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jamjar helps Vale town centres ‘bloom’ back to life following COVID19

By Anna Jarvis,

Town centres in the Vale of Glamorgan are looking blooming lovely this month thanks to the work of Cowbridge-based creative communications agency jamjar.

With the aim of helping its local high streets ‘bloom’ back to life following the COVID19 pandemic, Vale of Glamorgan Council commissioned jamjar to develop an event to drive footfall into the town centres of Barry, Cowbridge, Llantwit Major and Penarth. 

jamjar created the idea of a Festival of Flowers, alongside developing the event branding and promotional material, commissioning floral installations, and engaging traders to support the event.

The award-winning agency came up with the idea of a flower trail in each town for local residents and visitors to take part in, giving them the chance to win £100 to spend on the high street. To take part, participants are required to follow the map to find the flowers in selected shop window, identify what flower it is and fill it in on the entry form. 

The festival also allows traders to showcase their floral offerings during the month, including floral fashion and gifts, floral cocktails and food, and floral inspired beauty treatments.

There is also a flower installation in each town providing a focal point and photo opportunity for an online social media campaign #BloomingLovelyVTC.

Nia Hollins, Principal Tourism and Marketing Officer at Vale of Glamorgan Council, said:

“We’re delighted to host the Festival of Flowers in our four town centres for the first time this year. 

The festival aims to encourage residents and visitors to visit and explore what our high streets have to offer and to give our local traders a boost after a tough year.

We’re grateful for the support of the local florists, traders, chambers of trade and town councils who have got behind this event.

It’s time for our high streets to ‘bloom’ back to life following the COVID19 pandemic, and we hope that’s what the Festival of Flowers will do.”

Jamjar’s managing director, Lyndsey Jenkins, said:

“As a Vale of Glamorgan-based business, this was a campaign we were hugely passionate about.  It has been great to see it through from inception to delivery and we’re overwhelmed with the response from local traders who have really got behind the event. Our town centres are looking absolutely beautiful and we hope local residents and visitors will pop along for a browse.”

The event, which is funded by the Vale of Glamorgan Council, will take place in Cowbridge, Llantwit Major, Penarth and Barry until 31st August.

jamjar shortlisted for six PR awards

By Anna Jarvis,

Creative communications agency jamjar has been shortlisted for six awards including ‘Outstanding Small Consultancy of the Year’ at the 2021 CIPR Cymru Wales PRide Awards. 

The Cowbridge-based agency has been recognised for its outstanding achievements, performance and excellent work at the annual awards scheme that recognises excellence in public relations and communications.

jamjar’s campaign for Vale of Glamorgan Council – Shop Vale of Glamorgan, Shop Safe – encouraging local residents to support their high street has been shortlisted in three categories – Public Sector Campaign of the Year, Regional Campaign of the Year and COVID Response Campaign.

Its work on the inaugural Wales STEM Awards, in conjunction with Grapevine Event Management, has also been recognised in the STEM Campaign and Best Event category.

The agency is also shortlisted in the Outstanding Small Consultancy of the Year category following a record year of growth, which has seen it work on flagship campaigns for Wales including Welsh Government’s National Forest for Wales and Public Health Wales’ Vaccination Saves Lives. 

Since it was established in 2012, jamjar has built up an impressive reputation for delivering creative, multi-platform campaigns on behalf of clients in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. Over the last nine years, the agency has won over 20 awards for its work. 

Managing director, Lyndsey Jenkins, said:

“We’re thrilled that our work has once again been recognised in the annual PR awards for Wales. As a Cowbridge-based business, the work that we have been doing to encourage people to support our local high streets in the Vale of Glamorgan has been really important to us, so it’s great to see it shortlisted in three separate categories.

“In a difficult climate, we have continued to grow the business, but my proudest achievement is how our team have come together like never before in the face of COVID19 – working from home, juggling family life, yet still remaining happy, professional, productive and committed to their work.

“We look forward to celebrating together later in the year during the Awards ceremony.”

jamjar is a creative communications agency specialising in PR, social, digital, marketing, branding and graphic design.

We’re hiring

By Raspberry Jim,

We’re looking for a talented and passionate middleweight designer to add to our jar.

If you’re a whizz at combining style and substance to create designs that pack a punch, we want to hear from you.

We’re looking for someone to hit the ground running at our faced-past creative agency, so you’ll need at least three years’ agency experience to cut the mustard, along with the ability to work across multiple projects at once.

As well as being fluent in the Adobe Creative Suite, you’ll be a strong communicator, able to back up your ideas and articulate your creative thinking confidently.

You’ll need demonstrable experience of interpreting briefs, developing creative solutions to meet the brief and managing projects from concept to delivery.

We’re looking for someone with a particular passion for digital design, but you’ll be just as comfortable creating impactful visual identities.


Essentials:

  • At least three years’ agency experience
  • Fluent in Adobe Creative Suite (focusing on Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign)
  • Understanding of HTML and web development
  • Self-motivated
  • Team player
  • Confident communicator
  • Strong eye for detail
  • Positive attitude
  • Ability to manage your own time and deal with the pressures of tight deadlines
  • Constantly looking to build and improve creatively
  • Proactively keeps up to date with design trends

Desirables:

  • Welsh language abilities or experience in creating bilingual assets
  • Motion design abilities

Inside our jar

Inside our jar you’ll find some of the brightest and nicest creative and communications professionals, who are passionate about building the jamjar brand by delivering great work for our clients.

No day is ever the same and the variety of work and the variety of clients keeps us on our toes.

We offer flexible working, a competitive salary based on experience, training and memberships for personal development, regular team socials and a lovely studio based in Cowbridge (when we’re allowed to be back).


If you want to jam with us…

Wow us with a perfectly crafted CV and a portfolio of your best work, outlining your individual role in the work you present. Email info@jamjar.agency with your CV and portfolio or any questions you have on the role.

Closing date for applications 4th April.

Sony UK Technology Centre ‘proud’ to support key industries during pandemic

By Raspberry Jim,


Wales’s leading manufacturer Sony UK Technology Centre (UK TEC) is “proud” to have continued supporting key medical markets by operating at a reduced level through the coronavirus lockdown.

The Pencoed-based facility, which produces high-specification broadcast and professional camera systems, scaled-down its operation during the pandemic to ensure it could continue to supply technology linked to the medical and broadcast industries, as well to the food manufacturing, power and utilities, and education sectors.

The facility continued the production of a range of the Raspberry Pi computer models which have been in high demand around the world due to their application in the development of medical technology.

In addition, the professional service centre continued providing support for critical high-end products, including medical printers and cameras, as well as a full range of professional broadcasting equipment. The service has kept hospitals, clinics, medical centres, medical equipment providers, large broadcasting stations and freelance professionals across Europe up and running during this challenging time.

During that period, the factory introduced a raft of health and safety measures to safeguard its staff and ensure Government social distancing guidelines were adhered to.

This included the introduction of thermal and temperature testing on-site, separate work zones with designated exits and entrances, and a new one-way system.

With these in place, the facility will continue its steady operation,  now also delivering the new highly anticipated Raspberry Pi4 8GB computer which was launched on the market last week.

This comes following increased demand for the technology, with more people using it for home working and learning during lockdown.

The Raspberry Pi has also been utilised in the manufacturing of medical ventilators treating COVID-19 patients, and virus tracking technology worldwide.

On the stepped increase in manufacturing and the Raspberry Pi news,  Steve Dalton OBE managing director at Sony UK TEC said: 

“With all sectors worldwide facing unprecedented challenges during the coronavirus pandemic, we are proud to have been able to continue manufacturing to support essential services at this time.

“While our operation ran at a far reduced level for a few weeks, we were still able to assist key markets including medical, broadcast and education, providing the high level of quality and service that Sony UK TEC is renowned for.

 “A reduced number of our dedicated team has continued to work at the factory during the outbreak, with all precautionary measures in line with Government advice taken to ensure their safety.

“We’d like to thank them for their selfless dedication, and for adapting seamlessly to the measures we have introduced factory-wide.

“While manufacturing has continued, we have seen a stepped increase in our production volumes overtime to meet growing demand for the new Raspberry Pi4.

“We have always been proud to be a part of the manufacturing process behind the Raspberry Pi, and we are delighted to have been selected as manufacturing partner once again.

“Now more than ever, with Raspberry Pi being utilised in ventilator and testing technology for Covid-19, we are incredibly humbled to support its production.

“It has been a privilege to manufacture this life-changing technology and for our Welsh manufacturing facility to support people fighting this virus on the frontline worldwide.”


In order to maintain production, the Pencoed facility has introduced wide-ranging safety measures to ensure the health of its 300 staff working across the site.

These include face masks for staff, thermal and temperature testing on-site, mandatory handwashing, a one-way system, seven separate work zones with designated exits and entrances, virtual meetings, separate lockers, and spaced car parking areas. Mr Dalton said:

“The safety of all our staff at this time is paramount, as such we’ve overhauled our methods of working within the factory to ensure social distancing can be observed.

“We are currently running at just under 60% of our staffing capacity onsite, with numerous others working from home and supporting our vital day to day operation.

 “We hope that our steady move towards increased production underlines our commitment to supporting the growth of the Welsh and UK economy following the pandemic, but more importantly our commitment to supporting key industries fighting coronavirus worldwide.”