Four Nominations In The PRmoment Awards

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The agency has been shortlisted four times in this year’s PRmoment Awards.

Rule 5 is nominated in four categories including Boutique Agency of the Year, Social Media Campaign of the Year, Best Use of Content, and Health, Beauty, Retail and Fashion Campaign of the Year.

Shortlisted entries include campaigns for The 2016 Track Cycling World Championships (x2) and premium cycle wear brand, Fat Lad At The Back.

The PRmoment Awards recognise the very best communications and PR professionals across the UK and are judged by eminent industry representatives.  This year’s awards saw over 850 entries.

Results will be announced at an awards dinner at the Hilton Manchester on March 16.

Rule 5 Wins First Class Contract With Park Leisure

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Luxury holiday park company Park Leisure has appointed Rule 5 as its retained PR and communications partner.

A privately owned business, Park Leisure operates 10 holiday parks across the UK in stunning country and coastal locations including: Northumberland, North Yorkshire, Lancashire, Herefordshire, North Wales and Cornwall.  Each provides five star, first class holiday homes to suit every personality and budget.

The brief sees the agency tasked with further raising the profile of Park Leisure in national and consumer media alongside a regional site-specific communications programme.  PR, events and social media are all functions of the role.

Speaking on the appointment, Head of Marketing at Park Leisure Warren Davey said: “Until recently the group has largely operated as a series of 10 parks.  Our focus now, as we prepare for the next phase of growth, is to develop the Park Leisure master brand and be recognised for being unique.

“The PR and content strategy presented by Rule 5 showed a clear understanding of the opportunity and the approach to achieving it.  They’re a valuable extension to the team.”

Rule 5 founding director Julie Wilson added: ”The Park Leisure offer is second to none – not just in terms of the quality of the holiday homes but the individual services and personal touches provided; it’s a luxury leisure lifestyle.

“With ‘staycations’ set to rise in popularity, there’s no better time to promote the benefits of UK holiday home ownership.   It’s a fantastic win for the agency and further cements what has been a great start to the new year.”

For further information visit www.parkleisure.co.uk

Rule 5 is the New Ingredient for Pesto Restaurants

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Independent Italian restaurant group Pesto Restaurants has appointed the agency to deliver its PR and marketing communications strategy.

The retained brief will see the team provide support for all eight restaurants, located in the North West and Midlands.  The agency will also be responsible for the marketing of all future developments including Pesto at Davenport Arms, the business’ latest £600,000 development due to launch in Marton, East Cheshire, next month.

Activity is already underway with the team working to further raise the profile of Pesto Restaurants, developing Group and regional specific programmes.  Social media, CRM, events and communications activity are key components of the brief.

Speaking on the appointment, co-owner of Pesto Restaurants Sara Edwards said: “This is the first time we have looked to employ an agency and it was important for us to find a partner that fully understood our business as well as the sector.

“Rule 5 has a very good reputation in the industry.  Their professionalism and knowledge of the sector was evident from the off and we’re confident they will contribute significantly to the future success of Pesto Restaurants.  We are excited to start the new year with a new opening and a new partnership.”

Rule 5 Founding Director Julie Wilson added:  “Pesto Restaurants is an incredibly interesting business.  The scope of work and openness of the founders to explore new strategic approaches as they look to the next phase of expansion makes this a particularly exciting brief; it’s great to be on board.”

For further information on Pesto Restaurants visit http://pestorestaurants.co.uk/find-a-restaurant/

It’s A Wonderful Time Of Year

 

kieron-on-the-nwt-sofa-cropped-1Tis the season for giving and this week the agency was proud to promote just that, with features secured on BBC North West Today and BBC Radio Manchester for client, Wonderful Organisation.

A new and innovative fundraising platform launched by Manchester businessman Kieron James – Wonderful Organisation provides fundraisers with an alternative to platforms that charge charities, make deductions to cover costs, generate profit or take a cut from Gift Aid.

It’s a genuinely philanthropic organisation established to recognise the huge efforts of fundraisers and to maximise their fundraising potential for charities. The platform, which uses the strapline ‘Don’t Just Give… Be Wonderful’, is free from card processing charges. Transaction fees and all other costs are met by corporate sponsors, which ensures that 100% of donations go directly to the supported charities.

You can watch the feature here: https://wonderful.org/press 

For more information or to set up a fundraising page visit Wonderful.org

Former BBC Journalist Joins Agency

The agency has recruited experienced BBC journalist Jimmy Smallwood as Senior Account Manager. Jimmy relocated from London to Salford to join the BBC Sport web and digital team in 2011 and worked on London 2012, Sochi 2014, Wimbledon 2014 and the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

For the last two years he has been Communications Officer at the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) advocating greater participation among disabled people and working on the Sainsbury’s Active Kids for All scheme.

Jimmy will work on a combination of media and sports related accounts including dock10, the leading media services business based at MediaCityUK.

Founding Director, Julie Wilson, said: “We are thrilled to have Jimmy on the team. He has a rare combination of extensive experience in journalism and broadcasting with a solid background in communications.  He will help us strengthen and grow our offer in 2017 and beyond. The agency has grown revenues by over 30% in 2016 and we will be making additional hires early in the new year.”

£16m Rollercoaster Ride

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The agency has been appointed by Blackpool Pleasure Beach to work with their in-house team on communication around the amusement park’s new £16.25m rollercoaster, Construction MMXVIII, due to open in 2018.

Work is already underway with the agency having worked in collaboration with Blackpool Pleasure Beach to announce news of what will be the UK’s first ever double-launch rollercoaster* at a press conference in Waldkirch, Germany, last month.

Journalists were treated to a tour of Mack Rides, where the state-of-the-art rollercoaster is being manufactured. Its unique features will include 15 interactions with five other rides and two tunnels at what is already the UK’s most ride intensive theme park.

The agency is also tasked with working with Blackpool Pleasure Beach to develop its national and creative communications strategy with a focus on key seasonal events.  Activity commenced at the weekend with the amusement park introducing its first ever Snapchat geofilter for Halloween.

Speaking on the appointment, Director of Marketing at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Robert Owen, said;”Over the last five years we’ve been working quietly on the development of Construction MMXVIII.  With the announcement we wanted to create maximum noise.   Following weeks of dedicated planning Rule 5 helped us do that.

“Plans for the next phase of construction are already in development and we’re looking forward to working with the team to promote these here at Blackpool Pleasure Beach.”

Co-founder Julie Wilson, added: “Opportunities to be involved with a development such as Construction MMXVIII do not come along very often, it’s an incredible brief.  We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to play a part in what will be the most exciting roller coaster launch in recent years.”

Construction MMXVIII brings together the Thompson and Mack families, owners of Blackpool Pleasure Beach and leading manufacturer of amusement park attractions, Mack Factory respectively.  The development is the biggest of its kind in recent years and cements Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s position as one of the UK’s leading amusement parks.

Key Ride facts

Total Length – 1.14 KM
Max Height – 88.5ft
Height of Drops – 82ft
Max Speed – 80 KM/H
Max Acceleration (Verticle) – 4.3G

* A double-launch is an advanced technology that gives the rollercoaster two powerful thrusts of acceleration during the ride.

Nexbridge Calls on Rule 5

Specialist telecommunications provider Nexbridge has appointed the agency to provide PR and communications support for WHYPAY? and The Wonderful Organisation. The agency will also launch a new brand for the company later this year.

WHYPAY? is a free conference call platform. Unlike its competitors there are no third party costs as it uses a dial-in number that is included in bundled minutes whether calling from a fixed or mobile telephone. The Wonderful Organisation has been set up by Nexbridge Chairman Kieron James as a not for profit fundraising platform. Its costs are covered by Nexbridge and other corporate sponsors.

“We’ve appointed Rule 5 because they understood our businesses and they have a strong track record of delivering effective PR campaigns” said Kieron. “We have some major announcements in the next six months including a new focus for Wonderful.org and a new brand that will have a major impact on the conference call sector.”

“Lots of people talk about disruption but Nexbridge has plans that will have a real impact on the corporate conference call market and the charitable giving sector” said Rule 5 Managing Partner, Rob Brown. “We are really looking forward to launching several genuinely innovative products and services.”

Rule 5 Climbs To New Heights With Hangfast

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Rule 5 has won a retained brief with adventure engineering company Hangfast.

Based in Bingley, West Yorkshire, Hangfast is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of climbing walls, artificial caving systems and rope courses, providing end-to-end adventure leisure solutions from design through to production and installation.

The specialist business, founded by John Beers in 2001, works with a wide range of clients including Sport England, the armed forces, schools, outdoor education and leisure centres, and leisure and tourism attractions like Legoland and Alliance Leisure.

The appointment sees Rule 5 responsible for raising awareness of the business, working with Hangfast’s clients to deliver effective marketing communications strategies.  The agency will also work with Hangfast to promote its rigging and rope access business, which provides a comprehensive range of inspection, maintenance, lifting and materials handling solutions to the entertainment, construction, maintenance and climbing industries.

Speaking on the appointment, Hangfast founder and director John Beers said:  “Since the inception of Hangfast in 2001 we have been quietly building the business, delivering bespoke adventure leisure experiences for customers worldwide.  As we celebrate our 15th anniversary we’re looking ahead to the next phase of expansion, with a marketing and communications campaign that will further elevate the Hangfast brand.

“Rule 5’s strategy demonstrated knowledge not only of the media opportunity but of our business and the adventure leisure sector.   They’re a great fit with Hangfast and we’re really pleased to have the team on board.”

Rule 5 Founding Director, Julie Wilson, added:  “Hangfast is a fantastic win for the agency playing to our strengths in sport and leisure PR.  It’s an incredible business that’s brimming with potential stories; we’re delighted to have the opportunity to tell them.”

 

Dock10 Adds Rule 5

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Rule 5 has been appointed by MediaCityUK based media services business dock10 to deliver a regional and corporate PR campaign.

dock10 is well known as a major supplier of studios, post production and managed services to the BBC, ITV and a host of independent TV production companies. It is now actively growing its customer base beyond the broadcast sector.

Video is growing at an exceptional rate, with significant growth in corporate and advertising. Last year, UK video ad spend grew over 50% to £711million, according to the Internet Advertising Bureau UK. “Broadcast continues to be our core business but the demand for broadcast quality video content is expanding well beyond traditional TV” said dock10 CEO Mark Senior.

“We’ve appointed Rule 5 because they understand the market, with the additional benefit of being located very close to us in MediaCityUK” he added.

Rule 5 founders Rob Brown and Julie Wilson both have extensive previous experience working for agencies in global advertising networks.

 

 

Agency Confirmed For Buy Art Fair

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Rule 5 has been appointed by Buy Art Fair to deliver the event’s 2016 communications strategy.

The leading art fair, the biggest outside of London, has welcomed over 60,000 people over the last eight years and amassed sales of over £3million.  This year the event will offer the richest and most compelling cultural experience yet, reflecting the changing dynamics between art buyers, artists and galleries.

The agency will seek to create conversation around the evolving art landscape and engage new and seasoned collectors with a focus on national and broadcast media.  A regional campaign will underpin all activity.

Speaking on the appointment, Buy Art Fair CEO, Thom Hetherington, said: “Since its inception in 2008 Buy Art Fair has grown exponentially, bringing quality and international names to the city.  As we embark on our ninth edition and strive to further position Manchester as an art city – not just somewhere where people can see art, but buy it – it’s important we have the right partners in place.  Rule 5 really understand our culture and ambitions.  This, combined with their creative and results driven approach, makes them the perfect choice for Buy Art Fair.”

Buy Art Fair returns this September 22-25 and will see over £1m worth of art from over 100 galleries and artists adorn the walls of Old Granada Studios.  For more information visit: www.buyartfair.co.uk

Rule 5 Named Outstanding Small Consultancy

Team Final Crop 2The agency has been crowned Outstanding Small Consultancy of the Year at the 2016 PRCA DARE Awards.

The hotly contested category is open to any consultancy with up to 10 members of staff and this year six agencies were shortlisted.  Financial performance, staff and client retention/acquisition, innovation and creativity are just some of the pillars on which the category is judged.

Adding to the evening’s success, the agency’s founding partner Rob Brown was named Industry Leader of the Year.   The award is in recognition of Rob’s significant contribution to the industry and Rule 5. Speaking on the wins the agency’s founding director Julie Wilson said:  “Since the launch of Rule 5 in November 2012 our ambition has been to build the very best team we can and deliver consistently exceptional work.  We’re thrilled to see this recognised by one of the UK’s leading governing bodies as well as our industry peers.”

Founding partner, Rob Brown, added: “We’ve been going for a little over three years, so we are thrilled that we’ve made the journey from start-up to recognition as an outstanding agency in a fairly short time, the personal gong was a bonus.”

The PRCA DARE Awards recognise the very best Communications and PR professionals across the UK and are judged by a panel of respected industry experts.

Brother UK Appoints Rule 5

JLT BrotherRule 5 has been appointed by Brother UK to promote its sponsorship of the Pearl Izumi Tour Series, Aviva Women’s Tour and Tour of Britain.

The announcement follows a competitive pitch. The agency will build and manage Brother UK cycling related social media platforms to activate their partnership and engage their target audience. Work is already underway with a Twitter and Instagram presence.  Agency staff have already been to the first stages of the Tour Series in the Isle of Man, Scarborough, Motherwell and Edinburgh, reporting on activity in real-time. Over the next six months the team will shadow the world’s best riders across the UK in the Tour of Britain and the Aviva Women’s Tour.

Brother UK Campaign Manager Fay Shannon said: “Brother UK has a strong history in cycling, providing neutral service vehicles at events and, last year, sponsorship of the Aviva Woman’s Tour.

“We want to fully immerse ourselves in the sport.   Rule 5 are already proving that they’re the best agency to help us achieve this, combining their knowledge of cycling and social media to extend the reach of the partnership and ensure Brother UK are much more than just a logo on a board. As official results, printing and imaging partner we want to help fans get closer to the action.  Working with Rule 5 and embracing the latest in social media technology we’re able to do just that.”

Brother UK is the official results, printing and imaging partner of the Pearl Izumi Tour Series, Aviva Women’s Tour and Tour of Britain.  The company also has naming rights for the Series’ Corporate Grand Prix event, which lets corporate partners race on the professional circuits.

Cycle Show Brief

NEC_Cycle_Show_0329Rule 5 has won a competitive pitch to promote the Cycle Show.

The UK’s premier event for the cycling industry, the Cycle Show showcases the latest bikes and accessories from the leading bike brands, alongside a dedicated area for cycling holidays and a large retail village.  Two action arenas, over 4km of outdoor test tracks, dedicated children’s features plus a stellar line up of pro riders including GB Olympians and legends from the sport complete the mix.

Work is already under way on delivering an integrated communications campaign aimed at the core cycling, national and regional media.  The agency will also manage all in-event media activity.

Cycle Show Event Director, Chris Holman, said: “Last year saw a record year for the Cycle Show with 283 companies taking part and over 28,000 visitors in attendance.

“This year, as we celebrate our 15th edition, we’re looking forward to unveiling a number of new features and have enlisted the support of Rule 5 to help us raise maximum awareness of these and the 2016 event programme.  The team are well respected in the cycling and events industries and we’re very happy to appoint them as event partners.”

The Cycle Show returns to Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre (NEC) this September 22 – 25.  For further information visit: www.cycleshow.co.uk

Seven Nominations in PRCA DARE Awards

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The agency has been nominated seven times in the 2016 PRCA Dare Awards.

The news, announced today (May 4th), sees Rule five nominated in six categories (and twice in one category) including Best Small Agency, Best Launch Event, Campaign Challenges and Digital and Social Media Campaign of the Year.

Shortlisted campaigns include the 2016 UCI Track Cycling World Championships, the launch of the North West’s most anticipated restaurant, El Gato Negro, and our work with Want That Trend, a rapidly growing fashion e-tailer.

The agency’s Managing Partner and CIPR 2016 President, Rob Brown, is also nominated for Industry Leader, in recognition of his contribution to the PR industry.

The PRCA Dare awards recognise outstanding campaigns and impeccable talent in the UK PR and communications industry.

The awards will be announced at an awards dinner on 7th June 2016 at The Radisson Blu hotel, Manchester.

 

Half Way to a Billion

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It feels like only yesterday when the Rule 5 team, British Cycling and riders from 42 nations congregated at the Lee Valley VeloPark in London for the 2016 UCI Track Cycling World Championships.

The biggest track cycling event of its kind in the modern era, over 52,000 spectators descended upon the capital for five days of action-packed racing to see Great Britain’s track stars, including Sir Bradley Wiggins, Mark Cavendish, Jason Kenny, Owain Doull, Laura Trott and Becky James, compete against the world’s best for the coveted rainbow jerseys and the chance to gain crucial qualification points for Rio 2016.

A team of five worked shifts throughout the week to manage two full service press rooms and produce live social media content on Twitter and Facebook. The social media campaign incorporated engaging video content and photography with new technologies and platforms helping us reach an astonishing global audience approaching half a billion impressions on social channels.

Medal wins from Great Britain’s men’s and women’s team pursuit teams, plus Laura Trott in the omnium, Jon Dibben in the points race and Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish in the Madison on the final day of racing provided electrifying content.

A single image of Sir Bradley Wiggins kissing the forehead of Mark Cavendish after their gold in the Madison event gained 8,887 likes on Instagram, was shared 147 times on Twitter and 233 times on Facebook.

Social coverage was monitored using Facebook Insights and Tweet Binder, which allowed the Twitter statistics to be tracked in real-time. Over 62,000 tweets used the hashtag #TWC2016, reaching 68.9 million people and generating 434,185,086 impacts.

Pre-event, live and post campaign conventional activity saw coverage in all of the UK’s national broadsheets in addition to widespread consumer, cycling and regional media totalling almost 300,000 impressions.