November: this was the month that …

By Raspberry Jim,

CIPR Cymru Pride awards 2017 - Cardiff City Hall - Cardiff - Friday 24th November 2017 © - Please Credit: Ian Cook - Fotowales

CIPR Cymru Pride awards 2017 – Cardiff City Hall – Cardiff – Friday 24th November 2017
© – Please Credit: Ian Cook – Fotowales

We won gold!

jamjar claimed four gold awards at the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) Cymru Wales PRide Awards on November 24 at Cardiff City Hall – needless to say, we were thrilled!

For our work with educational charity Techniquest, we picked up gongs in the Not-For-Profit campaign and STEM campaign categories.

We also claimed the top awards in the Best Use of Digital and Healthcare campaign categories for our work to boost recruitment of nurses at Cwm Taf University Health Board.

It was great to get this recognition from our industry body and it tops off another great year for the team.


We started mixing up the jam


Our in-house designer Anna has started work this month on refreshing our brand. After five years of Raspberry Jim taking pride of place, we’ve decided to give him a little makeover in preparation for a fresh new look in 2018!

The last five years have been a whirlwind and our offering and the industry has evolved considerably during this time. We’re really looking forward to unveiling our new look in 2018 – so watch this space.


We sampled the new Moksh Christmas menu


Moksh has been previewing its exciting new festive taster menu this month.

And two of our lucky team, Megan Richards and Shelley-Marie Phillips got the chance to sample some of the innovative dishes including lamb meat balls and cinnamon candy floss, jaffa chicken tikka in a sealed smoke jar, and Indian street food the alchemist way this December.

Award-winning chef Stephen Gomes has once again out done himself. If you haven’t been to his fine dining Indian restaurant in Cardiff Bay, make sure you pay it a visit this Christmas.


Oil 4 Wales welcomed Max Boyce

Leading Welsh oil distributor Oil 4 Wales has welcomed comedian and entertainer Max Boyce to its family this month.

The national brand has appointed the Welsh icon as one of its high-profile ambassadors, joining sporting heroes including Dan Biggar, Dan Lydiate, and Ken Owens, along with BBC Welsh Hill farmer Gareth Wyn Jones.


We hosted Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council’s Playfest event


On November 1, we hosted a free play festival – PlayFest – on behalf of Merthyr County Borough Council. The event marked the start of a new campaign – All to Play For – which encourages children and young people in the borough to swap TVs, tablets and phones for playing.


We attended Techniquest’s Christmas show video filming

Techniquest is getting in the festive spirit with its latest Christmas science show!

The Cardiff-based science discovery centre is preparing to present its twist on a classic, with its Techniquest Christmas Carol.

To promote their latest offering, we shot a little festive video with Rockadove, giving visitors a little sneak peek into what they can expect.

Keep an eye out on the Techniquest social channels to see what we got up to!


Our clients had some brilliant coverage!

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Our clients have once again been making the headlines with our support this month. Here is just a snapshot of some of the coverage we have achieved for Blackfords LLP, Cardiff Bus, CJCH Solicitors, Sony UK Technology Centre, The Admiral St David, Techniquest and Wynne Jones IP.


We attended lots of events

This month has been particularly busy for jamjar with menu samplings, anniversaries, major show launches, and of course – awards!

Here’s just a quick peek at what we’ve been up to …

    Cardiff Life 10th anniversary, Admiral St David, November 21st                                    

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Tiger Bay world premiere, Wales Millennium Centre, November 15th

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We have a lovely student apprentice


For the past month we’ve been joined by Swansea University student Zuzana Hajska.

Zuzana, who is studying Media and Communication Studies, has been a great support to all the jamjar team over the past month. She will be working with us right up until Christmas. Thanks for all your hard work Zuzana!


We had fun at our annual team building day!

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A great day was had by all at our annual team building day.

We enjoyed a lovely, and slightly bubbly, lunch at The Classroom at Cardiff & Vale College, followed by a pottery throwdown workshop at The Sustainable Studios.

Some of us excelled and displayed some enviable pottery skills, others of us, maybe even someone writing this blog, will be sticking to the day job!

After an enjoyable afternoon we enjoyed a few well-earned drinks in Cardiff to finish off a great day!


We delivered some festive cheer!


The team has been getting into the Christmas spirit this week, by delivering some very special presents.

This year we have created a festive season survival kit, jam-packed with all the essentials you need to get you through the party season. Rennies, paracetamol, mistletoe, eye drops, plasters, mints, and much more!

We hope all of our clients and friends have a jammin’ Christmas!


Entertainer Max Boyce appointed as Oil 4 Wales ambassador

By Raspberry Jim,

Internationally-renowned entertainer Max Boyce MBE has been appointed as an ambassador to leading oil distributor Oil 4 Wales.

The comedian and performer, who is due to kick off a sold out tour in January, has been named as the Welsh company’s latest high-profile ambassador this month.

Mr Boyce, who is also the president of Glynneath Rugby Club, will be joining iconic Oil 4 Wales ambassadors including Wales’ rugby players Dan Biggar, Dan Lydiate, and Ken Owens, along with BBC Hill Farmer Gareth Wyn Jones.

On his new role he said he was thrilled to be representing the company, which supplies 16 million litres of fuel to 65,000 domestic and commercial customers across Wales.

Mr Boyce said: “I’m only too pleased to become an ambassador for Oil 4 Wales and to be joining many legends from the world of Welsh rugby.

“I have been involved with Oil 4 Wales and with its founder Colin Owens for over 20 years, and when he rang me up and asked me would I consider being an ambassador, I wholeheartedly agreed.

“He has always been a great friend to Glynneath RFC, and understands and sympathises with the difficulties of running a local club with limited financial resources. He has been more than generous, and I have always found Colin and Oil 4 Wales dependable and trustworthy.”

Mr Boyce will be working with the oil distributor, which has depots in Cardiff, Carmarthen, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Newtown, Lampeter, Maesteg, Brecon and Pembroke Dock, to support its vision of working with, and for, communities across Wales.

On the entertainer’s appointment Mr Owens said he was thrilled to have a renowned Welsh icon as part of the Oil 4 Wales team.

He said: “I have known Max for years and I am thrilled he is finally becoming a part of the Oil 4 Wales family.

“Everyone knows Max and his unmistakable wit, humour, and talent, so we are sure he will be a fantastic ambassador for the brand.

“As a true Welsh icon he represents everything we at Oil 4 Wales stand for, so we can’t wait to get started on working with him!”


CJCH Solicitors in landmark collaboration with Swansea University Law School exploring cyber crime

By Raspberry Jim,

CJCH Solicitors has joined forces with Swansea University Law School to form a collaborative partnership exploring international cyber-crime.

The professional collaboration will see specialist consultant from the leading legal firm, Luke Heydenrych, undertake a three-year PhD in Law exploring the motivating factors which influence intellectual property crime.

As part of his course Mr Heydenrych will study the psychology behind such crimes, and examine how cultural and geographical factors may influence infringement.

This is the latest strategic partnership undertaken by the university in a bid to encourage professional knowledge sharing, and economic progression across Wales, with previous collaborations including Rolls Royce.

On his research Mr Heydenrych said he was delighted to have been given the opportunity to research a topic he is passionate about. He said: “When the opportunity was presented to me by our CEO, Stephen Clarke, I was immediately interested due to Swansea’s reputation in the fields of post-graduate research and innovation.

“It has been fascinating studying the psychological motivations behind IP crime, with criminology theory taking up the majority of my focus from an initial research perspective.

“Much of what I am finding is that people tend to convince themselves that the behaviour of infringing online is different to that of physical theft. Excuses such as accessibility, cost and convenience are used when asking why someone might infringe online, but not in real life.”

His ground-breaking research will also incorporate 3D printing, to demonstrate how IP theft could lead to sensitive information bypassing safeguards, such as regulations or border controls, to allow items such as weapons or medical components to be printed in other countries

The research is also proving beneficial to Mr Heydenrych’s part-time role at CJCH Solicitors, enabling the firm to better tackle infringement and piracy on a global scale.

While the collaboration is with CJCH Solicitors, the firm’s consultancy arm, CJCH Consulting, is internationally renowned for providing industry leading anti-piracy and compliance services, tailored to client’s specific needs.

He said: “It goes without saying that the course will enhance my own development and value to the industry, but it will definitely contribute positively to the CJCH strategy. The firm has been shaking up the global Anti-Piracy and Licence Compliance industry from South Wales for many years, and is continuing to spend time and resources on expanding that offering, but also contributing to the general community knowledge and awareness.”

His employer has also been “extremely supportive” of him undertaking the challenging research work alongside his professional role. He said: “CJCH are my sponsor on this program, and have actually been incredibly supportive, they have adapted the role around my studies and have given me access to time and resources to complete my research wherever I am. CJCH understands the need to further this field and to develop the industry. I don’t think I would have found a law firm or consultancy this supporting anywhere else.”

Stephen Clarke, CEO at CJCH Solicitors, said: “Our collaboration with Swansea University Law School is a pilot initiative as we look at new opportunities to establish thought leadership and next generation thinking in the fields of digital commerce and cyber protection. We need to look to the bigger picture, that it is not about building our own internal capabilities, but sharing our insight to contribute to a more informed and able community.”


Jamjar scoop gold at Wales PR awards

By Raspberry Jim,

CIPR Cymru Pride awards 2017 - Cardiff City Hall - Cardiff - Friday 24th November 2017 © - Please Credit: Ian Cook - Fotowales

CIPR Cymru Pride awards 2017 – Cardiff City Hall – Cardiff – Friday 24th November 2017
© – Please Credit: Ian Cook – Fotowales

Creative communications agency jamjar has come out on top at the Chartered Institute of Public Relations’ annual PR awards after scooping four gold awards.

The Cowbridge-based agency, which specialises in insight-led PR, digital and social communication solutions, was recognised by its industry body for its work on Cwm Taf University Health Board and educational charity Techniquest.

For its work on Techniquest, jamjar picked up awards for Not-for-Profit Campaign and STEM Campaign after helping the charity raise its profile in its 30th year. Judges commented that this was  “a campaign and agency worth its weight in gold”.

 “These award wins top off another successful year for our agency, ” Lyndsey Jenkins, managing director of jamjar

While for Cwm Taf University Health Board a digital campaign to help the health board attract nurses secured jamjar awards in the Digital and Healthcare categories.

CIPR judges commented that: “This campaign used insights revealed from its pre-campaign research to develop tactics that would resonate with its target audience. A dynamic approach to a sector wide challenge has delivered direct results and this is evident by the health board securing budget for recruitment in other new sectors. Very cost effective use of digital PR.”

These are the latest awards in an impressive list of successes for the young agency having also won  a Wales Marketing Award from the Chartered Institute of Marking, and the Excellence in Communications & Marketing category at the Welsh Business Awards.

Established in 2012 by Lyndsey Jenkins, the agency works with businesses across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors including Wales Millennium Centre, Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council, Oil 4 Wales and the five star St David’s Hotel.

On receiving the awards, Lyndsey Jenkins, managing director of jamjar, said: “These award wins top off another successful year for our agency. We work extremely hard to deliver creative, engaging and results-driven communications campaigns, while still being cost effective so it’s great to get this external acknowledgement.”

CJCH Solicitors’ collaboration boosts global fight against cyber crime

By Raspberry Jim,

A Cardiff law firm is strengthening the fight against international piracy and cyber crime thanks to a landmark legal collaboration.

Experts from CJCH Solicitors have teamed up with Chinese law firm Hunyuan Partners to share their renowned anti-piracy knowledge, which could help tackle the wide-spread issue internationally.

As part of the initiative, chief executive officer and founding partner Stephen Clarke, and head of licence compliance research Tim Early, recently travelled to the firm’s Shanghai, Tokyo, and Seoul offices in a bid to further understanding surrounding anti-piracy practice.

During the trip topics discussed included software piracy, how to interpret infringement telemetry, and best practice from CJCH’s extensive experience of working in the field of Software Licence Compliance.

Mr Clarke, who specialises in advising in intellectual property and criminal law, said this was the start of an exciting new phase for both firms.

He said: “We would like to thank senior partner at the firm Zhenhao for welcoming us and working so effectively to further this collaboration.

“Not only will this exciting initiative help to strengthen international anti-piracy measures, it will also enable both firms to explore new markets and extend their legal and business reach into Europe, Africa, Asia and America.

“This new collaboration has opened up a wealth of exciting prospects for both firms and we welcome the opportunity to support each other in the future.”

Mr Early, from the Cardiff-based firm, said the initiative had been “extremely beneficial” for both firms, forging strong links going forwards.

He said: “This was a resounding success in international collaboration and cross-border relationship building. Based on the positive feedback received from the attendees, the training was well received and they were able to put the disseminated information to good use immediately.

“We look forward to progressing this new partnership and utilising it to enhance anti-piracy measures internationally.”

CJCH Solicitors was called on thanks to its international reputation in the fields of cyber crime and anti-piracy, having recouped millions of euros for clients in recent years.

Earlier this year their expertise attracted backing from the Welsh Government, as the specialist Cardiff firm aims to create and run a central hub for anti-piracy and cyber security in Wales.