It’s been another incredible year at In the Works PR; one in which we’ve celebrated the successes of clients, Chesterfield and the team. It’s easy to forget what’s happened so we’ve put together a summary of what we got up to.
January – We kicked off 2018 with a series of launch events for Derbyshire Building Control Partnership. The company was officially launched at a series of free breakfast meetings across the county. These were quite tame events compared to the staff launch event the month previously where we were all marooned in the Proact Stadium for the day as the terrorist squad swooped on Sheffield Road!
February – The beginning of February saw a miniature addition to the In the Works family. Emma and Andy welcomed baby Imogen to the world. Time flies though, and Emma was back to work before we could say congratulations.
March – The annual Celebrate Chesterfield event, organised by client Destination Chesterfield, was a big highlight in March. More than 250 delegates gathered at the Winding Wheel to learn more about the exciting developments on the horizon for Chesterfield.
April – Client Chesterfield Waterside was in the spotlight again when its planning application was granted for canal restoration works. This work is central to the £75 million Basin Square neighbourhood of the development.
May – In May Kate Dawson joined us, bringing her years of charity PR expertise onboard to support our ongoing work with YHA (England and Wales).
June – June saw one of our favourite events – The Chesterfield Retail Awards. Destination Chesterfield upped the ante this year with the event being black tie and a three course meal. It was a fitting celebration for the town’s thriving retail sector.
We also celebrated a new client joining us – Blachford UK, one of the UK’s leading designers, engineers and manufacturers of acoustic components for industrial and agricultural vehicles.
July – It took us until the seventh month of the year to get round to our own Christmas celebration! Sickness, holidays and a very pregnant Emma meant that Christmas was a little overlooked at ITWPR, so we combined our festive celebration with that of Josh and Natalie passing their one-year anniversary in the company and spent the day sitting in the sunshine sipping Sangria and eating Tapas before escaping Alcatraz! Just your standard Christmas in July celebration.
We also celebrated the United Kingdom Asbestos Training Association (UKATA) joining our expanding client list. UKATA is leading authority for asbestos training provision in the UK.
We were also drafted in to help Chesterfield based Beighton Construction when they were interviewed by BBC News following the release of quarterly GDP figures. Filmed out on site at Maris Pumps, we even rolled up our sleeves, wiped down signs and litter picked around the site to make sure it looked its best on camera.
September – The tourism economy was the focus of the Chesterfield Investment Summit, organised by Destination Chesterfield. Joe and Anna multi-tasked like demons at the event, not only attending the summit but filming interviews with Toby Perkins MP, Cllr Amanda Serjeant, Peter Swallow and James Berresford.
Anna also spent much of September liaising with the royal press team, helping co-ordinate Prince Charles’ visit to YHA The Sill. There’s a funny story to be told here involving police outside a bedroom window and a dress in a sink full of water – enquire within for more details!
October – The lovely Bea from St Mary’s RC School joined us in October to begin her work experience. We had the pleasure of her company every Wednesday afternoon until Christmas.
During October we also worked with United Cast Bar, Europe’s largest manufacturer of continuously cast iron bar, to write their entry for the Parliamentary Review. We also coordinated and created the surrounding press, ensuring that United Cast Bar got the full benefit of its inclusion in the annual review.
November – Our award writing skills got another boost in November. Clients Sanitaryware Supplies Company and DBCP were both shortlisted in the Derbyshire Times Business Awards. Sanitaryware Supplies Company took home not one but two accolades at the prestigious event! The company was highly commended in the Small Business of the Year category and scooped the Mitchells Anniversary Award; a brand-new, one-off award celebrating the accountant’s 150th anniversary.
December – We rounded off the year with a Christmas event (well, it had to be that didn’t it?). Since July we’ve managed a successful social media campaign, events listings, press releases and trade enquiries for Victorian Matlock – Christmas Market. The figures aren’t in just yet, but we can tell you the event was sold out and they’d had more stall holder enquiries than ever before.
Here’s to a successful 2019 for everyone. Happy New Year!