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RUMOUR MILL NAMED SMALL CONSULTANCY OF THE YEAR

RUMOUR MILL NAMED SMALL CONSULTANCY OF THE YEAR

Public relations and digital content agency, Rumour Mill Creative Communications was named Small Consultancy of the Year at this year’s PRCA DARE Awards, along with taking home a further two awards for its campaign work.

These industry accolades recognise communications excellence within each of the key regions of the UK from practitioners working in both consultancy and in-house environments across Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland. During the virtual awards event, it was revealed that Rumour Mill achieved three wins; Consumer Relations Award; Digital & Social Media Campaign of the Year and the prestigious Small Consultancy of the Year. The two campaign wins were awarded for the agency’s impactful work launching the app Gander into the Northern Ireland market.

Director of Rumour Mill Creative Communications Samantha Livingstone said: “I am so proud of what we have achieved, and the announcement has come during a time of great uncertainty for our industry, so this is a real boost. We are living in a digital first world and everyone wants to stand out. That is why we love to create whacky, innovative campaigns to engage audiences and generate talkability. We build trust with our clients and they see instant results. What it affirms for me is that as a team we provide bold, inventive campaigns and we will continue to set new standards for digital communications.

“I am particularly proud that Rumour Mill is Small Consultancy of the Year, which is testament to our amazing team and their hard work and dedication. We are looking ahead to some very exciting client projects coming up over the next few months as well as the launch of something we have been working hard on during lockdown so keep your eyes peeled!”

Rumour Mill has also been shortlisted for a number of additional industry awards,  for its work on Gander, that are yet to announce its winners: UK Agency Awards, PR Week Awards and Belfast Telegraph Business Awards.

Rumour Mill Creative Communications is always keen to work with like-minded people who want to get their product or services noticed, whether that be to enhance their communications digitally, or traditionally. To have a chat with a member of the team, get in touch via rumourmillcomms.com

HEALTHY KIDZ EMBRACES TECHNOLOGY TO SUPPORT LOCAL SCHOOLS MAINTAIN THE HEALTH AND WELLBEING OF PUPILS

HEALTHY KIDZ EMBRACES TECHNOLOGY TO SUPPORT LOCAL SCHOOLS MAINTAIN THE HEALTH AND WELLBEING OF PUPILS

Healthy Kidz has built a strong reputation for delivering hugely successful in-school health programmes, that focus on holistic physical activity that encourages general health and wellbeing. However, with the result of school closures during the COVID-19 pandemic, Healthy Kidz have not rested on its laurels. Instead it has created a pioneering online platform that will encourage pupils to maintain healthy lifestyles that can be sustained outside the classroom.

Harnessing the power of technology, this new online platform allows teachers to access a wealth of engaging and fun cross-curricular lesson plans and educational activities via the Healthy Kidz dashboard.  It covers physical, wellbeing and general health and each lesson completed adds to every child’s health profile, with comprehensive health and activity reports generated on an individual, class and school level. These reports are instantly available for boards of governors, principals, teachers, pupils and parents.

In addition to the dashboard, every pupil has access to the free Healthy Kidz app. The app further encourages all children to continue their health and well-being journey outside the classroom. Pupils redeem points awarded for completed lessons and recorded at-home activities, enabling them to upgrade their Virtual Buddy avatar and move up the Healthy Kidz class league tables.

Healthy Kidz Director of Coaching Paul Carvill said: “We have been working extremely hard on this exciting new venture for Healthy Kidz. Developing our digital programme over the past number of months has resulted in a one of a kind online platform that will help teachers to deliver, record and report on their pupil’s health and wellbeing.

“As the result of schools closing, we had to be inventive.  Our virtual sports day in June was a huge success with over 500 schools signed up to take part in Northern Ireland.  This online solution worked, so school began requesting more online resources.  Now we have an online platform that we are really proud of and its potential impact to schools and pupils globally.”

Paul adds, “We understand time constraints that principals and teachers are under, so the platform’s bespoke design is easy to navigate for teachers and live reporting functions mean the schools can access downloadable data at the click of a button.”

Principal of Hart Memorial Primary School and one of the first local schools to sign up to this year’s new digital solution, Julie Shipley said, “I’m thrilled to be on board and believe Healthy Kidz has a huge part to play in our school this year, especially when it comes to the health and wellbeing of our pupils.”

Whilst Healthy Kidz is open for schools across Northern Ireland, it is also calling on local businesses to partner with them in order to support the implementation and further development of the programme.

If you would like to know more about Healthy Kidz Digital Programme, register your school or how to get involved as a corporate partner, please get in touch at https://healthy-kidz.com/

EXPLORE A HAVEN OF SICILIAN CUISINE AT SIX BY NICO BELFAST  INTRODUCING ‘SICILY’

EXPLORE A HAVEN OF SICILIAN CUISINE AT SIX BY NICO BELFAST INTRODUCING ‘SICILY’

They say the culture of a country is best reflected in its cuisine. True to his Italian self, Chef Nico Simeone is to bring a haven of taste and authenticity to Six by Nico Belfast this Autumn as he launches the restaurant’s latest theme.

A taste of Sicily is coming to Belfast. If you have ever experienced the breath-taking landscapes and amazing food of Sicily, you will know those foodie memories are unforgettable.

Sicily, the largest Mediterranean island, just off the “toe” of Italy’s boot, is one of the few places in the world that manages to combine a wealth of aromas and flavours together. Today, Sicilian cuisine is a singular combination of Arab, Greek, French, Spanish and North African influences, with myriad Italian flavours thrown in for good measure.

With this in mind, Chef Nico Simeone has created a tantalizing tasting menu to recreate a trip to Sicily, reminiscent of time spent exploring the town of Palermo, bringing home flavours from some the most richly textured culinary heritage anywhere on earth.

The new six course tasting menu includes, Arancini – Cacio é Pepe & Egg Yolk Jam. Red Pepper & Smoked Mozzarella, Spinach & Gorgonzola & Pickled Walnut; Sicilian Lamb – Aubergine Caponata, Olive Tapenade & Lemon Gel; Hazelnut Ragu – Saffron Pappardelle & Aged Parmesan; Seabass – Fregola Sarda, Cherry Tomato Puttanesca, Caper Raisin Dressing & Crispy Cavolo Nero; Porchetta 
Salsiccia, Pickled Fennel, Mustarda & Pistachio Crumb.

In a country instilled with a penchant and a passion for sweets, it wouldn’t be a complete Sicilian menu without an Italian treat. Diners at the restaurant will end their food experience with a Sicilian Lemon Tart – Basil Sablé, Creme fraiche Sorbet, Red Wine Gel, Crystallised Pine nut & Rosemary.

Chef Nico Simone said: “From perfect Porchetta to Arancini, Sicilian food is world-famous but many will be very surprised by just how varied and diverse Sicily’s cuisine is. It’s a veritable melting pot of flavour. While much of it is clearly Italian (there’s plenty of pastas, olive oils, wines and seafood) there are some commonly used ingredients that clearly stand out and this is what our guests at Six by Nico will discover on our new menu.”

Diners can book a table now for ‘Sicily’. Open from midday, Monday through to Sunday, each six-course menu will be available from noon to night. The menu will be priced from £29 per person with the option to enjoy an expertly selected wine and specialist drinks pairing for an additional £26. As ever, there is a vegetarian alternative available for every course, as well as Mediterranean snack sides.

Nico added: “Last summer our team spent time on the Italian Island soaking up the scenery and eating some of the best food in Europe. Raisins and saffron crop up in the island’s most famous dishes, and cooking techniques differ from those found on the mainland. We have brought our experiences back to the restaurants and we look forward to showcasing these inspirations with a flavour-filled menu.”

To make a reservation and to book now, visit www.sixbynico.co.uk/belfast

‘Sicily’ will run from Monday September 7th – Sunday October 18th 2020.