer or plumber who deserves to stand in the spotlight, encourage them to enter – they could go on to be crowned the UK’s Number One Heating Installer!”

To enter, plumbers and heating installers should visit and fill in the short form, detailing a project the installer is particularly proud of, or which demonstrates going above and beyond for the customer. The deadline for entries is 5pm on 17th February 2017, and full terms and conditions can be found on the website.




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Refresh PR builds reputation with wins at Construction Marketing Awards



Last night, we won three awards at the prestigious Construction Marketing Awards in London, cementing our reputation as construction communication specialists.


We scooped two awards for our Heating Installer of the Year Awards campaign, which was awarded the top prize for its use of press and public relations, and also highly commended in the mid-range budget campaign category.


Celebrating plumbers and heating installers who have delivered exceptional customer service, the Heating Installer of the Year Awards used a sustained, integrated communications approach, which included trade and regional PR, social media, email marketing, sponsorship and events.


Our Window with a View campaign, created in association with the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF), was named winner in the best mid-range budget category. The campaign captured the imagination of homeowners and businesses alike, successfully driving high levels of traffic to GGF’s newly launched consumer advice website,


The CIM’s Construction Marketing Awards celebrates the best talent from across the UK, showcasing the construction industry’s creativity, innovation and effectiveness in marketing.


Laura Mashiter, managing director at Refresh PR, said: “Bringing three awards back to the North West is a fantastic achievement. Our team has specialist expertise in the construction sector and for this to be recognised on a national level is testament to our successful and innovative delivery.


“The public relations win is particularly special as it’s the second time we’ve been recognised in this category, having also won back in 2013, for our work with Polypipe. With more and more businesses in the construction industry looking for dynamic ways to reach their audiences, these campaigns demonstrate how creativity can be used to capture audiences’ imaginations and help achieve business objectives.”





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Scrutinising the Autumn Statement

Against the backdrop of Brexit, today’s Autumn Statement was much anticipated. Ahead of its announcement, the predicted impact of the EU Referendum result, “JAMs” - those “just about managing”- and infrastructure were all hot topics.

So, what did Philip Hammond actually cover and were there any surprises?

As expected, there were no grand giveaways, but a clearer picture of the nation’s economic future was painted. With borrowing up, growth down and a £122bn black hole caused by Brexit, the Chancellor’s statement focused on the long-term future of the UK, its economic interests and, crucially in a post-referendum world, how the Government plans to keep Britain as the “number one destination for business”.

Alongside its renewed pledges to cut corporation tax, productivity and infrastructure were cornerstones of the Chancellor’s statement. To illustrate the need to invest, Hammond used the analogy that “it takes a German worker four days to produce what we make in five; which means, in turn, that too many British workers work longer hours for lower pay than their counterparts.”

With more than £1bn ringfenced for digital infrastructure and the Government also offering business rate relief on new fibre infrastructure from April 2017, small businesses and those in rural locations will benefit, making them more competitive in an increasingly globalised market.

While the £1.1bn extra investment in local transport networks is a positive step, it actually only represents 0.08% of GDP and still leaves us lagging behind other developed nations when it comes to spending on infrastructure. If an industrial strategy is to be delivered successfully, it needs significantly more financial investment and a focus on how we address the skills shortage in the built environment sector.

One of the most important announcements came in relation to the Northern Powerhouse, so much so that it was trending on Twitter throughout the statement announcement.

£1.8bn will come from the Local Growth Fund to English regions, giving businesses outside of the capital a financial boost. The North has been allocated £556m, with the aim to improve productivity and infrastructure to support the Northern Powerhouse strategy. While the investment is positive and fits into the long-term strategy to reduce the gap between London and northern cities, it’s important to note that infrastructure investment remains low as a percentage of GDP.

There was good news for the construction industry, with a pledge to invest a further £1.4bn to deliver 40,000 additional affordable homes and a £2.3bn Housing Infrastructure Fund, which aims to unlock land over the coming years. With more and more people struggling to get on to the housing ladder, this has been welcomed by many, while also giving a boost to businesses operating in the housing sector.

So, what is the verdict overall?

For business, there are some real positives, particularly from an investment and innovation point of view. Boosting productivity and improving infrastructure could help to protect the UK’s long-term growth ambitions and, crucially, raise the standard of living for millions.

However, at the same time, the skills shortage in the construction sector remains and needs addressing urgently, while pressure on public services could ultimately undo any of proactive, business-centric policies. With two thirds of NHS trusts reporting deficits, the Government cannot ignore the failing health of our health service for much longer.

It will take time to see the results from this latest round of announcements, particularly those around infrastructure, but one thing is for sure, there will be some bumps in the road to economic recovery.


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Solid foundations? Prefab homes and the housing crisis

Britain’s housing crisis has been building over the past decade. It’s no secret that a lack of affordable housing and the increasing size of deposits required has resulted in rising levels of temporary accommodation, as well as a market where home ownership remains out of reach for millions.

As a prospective first time buyer and reluctant member of “Generation Rent”, considering how to get on to the housing ladder is daunting to say the least. So, naturally, discussions this week about the Government’s plans to build 100,000 modern prefab homes piqued my interest.

First created in the post-war era to bridge the shortage of housing after World War Two, the original prefab homes were hampered by quality issues. Quickly constructed, they offered a lifeline for many displaced families, but were designed to last no more than ten years and thus provided only a short-term fix.

This week’s announcement has been at odds with these long-standing perceptions of so-called “ready-made homes”, repositioning them as a potential long-term solution for the UK’s modern day housing crisis.

So, is the plan built on solid foundations or will it all come tumbling down?

A recent report by the homelessness charity, Shelter, forecasted that the Government will miss its target of one million homes by 2020, with a predicted shortfall of 266,000 and a new solution required. Enter stage right, prefab housing.

This new generation of modern homes takes on a whole new design and manufacturing model. While they are still in a ready-made format – produced in factories and constructed on site – improvements in technology mean that quality is no longer a limitation. Modular design enables designers to work off-site and use new technologies that keep quality, and the end user’s needs, in sight.

Let’s take an example of this approach in action. Property innovator, Urban Splash, has recently unveiled its Manchester-based Irwell Riverside house development, offering prospective buyers autonomy over their living space. Marketing itself with the slogan “offering space not rooms” is very astute; people first decide how many square feet they require and then how to use the space. For example, if a tenant wants their kitchen on the top floor and an open plan environment, this can be easily factored in thanks to the flexible modular design. Urban Splash has won awards for its innovative approach and it appears that the powers that be are taking note.

As well as more control over design decisions and increased flexibility, modern prefabs offer another key advantage for the Government’s house building initiatives: speed. With the manufacturing process generally taking between 12 and 14 days, and then a further ten to 12 days to construct on site, prefab homes offer the kind of turnaround that traditional house building could only dream of.

With 2020 fast approaching and the housing crisis deepening, prefabs could be the solution that the country so desperately needs.







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New office launch sees industry experts debate value of great design

With years of experience leading campaigns in the built environment sector, here at Refresh we know our clients truly value developing new relationships with key decision makers. Having built a large network of contacts, we relish the opportunity to bring together experts in the field who we know will hit it off professionally and to help create new partnerships for our clients.


At the end of 2015, our client Space Zero, a Manchester-based interior design consultancy specialising in education and healthcare, shared the news it would be moving to a brand new office in September 2016 and would be designing the space to create an unrivalled workplace in the city.

Never one to miss an opportunity to showcase our clients’ expertise and innovation, we organised a series of round table events.

Working together with Space Zero, we brought together academics, contractors, architects and consultants on two October mornings to discuss challenges affecting their sector and be treated to a guided tour of the new office from Space Zero’s CEO, Wayne Taylor.

The first event focused on healthcare design with attendees from leading businesses including Pozzoni, Rider Hunt and Interserve discussing the challenges of designing spaces to provide an empathetic and comfortable environment for dementia patients.

The second, focussing on the design of schools across England, saw experts from JM Architects, Wates, Bowmer & Kirkland, the University of Manchester and other industry heavyweights debate the elements of school design most likely to result in positive outcomes for pupils.

While the attendees shared their varying views, different experiences and raised questions about the future of the industry, what was clear from both events is that the sector thrives on collaboration, shared values and a passion for using design to make a difference – whether for employees, students or dementia patients.

Plans are already in place for a third round table to be held very soon. So if you work in the interiors, architecture or construction industries, look out for an invitation heading your way!

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Refresh captures the best view in Britain


September saw our ‘Window with a View’ campaign with the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) come to an exciting conclusion – and with phenomenal results.

Having launched its consumer advice site in September 2015, the GGF came to us in December looking for ways to raise awareness of the new brand. Its aim was to drive 100,000 consumers to the website by October 2016.

Understanding that visual and interactive campaigns are leading the way in the press and on social media, we devised the ‘Window with a View’; a competition to find the country’s most stunning view through a window.

Since January, we’ve been reaching out to the nation’s tourism attractions, hotels, bars and restaurants – anywhere open to the general public – via Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, in the press and even over the phone, encouraging people enter a snap of their best window view to the competition.

We received 150 nominations – including entries from the Houses of Parliament, Titanic Belfast, St Paul’s Cathedral, Blackpool Tower and Blackpool Tower – and the competition made the news in every corner of the UK, on TV, in print and – crucially – online. Web coverage was key throughout the campaign, providing opportunity to link back to the site, taking us ever closer to that 100,000 visitors target.

Following an intense judging day, two stages of public voting and an anxious wait to find out which attraction would take the national crown, the Museum of Liverpool was announced as the first ever winner of the Window with a View competition live on BBC Radio Merseyside’s breakfast show at the end of September.

The following week, we were over the moon to hear the news that the 100,000 visitors target had not only been achieved, but exceeded. It just goes to show a well-thought out strategy with a dedicated team behind it can result in great things.

Plans are already in place to launch Year Two in 2017, so watch this space!


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Refresh PR encourages consumers to Ask for Underfloor

Refresh PR has been appointed by British trade association BEAMA Underfloor Heating to promote a new national campaign which encourages homeowners to fit underfloor heating in their homes.


The independent consumer campaign, ‘Ask For Underfloor’, will target homeowners who are renovating or updating their home to help them understand the benefits of underfloor heating, as well as housebuilders to encourage them to specify underfloor heating in new builds.


Having impressed the trade association with its experience and contacts within the target markets, Refresh PR has delivered a strategic plan to reach all sectors and ensure far reaching coverage. Launching with a national survey of UK homeowners, Refresh PR will undertake daily press office activity, face-to-face journalist briefings and also take the lead on internal communication to the group’s 35 plus UK-wide members.


Chairman of BEAMA Underfloor Heating, Chris Ingram, said: “An initial survey conducted by Refresh PR enabled us to back up the strong claims that our industry has been making for some time to show just how in demand a home with underfloor heating really is.  From this, the campaign messages were easy to formulate.  Refresh PR has impressed us with its industry and technical knowledge and we are confident that the team will have every success.”


Director of Refresh PR, Laura Mashiter, said: “As the housing market begins to pick up, now is the time to increase communications with those who are looking to upgrade, improve and move home. Underfloor heating has traditionally been seen as an aspirational luxury, but it’s more affordable and attainable than many think.  With systems available for existing homes that don’t require major building work, we’ll be making sure our audience knows the facts.”


Following recent successes including several new client wins, Refresh PR is looking to recruit new team members. More information about the Ask For Underfloor campaign is available at





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Refresh PR wins at the 2013 Construction Marketing Awards


We're delighted to announce that we took home the award for ‘Best Use of Press and Public Relations’ at this year's national Construction Marketing Awards 2013.


The award recognises the success of our campaign to launch and raise brand awareness for Polypipe Home Solutions, a consumer-facing offering from international manufacturer, Polypipe.


Judges were impressed with our implementation of an ongoing creative strategy, which saw sustained results secured on TV, across the national consumer media and online.


Refresh PR CMA awards Polypipe


The UK-wide Construction Marketing Awards, which were held at the Radisson Blu Portman Hotel, London, recognise national marketing excellence across the built environment sector.


Our client, Polypipe, also reigned victorious in a further category, after being named ‘Marketing Team of the Year’.


To find out more about our award win, follow us on Twitter: @RefreshPR.



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Refresh PR constructs a campaign worthy of a national award shortlist

Manchester’s Refresh PR will compete against three other PR teams at the national Construction Marketing Awards in December, having been shortlisted in the ‘Best Use of Press and Public Relations’ category for the second year running. Organised by the Chartered Institute of Marketing’s Construction Group, Refresh PR is the only North West-based PR agency shortlisted for the PR award.

Refresh PR’s nomination acknowledges the success of the agency’s campaign to launch and raise brand awareness for Polypipe Home Solutions, a consumer-facing offering from international manufacturer, Polypipe.

Following an extensive audience analysis and media audit, Refresh PR developed and implemented an ongoing creative strategy which saw sustained results secured on TV, across the national consumer media and online.

Speaking about the agency’s nomination, Refresh PR’s managing director, Laura Mashiter, said: “It’s been an incredibly tough few years for the construction industry.  As the situation improves, companies will need to do even more to stand out from the competition. PR activity needs to be creative, engaging, on message and importantly demonstrate ROI – all of which our campaign delivered. Being recognised in this category for the second year running firmly cements Refresh PR’s position as an expert within this sector.”

The Construction Marketing Awards, which seek to recognise national marketing excellence across the built environment sector, will take place on 5th December in London.


For further information on Refresh PR, visit or call 0161 8711 188.

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Downing Street and North West developments win awards for sustainability

It’s not often that the Prime Minister is the recipient of an award (or praise of any kind for that matter – sorry Dave), so David Cameron must be particularly pleased with the news that Downing Street has been named Most-Sustainable In-Use Building by environment assessment group BREEAM.


BREEAM (the BRE Environmental Assessment Method) awarded the coalition’s headquarters the prize because of the building’s year on year efforts to become more sustainable.


These include ingeniously heating water via IT equipment, recycling 90% of construction waste into the building and cutting back electricity use by 13.5% by installing features such as motion detection lighting.


The building, which is over 300 years old, serves as an office to 152 people as well as being the official residence of the Prime Minister, Sam Cam and their children.


Downing Street wasn’t the only building honoured for its efforts; many of the winners were from the North West including a redevelopment of Victorian terraced houses in Salford, an industrial renovation in Wigan and the new Co-operative Building in Manchester.


Manchester can be proud to say that the Co-op’s office at One Angel Square is one of the most sustainable (and therefore green) buildings in Europe. And if there’s one thing Refresh PR loves its sustainability and being green.


Many of our clients provide sustainable solutions for the home (yes, it’s time for a massive plug, brace yourselves): Polypipe Home Solutions, Refresh conservatory roofs and Planitherm all offer sustainable solutions for the home, should you wish to follow the Prime Minister’s lead (sustainability wise, not texting kisses to former News Of The World editors obv).


All of the winners, including Downing Street, received their awards today at Ecobuild in London.




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We Are Recruiting

In case you've missed it on our news tab, we are recruiting.  If you're interested in a new challenge, read on.


We’re on the look out for experienced PR people to join Refresh PR.  In particular we’re searching for an account manager and account executive to join our ‘home’ PR team, which means working with trade and consumer clients who supply products for the home - from underfloor heating through to building materials.  


We want to boost our team at all levels.  We’d like to meet you if you:

·        Are a team player

·        Have experience of both consumer and trade PR – agency side. Sorry, we already have two great interns!

·        Are already an account manager with experience of managing clients

·        Can see a consumer PR angle and sell this to national consumer home journalists – and equally be confident drafting a trade feature

·        Have a great portfolio

·        Are keen to work on lots of projects and use lots of skills outside of the above ‘home’ remit - we're a growing agency and you could be helping with new business by day three!  In any sector that is!

·        Want to progress

·        Are as enthusiastic and passionate as we are


Execs will get a clear chance to progress and managers will get the responsibility and room to develop to account director level, should they choose.


Start date is asap.  Please get in contact with us - laura at - for more information and with your CV.

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Airport City: we’re excited, are you?

Refresh PR has been out and about networking a lot over the past few weeks.  From Women in Business events to the CIM Manchester’s Building Credibility in the Boardroom talk, we’ve been hearing about the amount of optimism out there at the moment in Manchester.


One talk that has got our tongues wagging in the office is a presentation about Manchester’s Airport City, which we watched while at the CIM Construction Industry Group’s Northern Conference. 


In recent years airports have had to diversify to generate income; with an increase in taxes on aviation and fuel prices, plus an increased need for security, the profit per person has been in decline.  So through car parking, retail and accommodation, airports have been able to re-address this balance and build new areas of profit into their business plans. 


Manchester Airport Group (MAG)’s biggest development plan is Airport City in Manchester.  It recognises that airports can be more than places that people use to travel.  That said, Manchester is the third busiest airport in the UK and flies to over 200 destinations (more than Heathrow).


So, what’s Airport City?


More than 80 Airport Cities have been built across the globe in the last 10 years.  Hong Kong, Singapore and Memphis are three examples.  Airport Cities consist of retail malls (which, we’ll be honest, is what really got our attention), conference centres, warehousing and logistics, office space, hotels, advanced manufacturing sites – and basically create areas for people to live, work and play.  Manchester’s Airport City will compete with Amsterdam, Barcelona and Frankfurt.


Airport City will reach out to international companies needing international access quickly.  These include graduates and entrepreneurs as well as those working in sectors such as advanced manufacturing, R&D, pharmaceuticals, professional services, IT, retail and leisure and hotel and conferencing.  The enterprise zone will offer tax breaks. 


·        Location: Land adjacent to Wythenshawe is being developed, which is situated between Jn5 and Jn6 of M56 over 4m sq feet of land.  It will take 15 years to complete and will cost £650m to build, becoming the best connected business destination in the world

·        Transport:  Links will be via train, bus and coach, plus via the Metrolink in 2016 which will go through various stops in Wythenshawe on the way into the city centre

·        Jobs: The airport employs around 19,000 workers, mainly from the local community.  The expansion of Airport City will see more local jobs created for people from Wythenshawe and the surrounding areas


So all in all, a great move to boost Manchester’s economy, create jobs and make us our city an even more desirable destination to visit than ever before – we’ll be up from seventh in no time!  Watch You Tube for more information: and



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What's the big deal about being green?

Being green is now what smoking was in the 50’s - fashionable and good for you. In the professional circles I’ve found myself mixing in over the course of my career in PR, the words ‘green’ and ‘sustainable’ have come to be what I like to call buzz words. Truth is, if you’re an organisation working in the built environment, you’ll not fare well if you cannot communicate effectively that you and / or your products are green and sustainable.

PR Agency Manchester SmokingImagine Mrs Smith’s reaction when she realises that the windows you are trying to sell to her are not energy efficient – which will happen after she’s read about Planitherm’s superior energy efficient windows (in an article I wrote about the product being green and sustainable). She’ll evidently opt for Planitherm over your product – because the product is green and good for her. Plus, she’ll be that little bit more fashionable than that Mrs Jones from across the road, whose husband won’t let her have new windows. Result.


Plug over, it must be said that these days we’re constantly reading about changes in legislation and standards that practically force everyone to think more seriously about how green we are.

Legislation, that is, such as changes to Building Regs and standards like The Code for Sustainable Homes. As one speaker told the audience at a green seminar I recently attended at Grand Designs Live “we've only got one shot at this”.


Further to this, last week I attended the inaugural Build It Awards with my client, Polypipe (who was nominated for Best Heating & Plumbing Product for Overlay Lite). The event was hosted at the National Selfbuild and Renovation Centre in Swindon, and from the outset it was clear that one thing was being celebrated over and above everything else – sustainability.


With the housing market still stagnant, and many people now sitting firmly in their properties waiting for an opportunity to sell, there’s a wider thought among us that we would be better off improving, not moving.


Here is an opportunity for companies working within the built environment – your audience is ready and waiting, now it’s time to communicate to them.


Construction doesn’t have to be conservative, it can be fashionable. Sustainability and green living are both hot topics, and more importantly people are receptive to it – they want to live it.


So, next time you sit down to discuss your marketing or PR strategy, think about the opportunities that are in front of you, because despite the constant news that construction is suppressed, it’s far from it. PR Agency Manchester Home


P.s - Just in case you’re wondering, Refresh PR is sustainable. We recycle our paper and I use the same cup for my copious amounts of coffee each day. I also think twice about printing my emails, opting to read them on the screen instead. See, sustainable.

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Gary Neville’s tellytubby home gets the green light

Guest blog from Naomi Tan, work experience (17th - 21st Sept 2012)


Despite being given permission for his 127ft wind turbine to be built here in the North West, ex-footballer Gary Neville has scrapped the idea – which should appease his neighbours - and will now use a ground source heat pump, rainwater harvesting and photovoltaic cells (these turn light energy directly into electricity) to keep his house ‘green’.  With clients like Polypipe Home Solutions, this is right up Refresh PR’s street.

Although Mr Neville got rid of the wind turbine his house will still be eco-friendly and he will still be raising awareness, after all he’s a famous footballer. His decision to have an eco-friendly house may encourage other people to do the same, although not to that extent, so his ‘green’ house may help the environment more than he intended as others may be inspired to help too.

Gary Neville’s house will be the first carbon neutral house in the North West. It should now only take four to five months to build, and is smaller than the original plan (therefore takes up a smaller amount of land) it is also on two storeys instead of one. To avoid too much noise and disturbance, Neville plans for a lot of construction to take place off site.  He has also done work previously to help the environment as he is also the co-founder of sustainability in sport (SIS).

Gary Neville’s new plans have had fewer objections since he got rid of the wind turbine idea, so hopefully this updated plan will be successful. He will be speaking at a UK Green Building Council event tonight to give more information about his ‘teletubby house’, so to find out more, you will have to attend on Thursday 20th September!

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Everyone’s heard of climate change, but are we ignoring it?

Guest blog by Naomi Tan, work experience (17th – 21st Sept)


Climate change is caused by many things such as pollution, deforestation, use of fossil fuels etc… Increasing levels of greenhouse gases trap heat from the sun, on earth, and prevent it being reflected back into space. This means the temperatures rise and the polar ice caps melt which leads to rising sea levels (which isn’t good for polar bears) and unfortunately means there could be more rain for Britain.

The ozone layer protects our planet from the sun’s harmful UV rays, however it is being damaged by things such as CFC’s (harmful chemicals which are found in aerosols) and as a result of this, half the ozone in the stratosphere has completely disappeared. To try to stop further damage to the ozone layer some CFCs are replaced with HFCs, however these are greenhouse gases which don’t help at all against climate change. Climate change has a lot of effects such as rising sea levels and change in temperature and weather.

So what are we doing to try and stop climate change? By 2020, 10% of fuel will be biofuel made from plants such as maize or sugarcane. Although this is better for the environment as the fuel is renewable and carbon zero, it also has bad effects for example causing hunger in other countries as the maize is used to fuel cars and not feed people.

Do your bit!

5 Top Tips to help save the planet:

·       Turn off the tap when you’re brushing your teeth. Leaving the tap running wastes up to 5 litres a minute. The water is just wasted and then has to be recycled and cleaned before it can go back to your taps. This process uses energy, and electricity which is produced when you burn fossil fuels. Burning these contributes to global warming.  

·       Turn off the lights when you leave a room or get energy saving light bulbs. This will reduce the amount of energy used, so could lower your energy bill significantly.

·       Turn your TV and computer off at night. Putting them on stand-by still uses energy, so if you turn them off at night you will save more energy and up to £30 a year.

·       Only fill the kettle with the amount of water necessary. Boiling the kettle uses a lot of energy, and the more water you put in, the more energy is needed to heat it and make it boil. This means that by only putting in the amount of water you need, you are using the minimum amount of energy required, which means you can save energy and money.

·       Have a quick shower instead of a bath. Having a bath uses on average 80 litres of water whereas a quick shower uses only around 30 litres.

(stats courtesy of Energy Saving Trust)

So, are you doing your bit?

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The fruits of a sustained trade PR campaign come together

We’ve been working hard with construction and built environment journalists to secure some great coverage for client Spectus Window Systems.  A series of specifier-focused case studies have been produced, spanning the education, social housing and healthcare sectors, and we’re excited to be rolling these out in a planned calendar of exclusives with key magazines.  Building Products reported on Spectus' work at Campus House, Bradford this month, and Local Government News is running with another exciting project in its August issue.

All this translates to great PR coverage across the glass and glazing trade press, showing Spectus’ fabricators and installers the sheer range of applications of the PVC-U window profiles.  Along with some new product launches, it's been a busy few months.

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Ecobuild day two: the competition is hotting up

Day two of Ecobuild is giving Rare Creative Group, Refresh PR's client, a chance to really show off the culmination of months of hard work.  Today Rare's client, Saint-Gobain Isover, will award the winner of the Isover Architectural Student Design Competition 2012.


This year’s competition sees architectural students from RIBA accredited university courses across the UK challenged to design a sustainable community for 12-15 families within the Trent Basin area of Nottingham, to the principles of the Isover Multi-Comfort House standard.


Isover has run this competition both nationally and internationally for a number of years, with the original UK stage run in partnership with the University of Nottingham, who embed the design challenge into the fourth year curriculum. Having been brought on board to manage and launch the highly successful national roll out of the competition in 2011, Rare was asked to refresh it for 2012. 


Rare's work began some months ago, initially by raising awareness with university lecturers and creating tutor packs and student entry information. From there the team encouraged entries by designing online tutorials, information and resource packs and even filming a live lecture on the challenge that had been set for the dedicated competition website that the team created at


Eight finalists, each consisting of up to three students, have their work displayed proudly on a stand that Rare designed for Isover at Ecobuild.  The stand features eye-catching graphics, which detail case studies that show how theory has been taken into reality using the Multi-Comfort House concept.  It also features a model, to scale, of the regeneration site in Nottingham and individual student team models of their regeneration scheme.


Today each team will be making a final presentation of their work to a prestigious judging panel, including Professor Wolfgang Feist, founder of the Passive House concept and the PassiveHaus Institut in Germany, before the winners are announced live on the Isover competition stand at Ecobuild, N230, at 3pm.


With cash prizes of up to £1000 on offer to the best three UK entries, plus a trip to represent the UK in the international finals in Bratislava in Slovakia up for grabs, it’s one not to miss today.  Watch from 3pm when the awards announcement will be streamed live on via media partner


Full details of the winners will also be posted to the Multi Comfort House site at

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Is The Green Deal the Real Deal?

On the opening day of Ecobuild 2012, in a jam packed seminar room, Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change Greg Barker announced a string of adjustments to The Green Deal which is still on target to launch in Autumn 2012.                                   

Deregulating key parts of The Green Deal will make it easier for SMEs to compete, he argued, before outlining the changes which were announced for the first time at the show:


1.      The requirement to have a surety bond in place prior to accreditation has been removed, which will take away one obstacle for SMEs

2.      The requirement to provide an independent conciliation process has also been removed.  The Green Deal Ombudsman, a new entity, will deal with any complaints

3.      There will no longer be the need to provide warranties for the length of the life of the ‘measure’ installed.  No longer will a window or insulation need to provide a guarantee for its whole payback period, instead the Government will require a five year product warranty and 10 year building protection


Mr Barker reiterated that The Green Deal is not an extension of CERT or CESP funding, but rather a new initiative which will create a brand new market and breathe life into the industry.  Employment in the sector is set to double by 2015, he believes, as a result of The Green Deal measures.


With 26m homes leaking energy in the UK, it makes the nation one of the worst performing in Europe.  To retrofit all 26m homes is expected to take up to 20 years, and Mr Barker assured the room that The Green Deal was here to stay. 


He hinted at measures that will be included in The Green Deal listing heating, glazing, lighting, smart controls, microgeneration and even waste water systems and flue gas heat recovery.  Measures that actively cool as well as those that heat are included.  He also said that projects could be part financed under the scheme, provided the energy saving was greater than the finance charge for the green deal cash advance.


The good news is that when innovations are ready to launch, independents tests will take place and these will be added in to the Deal.  And there’s more good news for the six million homes with no double glazing, seven million with no heating controls and 16.5 million with no condensing boiler in the UK as energy companies will be obliged to help with fuel poverty and hard to finance initiatives such as solid wall insulation.


So, what’s clear is that there’s a £multi-million training pot, most of which will go on training installers about solid wall insulation, but part going on training advisors too.  A Green Deal provider’s guide will be issued shortly which will include a step by step guide on how to become a provider, and 10 regional events will take place nearer the time to launch the scheme and help businesses understand what they need to do to be part of The Green Deal.  Becoming an official provider, through a new BSI standard which will launch, will be central to opening up the mass of opportunities for SMEs and large firms alike.


Coming out of the talk was a great deal of optimism.  The Green Deal is set to help not only consumers and the nation’s carbon footprint but the economy too, providing much needed employment and training opportunities to thousands upon thousands.  The next six months will be important for all concerned.

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Caught on Camera – Dispelling the PVC-U myths with Spectus

Building Products Magazine visited Spectus Window Systems earlier this week for a day’s worth of filming.  As a result, two videos will be prodBuilding Products films at Spectus Window Systemsuced and will be uploaded onto and - they make for interesting reading for specifiers and architects throughout the UK.  

 Building Products films at UHSM in Wythenshawe

The filming took place as a result of a survey which ran in January in Building Products.  Spectus, keen to start dispelling the myths surrounding PVC-U as a building material choice for doors and windows, undertook research with the magazine’s readers.  With hundreds of replies, responses gathered from professionals who have been in the industry for years were analysed.  The findings will be revealed later on this month via the online videos and also at EcoBuild.


We'd like to say a big thank you to Declan and the team at The University of South Manchester (UHSM) who let us film on site at very short notice!


Refresh PR developed the campaign to run alongside the existing PR calendar of activity.  So far it’s really helped to bang the drum for the case for specifying PVC-U, and we’re not planning to stop now.  We’re going to make the momentum continue so watch this space!


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Girls on Film

Spectus Window Systems, one of Refresh PR’s clients, is launching an exciting new marketing campaign for its customers.  As part of the launSpectus Window Systems launches new marketing campaignch activity, marketing manager Joanna Plane prepared herself for the camera and took to the big screen today as she was interviewed by top industry online publication The Glazine.




With not one but two cameras on her, Joanna rose to the occasion and we’re very excited to be getting a sneak preview of the edit on Friday, before it goes live on on Tuesday. 

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Joanna will also be appearing with a specialist marketing column in Glass and Glazing Products magazine this month, so for top marketing tips why not visit the magazine online over the next month?  For more information visit









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CIM event review: Creating one of Manchester’s greatest assets

Refresh PR went along to Manchester Airport’s Concorde Conference Centre recently for a very insightful Chartered Institute of Marketing networking event.  Situated just next to the runway, and housing a Concorde (pic to follow we hope!), the facility was a great venue to hold a conference – if you don’t mind the sound of planes taking off and landing every few minutes of course.


So, to start off, here are a few facts that you may not know:

·         19,000 people are employed at Manchester Airport

·         There’s 3,000m of runway serving the three terminals

·         The airport typically targets people in a 90 minute travel time radius with its marketing

·         There’s a brand new Escape Lounge in Terminal 1 (which we like the sound of a lot)

·         There are still opportunities for more carriers to fly from Manchester airport – even now it has capacity


After networking and lots of food, we sat down to listen to some of the marketing plans, strategy and tactics employed by one of Britain’s best airports.  What quickly became obvious is the massive marketing machine that sits behind its public face.   The airport certainly has a well thought out, and continually evolving, marketing strategy that considers every aspect of the customer experience.  So, whether it’s subtle lighting to subconsciously guide a traveller around the terminal (and into the shops) or the amount of research and feedback being constantly processed, everything revolves around making the customer centre stage, and ultimately making sure numbers come through the door. 


Understanding that the most visited page on its website is the flight tracking page, the airport has developed an iPhone app for people to check flights on the move.  Car park booking is now a lot easier over handhelds too – and as a major revenue generator for airports around the country it’s certainly worth the investment.  The car parks have been made much more visitor friendly, with green traffic lights above a space to indicate that it’s free, meaning those in a rush can easily see where the free spaces are – whilst trying to stick to the car park speed limit of course...


Twitter, which began as a discount/promotions newsfeed, became a major news source for customers and journalists during the ash cloud in April ’10.  Again, during the snow for the past two winters, the @manairport feed has been a way to communicate with travellers and those seeking the most up to date information.  It’s got nearly 17,000 followers and Sky News journalists are big fans.


While embracing social media has been a priority, it’s also great to see the airport sticking to tried and tested methods of marketing.  Local door drops to inform residents of changes and promotions are measured for success through visits to specific URLs, redemption of specific discount codes and the general uptake following an e-shot is tracked.  In addition, the team works in the Wythenshawe community (near to the airport) to support local initiatives to ensure the airport gives back to the community.


It was also interesting to hear about a new CRM package being implemented which means that when travelling through the airport, all passengers will soon be tracked and data on each visit recorded.  Those flying regularly will develop patterns of behaviour which will be highlighted on the system, from using the car park to purchases made inside the terminal, opening the door for specific discounts and more targeted campaigns.  Well, I’m hoping for the specific discounts anyway – must remember to hand over my boarding card when I buy a G&T! 


All in all, this was one of the best CIM events of the year so far – informative, interesting, well attended and useful for marketers to know what’s happening on their own doorstep.  More please!

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Refresh PR visits the National Painting and Decorating Show 2010

Earlier today [Tuesday 9th November] Refresh PR ventured to the National Painting and Decorating Show at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry (see  As it is an industry that we have worked in for years, we were delighted to bump into the editors of both Professional Builder magazine and Professional Painter & Decorator (PP&D) magazine early on. 


After a quick catch up with both, we hit the exhibition armed with some very impressive goody bags containing some fab DIY items from a paint brush to a carpet cutter! We sought advice from as we look to style the new offices in Manchester and London – so all in all there really are no excuses now!  We did decline the chance to have a go at the Johnstone’s Paint kickertube and also on the Dulux Trade car racing game though. 


The show was very busy and the organisers obviously did a great job this year – great news for the industry and possibly indicating the sector is on the up once again.  And if the trip to Manchester City  FC tomorrow night (for the derby vs Man United) is as successful as our trip to Coventry City FC today, the Manchester half of Refresh PR will be delighted!

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BEST for Refresh PR

Recently the Refresh PR team headed down the motorway from Manchester to Birmingham NEC to attend BEST – the Built Environment Solutions & Technology exhibition aka Interbuild.


Having attended a seminar in the Low Carbon City area on meeting the 2050 Low Carbon Commitment (with Forum for the Future) we stayed for another talk on how the European standards on embodied carbon are changing from Jane Thornback of the Construction Products Association.


Feeling suitably empowered on the European standards and all things BREEAM we moved on to have a look round the show.  In GlassEx we got to catch up with old contacts at Glass Times and see DeWalt's hotly contested tradesman’s challenge. In BEST itself we spent quite a bit of time in the show bar – strictly for work reasons of course as there were rumours of a reaction to the corporate spending review from industry experts.


All in all it was a useful day out for Refresh PR – we caught up with trade journalists and contacts from the industry too.  We’ll wait to see how the show evolves for 2011.

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