We’re proud supporters of Anxiety UK and like to ‘do our bit’ by helping out their Communications team however and whenever we can! For the last few years, we’ve been providing a proofreading service to assist with the publication of their quarterly magazine, Anxious Times. We’re pleased to add that we’re now also offering support with their social media profiles on Twitter and Facebook!
Although a charity relying on generous donations, Anxiety UK provides an unrivalled support service to those suffering from anxiety and related disorders such as panic attacks, obsessive compulsive disorder and a range of phobias. Their website and telephone service provide a lifeline for those who are deeply affected by debilitating feelings such as intense fear and distress:
“Anxiety UK receives more than 15,000 calls to the helpline and requests for support via email each year and more than 30,000 new visitors to their website a month. Since 1970, the charity has provided essential support to more than 1 million people throughout the UK.”
AUK volunteers are mostly healthcare professionals or those with direct experience of an anxiety disorder, which enables them to offer a uniquely personal advice service for anyone who is experiencing anxious thoughts and feelings or if they’ve just been diagnosed with Generalised Anxiety Disorder by their GP.
The AUK team works tirelessly to provide a wellbeing support service for thousands of people across the UK and we wanted to show our support too. Lots of people choose to run a marathon or jump from a plane to raise money for their charity but to be honest, we’re just not that brave! (and hats off to those who are!) Instead, we’ve chosen to offer whatever skills we can to an organisation which has the best interests of its members at its heart; strives continuously to raise awareness of anxiety and reminds us that we can all do a little something extra to support each other through difficult periods.
For more information visit: http://www.anxietyuk.org.uk/
Follow on Twitter @AnxietyUK
Like on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Anxiety-UK-official/159459797431438
We’re absolutely delighted that on 24 December 2013, a posthumous Royal Pardon was granted for computer science genius and Bletchley Park codebreaker, Alan Turing.
“Computer pioneer and codebreaker Alan Turing has been given a posthumous royal pardon. It addresses his 1952 conviction for homosexuality for which he was punished by being chemically castrated. The conviction meant he lost his security clearance and had to stop the code-cracking work that had proved vital to the Allies in World War Two. The pardon was granted under the Royal Prerogative of Mercy after a request by Justice Minister Chris Grayling.” Read more at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-25495315
Enigmedia Marketing continues to be in awe of the Bletchley Park codebreakers and of the incredible work carried out by Alan Turing and his team during the Second World War. Although it’s been a very long wait, we at last welcome the news of Turing’s pardon, after years of petitioning by hardworking campaigners and supporters of his life and work.
Find out more about Alan Turing and Bletchley Park at http://www.bletchleypark.org.uk/
You can also read our 2013 blog about our visit to Bletchley Park at http://enigmediamarketing.com/2013/09/24/inspiration-innovation-at-bletchley-park/
We’ve recently been working to promote a fantastic new website which caters for automotive professionals and enthusiasts!
first4auto.com showcases an unbeatable range of motoring articles including news, press reports, industry and events alongside stunning photo galleries to give each and every reader a comprehensive and informative experience.
New articles are uploaded each day giving website visitors the latest information on their specialist subject – whether it’s fleet and business news, motor sport results, the latest retail offers, road safety and government policy, headline-grabbing auctions or unique events across the globe.
first4auto also have a social media presence across Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+ – we’ve been helping them to update their pages daily!
Their aim is to be a “one-stop shop” for all the latest automotive and motoring articles for a wide audience, including comprehensive road test reports for buyers and insurance professionals. first4auto is also THE motoring content provider for Luxuria Lifestyle, the official digital magazine of The Luxury Network International.
But don’t take our word for it – visit their website to see for yourself!
We’re thrilled to be supporting Norfolk-based business owner Jane Watkin to promote her brand new pamper party and mobile beauty company, Perfect Pamper.
Jane is a qualified and experienced beauty therapist, specialising in eyelash cosmetics. She has a range of expert colleagues on hand to provide a full range of relaxation, catering and cosmetic services such as massage, manicure, weekend breaks, afternoon tea and hen parties, wedding packages, makeovers and professional photography.
Jane says: “My aim is to make therapy and beauty cultures more accessible and affordable, especially in the Norfolk and Suffolk area. Unlike similar organisers and agencies, I get hands-on at every pamper party so I can ensure that your event runs smoothly from start to finish”.
To enhance her Afternoon Tea Party menu, Jane is looking for contributions from baking enthusiasts – and that’s where we come in! We’ve organised a social media marketing campaign to target ladies in the UK who may have some wonderful cake ideas which they would be willing to share. In return, they will be entered into a competition to win a two-night mid-week stay for five people at The Beach House, Mundesley with a Chill-Out pamper package and afternoon tea! Find out more about the exclusive competition here.
Perfect Pamper is a member of Buy Local Norfolk, a not-for-profit organisation which encourages local businesses to thrive and prosper. With this in mind, Jane is offering free advertising on her website for first-class accommodation providers and other related services in Norfolk and Suffolk. All Jane is asking for in return is for advertisers to promote and recommend her services to guests and customers!
Visit the Perfect Pamper website to view a full range of pampering and beauty services, including new and exclusive Neal’s Yard cosmetics, Christmas gift ideas and Jane’s very own Blog!
On Thursday 19th September, I made my first ever visit to Bletchley Park in Buckinghamshire, home of the WW2 codebreakers.
It’s a trip I’d been planning for some time but as the opportunity came up while I was taking a few days break; I was finally able to spend a whole day discovering part of Britain’s great and secret past.
I’ve always been fascinated by the Enigma cipher machines and how a group of dedicated men & women worked so diligently to break into the communication codes, thus changing the course of the Second World War and ultimately saving lives.
In the event, I was to learn so much more. There were incredible stories of bravery and loss; astonishing breakthroughs mixed with a good old dollop of luck and of course, the story of how the computing age was born. I was amazed that these ordinary people did their duty in difficult conditions and without question. Many were very young and the first thing they did upon being summoned to the imposing Buckinghamshire mansion-house was to sign The Official Secrets Act. What is staggering is how they remained tight-lipped about the work they did for so long; even after the war had ended. It was seriously intensive work and remains one of the most incredible achievements in our nation’s history.
It was also wonderful to find out more about the man who was ultimately the founding father of computer science, Alan Turing. Browsing the impressive galleries and timelines dedicated to his work really brought home how much he achieved within such a tragically short life. Mathematician, cryptographer, philosopher and a man way ahead of his time, Alan Turing remains a true definition of the word ‘genius’. Hopefully, the parliamentary Bill which will grant him a full posthumous pardon will be passed sooner rather than later (see http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/enigma-codebreaker-alan-turing-to-receive-posthumous-pardon-for-homosexuality-conviction-8722805.html)
I couldn’t possibly do these fine people justice within a small blog but if you’re reading this, I would urge you to visit the Bletchley Park website to get an idea for yourselves of the magnitude of their achievements.
I’m delighted that the Bletchley Park Trust has recently received a £8 million grant from The Heritage Lottery Fund as this ensures that many of the huts which housed the teams of codebreakers and their ground-breaking technology can be renovated and restored to their wartime ambience. There is also a brand new visitor centre which is due to open next summer so I intend to make a return visit to experience it! Most of the people who look after the Bletchley Park site and its exhibits are volunteers. Their knowledge and passion for such a unique part of our heritage is truly wonderful and I thank them for their dedication and pride.
Read more about the Bletchley Park Trust Restoration work at http://www.bletchleypark.org.uk/content/about/restoration.rhtm
As a new business, we’ve plenty of challenges to face along with many other UK start-ups who are finding their way in a tricky economic environment. We created Enigmedia Marketing to enable smaller businesses to publicise their products and services in a professional and cost-effective way. We pride ourselves on our ability to listen, understand and work closely with our clients so that they are comfortable with our approach and also how we can help raise their profiles. Since March 2012, we’ve grown our client base and worked on a range of new and exciting projects – best of all, we’re learning so much from the people we meet along our business journey.
Recent months have been a little more challenging. As a small business we’ve very few overheads and prefer to keep our services in-house rather than outsourcing to a third-party. Occasionally, another element needs to be added to a marketing mix and this is when we found ourselves back in the complex world of advertising and media buying!
One of our clients required some extra exposure within the sports industry and as we had a media contact with a suitable publication alongside an impressive-looking website, we suggested it would be an ideal advertising vehicle. Unfortunately, the “bespoke deal” we were promised materialised two months late and long after monies had been paid. After a lengthy and frustrating period of correspondence, we’re now seeking a full refund on behalf of our much-valued client. This created an extra challenge for us as we initially recommended the media service and are now having to ensure compensation through no fault of our own. While we realise that problems do arise, we’re always disappointed when other companies fail to provide a good customer experience as it’s the one thing that we’ve always strived to maintain.
And it’s not just the media who provide us with challenges. We’re pretty sure that we’re not the only business who has been experiencing serious issues as a result of a certain big banking group restructure! We’ve not been able to access our online business banking services since the end of August and to date, have received no updates or further help from anyone within their well-known and very large organisation.
So why do some companies, regardless of size, turnover and sector utterly fail to look after their customers when to us, it’s a fundamental part of our business? Perhaps we should cast our net wider and start offering our client service and communication skills to those companies who frankly, should know better!