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Reputation is big in business. Concerning not only external perceptions, organisational reputation extends to stakeholder engagement, employee retention, overall levels of staff engagement and, crucially, the capacity for a business to generate income. Indeed, the recently published Organisational Resilience Index indicates a global consensus that reputation is the most important element to long-term success in business.

It seems, after 30 plus years, that the BIMA Awards has finally grown up. Moving away from a longstanding format at the event itself, and a bulky and outdated structure to the awards, the BIMA Awards 2017 has captured the best in British digital communications.

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Reputation is big in business. Concerning not only external perceptions, organisational reputation extends to stakeholder engagement, employee retention, overall levels of staff engagement and, crucially, the capacity for a business to generate income. Indeed, the recently published Organisational Resilience Index indicates a global consensus that reputation is the most important element to long-term success in business.
It has not been a good week for Bell Pottinger. On Monday, trade body the Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA), which oversees global public relations standards, announced a unanimous decision to expel Bell Pottinger’s membership for a minimum of five years following accusations of a racist campaign in South Africa. Then, multiple Bell Pottinger clients, including HSBC and TalkTalk, severed their contracts. The firm is reportedly also haemorrhaging staff. Now, Bell Pottinger’s Asian arm has announced its disaffiliation with the public relations firms, including a total overhaul of its brand name and visual identity.
Of all the bad habits which impact the urban environment, littering is for local council and pedestrians perhaps the most frustrating – and most preventable. This is particularly true of chewing gum which, as its name suggests, is one of the more difficult substances to remove from pavements, public transport or other places where it has been left unscrupulous individuals. However, a concerted effort by behaviour change campaign group, the Chewing Gum Action Group (CGAG), hopes to reinforce the negative impact of chewing gum on the environment across the UK.
The outcome of an investigation into claims that Bell Pottinger deliberately perpetuated racial tensions through its public relations campaign work in South Africa has seen its membership of the Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) be terminated with immediate effect. The global public relations firm, which was found to be in breach of the PRCA Professional Charter and Public Affairs and Lobbying Code of Conduct, is ineligible to reapply for PRCA corporate membership for at least five years.
Contemporary life is often played out from behind a screen. Huge advances in technology mean that, where once the telephone or face-to-face meetings were the only options to convey important information, digital platforms are favoured as a hassle-free way to approach communications internally and externally. One team, however, is working to make public and private sector communicators recognise the benefits of real human interaction – while reconnecting with themselves.
Former Labour MP Andy Burnham was declared the elected mayor of Manchester in May 2017. Arguably the most important metropolitan hub in the north of England, one of Burnham’s first pledges upon taking office was to tackle head-on the problem of homelessness plaguing the region. After visiting those sleeping on Manchester’s streets and consequently announcing that 15% of his salary would be donated to the Mayor’s Homelessness Fund, Burnham made the issue a political, and regional, priority.
In 2011, UK tabloid the News of the World ceased operations after 168 years in print. This came as a response to allegations of phone hacking and the revelation that a private reporter, hired by the paper, had gained access to the voicemail of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler. A concerted effort among senior politicians, including former prime minister David Cameron and former Labour leader Ed Miliband, led to a widespread outcry - with a financial impact on the paper’s owner, Rupert Murdoch, and his News Corporation business.
As well as its practical uses, such as detecting danger or food sources, a human’s sense of smell is also linked to generating hugely emotional responses. Perfume is arguably one of the most emotive scents, with even faint traces able to generate memories of certain people or places. Yet the ability to test, develop and bottle the perfume which leads to such associations requires skill, talent – and high levels of odour perception.
A sunny July afternoon in London saw the finest in CSR and sustainability film descend on the Seven Dials Club, in the heart of Covent Garden, for the EVCOM Clarion Awards 2017. Designed to celebrate the top achieving projects of the past 18 months, this year’s Clarions give centre stage to those projects and agencies sometimes neglected in favour of their corporate counterparts. A contemporary and inclusive set-up provided by sponsors, integrated creative communications agency drp, reflected the nature of this year’s shortlist.