13 October 2014

Profits of Boom

In some circles and for some strange reason, 'profit' is seen as a dirty word. Under the expert guidance of broadcast veteran, Jim Fitzpatrick, a new business programme for Northern Ireland called ‘The Profit Margin’ will seek to decontaminate the word and instead celebrate the pursuit of profit as the means of rebalancing the NI economy.

‘The Profit Margin’, which is made possible by sponsorship from our longstanding client First Trust Bank and the University of Ulster Business School, is a 20 minute audio programme that focuses on issues relevant to the business community in Northern Ireland. It will target anyone with an interest in local business matters whether at home or abroad. Listeners will be able to access the show on a weekly basis directly via iTunes podcast, Twitter, Facebook and email subscription starting on Friday 17th October.

Listeners can expect analysis and insight about a range of issues relevant to the local business community, as well as a more in-depth look at the business news making the headlines each week. The programme will feature analysis around key business issues from a team of experts as well a regular ‘Business of the Week’ slot.

Local start-ups and entrepreneurs should also polish up their 'Elevator Pitch' as a regular slot on the show will carry the best 30sec pitch received that week.

The programme is unashamedly 'pro business' and in the absence of regular business broadcast which offers in-depth business coverage, insight and analysis of the NI market, it is very welcome indeed.

At a time when we need to encourage more local entrepreneurs and support more businesses to grow and develop here, this show promises to be a fantastic platform to champion business issues. We will be listening every week and recommend you do to.

‘The Profit Margin’ will be available from the website www.theprofitmargin.co.uk starting on Friday 17 October. It can also be downloaded directly as a podcast from iTunes as well as through the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Profit-Margin/274265196116309 and twitter account @TheProfitMargin

5 August 2014

Starting up, up and away

In our business we’re lucky to work with some of Northern Ireland’s largest employers and top 100 companies, Moy Park, Asda and Dale Farm to drop a few names. We’re also lucky to be in a position to work with some of the most exciting, innovative young businesses emerging on the local start-up scene.  Invest Northern Ireland’s Propel, now calling for 2014/15 applications, is an annual programme aimed at fast tracking high growth potential, export focussed start-ups. In the past three years, we’ve helped tell the story of some of the participating entrepreneurs or ‘Propellers’ as they’re affectionately known.. from Lucy Annabella Organics, an organic beauty range developed by Colleen Harte of County Tyrone, now available in the UK, Ireland and Europe, to Plotbox, Leona McAllister’s online tool aimed at revolutionalising the way we research our family history.

The current Propel participants include, among others, Keen, a natural nut butter business based in Bangor that we're all nutty about; Indigo Ivy, a fashion label from Doagh that's putting tweed on trend; Islander Kelp, a fresh kelp producer off the coast of beautiful Rathlin Island; a luxury handmade wooden homeware business Harch Wood Couture and Little Deli, an app that hopes to make queuing for lunch a thing of the past (we're all for that!)

With such diverse talent in the mix, we’re excited to see what innovative new business ideas make it through to Propel 2014/15. And with big futures ahead, we’ll always be proud to say ‘we knew them when they were starting out!’

If you believe your business idea has what it takes to go global, check out

Orlagh McVeigh of Harch Wood Couture, current participant on Invest NI's Propel Programme, with Invest NI's Niall Casey

21 July 2014

It’s coming home, it’s coming home, Moy Park’s coming home…

After a rather eventful World Cup that saw England crash out in the group stages, Luis Suarez biting off more than he could chew and of course the ‘wunderbar’ Deutschland being crowned champions – one thing really stood out from the perimeters of the pitch – Moy Park.

Moy Park announced its status as an Official World Cup™ sponsor back in February and we at Morrow Communications were there every step of the way to use this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to raise the profile of the Moy Park brand amongst its customers, consumers and stakeholders and to engage its 12,000 staff in the sponsorship (it’s all in a day’s work really)…

We kicked the sponsorship off with a sustained media relations campaign which included the announcement of the sponsorship, the appointment of a World Cup co-ordinator, 'landmark' announcements as well as negotiating extensive broadcast coverage on BBC, UTV, RTE and Radio 5 Live.

We ran an on-pack competition on all Moy Park products giving away a trip to Brazil to watch a World Cup semi-final game and 2,014 exclusive Moy Park-branded World Cup footballs. The competitions received a record number of entries – nearly 34,000.

Moy Park has 12,000 staff across 16 sites (that works out at 1090 football teams, fact fans!) and an important part of our strategy was to engage staff in the sponsorship. Football fever took over at all 16 sites - with games being screened in the canteens, a ‘Flavour of Brazil’ menu being served and a 'Kickin’ Chicken Quiz' giving away hundreds of prizes to lucky staff. In addition, Teresa Robinson and husband Martin (who have both worked at Moy Park for 25 years) won a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go to Brazil to watch England vs. Costa Rica. As well as watching the match from a corporate box, Teresa and Martin were treated to a ‘walk on the pitch’ experience and cocktail making lessons in the home of the Caipirinha.

Always delivering a ‘team’ effort at Morrows, our trusty Events team were on hand to organise three World Cup parties for Moy Park customers and stakeholders in Paris, London and Belfast (we don’t do things by ‘halves’) which included samba bands, authentic Brazilian food and drink and soccer legends Sir Geoff Hurst and David Seaman.

Alas though, all good things must come to an end – with the closing of the World Cup we shall be saying goodbye to all things Brazilian, but with a multi-million pound expansion, 628 new jobs being announced and a whole host of activities in the pipeline - it looks like Moy Park will be top of the league for a while!

12 June 2014

Outstanding in our Fields ?

As always...but in this case we mean in the more literal sense as we face another busy week in Morrows World.

We will be taking to the fields across Northern Ireland - as we help deliver the third Bank of Ireland  Open Farm Weekend on behalf of the Ulster Farmer's Union to be held across the province between 14th/15th June. During the weekend 21 working farms will open their doors to the public to showcase our rich agricultural heritage and to highlight the quality food provenance we enjoy. Our team has not only been busy helping the farms get ready for the crowds, but  and we have also been  spreading the word to get as many people through the gates as possible over the weekend. This most recently involved taking Aoife the Irish Moilie Cow to Belfast city centre to give city folk a taste of life on the farm.  

Meanwhile as football fever kicks off in Brazil, our 'Brazilliant' World Cup Squad will also be on the field of play helping World Cup Sponsors Moy Park celebrate in true Samba style as they host World Cup parties in Belfast and London (Wembley) to coincide with some of the big matches involving the host nation and England.

As well as samba bands, authentic Brazilian food and drink we will also be joined by soccer legends Sir Geoff Hurst and David Seaman to give their insight into the live games and to take questions from the audience.

As you can see our team are already getting into the FIFA World Cup 2014 theme and are 'feeling the rhythm !'


6 June 2014

Does Your Work Do the Talking ? Communication Consultants Wanted !

As one of Ireland’s largest integrated communication consultancies, at Morrow Communications we let our client work do the talking. We are currently on the lookout for some new talent to join the conversation.

Ideally, the successful candidates should have a relevant third level qualification in Public Relations, Communications or other Marketing discipline and will have three to five years top end PR/communications experience working with clients across the public and private sectors.

You should have excellent influencing and relationship management skills with the confidence and ability to competently engage with senior stakeholders internally and externally. You will be expected to demonstrate a consistent record of strategic thinking, management and results and to convince us of your instinctive flair and creativity.  You will also be able to demonstrate your skills and experience in identifying and shaping new business connections.

We are particularly interested in people with direct PR consultancy/agency experience, but will also welcome interest from those who believe they can excel in this type of challenging environment.

The Morrow Communications Ethos
We are first and foremost strategic thinkers who understand the importance and power of professional communications within our varied clients’ worlds. With a wide range of communication tools at our disposal, it’s our job to think ahead of our clients’ immediate needs to plan communication programmes with real impact.

Through our core specialisms of PR, Event Management, AV Production, Design and Digital Communications, we service an impressive client list that spans the private and public sectors throughout the island of Ireland and the UK.  Our commitment to excellence has been confirmed by being recognised as CIPR ‘Consultancy Team of the Year’ on three separate occasions in recent years.

To Apply follow the link to NIJobs and upload your CV. To illustrate your creativity, in 200 words or less, also explain why you deserve to be on our ‘must see’ list.

Closing date: Friday 20th June 2014. 

7 May 2014

Bikes, business, welly boots...

What a week we have ahead.

One of the world’s biggest sporting events is turning Northern Ireland pink with cycle fever as we gear up for the Giro d’Italia Big Start. Swiftly followed by the International Business Women’s Conference (IBWC 2014), entrepreneurs from across the globe will gather in the city for this groundbreaking two day event. Meanwhile, our biggest agricultural forum will showcase the local thriving agri-food sector at Balmoral.  These three very different, important events are platforms for us to showcase how diverse, welcoming and vibrant a place Northern Ireland is – for sport, for tourism, for business.

The Morrows team will be dusting off our welly boots and working with our agri-food clients represented at Balmoral Show – Moy Park, Asda, Irwin’s Bakery, Glens of Antrim Potatoes, Dale Farm and Open Farm Weekend. We are also particuarly proud to this year be partnering with Women in Business NI to deliver IBWC 2014. The first event of its kind on the island of Ireland, it will bring a first class lineup of global speakers to Belfast to address hundreds of delegates as part of a programme aimed at unlocking  business potential. Women in Business NI hope its legacy will be felt for years to come, driving business growth through empowering individuals and putting the business case for gender diversity high
on the agenda of the private sector.

IBWC 2014 is about looking outwards and forwards - a vision which embodies where Northern Ireland is and should be today. Hosting world class events like those in the week ahead give out a clear message - we might be small in size, but we’re capable of big things.

The world’s watching, Northern Ireland. Let’s put on our best show

1 May 2014

Morrow Communications is on the lookout for more fresh talent....

If you’re genuinely interested in current affairs and the world of business, you really understand news and the media, and you’re passionate about all aspects of marketing & digital communications, we want to hear from you.

Professionalism, intuition, creativity, excellent written and verbal communication skills, energy, motivation and the ability to stand out while also being a true team player are all prerequisites. 

Our clients span every sector and specialism. From the fast paced world of retail to the top names in agri-food production: from those delivering the latest technologies to the most recent developments in energy, renewables and the environment - we represent some of the top companies, organisations and brands. We also cross all boundaries, working for clients throughout Ireland, GB and beyond.

If you have at least one year’s relevant communications experience under your belt and you honestly believe you have something special to offer, we’d be keen to hear from you.

Simply send your up-to-date CV and, to illustrate your creativity, in 150 words or less, explain why you deserve to be on our ‘must see’ list.

All responses should be sent to mail@morrowcommunications.com by Friday 16 May 2014. 

Morrow Communications on shortlist for UK CIPR Excellence Awards 2014

We're delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted for a 2014 Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) Excellence Award - the public relations profession’s most prestigious annual awards scheme for the whole of the UK.

We are on the shortlist for the Low Budget category for our submission - ‘From Famine to Feast – the Resurrection of the Irish ‘Lumper’ Potato’ - and made the cut from approximately 700 awards entries received from around the globe!

The entry, which focuses on a media relations campaign conducted on behalf of our client Glens of Antrim Potatoes, follows the story of the reintroduction of the ‘Lumper’ to the market – a famous potato which had not been commercially cultivated since the Irish Famine of the 1840s.

Two members of the PR team, Harriet Turtle and Seona McGrath, have since been put through their paces taking part in a face-to-face interview with a team of expert judges in London this week, before the winners are finally chosen and announced at the CIPR Excellence Awards black tie dinner at Old Billingsgate, London on Tuesday 17th June 2014.

Fingers crossed for the final result!