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More to self employment than NICs

Every Chancellor of the Exchequer knows that, whenever they present their Budget, the media will deliver a broadly negative headline. You simply cannot please half the people for some of the time, let alone all the people for none of it. However, any politician or party who makes a pledge not to increase taxes is shooting themselves in the foot. Why even say it in the first place? The reputation of politicians is at such a low ebb that making promises that are ... Read more

A hat-trick of awards for St Albans PR practice Blackbird

2 October 2015 Stuart Brooks, Managing Director of St Albans PR company, Blackbird, collected his third accolade last night at the Chartered Institute of Public Relations Pride Awards for the Anglia, Thames and Chiltern region, which were held at Cambridge University. Now in its 12th year, the CIPR #PRideAwards are recognised as the most credible UK-wide awards in the public relations industry. They recognise and celebrate outstanding campaigns, PR professionals and teams across 9 UK nations and regions. Stuart has now won the award for Outstanding ... Read more

St Albans PR man shortlisted for PR industry award

17 July 2015 Stuart Brooks, Managing Director of St Albans PR company, Blackbird Communications, is in the running for a major industry accolade, having been shortlisted for the Chartered Institute of Public Relations PRide Awards, in the Anglia, Thames and Chiltern region. Now in its 12th year, the CIPR #PRideAwards are recognised as the most credible UK-wide awards in the public relations industry. They recognise and celebrate outstanding campaigns, PR professionals and teams across 9 UK nations and regions. It's the third time Brooks ... Read more

One in a million – the joy of freelancing

Following the Prime Minister's recent speech regarding the coalition Government's focus on enabling free thinkers and entrepreneurs to flourish in the UK economy of the future, it's particularly fitting that the value brought to UK plc by an army of over one million freelancers is recognised today, in the shape of National Freelancers Day. The desire to achieve a rewarding work-life balance is one of the reasons I chose to set up my own freelance consultancy business. Like so many others, I ... Read more

An ‘Olympic’ year for your communications

In these uncertain and economically challenging times, it’s easy to stop communicating just to save money. Don't! When things get difficult for businesses, often the first thing facing the axe is the marketing budget. Cost savings are, of course, an important part of sound stewardship but it’s a false economy to cut off your pipeline to the outside world. Silence is most certainly not golden when it comes to business. Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, once said, "If I was down to ... Read more