We’re hiring…

28.04.2022

If you’re creative, driven and media savvy and want to work alongside the brightest minds in PR, advertising, design, social &, digital, we’d love to hear from you. Say hello@lkcommunications.co.uk

Closing date Friday 13th May 2022.

JOB DESCRIPTION

Title:                                                   –              Client Executive

Reporting to:                                      –              Senior Client Team

Location:                                             –              Pavilions Office Park, Holywood

Main Function of Role:                        –              Provide assistance and support to client managers/directors

and the agency’s PR clients, ensuring quality of output and client satisfaction

 

Key Responsibilities

  • Providing ongoing support to Senior Client Executive/Client Managers/Directors on key client accounts (including consumer and corporate focussed-PR) simultaneously.
  • Daily monitoring and horizon scanning of media, including online, print, broadcast, newswires, social media sites and blogs, for potential opportunities or issues for clients and competitor information.
  • Analysing and evaluating media coverage, including daily and monthly preparation of client coverage files and evaluation reports.
  • Creating weekly and monthly client status reports for Client Managers and Directors.
  • Assisting in the management of PR photography & client photocalls, including sourcing & purchasing of relevant props.
  • Researching, writing, proofing and distributing original and creative content to targeted media.
  • Spotting and capitalising on media and influencer opportunities.
  • General office administration, including creation of job reports, purchase orders and reordering of stationery and supplies as required.
  • Working productively in a team environment with a spirit of collaboration and jumping in to help at all levels of tasks.
  • Developing and maintaining strong relationships with clients, journalists and media.
  • Supporting the Client Managers and Directors in developing new business pitches & presentations.
  • Being proactive, flexible and have the ability to deal with new challenges as they arise.
  • Being committed to confidentiality, total discretion and integrity.
  • Carry out any other duties as may be required by the Managers & Directors of LK Communications.

 

Personnel Specification

 

Essential Desirable
Qualifications A third level education A third level qualification in CAM, PR, Communications, Marketing, Journalism or a related discipline.
Experience One year’s experience in a similar role within a Communications or PR Agency or in-house.

 

Skills Good business awareness and knowledge of current affairs.

Excellent writing skills.

 

Creativity and imagination.

 

Strong attention to detail.

 

Good presentation skills.

 

IT literate in Word, Excel and presentation software including PowerPoint.

 

The ability to think strategically and good analytical skills.

 

Characteristics Ability to build strong rapport, relationships internally and externally.

 

Confidence.

 

Instinctive.

 

Excellent organisational skills, with the ability to multi-task/work on more than one project at a time.

 

Flexible approach to work.

 

Self starter, with determination, enthusiasm and the ability to cope well under pressure.

 

Other Hold a current & valid full UK driving licence with full access to a vehicle.

 

 

Employee Benefits

The employee benefits on offer at LK Communications include:

  • Competitive salary
  • Flexible working
  • Continuous professional development, onboarding & training
  • Buddying & mentoring system
  • Enhanced paid leave starting from 20 days per annum, 11 statutory holidays + day of your birthday
  • Paid membership of CIPR & PRCA
  • Mental health and wellbeing platform
  • Access to private healthcare
  • Company pension scheme
  • Year-round calendar of fun team building initiatives


Ardmore acquires Belfast eCommerce specialist BFG Digital

26.04.2022

Ardmore acquires Belfast eCommerce specialist BFG Digital

Leading creative advertising and marketing agency Ardmore has acquired award-winning eCommerce consultancy and digital marketing specialist Built For Growth Digital (BFG Digital).

Based at the Catalyst innovation hub in Belfast with 20 staff, BFG Digital was founded in 2000 as Export Technologies and has grown to become one of Northern Ireland’s top digital marketing agencies, representing more than 50 high-profile clients and brands in the UK and Ireland companies including Ann’s Cottage, Camping World, Newbridge Silverware and DV8 Fashion.

Since its inception, BFG Digital has helped its clients generate over £1.5 billion in online sales.

Based in Holywood, County Down with a team of more than 60 staff, Ardmore is a global industry leader in behaviour change, tourism and transport, food, fashion and FMCG, and a Campaign UK Top 30 regional agency, representing a range of premier clients including Network Rail, Stena Line, Lidl, Dale Farm, Phoenix Natural Gas, Power NI, Translink, Progressive Building Society, Destination British Columbia and National Trust.

The partnership means the two companies can better capitalise on the fast-growing demand for high performance eCommerce solutions which rapidly accelerated throughout the pandemic as more businesses embraced online channels to reach their customers remotely.

The deal also sees the two companies partner with a world class eCommerce platform provided by Catalyst-based IRP Commerce. This partnership creates the capacity to support global growth ambitions for merchant clients – Ardmore is already a longstanding partner and shareholder in Worldwide Partners Inc. (WPI), a global network of more than 70 independent agencies in over 40 countries.


‘Top employer’ Lidl Northern Ireland extends enhanced paid leave policy to offer all staff paid time off for IVF cycles

26.04.2022

‘Top employer’ Lidl Northern Ireland extends enhanced paid leave policy to offer all staff paid time off for IVF cycles

Lidl Northern Ireland is enhancing its industry-leading benefits package by offering enhanced fertility support including paid time off to any of its 1,300 employees undergoing IVF, regardless of length of service. The new policy will see the retailer offer two days’ paid leave per IVF cycle, which is unlimited in the number of IVF cycles employees will be supported through, as well as support for staff undergoing egg freezing.

In the UK, more than 3.5 million people experience a fertility challenge and in Northern Ireland, infertility affects around 9-15% of couples.

The number of people undergoing IVF is also rising – in 2019, IVF birth rates were three times higher than in 1991 – and the number of patients aged over 40 more than doubled in this time, accounting for 21% of all IVF patients.

Despite the rising incidence of IVF treatment, financial support is decreasing. In Northern Ireland, this fell from 50% of all cycles being funded to 32% by 2019. According to Fertility Network UK, 90% of IVF patients say they have suffered depression due to infertility.

As a family retailer, Lidl Northern Ireland aims to encourage a national conversation to help destigmatise isolating and traumatic fertility challenges which are lived by so many people in Northern Ireland every day. The retailer’s new Fertility Paid Leave Policy is part of a relaunch of its industry-leading benefits package which seeks to support staff throughout all stages of their lives.


Northern Ireland’s Charles Hurst Group wins top UK motability award

20.04.2022

Northern Ireland’s Charles Hurst Group wins top UK motability award

Charles Hurst, part of Lookers Group, recognised nationally for an outstanding partnership with the scheme and exemplary customer service

Northern Ireland’s largest car retailer, Charles Hurst, has been named Large National Dealer Group of the Year for 2022 at this year’s Motability Awards in recognition for the exceptional service its Motability customers receive across its dealership network.

Charles Hurst Group is part of UK and Ireland’s car and aftersales service leader Lookers Plc.

The Motability Dealer Awards, held annually, recognise outstanding dealer partners across the UK and are designed to reward best practice shown across the Motability Scheme’s national dealer network. Awards are judged on how a dealer delivers the scheme and includes direct feedback from customers.

The UK-wide Motability Scheme enables people to get mobile by exchanging their mobility allowance to lease a new car, scooter or wheelchair accessible vehicle. More than 650,000 people across the UK use the scheme managed by the national charity, Motability, which was set up in 1977 to enhance the lives of disabled people with transport solutions.

 


The Skin Clinic at Galgorm undergoes makeover with newly expanded aesthetics offering

31.03.2022

The Skin Clinic at Galgorm is set to undergo a makeover of its own as it launches a range of brand-new advanced aesthetic treatment options this month – from celebrity favourite intra-venous (IV) vitamin boosting infusions to minor surgery, 3D facelifts and dermatological checks, including total body skin cancer screening.

Led by top clinician and skin expert Dr Andrew Mottram, The Skin Clinic at Galgorm is one of Northern Ireland’s leading, premier skincare and beauty clinics and is now the first clinic in the region to offer this comprehensive range of skin and body care treatments.

Aesthetics at The Skin Clinic launched in November last year, offering a range of anti-ageing treatments including anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers, Profhilo and Dermapen, designed to maximise the skin’s potential and promote a radiant, youthful look.

With more than 20 years’ experience working in the UK, Ireland and Australia, Dr Andrew Mottram is now bringing his specialist expertise in advanced aesthetic skin treatments, dermatology and dermatosurgery to enhance The Skin Clinic’s innovative, results-driven treatment offering.

Since confirming a partnership with Dr Mottram and launching Aesthetics at The Skin Clinic late last year, Galgorm has seen a huge demand from both new and existing clients looking for real, tailored skincare results. The expanded aesthetics offering builds on The Skin Clinic’s existing services, bringing clients a comprehensive range of bespoke treatments focused on promoting whole body health.

Some of the latest celebrity trends have also been added to the Skin Clinic including 3D non-surgical facelifts for a rejuvenated, youthful appearance and IV multi-vitamin recovery drips and vitamin shot injections for optimum nutritional health, popular with celebrities such as Justin Bieber, Adele, Chrissy Teigen and Rita Ora.

Drawing on Dr Mottram’s experience as a skin cancer specialist, The Skin Clinic has also added a new total body skin cancer screening service and launched a new, bespoke problem skin service tailored for individuals suffering from conditions such as rosacea, acne, eczema and psoriasis.

Dr Andrew Mottram said:

“After an incredibly successful launch, I am thrilled to expand upon The Skin Clinic’s treatment offering and bring the most comprehensive range of cosmetic and medical treatments to clients all under one roof in the award-winning Galgorm, one of the world’s top spa and wellbeing destinations.

As a client-focused, results-driven clinic that focuses on personalised treatment regimes, we’ve developed an advanced new offering for clients focused on whole body health and wellbeing. I’m very proud to bring my skills and experience in skin cancer detection, minor surgery, injectables and advanced aesthetics to complement The Skin Clinic’s established service offering.

At The Skin Clinic, we’re focused on delivering real results tailored to individual requirements and I’m so excited to launch the new treatments. With discreet and natural results and complete confidentiality, clients can enjoy an unrivalled experience at The Skin Clinic and I look forward to welcoming new and existing clients soon to enjoy this enhanced offering.”

Dr Mottram holds a post graduate Diploma in Aesthetic Medicine from the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine (AAAM). He is currently undergoing AAAM Board Certification, a globally recognised mark of highest achievement in the field of aesthetics and will be the only practitioner in Northern Ireland to hold this qualification. Dr Mottram is also a member of the Association of Surgeons in Primary Care, regularly performing minor surgical lists for the NHS.

Dr Andrew Mottram is in residence at The Skin Clinic, Galgorm every Thursday. For more information on treatments available, or to book, please visit galgorm.com/the-skin-clinic


Rushmere puts Asian food on the menu in May in latest restaurant offer

12.04.2022

Rushmere puts Asian food on the menu in May in latest restaurant offer

An exciting new Asian food restaurant and takeaway is opening at Rushmere in May, adding extra spice and hospitality to one of Northern Ireland’s most successful shopping centres and retail complexes – and 20 new jobs.

Rushmere Shopping Centre confirmed that Eatao Asian Fusion Restaurant, which is a branch of the popular K11 restaurant and bar based outside Portadown on the Armagh Road, represents its newest hospitality experience and will be located beside Nando’s and Costa Coffee adjacent to the front entrance.

The new restaurant will open every day, offering a wide range of authentic, Asian-inspired fresh, healthy and delicious dishes from countries including China, India, Japan and Korea, including curries, sushi, teppanyaki and more.

Martin Walsh, Rushmere Shopping Centre manager, said:

“We’re thrilled to be welcoming the team behind Eatao Asian Fusion to Rushmere which promise to cook up a storm using the best ingredients and innovative cooking styles. With a range of restaurants and cafés to suit everyone’s taste at the centre, we’re committed to always offer our visitors an unrivalled choice of dining options for every budget and we are confident that our newest restaurant addition will definitely be worth the very short wait.”

Rushmere already includes Nando’s, Synge & Byrne, Spoon Street, Restaurant No. 7, Starbucks, McDonald’s and a newly-refurbished Costa Coffee among its most popular food outlets.

Last month, Primark confirmed that it is opening its 10th branch in Northern Ireland Rushmere Shopping Centre later this year. Other big names at Rushmere include Dunnes, TK Maxx, H&M, Matalan, B&M and Boots.


Runners get energised for Mash Direct Belfast City Marathon with boost from Lidl Northern Ireland

12.04.2022

Runners get energised for Mash Direct Belfast City Marathon with boost from Lidl Northern Ireland

Lidl Northern Ireland today announced a brand-new partnership with Mash Direct Belfast City Marathon as its official ‘Fresh Fruit Supplier’, providing competitors with an energetic and healthy boost to power them to the finish line when the race gets underway on Sunday, 1st May.

Celebrating its landmark 40th anniversary this year, the Mash Direct Belfast City Marathon has grown exponentially, from just over 3,000 runners competing in its inaugural year to now welcoming more than 16,000 participants, including international competitors and spectators alike.

With a full line up of events to suit all levels of fitness including the Marathon and Wheelchair Race, Team Relay and 8 Mile Walk, the route has been revamped in recent years to take in all four corners of the city, including historical milestones, celebrating the best of Belfast. Beginning at Stormont Estate, runners will take in trails across North, South, East and West Belfast before crossing the finish line at Ormeau Park.

Lidl Northern Ireland today confirmed the fresh new partnership with Mash Direct Belfast City Marathon, delivering more than 2 tonnes of quality fruit to power runners to the finish line on race day. As ‘Official ‘Fresh Fruit Supplier’ to the event, Lidl Northern Ireland will be stationed at the start and finish line and relay changeover points throughout the course offering fresh bananas for a much-needed energy boost.


Lidl Northern Ireland secures sizzling new £340,000 annual supply deal with Hellbent

31.03.2022

‘Kick Start’ alumni Hellbent secures permanent listing with Lidl Northern Ireland as retailer announces applications now open for 2022 supplier development programme 

 

Lidl Northern Ireland today announced the launch of its Kick Start Supplier Development Programme for 2022, welcoming applications from artisan producers across the region keen to grow their brand, build their supply network and reach more consumers.

 

Launching the ground-breaking programme for a fifth consecutive year, Lidl Northern Ireland also confirmed that it has signed an annual supply deal worth £340,000 with Holywood, County Down-based spicy meat maker Hellbent to supply its succulent Chakalaka Boerewors to all Lidl stores within the island of Ireland on a permanent basis and for a limited summer promotion in UK stores.

 

The brainchild of South African-born Ulster Rugby aces Louis Ludik and Schalk Van der Merwe, Hellbent secured a coveted place on Lidl Northern Ireland’s Kick Start programme only last year.

 

Proving a big hit with shoppers at Northern Ireland’s fastest-growing supermarket retailer, Hellbent has grown exponentially since then and this latest deal with Lidl Northern Ireland will help propel its success even further.

 

Hellbent’s eye-catching products combine a delicious fusion of South African flavours quality Irish meat produce, creating a new taste sensation that pays homage to both countries and cultures.

 

Featuring a tasty line-up of beef and pork products, Hellbent benefited from a range of in-store promotions across 215 Lidl stores across the island of Ireland as part of last year’s Kick Start programme, proudly showcasing its Original and Chakalaka Boerewors spiced using traditional farmhouse seasoning, Hellbent Burgers, Black & White Pudding as well as seasonal festive Cranberry & Feta Sausages.

The Lidl Northern Ireland Kick Start programme is designed to help small and medium-sized local food and drink producers grow their brand, build their supply network and reach new customer audiences, upping their potential to open up new export opportunities.

 

As well as the limited edition in-store promotion, Kick Start also provides ambitious producers with free business development seminars delivered by a panel of Lidl and wider industry experts, covering key disciplines such as quality control, supply chain management, branding and distribution.

 

Since its launch in 2017, the programme has grown exponentially and is now delivered in partnership with the Northern Ireland Food & Drink Association (NIFDA), providing a significant boost to the programme and additional benefits and opportunities for selected suppliers.

 

More than 50 Northern Irish artisan products and dozens of local businesses have been led to success through the Kick Start Supplier Development Programme including Copeland Gin in Donaghadee, Refuge Hot Chocolate brewed in Belfast and Noisy Snacks from Newtownards to name just a few.

The Lidl Kick Start Supplier Development Programme is just one of the many ways in which the retailer supports local suppliers.

 

Last year, Lidl Northern Ireland struck a deal worth £500,000 annually with County Antrim coffee roasters SlumberJack Coffee to supply their Italian Espresso whole bean and ground coffee across all stores within the island of Ireland. Other supplier deals signed in 2021 include an expanded contract worth £2.7 million with Irwin’s Bakery and a significant £24 million deal with Fermanagh-based bakery, Crust & Crumb, for an expanded pizza line.

 

Hellbent’s Chakalaka Boerewors are available in all Lidl stores across the island of Ireland from 6 April 2022, priced at £3.99.

 

For more information on the Kick Start Supplier Development Programme, visit lidl-ni.co.uk/kickstart


Volunteer Now calls for ‘A Time to Say Thanks’ to local community heroes this Volunteers’ Week

31.03.2022

With the countdown now on to Volunteers’ Week 2022, which runs from 1-7 June, Volunteer Now is calling on communities and businesses across Northern Ireland to get ready to honour local heroes by taking ‘Time to Say Thanks’ as part of a week-long programme of activity celebrating volunteering across the UK.

Now in its 38th year, Volunteers’ Week sees charities, voluntary groups, social organisations, and volunteers themselves come together to recognise the incredible impact that volunteering has in communities, both locally and regionally.

This year’s theme – ‘A time to say thanks’ – encourages everyone to recognise the huge impact that people from all walks of life make on the lives of people and their communities when they volunteer.

The week-long celebration, coinciding with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, will include designated themed days showcasing the breadth and impact that different types of volunteering has played in local communities over the last 12 months. Each day is a chance to take the time to say thank you to volunteers across Northern Ireland – and Volunteer Now is calling for all charities and volunteers to get involved.

With around 282,000 formal volunteers carrying out work with designated organisations and 470,000 informal volunteers, volunteering plays a significant role across the region.

Each year, volunteers across Northern Ireland carry out work worth more than half a billion pounds and contribute £504 million to the local economy. Voluntary organisations in Northern Ireland do work worth more than half a billion pounds a year.

As the lead organisation for volunteering in Northern Ireland, Volunteer Now is leading the charge to put Volunteers’ Week firmly on the community agenda, encouraging everyone to engage with the week-long programme of activity to say a collective ‘thank you’ to volunteers right across the region.


Bellissimo! Belfast says ‘Ciao’ to Fratelli as popular Italian restaurant reopens

08.03.2022

Fratelli, the popular ristorante, pizzeria and bar located in Belfast city centre, is reopening on Friday 25 March to reveal an all-new authentic Italian menu and a luxurious refurbished interior.

In the heart of Belfast’s Great Victoria Street opposite the Europa Hotel and iconic Grand Opera House, Fratelli – Italian for ‘brothers’ – has been popular for city shoppers, visitors and theatregoers for over seven years with its family-friendly, authentic Italian dining experience.

Now, for 2022, this spacious, split-level restaurant located in one of the city’s busiest areas is back with a brand-new vibe.

After a significant £250,000 investment, the revamped restaurant has been fully transformed with new tiled and wooden floors, fresh new seating and textiles.

Fratelli’s spacious outdoor terrace, providing a bird’s-eye view over Great Victoria Street, has also been newly revitalised to incorporate new all-weather awnings, heaters and seating.

Fratelli shut its doors in March 2020, in line with the Executive’s directive on Covid-19 response measures. After the prolonged closure, its reopening marks a fresh start for the well-liked restaurant and confirms growing confidence in the city’s post-Covid recovery.