Creative agency jamjar ‘thrilled’ with Cardiff Life Awards shortlisting

By Raspberry Jim,

Leading creative communications agency jamjar is “beyond thrilled” to have been shortlisted in this year’s Cardiff Life Awards.

The Cowbridge-based agency, which was founded in 2012 by communications specialist Lyndsey Jenkins, has been recognised in the Business Services category.

The Cardiff Life Awards, now in their fourth year, are a city-wide celebration of business excellence showcasing the professional achievements and innovation of companies across the Welsh capital.

Shortlisted entrants are judged by a panel of independent expert judges with the winners announced at a glitzy awards event and celebration attended by over 400 business people and industry leaders at Cardiff City Hall.

Jamjar is among those shortlisted this year thanks to its wealth of awards success and growth throughout 2018.

Last year the agency, which specialises in PR, digital, social media, marketing, and creative, was among the biggest winners at the annual Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) Cymru Wales PRide Awards.

The team took home a hat-trick of accolades, including wins in the Best Use of Digital and Best Healthcare Campaign for its work with Cwm Taf University Health Board, as well as an award in the Low Budget category for its cost-effective communications campaign for Visit the Vale.

It was also the only agency in Wales to scoop a prestigious national CIPR Excellence Award in June beating international industry leaders including Facebook.

Over the past six years jamjar has claimed over 20 coveted awards from the CIPR, Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) and the Welsh Business Awards.

On their successful start to 2019, managing director Ms Jenkins said it was a “pleasure” to once again be recognised among Cardiff’s elite and shine a spotlight on jamjar’s innovative work.

She said: “We are beyond thrilled to have been shortlisted in the Cardiff Life Awards’ Business Services category alongside some of the very best businesses in the city.

“Last year was such a successful year for us at jamjar, and we are thrilled that all our hard work is paying off.

“We pride ourselves on devising and delivering creative, strategic and impactful communications campaigns for our clients that make a real difference to their business and this approach is certainly paying dividends.

“Our approach has allowed us to go from strength to strength over the past few years and work with some of Cardiff’s leading businesses and brands, so to receive recognition for the work we are so passionate about really is fantastic.

“I’d like to congratulate everyone who has been shortlisted in this year’s awards and we look forward to what is certain to be a great event.”

Royal Mail staff set to run Wales Marathon tied together in world record attempt

By Raspberry Jim,

Thirty daring runners from the Royal Mail are preparing to take on a marathon world record challenge in Pembrokeshire in aid of a “sport-loving and happy go lucky” colleague.

Staff from depots in Brecon, Llandrindod Wells and the surrounding areas, including 15 postmen and women – some of whom have never attempted a 10k run – will be bravely attempting to break the Guinness World Record at The Wales Marathon in aid of Cancer Research Wales.

During the 26.2-mile event at the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, the runners will be attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the largest number of people to complete a marathon while linked together.

The highly unique challenge is being attempted in support of Royal Mail manager, friend and co-worker Phillip ‘Pip’ Morgan, who was recently diagnosed with cancer of the stomach.

Mr Morgan, affectionately known as Pip, is a keen cyclist who is “loved by everyone” and “makes friends wherever he goes”. Following his diagnosis, his colleagues were left so devastated that they decided to take action and were spurred on by their sport-loving friend.

Led by Mr Morgan’s colleague of over 10 years Neal Gardner, who previously broke the same world record in 2009 at the London Marathon, when 30 runners were tied together, the team is now aiming to beat the current record set in 2017 at 112 people.

With 25 Royal Mail staff and 65 extra recruits in the team so far, at least 30 more people are needed to join them to break the record and raise money for Wales’ leading cancer charity.

Delivery Office Manager Mr Gardner said: “We’ve been blown away with the response to this challenge with more people signing up to take part all the time.

“Some of these people have never even run a 10k but they’ve been inspired to take part because of Pip and the great work that Cancer Research Wales do.

“I’ve worked with Pip for over 10 years and he’s bonkers, he’s so happy go lucky and he wouldn’t think twice about jumping on a bike and cycling 120 miles. That’s just him. He’s always been incredibly supportive of me with my job and this is my way of thanking him and showing our support during a really challenging time.

“Around 40 to 50 people taking part know and love Pip and will be taking part and showing their support for this lovely man. Everyone else in the team has been affected by, or had loved ones affected by cancer in some way too, so this is a really personal cause which is close to them.

“We hope to raise as much as we can for Cancer Research Wales and to show Pip just how much he means to everyone.”

With the aim of raising around £70,000 for Cancer Research Wales, 33-year-old Mr Gardner has secured 120 places in the race, with 30 yet to be filled. He is now calling on any keen runners, or those who simply want to take part, to get in touch and sign up.

He said: “This will be an unforgettable event for an absolutely fantastic cause, so we’d urge anyone who wants to join us on the day to get in touch. It really will be a once in a lifetime event so please sign up.”

All participants will be raising vital funds for Cancer Research Wales, which is dedicated to the pursuit of a cure for cancer by making vital progress into prevention, early diagnosis and better treatment.

Dale Evans, fundraiser at Cancer Research Wales, said: “We’re delighted that Neal and his team are undertaking this incredible challenge to raise funds and awareness for Cancer Research Wales.

“The money they raise will make such a huge difference to the lives of thousands of people diagnosed with cancer across Wales annually, and we truly can’t thank them enough.

“As a charity we are reliant on the generosity of our fantastic supporters in order to fund life-saving research into the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer. So it’s thanks to our amazing supporters that we are able to continue making a difference.

“I will be joining them for the World record attempt, and I look forward to crossing the finish line by their side. Everyone associated with Cancer Research Wales wishes them the very best, and  would like to thank them for helping us fight for a Wales without cancer.”

To take part in the event email neal.gardner@royalmail.com or call 07841787682. For further details visit www.cancerresearchwales.co.uk/crw_events/walesmarathon/

Communications agency adds to its jar

By Raspberry Jim,

Creative communications agency jamjar has expanded its team following a year of growth and diversification.

The Cowbridge-based agency has appointed Anna Jarvis to head up its creative division and Mari Makarov as visual content producer.

Ms Jarvis joins the team having worked for outdoor advertising giants Kinetic Worldwide and JCDecaux in London where she worked with national brands including Comfort and Savse Smoothies.

Ms Jarvis, who has a BA in Creative Digital Media, will develop the agency’s creative offering, providing branding, design and digital support to its growing client base, which includes Techniquest, NHS Wales Informatics Service, Scouts Cymru and Greenaway Scott.

Ms Makarov joins the team having honed her video production and editing skills back in her native Estonia working with clients including luxury brand Chanel. With a first class degree in visual effects and motion graphics from the University of South Wales, at jamjar Ms Makarov will be responsible for creating visual content, such as photography, videos and motion graphics.

The expansion comes on the back of a recent brand refresh and a hugely successful year for the agency, which was the only agency in Wales to win at the Chartered Institute of Public Relations’ Excellence Awards.

Managing director, Lyndsey Jenkins, said: “Since I started jamjar back in 2012 the communications world has changed considerably, and consequently our services have evolved to reflect this, and the growing requirements of our clients.

“As a result, earlier this year we decided the time was right to refresh our brand and drop the PR from our name.

“While PR will always be a core part of our business, we now offer so much more – creative, marketing, digital and social – so we felt it was essential to update our brand accordingly.

“As part of this diversification of the business, we have appointed Anna and Mari who are highly skilled to develop our enhanced offering. Visual content such as videos, animations and infographics continues to be the most effective way to communicate complex information so we’re delighted to have their expertise as part of the team.”

Cowbridge communications agency named amongst the best in the UK

By Raspberry Jim,

 

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Creative communications agency jamjar has been crowned a ‘stand-out winner’ in the PR industry’s most prestigious awards.

The only Welsh representative in the national awards, jamjar won the ‘Best Use of Digital’ category at the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR)’s annual Excellence Awards.

Beating off strong competition from big name brands, including Facebook, jamjar’s #JoinCwmTaf campaign for Cwm Taf University Health Board was deemed the best in UK.

With recruitment of NHS staff a UK-wide problem with health boards competing to attract a limited workforce, jamjar developed an innovative digital campaign to attract doctors to work in the Valleys.

The campaign used Cwm Taf’s greatest ambassadors, its staff, to feature in a series of videos, as well as a 360-degree video to give potential new recruits the chance to get a glimpse of what the health board has to offer.

Judges praised the campaign for its research and outcomes, deeming it ‘best practice’, a ‘textbook example’ and a ‘stand-out winner’.

Jason MacKenzie, CIPR President, said: “Public Relations makes a remarkable contribution to UK plc. The Excellence Awards are a celebration of the outstanding work delivered across the country. Winning one of these puts you amongst the UK’s very best. Nothing evidences your credentials to future clients like an Excellence Award.”

Cowbridge-based jamjar was established in 2012 by Lyndsey Jenkins. The agency provides PR, digital, social, marketing and design support to a range of organisations including Techniquest, British Council Wales, Mrs Bucket, Sony UK Technology Centre and Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council. It has won over 20 awards for its work in the last six years from the CIPR, Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) and the Welsh Business Awards.

On its latest win, managing director of jamjar Lyndsey Jenkins, said: “This is a campaign that we’re particularly proud of at jamjar so to get national recognition from our industry peers is all the more pleasing. We’re really proud to be flying the flag for Wales amongst some of the biggest brands and best agencies in the UK and we’re delighted to be putting the great work of Cwm Taf University Health Board on the map.”

Joanna Davies, Director of Workforce and Organisational Development at Cwm Taf University Health Board, said: “Our staff are at the forefront of our campaigns and, as always they have been wonderful ambassadors for Cwm Taf University Health Board and NHS Wales. They show every day that ‘Cwm Taf Cares’ and we hope that our latest recruitment initiative #JoinCwmTaf will encourage others to come and work with us. We are absolutely delighted to win this award.”

 

jamjar nominated for six CIPR Cymru Wales PRide Awards

By Raspberry Jim,

jamjar nominated for six CIPR Cymru Wales PRide Awards

jamjar PR has been shortlisted for six awards in the Chartered Institute of Public Relations’ (CIPR) annual PRide Awards for Wales.

The creative communications agency has been shortlisted for Consumer Relations campaign, STEM campaign, Not for Profit campaign, Healthcare campaign, Best Use of Digital and Outstanding Small Consultancy of the Year.

For the STEM Not for Profit categories, the agency’s work for the Cardiff-based educational charity Techniquest’s 30th anniversary was shortlisted.

Its work for Dirty Martini is recognised in the Consumer category, for the launch of the first Dirty Martini outside of London in Cardiff.

While the nursing recruitment campaign it designed and delivered for Cwm Taf University Health Board, #joincwmtaf, was shortlisted in the Best Use of Digital and Healthcare categories.

The Cowbridge-based agency is also once again shortlisted for Outstanding Small Consultancy, having previously won the award three times in 2013, 2014 and 2015, and coming runner up in 2016.

On being shortlisted, jamjar’s managing director, Lyndsey Jenkins said: “We work extremely hard to deliver creative, engaging and results-driven communications campaigns for our clients so this external acknowledgement for our work is very gratifying.

“It’s testament to the hard work of my talented team and I look forward to celebrating with them at the awards ceremony later in the year.”

Since it was established in 2012, jamjar has won 15 awards including a Welsh Business Award in the ‘Excellence in Marketing and Communications’ category and a Wales Marketing Award from the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

The CIPR PRide Awards recognise work considered outstanding for clients and employers across the UK’s PR sector. Over 950 entries are received from public relations teams, consultancies and individuals across the UK and over 300 PR teams, consultancies and individuals are shortlisted for awards by CIPR PRide, across the UK.

The CIPR PRide Awards are judged by over 70 judges, based outside of their nation/region of entry.