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BakerBaird Communications celebrates year 3

It seems like only five minutes ago that we launched BakerBaird Communications. Yet here we are starting Year 4. Three years have flown by in a haze of travel, events, media activity, engagement exercises, heavyweight report writing, training sessions, battered keyboards and hammered smartphones. Year 3 has been special for a number of reasons. We’ve…

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PR is GREAT: New book celebrates the profession

It was my privilege to be able to contribute to Platinum, a new book published today celebrating 70 years of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations with a host of luminaries examining excellence in the profession. The fact that Carolyn Fairbairn, Director General, CBI has put her name to it underlines not only the book’s…

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#Uni Days 30 years on: from 1988 to 2018

My home city, Nottingham, will visibly “lift” over the next few weeks when over 60,000 students will descend on the city with all the aspirations, anxieties and expectation of Class of ‘18 for the University and Trent. I shudder to think three decades have passed since I set off in Autumnal sunshine for University (in…

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Why tech has always been part of the furniture in Nottingham

  BakerBaird Communications is based in Accelerate Places Nottingham, part of the tech venture builder Blenheim Chalcot. One thing you tend to notice when you visit Accelerate Places is the furniture. It’s different, it’s interesting. And oddly enough, furniture is where Nottingham’s story starts when it comes to tech. Go back to the 1960s (the…

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PR award entries – five reasons to make them perfect

As summer starts to fade, thoughts will start turning to the Autumn award ceremonies. Entries are valuable investments of your time. It’s easy to dismiss them as a vanity project, or prioritise any one of the other hundred things on your to do list, but at BakerBaird we’ve found a shortlisting or winning an award…

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Remember the unsung heroes of the NHS

AS we celebrate the 70years of our national health service, our attention turns as ever to those at the frontline – the GPs, specialists, surgeons, consultants, nurses and midwives.  It is these people who are the sharp end of the critical moments in our lives – the passing of loved ones, the critical diagnosis and…

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#Hospital -brave, powerful, necessary

If a sign of a well-made television programme is its ability to evoke emotions in its audience, then BBC2’s Hospital certainly hit the mark. From joy to despair, frustration to elation, the documentary showcased the realities of life in a large NHS hospital in a way that we could all relate to. Whether it was…

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Lessons for all: the Leeds United re-brand

Leeds United Football Club crest

When Leeds United melted social media this week by unveiling a new club crest which was universally disparaged not least by its own fans, former and current players and influential Leeds fans like Telegraph football correspondent Henry Winter, as Leeds fan, it hurts. I was forced to be a Leeds United fan at the age…

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Everything is great – in PR

brass monkeys

In Greek mythology, Nemesis lured Narcissus to a pool where he was so absorbed  with his own reflection, he lost the will to live. Is the world of PR so obsessed with itself that others lose the will to live? At our best PR people are relentlessly positive. It’s a great attribute. Go getting, finding…

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