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A new chapter for Stripe

A new chapter for Stripe

It’s exciting times here at Stripe HQ as we announce a strengthened management Board and raft of team promotions, as part of an overall restructure.

After eight years at the helm, Juliet Simpson is moving to the role of Chairman to focus on providing senior client counsel, business strategy and exploring expansion into new sectors and locations.

Morna McLelland, who has been with us since 2007, will head up the UK agency as Stripe Managing Director.

Two further additions to the Board – Jenny Ingram and Stephanie Robertson – together with the recent appointment of Digital Director Darcie Tanner, further support our strategic growth plans. At management level, Simon Ebbett and Stuart Martin have both been promoted to Senior Account Director.

As Juliet put it: “2015 is set to be our biggest year yet and our restructure is all about fulfilling our growth ambitions”.

We’re off for a celebration!

Serving up Happier Mealtimes

Serving up Happier Mealtimes

Healthy, tasty food is something of a passion for us here at Stripe so we’re very proud to have helped launch the Scottish Government’s ‘Happier Mealtimes’ campaign.

It’s all about championing the sourcing and eating of fresh, in-season food which is nutritious, tastes delicious and also has environmental benefits.

We kicked it off with a taste test of delicious samples at a pop-up food kitchen in Edinburgh’s Festival Square.

The four-week campaign offers advice on how to find and use fresh, in-season foods as well as easy to make, tasty recipes from some of Scotland’s leading chefs and food organisations.

The pop-up food kitchen is also on the road to spread the ‘Happier Mealtimes’ message across the country so keep your eyes peeled!

Find out more at Greener Scotland.

Rising stars at Stripe

Rising stars at Stripe

We’ve got a quadruple celebration at Stripe with a clutch of new promotions in the team.

Shaun Bell has been promoted to Senior Account Manager. Since joining in 2011, Shaun has cut the PR mustard on clients including John Lewis, the Scottish Government, Young Scot and ScottishPower, and in 2014 was named Outstanding Young Communicator at the CIPR PRide Awards.

Emma Paul has delivered amazing work on John Lewis, ScottishPower, Oliver Bonas, Pizza Express and iQ Chocolate accounts in her time at Stripe, and is now Account Manager.

Orla McGowan also now holds the Account Manager title following a stellar 18 months at Stripe during which time she’s been a powerhouse on VELUX, The Kitchin and the Scottish Government’s Road Safety campaign.

And Kara Gaughan, who joined the team in 2014 is now Account Executive after hitting the ground running on her IRN-BRU and Magners accounts.

All started life at Stripe on our Stars & Stripes Graduate Trainee Scheme which we will be running again this year – watch this space.

Huge congratulations Stripes!

New Road Safety app for kids is out of this world

New Road Safety app for kids is out of this world

Stripe showed its gaming prowess this month as we helped to launch a brand new kids’ app called KLANG: The Road Home. Developed by Road Safety Scotland and the Scottish Government, the app’s aim is to get kids aged 8-11 to think about road safety.

Following the story of a stranded and homesick alien robot called Klang, intrepid explorers are challenged to help Klang navigate our busy roads to collect the missing parts of his spaceship.

Stripe launched the app at the National Museum of Scotland with the help of Minister for Transport and Islands Derek MacKay, along with Klang and 30 of Scotland’s finest Junior Road Safety Officers.

Although none of the Stripes have managed to get past the first level, the app got off to a flying start with over 9,000 downloads in the first 48 hours!

Read all about it

Read all about it

ScottishPower Foundation’s Library Energiser project has helped transform outdated school libraries to create welcoming reading spaces aimed at inspiring more kids to read more often.

Our Stripe bookworms on the ScottishPower team helped launch two newly ‘energised’ school libraries. Sandaig Primary School in Glasgow and Rowanfield School in Edinburgh were each awarded £2,000 to update their reading spaces.

With transformations complete, children’s author John Fardell helped us celebrate by headlining mini book festivals at each school with readings from his bestselling tales ‘The Day Louie Got Eaten’ and ‘Manfred the Baddie’.

A great tale to tell!