Agency Arrives in New Office

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The agency, which was founded in MediaCityUK, has moved to the brand new Arrive location in the media campus in Salford that is also home to the BBC.  Arrive occupies four floors of White, a 16-storey tower overlooking MediaCityUK. The brand-new space has been conceived as a home for tech, digital and creative businesses. The 4th floor, where the new Rule 5 office is based, also includes a 50-seater auditorium, communal hub, private meeting rooms, break-out areas with stunning views across MediaCityUK, as well as an outdoor roof terrace.

“We looked at various locations in Ancoats, the Northern Quarter and city centre” said agency co-founder Julie Wilson, “but MediaCityUK is in our blood.”

The move sees the agency acquire a significantly larger space, “allowing for ongoing growth and a forecasted 30% increase in the size of the team over the next couple of years” Julie added.

Four Nominations in PRCA DARE Awards

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Rule 5 has received four nominations in the PRCA DARE Awards. The agency has been shortlisted in the Best Consumer and Media Relations categories for its work with Blackpool Pleasure Beach on the launch of the new ICON rollercoaster.  Work with the game-changing fundraising platform Wonderful.org is nominated in the Not For Profit category and the agency is also listed in the Small Agency of the Year category.

The awards are open to all parties involved in the use of PR for communications purposes, including; PR consultancies, in-house communications teams, digital agencies, marketing teams and media owners.

The PRCA DARE Awards ceremony will place at the Radisson Blu Edwardian in Manchester on the 12th July, where the winners will be announced.

 

PR Agency Of The Year Nomination For Rule 5

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The agency is thrilled to have been shortlisted in the 2018 Prolific North Awards.

The nomination for PR Agency of The Year (small agency category) was announced on Thursday April 12 and sees Rule 5 feature alongside some of the North’s best creative, production, digital and media companies.

Founded in 2013, the Prolific North Awards celebrate excellence and recognise and reward outstanding campaigns and exceptional talent in the creative and media industries across the North.

The results will be announced on May 24th at an exclusive awards ceremony at the Principal Hotel, Manchester.

Giant Japanese Spider Crabs Grip The Media’s Attention

Yesterday saw the launch of Sea Life Manchester’s brand new deep-sea attraction, ‘Lair of The Giant Crab’ and we were delighted to be on hand to tell the story with BBC Northwest Today.

Featuring two enormous Giant Japanese Spider Crabs, amongst other monster-sized sea creatures, the incredible new feature promises to be a hit with families.

Alongside the giant crabs, visitors will also see a Giant Pacific Octopus, the largest of all octopus species, and be invited to crawl amongst the fluorescent world of 100 floating moon jellyfish, in a brand new 360 degree doughnut tank.

Jenn McDonough, General Manager Manchester Cluster, Merlin Entertainments, said: “The fact that we’ve been able to provide a forever home for these amazing awe-inspiring creatures is just fantastic.

“It’s a monstrous milestone for us here at Sea Life Manchester, and we’re proud to be making a name for ourselves as experts in giant sea creature care.

“It’s incredible to be able to observe such remarkable creatures, and we’re certain that our guests will love them just as much as we do!”

‘Lair of the Giant Crab’ is included in the normal admissions price with tickets starting from £11.50.  Pre-booking is strongly advised to avoid disappointment.

 

 

Recognition For Rule 5 Founders

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Rule 5 founders, Jules and Rob, have both been named in separate lists of business influencers this week.

Julie Wilson is featured as one of Manchester’s Women of the Year in A-Magazine.  The list of 25 of the city’s most successful women also included the Olympian and Commonwealth Games gold medal winner Diane Modahl and the Shadow Secretary of State for Education, Angela Rayner MP.

The magazine published its selection of influential women on March 1st to mark the centenary of votes being given to some women in 1918.  Jules told the magazine: “Emmeline Pankhurst provided women with a voice and it’s a voice that continues to shout loudly.  We should never stop striving for a fairer, more balanced world, for everyone.”

Co-founder of the agency Rob Brown is featured in PR Week’s 2018 Power Book.   The guide, which lists “the most influential and respected comms professionals in the UK today”, was launched at The Ned in London.

It was described by PRWeek UK editor-in-chief Danny Rogers as “the most rigorously compiled edition since I launched it in 2007.”

ICON In The News – Final Piece Of Track Installed

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Last week saw a significant milestone reached in the development of ICON, Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s new £16.25 million rollercoaster as the final piece of track was installed.

Under the watchful eye of the media, coordianted by Rule 5 and Blackpool Pleasure Beach, the last piece of gleaming grey steel was hoisted into place, completing the 1.14 kilometre track.

The process was conducted by a 50-strong team over a five month period and sees Blackpool Pleasure Beach another step closer to launching what will be the world’s most interactive rollercoaster.

Amanda Thompson OBE, Managing Director at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, commented; “Since construction work began in December 2016 we have seen numerous pieces of material hoisted into position in anticipation of this moment.

“The track comprises of hundreds of tonnes of world-class steel transported from Germany and manufactured using state-of-the-art engineering processes for a smoother, faster and more exhilarating ride than ever experienced before.”

Nick Thompson, Deputy Managing Director of Blackpool Pleasure Beach, adds; “Today is the culmination of an intense design and engineering process to bring a ride that is the first of its kind to the UK.

“The completion of ICON’s track has been no easy feat, as it loops through and around the Pleasure Beach’s other rides 15 times. To see the track in its entirety is hugely rewarding and brings us a significant step closer to sharing this unique rollercoaster experience with the public in spring 2018.”

Activity saw yet another strong burst of media coverage for ICON, leading the lunchtime and evening news on BBC North West Tonight along with national UK print titles The Sun and MirrorOnline.  A wealth of regional, leisure and tourism titles underpinned coverage.  ICON will launch in spring 2018.

The PR campaign delivered by Rule 5 and Blackpool Plesure Beach to promote the new rollercoaster, has been nominated for Media Relations Campaign of the Year in the 2018 PRmoment Awards.  The same campaign won Best Use of Media Relations at the CIPR NorthWest Awards in 2017.

A Swell of Coverage for Sea Life Manchester

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The agency has delivered a swell of national coverage for client Sea Life Manchester and its national terrapin appeal.

The conservation story, Don’t Flush, urged Brits to think twice before buying terrapins as pets, as Sea Life centres are swamped with requests to re-home un-wanted Christmas gifts.  Owners are believed to take shocking and unthinkable measures to dispose of the creatures, with terrapins flushed down toilets.

Adding further weight to the campaign, which saw coverage on the world’s most visited news website the MailOnline, alongside the SunOnline, IndependentOnline, AOL, BTonline and a wealth of regional titles, was news that Sea Life Manchester had renamed one of its terrapins Loo.  Visitors can see Loo at the Manchester attraction located at Barton Square, Trafford Park.

Speaking on the subject, Alan Kwan, Lead Curator at Sea Life Manchester, said: “People wrongly assume that terrapins are going to be easy to care for. What they don’t realise is that they grow from 3cm in length (hand-sized) to 30cm in length (large dinner plate) and live between 30-50 years.

“Global warming and the resulting rise in temperatures across British waterways is leading to abandoned terrapins breeding and growing in population. Native to Florida, this alien predatory reptile is having a damaging effect on British pondlife and waterfowl with fish, frog, frogspawn and ducklings falling prey.”

Rule 5 co-founder Jules Wilson said: “We were confident of our ability to drive strong coverage with this story, combining hard-hitting conservation messages with creative tactics to maximise reach.  The team delivered a brilliant job in what is our first month of work with Sea Life Manchester.”