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Kathryn Joseph wins Scottish Album of the Year Award

Kathryn Joseph wins Scottish Album of the Year Award

The winner of the coveted Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award was unveiled last night (Wed 17 June) as Kathryn Joseph’s album ‘Bones You Have Thrown Me And Blood I’ve Spilled’. Presented by co-hosts Janice Forsyth and Vic Galloway, an audience of industry insiders, avid music fans and some of Scotland’s best and brightest creative talent watched as Kathryn emerged as the winner from a fiercely competitive shortlist.

Produced by The Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA), and now in its fourth year, The SAY Award has grown to become the most prestigious music prize in Scotland. This year’s shortlist served to highlight the very best in Scottish music, spanning a range of genres and audiences. Each shortlisted album wins the artist behind it a £1,000 prize and a one of a kind quilt from Glasgow School of Art graduate Vanessa Hindshaw.

The winner of this year’s public vote was Paolo Nutini’s ‘Caustic Love, which won an automatic place on the shortlist after a 72 hour public vote. The remaining nine slots were awarded by The SAY Award’s panel of independent judges.

You can watch back the full ceremony at sayaward.com

Stripe scoops GOLD at PRCA for IRN-BRU

Stripe scoops GOLD at PRCA for IRN-BRU

Stripe added another gold gong to its collection after scooping Best Consumer Campaign at the annual PRCA DARE awards last night. Stripe’s work on IRN-BRU’s ‘Born to Support’ campaign – to be the most memorable and the most loved sponsor of the Commonwealth Games – was celebrated as best in class at the industry awards.

Using research on national pride, the brief was to celebrate Scotland’s born supporters, the people who make the difference, no matter what the outcome. Stripe used a combination of proactive media relations, nationwide search for ‘Born Supporters’, Team Scotland and medal winner maximisations, launch of the IRN-BRU store and Maverick Moments to reach target audiences. The campaign saw IRN-BRU become 3.5 times more memorable than any other sponsor including the four Tier One brands. RESULT!

ScottishPower Foundation Library Energiser – how to enter

ScottishPower Foundation Library Energiser – how to enter

Calling all bookworms!

A chance for your primary school to win with Library Energiser.

To celebrate its sponsorship of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, the ScottishPower Foundation is offering primary schools across Scotland the chance to win the ultimate library makeover.

Following a pilot scheme in 2014, this year Library Energiser will be open to all primary schools across Scotland. So whether your school has a library, reading room or poetry corner, this is your opportunity to turn that space into a bookworm’s haven.

Two schools will be selected to receive a £2,000 library makeover, whether that is with a lick of paint, new furniture or a stash of the latest books. The revamped library will be officially opened by a Scottish children’s author at the school’s very own mini book festival.

Two runners up will also receive a box packed full of the latest top children’s books.

Entering the Library Energiser competition is easy – simply email a photo of your school’s current library or reading space with up to 100 words on how you’d like to transform it into the perfect reading area to libraryenergiser@stripecommunications.com.

Entries close on 26 June 2015. Please see full Terms & Conditions below.

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5p charge: it’s in the bag: carrier bag charge success

5p charge: it’s in the bag: carrier bag charge success

It’s a key piece of legislation that’s had a big impact.

Six months on from the introduction of the 5p single-use carrier bag charge to retailers across Scotland, there is a reported 80% fall in usage.

Four of Scotland’s largest retailers have also donated more than £1 million to good causes as a result of the charge. Nationwide, retailers that signed up to Zero Waste Scotland’s Carrier Bag Commitment – an agreement to disclose information on the charge and donations made – are reporting that charities across the country have benefited from funds raised by the charge.

We’ve been working with Zero Waste Scotland and the Scottish Government to raise awareness of the impact of the 5p charge.

Behind the scenes at the Festival of Museums

Behind the scenes at the Festival of Museums

We plucked up the courage to brave the sights and frights of the University of Edinburgh’s Anatomical Museum when we helped unveil this year’s Festival of Museums programme.

Along with a team of school pupils we delved deep into the museum’s dark and mysterious archives to unearth some of its most horrible histories – including elephant skeletons, death masks and instruments made from human bones!

The 2015 Festival of Museums programme features over 100 day and night events specially curated to give visitors a unique glimpse inside Scotland’s best loved museums and encourage them to engage with culture in a unique, hands-on way.

It’s all happening on 15 – 17 May; find out more at www.festivalofmuseums.com.

Scottish rugby fans have a ball with Strathmore

Scottish rugby fans have a ball with Strathmore

It wasn’t just the rugby players that were put through their paces at this year’s RBS 6 Nations.

As part of our sponsorship activity with Strathmore, we encouraged supporters to be more active in their daily routines with the ‘Strathmore Do More Tryathlon’.

At BT Murrayfield – the home of Scottish Rugby – we ran the ‘Do More Zone’ with a passing game and ladder drill for fans to try out, and a Batak Challenge which put their reactions to the test.

The ‘Do More Zone’ was in action during the three home matches against Wales, Italy and Ireland with supporters from all sides taking part.

Our Tryathlon winners were paraded on the pitch at half time and presented with signed Scotland jerseys and tickets to a future match.

Check out the ‘Strathmore Do More’ film here.

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!

Celebrating the newly expanded Kitchin

Celebrating the newly expanded Kitchin

Edinburgh’s finest were out in force this week to attend the reopening of Michelin-starred restaurant The Kitchin after a much anticipated extension and renovation.

The canapés were truly delicious, the champagne was flowing and the newly revamped restaurant looked stunning.

Breaking down the wall between the recently vacated restaurant next door, the impressive expansion has unveiled an extended dining space, an exclusive private dining room and a cosy whisky snug for enjoying a post-dinner dram.

With a medley of tartan, tweeds and even a wall of silver birch, the decadent interiors take you on a journey through Scotland.

Stripe launches Oliver Bonas in Scotland!

Stripe launches Oliver Bonas in Scotland!

We’ve been appointed by one of the UK’s most eclectic and stylish retailers, Oliver Bonas, to launch the brand’s first two stores in Scotland. In true Oliver Bonas spirit, the new stores on Hanover Street, Edinburgh and Byres Road, Glasgow will offer an engaging and sensory shopping experience. From exclusive womenswear, beautiful handcrafted jewellery and eye-catching accessories to luxury interior furnishings and gift ideas, the stores are a place to celebrate individuality, creativity and inspiring design. Sounds just up our street – we can’t wait to get stuck in!

‘see me’ urges Scots to take a stand against stigma

‘see me’ urges Scots to take a stand against stigma

At the launch of Scottish Mental Health Week (Sunday 3rd October) ‘see me’, Scotland’s national campaign to end the stigma and discrimination of mental ill-health, called on Scots to support each other to deliver a real impact on reducing stigma.

With over half (58%) of Scots experiencing stigma and discrimination because of their mental health problems, that’s more than three quarters of a million people , the campaign is urging people to make small changes to their own behaviour and the way they treat and respond to family, friends and colleagues who may have mental health problems. Research shows that stigma and discrimination can hinder recovery, damage self-esteem and confidence, and ultimately leave people feeling like they don’t know where to turn.

The majority of the population know someone with a mental health problem and at the launch in Edinburgh campaign volunteers with their friends and family released ‘see me’ lanterns . Each lantern displayed a personalised message of support to raise awareness and encourage others to support people they know who have mental health problems.

Suzie Vestri, ‘see me’ campaign director’, said: “People struggle to see how they can make a difference or worry that they might say or do the wrong thing and make things worse. The truth is that helping someone with a mental health problem is actually very simple. Talking, listening and being there for loved ones can help to make a real difference to those experiencing stigma. If we each commit to spending five minutes this week supporting a friend, family member or colleague with a mental health problem then we can really make a big difference.”