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02 November 2016

Celebrating success with Hyde Housing

We are currently getting started on a great new project for Hyde Housing, helping them share and celebrate the success of The Money House with others working in the sector.

The Money House is a real flat in Greenwich, using real utilities and receiving real bills, where young people can learn about money management and gain financial confidence in preparation for taking on their own tenancies. Thanks to support from the Big Lottery Fund, the project has made a real difference to the lives of hundreds of young people leaving care or supported housing systems, and we are now working with the Hyde Housing team to write and design interactive materials to share the successes and learnings with wider audiences.

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18 October 2016

Amazon appointed by Amnesty International

We have just been brought in by Amnesty International to support the in-house team on the upcoming Amnesty Media Awards.

Now in its 25th year, the Amnesty Media Awards recognise excellence in human rights reporting and acknowledge journalism's significant contribution to public awareness of human rights issues. The winners will be announced at an event in central London at the end of November.

Amnesty's Head of Media and PR Niall Couper said: 'It's great to be working with Amazon. We were really impressed by their professional approach and look forward to them helping us give our 25th Media Awards the profile the event truly deserves.'

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27 September 2016

Amazon working with Law for Life

Amazon is delighted to have been appointed by Law for Life, the education and information charity working to increase access to justice. We are excited to support them in their aim to tackle the worrying knowledge deficit in the UK, where, for instance, 89% of the population fails to correctly identify legal problems. This has severe consequences ranging from deepening social injustice, to negatively impacting the economy as well as personal well-being.

We are developing Law for Life's communications strategy and will provide support on an ongoing basis to help demonstrate the considerable need for and substantial benefits of public legal education, as well as promoting their award-winning Advicenow website.

Law for Life's head of communications and policy, Mary Marvel, says: "We look forward to working with Amazon to ensure more people have the knowledge, confidence and skills needed to deal with law-related issues that affect their lives."

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21 September 2016

We're looking for a talented Account Exec

We're on the hunt for a PR professional with at least a year's experience for a 6-month contract, for an immediate start.

Applicants must have an understanding of the role that strategic communications plays for not-for-profit organisations, a good knowledge of traditional and social media, strong writing skills (media materials, as well as reports and research papers), and ideally some experience in the voluntary or public sectors.

You will need to be a fast learner who is well organised, with good time management skills, as you will be working on several projects at once.

The role will include interviewing case studies, writing factsheets and briefings, drafting press releases, pitching stories to a range of media, maintaining internal plans and progress reports, contributing in brainstorms, conducting research for client reports and proposals, presenting confidently in internal and client meetings, and assisting with event management.

Salary: £20k-£23k pro rata, depending on experience. Based in London.

To apply, send your CV (outlining relevant experience, full employment history and qualifications, plus contact details) and a one-page supporting statement (explaining why you would like the role, how you meet the requirements and how soon you could start) by midnight on Friday 7 October.

Email: info@amazonpr.co.uk with 'Account Exec application' in the subject line.

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13 September 2016

Amazon celebrates 16th birthday!

We're delighted this week to be marking our 16th birthday. We don't usually spend much time looking back, but today we've been reminiscing about some of our early clients.

Our very first was Islington Enterprise Agency, who launched us on our way with a gender mainstreaming project (we were ahead of the curve there!). Chunky work soon started to arrive through COI, mostly for Govt departments who have since gone through several name changes, but were then DTI, DCA, Defra and Office of the Public Guardian. And quangos (remember them?!) that are now no more, such as Capacitybuilders and the brilliant Sustainable Development Commission.

For many clients, like NCH (now Action for Children), Dimensions and NCT, a single project became a long-term relationship. Some, such as RAF Benevolent Fund, are still with us, a decade later.

In more recent years, there have been lots of new briefs of course, reflecting changes in society, the political landscape, the comms profession and in our sectors. Our newer clients - Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, MND Association, Birth Companions, SafeLives, Beanstalk - keep us on our toes, challenging us to innovate and offer fresh thinking.

Right from the start, our clients have inspired us because of the vital work they do. Sixteen years of supporting voluntary and public sector organisations has been pretty awesome so far. We're looking forward to the next 16!

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