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Stripe partners with dram communications to build PA offer

Stripe partners with dram communications to build PA offer

Stripe Communications, the Edinburgh-based strategic PR and communications consultancy, has today announced a strategic partnership with public affairs specialists, dram communications, to offer value add insight, stakeholder and influencer support to clients.

The collaboration between the two agencies comes at a time when many organisations in Scotland need to better understand the changing political landscape and to effectively manage their relationships with decision makers and influencers at all levels of government. It will enable Stripe and dram to fully integrate stakeholder management, policy analysis and CSR with media relations and community engagement, in order to develop the most appropriate communications strategies and programmes for clients across a range of sectors.

Vicki Steel, Joint Managing Director, Stripe said; “Over the past six years, we’ve always sought to evolve our business in line with the changing nature of our clients’ worlds. Forming this enterprise with dram perfectly complements our current offering, and will enable us to provide the strategic political insight and counsel that many of our clients are increasingly seeking. We’re looking forward to working with them and being able to offer all our clients a fully integrated communications service.”

David Ross, Managing Partner, dram communications said: “We have worked closely with the team at Stripe over the last few years and this new partnership is a very natural progression. It enables us to further strengthen our full range of integrated communications services and to provide a one stop shop solution.”

Stripe and dram already work in partnership on a number of clients including John Lewis.

Glasgow glows as city launches new festive campaign

Glasgow glows as city launches new festive campaign

Glasgow has today marked the launch of its festive marketing campaign, Glasgow Loves Christmas, which will see an expected 11.2 million visitors to the city’s style mile over the Christmas period.

Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, Councillor Gordon Matheson, was joined by employees from six of Glasgow’s leading retailers and a cheeky Hamleys Christmas elf in the heart of the city’s style mile to unveil the new campaign.

Glasgow Loves Christmas is a public/private partnership comprising Glasgow City Council, Glasgow City Marketing Bureau and Glasgow Life, together with seven of the style mile’s major retailers – Buchanan Galleries, St Enoch Centre, Argyll Arcade, Frasers, Hamleys, John Lewis and Princes Square.

The national, multi-media campaign, incorporating TV, radio, outdoor and digital, promotes the style mile’s unrivalled retail offering and a seven-week seasonal events programme in George Square, including Glasgow On Ice. And new for this year is the city’s first ever traditional Christmas parade, the Glasgow style mile parade, on Sunday 18th November.

Glasgow City Marketing Bureau is working with teams at Maguires, who have developed new creative for 2012, as well as Stripe Communications who will deliver PR for the campaign.

Stripe Continues to Grow with New Talent & New Office

Stripe Continues to Grow with New Talent & New Office

Stripe today announces four new appointments and office expansion as it grows its team to 25.

Associate Director, Stephanie Robertson, joins Stripe from Weber Shandwick, bolstering the agency’s senior management team. Stephanie brings over 15 years’ experience as a broadcast journalist and specialist in media and community relations across the public and private sector. Having led behaviour change programmes for organisations such as Digital UK and the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service, in addition to consumer campaigns for leading brands including Glenmorangie, Whyte & Mackay and Seafish, she will play a major role on the agency’s client portfolio and new business activity.

Jonathan Perkins joins Stripe as a Senior Account Manager from Freshwater UK, where he worked on high profile accounts for the Forestry Commission, National Grid and The National Trust.

As a further commitment to growth and developing young talent throughout the PR industry in Scotland, Stripe has also appointed two graduates, Emma Paul and Chelsie Harris, onto the ‘Stars & Stripes’ trainee programme. Now in its third year, the programme offers graduates a six month full paid position, providing dedicated training and development, combined with hands on practical skills. All previous ‘Stars & Stripes’ trainees have been offered permanent roles within the agency.

In line with its continued expansion, Stripe also announces that it is to relocate to new premises in Commerical Quay, Leith, alongside sister digital agency Blonde, having outgrown its existing Edinburgh office space. Stripe and Blonde will move to their new offices by the end of this year.

Joint Managing Director, Morna McLelland, commented: “As we celebrate our sixth year of growth with an expanded team and a new office, we’re strengthening our position as the largest consumer PR agency in Scotland, and putting the foundations in place for future growth and service development.

“Central to this is our team and so we’re absolutely committed to investing in talent at all levels throughout the agency. Stephanie brings invaluable expertise to our management team and client services, whilst Jonathan and our graduates look set to be shining PR stars of our future”.