Bristol Pride – Putting Bristol on the Eurovision Map

Bristol Pride Eurovision Bucks Fizz

Bristol Pride remains the largest free Pride festival in the UK and yesterday it reached new levels of support with the biggest turnout in the event’s history. It was a privilege to work on such an important event, promoting equality, diversity, combining my Eurovision passion with the local community to generate a special Eurovision thread within Bristol Pride. The success of the Eurovision feature at this year’s Bristol Pride may open the door for a greater Eurovision theme in future years. British Eurovision winners, Bucks Fizz had the 25,000 crowd dancing across Castle Park as they performed their legendary skirt ripping routine. Combining Bristol Pride and Eurovision to promote social diversity This year, I was able to work with the organisers to bring some of the all time favourite Eurovision acts together at Bristol Pride. Attracting the Eurovision community to Bristol is a great opportunity for local businesses and venues,Read More

A realistic starting point for Bristol Social Service Improvement

Obstacles to services improvement everywhere and the blame game goes on.

support services improvement Bristol system change

Whatever it is you set out to do in life, there are always going to be obstacles in your path. The more determined you are to achieve your goals, the bigger and more frequent the obstacles usually become. That’s certainly my experience working to create services improvement in the realms of mental health, addiction and homelessness services in Bristol since joining IF Group at the end of 2014. The amount of good will and desire to see services improve is colossal. There is unanimous agreement that the demand for services far outstrips their ability to support everyone in need, service providers are doing their best to adapt their plans in the face of tightening budgets and government cuts and the numbers of people in need seems to grow by the day. This makes it all the more difficult to achieve services improvement and provide service to meet the needs of all whoRead More

IF Group Bristol Backing Children’s Mental Health Week

Duchess of Cambridge Childrens Mental Health Week

IF Group Bristol is backing Children’s Charity Place2Be and their inaugural Children’s Mental Health Week. From 16-22 February, the charity will be working hard to raise awareness of Children’s Mental Health issues and consequences of failing to recognise and treat problems at an early age. The week has begun with a video message from HRH Kate, Duchess of Cambridge. The video has appeared on all leading news channels and media outlets across the Internet and has gone viral on Social Media platforms such as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. Kate’s message says of her and Prince William: “have seen how children have suffered from bereavement, bullying, domestic violence, family breakdown and more. This leads to serious issues such as anxiety, depression, addiction and self harm”. Kensington Palace said she was a “committed champion of issues related to children’s mental health and emotional wellbeing“. Watch HRH Kate Middleton’s message in support of Children’sRead More

Outsource Marketing and Boost Profits

Today’s business world is faster, more frantic and more demanding than ever before. Time and resources are more precious than ever, particularly for small businesses needing marketing support. If you’re looking to boost your marketing with expert knowledge, or need someone to manage your marketing because you’re too busy running your business, why not look at outsourcing as a way to improve your business marketing? In order to maximise value for money and provide better services, many small businesses are outsourcing work to skilled experts. From virtual assistants answering phones, to specific production line services, there are outsourcing solutions to add value and increase profit for most companies, particularly in region city hubs such as Bristol. Creative services such as graphic design, marketing planning and marketing services such as website management, online marketing and brand management can all be outsourced to small marketing agencies or marketing consultants. Outsourcing provides isRead More

Don’t lose new business when doing business – call answering is the marketing answer

Is your company losing clients you should win before you even speak to them? If you’re a new business or running your own business alone, it’s important not to miss out on new business when you’re in meetings or with clients. If you don’t have a secretary or receptionist to take calls, talk to customers and build up relationships with new leads, you’re losing business. A marketing plan is designed to win customers and grow your business. Missing out on customers when they call is equivalent to a horse falling at the first fence of the Grand National. Even if a potential customer leaves you a message and requests a callback, the chances are that they will have found you online and called the next entry on Google, offering their business to a competitor before you have the chance to call back. Is there a cost effective marketing solution? A cost effectiveRead More