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ScottishPower appoint Stripe to UK PR and communications brief

ScottishPower appoint Stripe to UK PR and communications brief

Fantastic news! We’ve been appointed by ScottishPower to support its PR and communications across the UK.

Following five years of working closely with ScottishPower, we will continue to provide strategic campaigns to promote ScottishPower across CSR, sponsorship, retail, SME, renewables and SP energy for the next two years.

Simon McMillan, Head of Media Relations at ScottishPower, said: “We operate in a competitive marketplace so it’s essential that ScottishPower stands out. Stripe’s commitment to matching our requirement for excellence in supporting all our campaigns has again set them apart from the crowd, and we’re looking forward to continuing our relationship with them.”

Juliet Simpson, CEO and Founder of Stripe, said: “We’re thrilled to have retained such an important piece of business. It is testament the strong relationship which we have worked with ScottishPower to develop that they have shown their continuing confidence in our values and approach. As leaders in delivering sustainable and greener energy, this is an exciting time for ScottishPower and they have a strong and differentiated narrative platform for us to work with. We’ve really enjoyed working with the team over the past five years and are looking forward to the next stage of our journey with them.”

Stripe gets pretty muddy with ScottishPower & CRUK

Stripe gets pretty muddy with ScottishPower & CRUK

As you all know, here at Stripe we’re not afraid to get our hands dirty. This was proven yet again at the weekend as we spent the day with broadcaster Cat Cubie and brave cancer survivor, Kate Bowman, to support 300 ScottishPower employees who took part in Race for Life’s Pretty Muddy event in Glasgow to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Cat offered her support to highlight the important role that fundraising plays in helping to beat cancer sooner. The broadcaster and columnist knows first-hand the importance of research, having lost her grandmother to breast cancer. She was joined by brave cancer survivor and former Motherwell FC cheerleader Kate Bowman, who discovered she had a rare form of cancer when she was just 23.

Cat and Kate supported ScottishPower’s army of fundraisers and started them off as they began the Pretty Muddy event to raise money to help bring forward the day when all cancers are cured. ScottishPower has already raised £7 million for Cancer Research UK and doesn’t intend to stop there.

Inspired by the mud and the phenomenal fundraising, some Stripes even said they would sign up next year…

Showtime for ScottishPower Energy Networks

Showtime for ScottishPower Energy Networks

We donned our wellies and raincoats and headed to Ingliston to help launch a new school travel funding scheme between SP Energy Networks and the Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET).

The scheme offered Scottish schools the chance to visit the UK’s largest agricultural event, the Royal Highland Show, to find out more about food, farming and staying safe around electricity with SP Energy Networks’ award-winning PowerWise education programme.

Through an interactive safety trail, over 300 kids learned all about electricity and got to witness an electrifying pyrotechnics display showing the devastating consequences of hitting a power line.

Sparky, the PowerWise crow, flew in to help out – and pose for this pic with Stripes Jen and Georgia.

Find out more about the PowerWise programme at

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

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

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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!

ScottishPower raising £5 million for Cancer Research UK

ScottishPower raising £5 million for Cancer Research UK

Last week some of the Stripes ventured down to London Town to help unveil a giant sculpture to celebrate ScottishPower raising £5 million for Cancer Research UK.

The sculpture – weighing almost 40 stone– was unveiled at 7am in central London to encourage people to recognise the fundraising efforts by ScottishPower to help Cancer Research UK develop newer, kinder treatments.

As word spread, plenty of people popped by to have their picture taken with the sculpture, and of course the lovely Dawn O’Porter, who helped to celebrate the £5 million milestone.

There might have also been an incident with a bird…

Stripe wins ScottishPower

Stripe wins ScottishPower

ScottishPower has appointed leading strategic PR consultancy, Stripe Communications, to handle its UK wide PR brief.

Edinburgh based Stripe, won the six-figure account after a five way competitive pitch, which took place at the end of last year.

ScottishPower is one of the UK’s Big Six energy firms and part of the Iberdrola Group, which, with presence in 40 countries, is one of the world’s top energy companies and the global leader in wind energy.

Stripe’s remit will cover strategic media relations for ScottishPower across the company’s community investment, SME, sponsorship and CSR programmes, in addition to its two independent charitable trusts (the ScottishPower Energy People Trust and the ScottishPower Green Energy Trust).

Simon McMillan, Media Relations Director at ScottishPower, said: “Stripe’s reputation as a consumer specialist both in traditional and digital communications fits perfectly with our strategic focus. At ScottishPower we are deeply committed to growing our community investment, sponsorship and CSR activities throughout the UK and Stripe’s fresh approach, knowledge and expertise means that we are well equipped to deliver in this core area.”

“This appointment is an incredible start to our year,” said Vicki Steel, Joint Managing Director at Stripe, who will lead the account. “As one of the UK’s leading energy firms, ScottishPower is a flagship win for Stripe, bolstering our rapidly growing portfolio of national brands and further strengthening our position as the largest consumer PR agency in Scotland. There is a real opportunity for us to take a more creative, innovative and integrated approach to the work of ScottishPower and we’re looking forward to working with the team there in order to make that happen.”