This fortnight at Grayling

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We’ve had an exciting fortnight with lots of client events. We’ve hopped on a plane to Newcastle, had tea with a Mad Hatter, stood underneath 100,000 balloons and shaken our thang with some water bottles.

Macmillan World’s biggest coffee morning

Today we went out in force to support the 25th anniversary of Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning at M&S stores. Fundraising events for the charity are taking place in M&S stores across the country and we were lucky enough to be invited along to the Worcester M&S and Bath M&S stores. Staff dressed up, played games, waxed and shaved (!!) and drank lots of tea!

The Bath M&S store pulled out all the stops to put on an Alice in Wonderland themed tea party. Customers were invited to join in and to taste some Prosecco (not compulsory, but it is Friday!), which encouraged lots of donations for such a worthy cause.

Macmillan Bath
The Worcester M&S store had live music, played by local school musicians, as well as drawing workshops for children and leg waxing and head shaving!

We’ve done our bit too…

On the theme of cakes, we donated cakes and chocolates to our building’s Macmillan cake sale this week. It was run by our neighbours, True Digital, who raised almost £200 for Macmillan’s World Biggest Coffee Morning. We had a special shout-out for our donations to both the cake sale and the raffle.



Earlier this week we took part in a flash mob, to support the #refillbristol campaign. Refill Bristol is a project to help eliminate the waste of single-use plastic water bottles from Bristol’s streets, the surrounding areas and the oceans by creating a network of free, environmentally friendly, water refill points in publicly accessible spaces and offices. The campaign is being run by project partners Bristol 2015, City to Sea, FRANK Water and Go Green.

Here’s a video of some of the Grayling team members, helping to raise awareness of the campaign.

Balloons in Covent Garden

Lucy visited London yesterday to see a client and en route visited the giant balloons in Covent Garden – commonly referred to as ‘Heartbeat’. We think it’s important to visit installations such as this and see them first-hand, as it provides lots of inspiration and gives us great ideas for PR campaigns.

French artist, Charles Pétillon, has filled the 19th Century Market Building in Covent Garden with 100,000 white balloons and here they are in all their beauty!!

Lights, camera, action!

Our client St David’s Shopping Centre, in Cardiff, began filming their AW15 advertising campaign last week. It was a production like we’d never seen – four sets in one room, a live kitchen preparing beautiful food, and a room filled with the hottest trends from the retailers at the centre.

The day was fast paced and lots of fun, and we were able to have a sneak peek at the latest clothes before they hit the rails – and we approve!

The brand campaign will be live throughout November and December, but here’s a little behind-the-scenes look.


Spider spectacular

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We’ve had a very exciting week here at Grayling as we’ve been gearing up for the launch of Arcadia Bristol – the world’s first recycled biofuel pyrotechnic show as part of Bristol’s year as European Green Capital.

Taking place in Queen Square tonight and tomorrow night (4 / 5 Sept), the show will play host to a 50 tonne mechanical spider made out of recycled military hardware!

Arcadia will present a new show during the event – Metamorphosis – which will see the spider come alive as a living organism, fusing sustainable ideas and technologies with art, music and spectacular performance.

We have been welcoming media from across the country and if you tune into The One Show at 7pm tonight you’ll see a spider special.

Here’s a sneak preview of what you can expect – we can’t wait!

Arcadia preview, Queen square, Bristol, CREDIT paulbox © please credit paulbox©
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Arcadia preview, Queen square, Bristol, CREDIT paulbox © please credit paulbox©
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The waste oil comes from Bristol chip shops and with the city being home to Arcadia, it really has been a community-minded project. The 50-tonne spider is made from re-purposed military hardware, and now with the recycled flames, Arcadia is a show that as reuse at its core.

Take a look at the time lapse footage of the build which took place last week.

Work experience blog – Holly Davis-Grant

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We recently welcomed English Literature student, Holly Davis-Grant, to do a two-week placement here in our Bristol office. Here’s what she had to say about her time with us…

Upon finishing my second year of university I had the sudden ‘uni-is-almost-over’ epiphany that I need to start climbing my way out of the warm and cosy university bubble and figure out what I want to do as a future career.

Not wanting to fall into the expected vocation of an English Literature graduate – teaching – I had to start looking at my options. I realised it was important to me to be able to incorporate a certain level of creativity into my job while still working in a business-like atmosphere. PR seemed like the natural fit for this, so I started looking online to see what I could find. After an informal chat with the lovely Julie she invited me to do two-weeks experience with the Bristol Grayling team. I was excited and actually a bit shocked as I didn’t think a big company like Grayling would take on work experience ‘first timers’ like me.

During the first morning commute my nerves kicked in and I started to worry about what kind of tasks I was going to do. I suddenly remembered the film ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ and had visions of myself running through Cabot Circus with dry cleaning in one hand and an over-flowing tray of Starbucks in the other. I’m pleased to say this vision never came to life! In fact, it was quite the opposite. Julie met me at reception with a warm greeting and briefed me on the company and what kind of tasks I would be doing. She later gave me a tour of the office and gave me all the vital information – where the biscuit tin and coffee were kept!

Shortly after my arrival I was pleased to discover Grayling had prepared an efficient and handy timetable of all the tasks I would be doing over the next fortnight. Reading it over, I was pleasantly surprised at the types of things I would be doing – not a single coffee run or photocopying session in sight! During my two weeks I did a variety of tasks including putting together an editorial for a magazine, selling-in press releases to newspapers, booking bands for an event and creating content for social media. These were just a few of the many things I got to try out during my stay.

I was grateful for the amount of responsibility Grayling gave me and the sense of freedom I had whilst completing my tasks. I was lucky enough to work with almost all of the friendly staff in Grayling’s Bristol team and thankful for the varying scope of tasks they assigned me to do. The two weeks I spent with the company were a fantastic and eye-opening experience into the world of PR and have further cemented my motivation to work in the industry after I graduate.