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Nominations Deadline Extended for Irish Curry Awards

Nominations Deadline Extended for Irish Curry Awards

The deadline for submitting nominations for the inaugural Irish Curry Awards has been extended until Sunday 31st August. The hottest and most exciting food competition on the entire island, in association with Cobra Beer and Yelp!, is calling upon curry-lovers throughout Ireland to nominate their favourite local curry houses.

The awards scheme is the brain-child of Belfast-based restaurateur Ali Askir. The owner of SAFA says the time has come to create a specialist Asian awards scheme to recognise the contribution made to Ireland’s food scene by hundreds of Indian, Bangladeshi, Pakistani and other Asian chefs, restaurant workers and managers.

The Irish Curry awards will consist of six categories including Best Chef, Best Young Chef, Best Restaurant, Best Front of House, Best Takeaway and Best Newcomer.

You can nominate your favourite restaurant on the website www.irishcurryawards.com.

An awards ceremony will be held in Belfast on October 24th.

All profits will go to The Children’s Heartbeat Trust.

GET YOUR SKATES ON! MAC SUMMER ROLLER DISCO RETURNS

GET YOUR SKATES ON! MAC SUMMER ROLLER DISCO RETURNS

Schools out for summer and the MAC’s exceedingly popular retro roller derby returns at the end of July (29-31). This family roller disco is one of the most feel-good family events of the summer! See the theatre transformed into a roller disco for a weekend of fun for mums, dads and little ones. With sessions starting on the hour from 12noon on Sat 30 and Sun 31 July, at the MAC, this is a family day out you won’t forget. Ticket price includes a 45-minute skate session and the hire of your roller boots and protective gear. Get your skates on!
And just for the adults, our evening skate sessions start from 7pm on Fri 29 and Sat 30 July. With DJ Carolyn Stewart on decks, get nostalgic as party-goers dash excitedly around the transformed theatre to the best of 80’s classics.
For more information on both events, visit themaclive.com or call the box office on 028 9023 5053

RUMOUR MILL PR SHORTLISTED FOR SIX CIPR PRIDE AWARDS 2016

RUMOUR MILL PR SHORTLISTED FOR SIX CIPR PRIDE AWARDS 2016

Rumour Mill PR is delighted to be shortlisted for six awards, at the upcoming CIPR PRide Awards, taking place in the Culloden Hotel in October. The Rumour Mill PR team are really looking forward to the night and given the final shortlist, it will be extremely competitive evening. Thrilled to make the shortlist and we will be busting out some moves on the dance floor, no matter the outcome. #rumourmillpr

Rumour Mill PR is shortlisted for:

  • Best Integrated Campaign: The Gobbins
  • Best Consumer Campaign: The Gobbins
  • Best Arts, Culture & Sport Campaign: Rumpelstiltskin at the MAC
  • Best Educational Campaign: Launching MACtile Tours
  • Best Use of Photography or Design: The Gobbins
  • Small Consultancy of the Year: Rumour Mill PR

The CIPR PRide Awards recognise the outstanding work you’ve been delivering for your clients and employers across the UK. Winning a PRide Award marks an agency or individual out as an industry leader in  their area, boosts team morale and demonstrates the value of PR to the wider business world.

If you want to work with the Rumour Mill PR team, on any upcoming projects or need help building awareness of your company or product/service, please give us a call on 028 90682185 or email samantha@rumourmillpr.com / www.rumourmillpr.com 

WE ARE HIRING: ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE (PR & DIGITAL)

WE ARE HIRING: ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE (PR & DIGITAL)

ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE – PR & Digital:

Rumour Mill PR is seeking to hire an experienced Account Executive – PR & Digital. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to provide communications support to a diverse range of consumer and corporate clients from a range of sectors, as well as managing digital media channels for clients.

The Account Executive will have a remit for delivering the social media needs of clients and must have experience using a variety of online channels. This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious individual to join a growing and forward-thinking agency. The individual must have a minimum of two years’ experience – ideally from an agency environment.

The Role

  • Campaign management support – from planning to implementation and results analysis
  • Liaise and build relationships with clients and media
  • Develop ownership of their own accounts
  • Assisting with effectively implementing all aspects of a media relations programme – pitching stories, organising interviews, event management support, photography shoots, drafting features and press releases, press release distribution, tracking and collating coverage
  • Researching forward features, compiling and maintaining features lists and editorial calendars
  • Manage multiple client social media and digital channels
  • Providing online support via a range of digital marketing techniques including visual content marketing, photography, film, social media, website, SEO, PPC, email marketing
  • Assist in the creation of social content ensuring that your writing is to a very high standard
  • Increase audience figures for clients across social networks by connecting the audience with content
  • Generate original ideas on a daily basis
  • Produce material which is free from libel, legally safe and conforms to social media best practices.
  • Tracking conversion rates and real-life outputs from digital activity
  • Assisting with the day to day administration of client accounts, maintenance of filing systems, creation and maintenance of coverage/clippings/analytical reports
  • Ensuring client reports (weekly & monthly) are completed and delivered on time
  • New business development and pitching

Essential Criteria

  • Degree (or equivalent qualification) in a PR or marketing discipline OR any degree (or equivalent qualification) plus a postgraduate qualification in a PR or marketing discipline
  • Minimum two years’ experience in a public relations and digital role
  • Must have good grasp of the media landscape in NI and ideally in ROI
  • Experience of managing and implementing multiple online digital accounts
  • Currently using social media platforms for professional purposes
  • Publishing and tracking experience on social media platforms e.g. Hootsuite, Tweetdeck etc
  • Experience of building audience through social networks (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram etc)
  • Experience of using social analytics to determine return on investment.
  • A full clean driving license with access to own car

Desirable (not essential)

  • Experience in video production
  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations

Key Competencies

  • interpersonal skills, good presentation skills and confidence;
  • excellent written communication skills;
  • flexibility, determination, enthusiasm and the ability to cope well under pressure;
  • good teamwork and negotiation skills;
  • the ability to think strategically and good analytical skills;
  • business awareness and a good knowledge of current affairs;
  • excellent organisational skills, with the ability to work on more than one project at a time;
  • creativity and imagination;

HOW TO APPLY

To apply for please send your CV to Samantha Livingstone stating your salary expectations, with an accompanying cover letter to: hello@rumourmillpr.com

Deadline: Thursday 28th July 2016 @ 5pm

NEW CREATIVE DIRECTOR TAKES CENTRE STAGE AT THE MAC

NEW CREATIVE DIRECTOR TAKES CENTRE STAGE AT THE MAC

Leading Belfast arts venue, the MAC has announced a significant new appointment to its team. Simon Magill, joins the MAC’s as Creative Director, tasked with supporting the venue’s drive to be a landmark of cultural excellence.

Simon’s new role will be central to the MAC’s vision and aspirations both regionally and internationally.  He will work with local artists and creative sector, as well as seeking out the best artists, performers and production companies from around the world.

Whilst the MAC has been bringing world leading productions and exhibitions to Belfast already, Simon’s remit will be to expand upon this and further the MAC’s reputation as the dynamic hub for cultural and artistic excellence.

Over the last four years, since the MAC opened, the venue has brought some leading names to Belfast such as Royal Court, Andy Warhol and Eddie Izzard. In addition, the venue has experienced growing visitor numbers and has worked with some 3,500 artists and companies many of whom have collaborated with the MAC on their journey to success.

Welcoming the new appointment, Chief Executive of the MAC, Anne McReynolds says:

“We are delighted that Simon Magill will be taking up the post of Creative Director at the MAC. Already a major figure in the arts scene, Simon is an inspirational and widely respected figure who has been a committed champion of Northern Ireland’s creativity through his many roles with the Waterfront, Tinderbox, co-founder of Prime Cut Productions and The Lyric. His appointment offers an exciting new direction for the MAC and its audiences who have already enjoyed what we have staged since 2012.

“We had a very strong field of applicants for the role, but in our discussions throughout the recruitment process Simon’s passion for the MAC and vision for its future made him stand out as the perfect candidate to build on our success and write the next chapter of the MAC’s creative story.”

On his appointment Simon Magill says: “I’m thrilled and flattered that the board has shown confidence in my vision. The MAC is a truly versatile creative space and in a short period of time, has firmly established itself within the local, national and international arts scene. With its vast spectrum of performances, exhibitions and educational programmes, I very much look forward to working with the team to enhance the organisation’s existing achievements.

“I hope to expand upon the creative development approach, introducing new initiatives that cultivate the passion and endeavour of local artists whilst also bringing the best of the world to our stages and galleries. I want to ensure the MAC continues to keep the customer at the heart of our programme and corporate activities.”

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INAUGURAL IRISH CURRY AWARDS SET TO  HEAT UP THE RESTAURANT SECTOR

INAUGURAL IRISH CURRY AWARDS SET TO HEAT UP THE RESTAURANT SECTOR

The hottest and most exciting food competition on the entire island has just been launched. The inaugural Irish Curry Awards in association with Cobra Beer and Yelp! are now open for entry.

An estimated 500 curry houses operate successfully between Ballyferriter in Kerry and Ballycastle in Antrim. Standards have risen to such heights in recent years that they are now regular features in national food and restaurant award schemes across Ireland.

The awards scheme is the brain-child of Belfast-based restaurateur Ali Askir. The owner of SAFA says the time has come to create a specialist Asian awards scheme to recognise the contribution made to Ireland’s food scene by hundreds of Indian, Bangladeshi, Pakistani and other Asian chefs, restaurant workers and managers.

“Asian food is now as popular and as widespread as the full Irish, the Ulster Fry and Irish stew,” says Mr Askir.
“Curry houses employ thousands of people right across Ireland and play a significant role in the local economies of communities everywhere. I believe the time has come to formally recognise this contribution and what better way to do this than through the Irish Curry Awards?”

Philip Morgan, National Account Executive for Molson Coors, distributor of Cobra in Northern Ireland says quality beer goes hand in hand with quality curry.

Cobra Beers are created using unique recipes and production processes to give them their distinctive character and smoothness. The Cobra beer range has been composed to delight smooth beer enthusiasts and is the holder of 88 Gold Medals by Monde Selection; is the most awarded beer in the World! This makes Cobra beer’s link with the Irish Curry Awards a perfect fit as we expand in the Irish markets north and south. Our focus is to showcase our great Cobra beer via the Indian restaurant sector and this is a great way to help achieve that” says Morgan.

Stevie McIntyre from Yelp! says the listings site has a strong tradition of involvement with the restaurant sector.
“We recently ran the successful Yelp! Burger Off in Belfast and to be working with the Irish Curry Awards is something very exciting for us, particularly as they are such a feature of our towns and villages right across Ireland,” says Mr McIntyre.

The Irish Curry awards will consist of six categories including Best Chef, Best Young Chef, Best Restaurant, Best Front of House, Best Takeaway and Best Newcomer.

You can nominate your favourite restaurant on the website www.irishcurryawards.com.

A quota of votes will then be calculated at the close of entries to create a shortlist of restaurants county by county. A panel of expert judges including food writers and editors from broadcast and leading newspapers will select the winners.

An awards ceremony will be held in Belfast on October 24th. Mr Askir, who has ruled himself out of the competition, is urging people across the Republic of Ireland in Northern Ireland to vote as soon as possible.

All profits will go to The Children’s Heartbeat Trust. Please enjoy Cobra responsibly. Visit drinkaware.ie or drinkware.co.uk for the facts.