Business comms in the time of coronavirus

Many businesses are understandably unsure about how best to communicate in these uncertain times. The impacts of Covid-19 are being felt the world over. Virtually every sector of business is hit. And no one wants to come across as tone deaf to the struggles that many are facing. But there are many valid grounds why [...]

By |2020-05-01T11:33:58+00:00May 1st, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Trio launch workshop to improve presentation skills

A new workshop for those wanting to improve their public speaking and presentation skills has been launched by a trio of Cumbria-based communicators. BBC trainer and journalist Tom Speight, Give A Day to the City founder Andy Fearon and media consultant and former newspaper editor David Helliwell are putting on the training day. Andy, who [...]

By |2020-04-06T14:17:31+00:00March 12th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Save an hour a day in your business

What would you do with an extra hour every day in your business? And what if you could save an hour every day in your business  - for you and all your colleagues - without extending the working day or losing any productivity? A study of 2,000 office workers last year found an hour of [...]

By |2020-02-05T09:50:34+00:00February 5th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments
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Businesses can learn from Australian cricket about crisis communications

There’s much businesses can learn about handling crisis communications from the recent ball-tampering scandal that has engulfed Australian cricket. The incident has reverberated right through the sport and around the world and had far-reaching consequences. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull even spoke out publicly against his own country’s team and there was widespread condemnation of [...]

By |2018-04-04T07:01:11+00:00April 3rd, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments
  • Helliwell Media | Media | Carlisle, Cumbria

7 reasons business should engage with mainstream media

Who would look to mainstream media for business promotion in this day and age? Newspapers? Dinosaurs. Living on past glories with plunging circulations. An irrelevance. TV? Unless it’s on Netflix or YouTube, I’m not watching. Radio? Who listens to that? Especially those local programmes. Besides we’ve got our Facebook page, and sometimes we Tweet out [...]

By |2018-01-19T19:21:39+00:00January 7th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments
  • Helliwell Media | Crisis Communications | Carlisle, Cumbria

Crisis communications and your business

“Ok, let me explain how things work. There’s no such thing as the ‘lunchtime news’ any more…what it is now, ok, is basically one long avalanche of s#@! happening in real time…with 24-hour live shovelling.” A comedic but recognisable assessment on the nature of 24-hour news from Neil Reid (David Westhead), the best character in [...]

By |2018-01-19T19:36:46+00:00October 27th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments
  • Helliwell Media | Social Media | Carlisle, Cumbria

Social media policy, The New York Times and you

How’s your company’s social media policy standing up in the ever-developing online world? It’s doing a good job, no issues… Think it’s ok but maybe someone should have a look to see if people are still using it… What social media policy… If the honest answer is the second or third above then you wouldn’t [...]

By |2020-04-06T13:51:27+00:00October 16th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments
  • Helliwell Media | Crisis Management | Carlisle, Cumbria

Getting ahead of the crisis

One of the aspects of crisis management hardest for businesses to get their heads round is being the one to break bad news to customers. Some businesses would prefer to front up only when necessary. They want to ride it out and hope people don't notice a problem. In a recent Crisis Media workshop I [...]

By |2019-04-09T10:38:19+00:00September 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments