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How the UK Authorities Crisis Managed the Attack by Adrian Russell Elms aka Khalid Masood

Now that the dust is beginning to settle on the tragic events of Wednesday last week (22 March 2017) at Westminster Bridge and just inside the Parliamentary estate, let’s look at the crisis management employed by UK authorities following the attack. The facts: a 52-year-old man who was brought up as Adrian Russell Elms, but […]

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Crisis Management and Media Relations: the Strange Case of Brighton & Hove City Council and the i360

Brighton & Hove City Council has won its battle NOT to disclose details of the business case presented to it four years ago by the i360 attraction to secure a £36million Council loan. But what does this strange affair say about about the Council’s approach to crisis management and media relations regarding the i360? To […]

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How to Avoid the Ultimate PR Disaster

Last year – 2015 – witnessed a PR disaster of epic proportions unfold in the national media. Tragically, two children had died of carbon monoxide poisoning in an overseas apartment while on a family holiday booked with a major British holiday operator. Their father and stepmother only narrowly escaped the same fate. This in itself […]

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Seven reasons why you need a copywriter!

1. Writing is a skill. You could write the copy for your website but do you really have the time? And would you do it as well as a professional copywriter who knows all the tricks of the trade? Probably not! 2. You can’t risk busking it! Your promotional emails are vital to your business […]

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Brighton & Hove Independent features our crisis media management

Media training professional Ollie Wilson has been featured by the Brighton & Hove Independent newspaper – in its regular business column. Ollie, a specialist in communication communication training and crisis communication, was asked to give his tips for handling the media in a crisis. He has extensive experience of crisis management from his time running […]

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What is Reputation Management?

By Ollie Wilson Reputation Management is a term used by PR professionals that causes a lot of confusion. What is Reputation Management? What does it mean – and why do businesses and individuals care about it? Reputation Management can be defined as the “influencing and/or control of an individual’s or business’s reputation”. In other words, […]

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Jilly Cooper: The Bottom Line

By Laura King It seems extraordinary in an age where “50 Shades of Grey” is on every supermarket shelf that anyone would think of toning down the jacket of Jilly Cooper’s 1980s bonkbuster Riders for a 30th anniversary reprint. However, that is precisely what has happened to her classic racing romp. The new jodhpur-sprayed derriere […]

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Why media relations is still vital for business

By PR Brighton Ollie Wilson * When I started as a trainee reporter back in 1984, there were no mobile phones, no personal computers, no internet, no social media * Press releases would arrive by post, be carefully scrutinised by news editors and reporters alike, filleted for stories and duly filed on a long, vertical […]

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The Public Relations of General Election 2015

The Public Relations of General Election 2015 * This has undoubtedly been the most exciting General Election I have followed – and one where strategy, media relations training and presentational style made a huge difference * Despite a tremendous amount of media training, there was an awkwardness and otherworldliness about the Labour leader that could […]

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