Ulverston Lantern Festival’s River of Light

Ulverston Lantern Festival’s River of Light

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It is truly heart-warming when a community event thrives the the activities of volunteers.  Ulverston’s Lantern Festival not only survived the withdrawal of the arts funding which had established it, the Festival has also grown into a true community enterprise which is now the biggest Lantern Festival of its kind in Europe. On September 15th 2018 around 700 lanterns made from willow withy frames and tissue paper coated with pva glue will parade through the streets of the town watched by thousands of spectators. Ulverston’s hospitality businesses – pubs, cafes, takeaways – will have their best night of the year…
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Northern Tidal Power Gateway

Northern Tidal Power Gateway

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The Northern Tidal Power Gateway is building momentum for the plan to create a causeway across Morecambe Bay and the Duddon Estuary with tidal power turbines built into these structures to generate renewable electricity equivalent to a small nuclear power station. On top of the power gateways will be dual carriageways to link Heysham to Furness, and then Furness to Millom opening up new routes to the West Coast of Cumbria and delivering massive infrastructure benefits to the county. The project will also see the creation of a new industrial base in the North West to supply the turbines for…
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Huge interest in EV charging solutions from Bender UK

Huge interest in EV charging solutions from Bender UK

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Bender UK has been attracting huge interest  in the advanced charging options it now offers.  Creating an efficient and user-friendly network of charging stations to serve the growing number of electric vehicles is the biggest challenge to the UK Government’s vision of low carbon transport.  Bender UK provides bespoke charging solutions to health trusts, business and commercial developments and local authorities using charging technology developed in Germany.  One of its huge advantages is the flexibility of the system and its ability to interact and link with a variety of ‘back office’ financial solutions. Bender offers versatile electric vehicle charging technology
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Centre for Leadership Performance – Dream Placement

Centre for Leadership Performance – Dream Placement

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The Dream Placement programme organised by the Centre for Leadership Performance  enables teenagers in Cumbria to compete for the opportunity to spend a week with one of the county’s most forward-looking employers learning about leadership and career opportunities.  The process includes a Selection Day of interviews and business exercises interacting with representatives of employers offering Dream Placements, a Development Day preparing the students for their placements, activities during Dream Placement Week and a celebration event.  Trafalgar PR provides communications support for the programme, including photography and video of the events which is used in press and through social media. Outcome:…
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Furness Building Society – Charity Challenge

Furness Building Society – Charity Challenge

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Furness Building Society wanted to create an innovative way of connecting with local charities and good causes across their branch network, in support of their excellent affinity accounts.  Trafalgar PR worked with FBS to develop and deliver the concept of an X-Factor-style talent show where the acts competed to win cash prizes for their chosen charities.  The competition featured on-line auditions submitted by contestants and published on the Charity Challenge web pages, and we linked up with The Bay Radio to promote the competition and encourage voting by the public to determine ‘wild card’ entries. Trafalgar PR managed the process,…
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BAE Systems Astute nuclear powered attack submarine

BAE Systems Astute nuclear powered attack submarine

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Trafalgar PR principal Chris Nelson joined BAE Systems in 2005 from his position as PR Director of a full service Manchester-based marketing agency.  His role was to project the Astute project as an example of engineering excellence, and raise the profile of the business on a national and international scale.  As Communications Manager he led a team with responsibilities for internal and external communications, and played a key role in crisis management planning for the nuclear licensed site.  Chris developed and continuously refined the Astute narrative, working closely with the Ministry of Defence and the Royal Navy.   Activity targeted mainstream…
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Beehive Business Park, Ulverston

Beehive Business Park, Ulverston

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Plans submitted for the Beehive Business Park in Ulverston with employment units and retail stores faced strong opposition from the Town Council,  South Lakeland District Council, the Town’s Traders Association and civic groups.  They were all concerned about the impact on the town centre stores of a development some 500 metres away from the main shopping street.  Engaged by the developer, Trafalgar PR launched a campaign to turn around opinion, working closely with the media and importantly developing social media channels to give a voice to local people in favour of the development.  We also organised the public consultation event…
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Protest walk boosted Old Hutton power station fight

Protest walk boosted Old Hutton power station fight

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Schoolchildren, pensioners, parents and neighbours joined forces for a protest walk against  plans for a gas-fired power station at Old Hutton near Kendal in Cumbria. More than 60 people walked the half mile route from Old Hutton Primary School to the proposed green-field site.  Kendal MP Tim Farron and local councillors were at the start of the walk from the school just a few hundred metres downwind of the green-field site where 11-metre high chimneys were set to emit fumes from 11 diesel generators at the proposed plant. The walk gained publicity for the huge community effort which culminated in…
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Ulverston Flag Fortnight

Ulverston Flag Fortnight

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Ulverston Flag Fortnight is one of the many festivals which take place each year in Ulverston in South Cumbria.  It has a special place in my heart because it emulates one of the key principals of PR - it is quite literally a 'flag-waving exercise'. Flag Fortnight is one of the town's Spring events - usually spanning the last week in April and the first week in May.  The flags fill the main streets in Ulverston with a riot of colour to brighten up even the dullest day, while in sunshine the effect is stunning.  The designs originally reflected the…
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