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Meet Mackenzie Monroe!

Posted on: Tuesday 11 July, 2017 | Filed in: General News

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The annual Wilmslow Scarecrow Festival, organised by The Rotary Club of Wilmslow Dean, ran from 17th June to 8th July and we had great fun in the office constructing our scarecrow – meet Mackenzie Monroe!
Scarecrows were on display throughout Wilmslow and many businesses got very creative with their efforts. All the scarecrows took part in the Scarecrow Parade on Saturday 1st July, and the winners of the competition were announced at the Wilmslow Show on Sunday 9th July were the Horse and Jockey.

Party time with Benson Bunch

Posted on: Tuesday 11 July, 2017 | Filed in: Blogs, General News

Our client Benson Bunch opened a new second office in Hale at the end of March and we worked with them to organise a launch party to celebrate this expansion of the business.
The event was held on 4th May at Piccolino in Hale and guests were treated to delicious canapes and drinks whilst mingling with fellow local business people from the Hale and Wilmslow areas, as well as some local famous faces.
Helen Bunch, Managing Director of Benson Bunch, commented: “It was lovely to see so many of our friends, clients and suppliers together and to spend time chatting to them.”
As well as an opportunity to celebrate with staff and clients and get to know some of the other local businesses in Hale, this was of course also an excellent opportunity to gain some media coverage for our client and we were delighted that the party was covered by both the Wilmslow Guardian and Altrincham Today.
We love organising parties and events and so far this year we have already organised two seminars, a black tie dinner, a wine-tasting and an evening with Wilmslow Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Benson Bunch event. Get in touch if you have an event in mind and would like some help.

Bring your dog to work day

Posted on: Friday 16 June, 2017 | Filed in: Blogs, General News, Marketing Events, Marketing News

Friday 23rd June was Bring Your Dog To Work Day. Boo often comes into our office but we made sure she spent the day with us on 23rd June.

Bring Your Dog To Work Day sounds like just a bit of fun but does actually have a serious purpose. It is an annual nationwide event that raises money for charities dedicated to making a difference to the welfare of dogs. Businesses across the UK welcome employees’ four-legged companions into the workplace, all in the name of charity.

As well as raising funds for a great cause, Bring Your Dog to Work Day could have some positive benefits for employee productivity and wellbeing. Many scientific studies have concluded that the presence of pets in the workplace can substantially reduce a person’s stress levels. Increased job satisfaction, team co-operation and morale have all been reported in employees that spend the working day with their pets. Since 2014, the year Bring Your Dog To Work Day was established, a growing number of businesses across the UK are allowing dogs in the workplace.

So in addition to raising funds, Bring Your Dog To Work Day could boost the productivity and happiness of the employees within your company. What’s not to love about that?

Facebook competitions

Posted on: Friday 16 June, 2017 | Filed in: Blogs, General News, Marketing News

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Do you want to increase your followers on Facebook? Are you struggling to get more likes for your business page? Do you want to get your followers more engaged with your business?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then running a Facebook competition could be a good idea. A simple timeline promotion is a great way to get your followers interacting with you and with each other – and you only need to give away a small value prize to get people interested.

Here’s how to do it:

• Decide what prize you will offer – this very much depends on your business and should ideally be relevant to what you’re selling. For example, a hairdresser might offer a £25 voucher or a free wash and blowdry.

• Decide when you want to run the competition and for how long – you need to have an end date for the competition and make sure it’s running for long enough to give people time to enter and get some interest generated, but not so long that people lose interest. Between a week and four weeks should be about right.

• Decide the terms of the competition – what do people have to do to enter. It’s worth checking out Facebook’s up to date rules surrounding promotions but as an overview, you can ask people to like a post, comment on a post, or post on a page. You can’t ask people to like a page, share a post, tag a friend in a post or comment (you can ask people to do these things in addition to entering the competition but not as an entry method).

• For maximum stand-out, create a graphic to promote your competition – this doesn’t have to be complicated but it will be more eye-catching than a text only Facebook post.

• Draft terms and conditions and post these somewhere you can link to, e.g. on your website. There is lots of advice online about what to include in your T&Cs.

• Draft the wording for your competition – use an eye-catching headline to announce the competition, and then brief details of: the prize, how to enter, entry deadline, link to T&Cs.

• Put the wording and graphic into your Facebook post, check you’re happy with it and then hit ‘Post’!

• You probably want to re-post a few times during the course of the competition to ensure more people see it. You can also pin the post to the top of your timeline if you wish so it stays as the first post for the duration of the competition (remember to un-pin it when the deadline for entry has passed). You could also put details on your website to direct people to your Facebook page.

• Make yourself a diary note for the entry deadline and when the competition has closed use a random method to select the winner.

• Notify the winner by the means you said you would in your T&Cs (usually a Facebook message is simplest) and arrange delivery of the prize.

• You should maximise positive coverage by announcing the winner on your Facebook page and on your website.

If you’d like help with running a Facebook competition, or with your social media in general, get in touch.

Client celebrations for 20th birthday

Posted on: Wednesday 17 May, 2017 | Filed in: Blogs, General News, Marketing Events

We’re delighted to be helping our client Castletons Accountants celebrate 20 years in business. Throughout 2017 Castletons are holding events and celebrations which we are helping them to organise.

The latest event we organised on their behalf was an evening of wine tasting and tapas, with guests enjoying 10 wines to match 10 different tapas – 20 matches to celebrate 20 years in business.

Delicious tapas canapes were supplied by Strawberry Charlotte Catering and were matched with a range of red, white and sparkling wines. Guests were invited to take part in a quiz to try and guess the origin and variety of grapes, as well as scoring the different wines and guessing the cost.

The evening was a great success and one guest commented: “Great food, great company and ten delicious wines – we had a fantastic evening!”
Ten different wines on a Wednesday evening is no mean feat so we hope there weren’t too many sore heads the next morning!

Our Clients

  • SI Sealy
  • Kuits
  • Fairway Business Finance
  • Benson Bunch
  • Surfacing Group
  • Castletons Chartered Certified Accountants
  • Talent HR & Recruitment
  • Getaway Villas
  • Thriveminds
  • Legal Works
  • Internation School of Business (ITP)
  • Renwick