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Why we must share the stories of marginalised groups 

On this day 28 years ago, Stephen Lawrence, a Black British teenager from south-east London, was brutally murdered in an unprovoked, racist attack. He was only eighteen, a young man, full of the dreams and aspirations expected at his age. However, his dreams were viciously ended when a group of racists took his life, simply due to the colour of his skin. Following the initial police investigation, five suspects were arrested but…

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‘Not All Men’ but ALL WOMEN: How can men take responsibility to support women and help them feel safe

The tragic loss of Sarah Everard has sparked an important conversation around the ongoing, daily struggles experienced by women across the globe. More importantly, it brought to light the issue at the heart of this – men’s behaviour. While it’s not all men involved, it is the responsibility of all men to be mindful of…

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Getting to know our new CFO, Damon Kelly

Last month we welcomed a new CFO into the Splendid team, Damon Kelly. Previously group CFO at Frank, Damon joins us at an exciting time as we drive forward ambitious growth plans for the agency, and his appointment has allowed our amazing former Finance Director, Jane Latham, to move into her new role as Head of Wellbeing (more on that coming…

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How communications professionals can help outside the industry and use their skills for good

The last year has seen over 3.9 million people in lockdown globally and we have had to navigate change, fast. One result is that the nature of communities, and of relationships within them, has changed monumentally.   For many of us, this enforced change provoked consideration, for the first time in my case, of the role that we play in our communities, as well as their importance to our sense of self,…

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SPLENDID SHORT FILM SCREENING: HOW A STORY TOLD IN 5 MINUTES CAN HAVE A LIFELONG IMPACT

We recently held a Short Film Screening at Splendid and, although Zoom screen sharing cannot beat the sofa of an indie cinema, the night was an enormous success. Having produced four short films myself, I was eager to demonstrate that a 5-minute film can pack the emotional impact to rival a 2-hour Hollywood movie. We…

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Show your locals some love this Valentine’s Day! The importance of supporting small businesses and the hospitality industry during key business periods

The past 12 months have been challenging for the nation’s small businesses. From boutique shops to bars and restaurants, this sector has faced many hurdles in the form of three national lockdowns and tier-based restrictions. Almost a year in, many independents have reinvented themselves (more than a few times!), from pubs partnering with meat suppliers…

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Protecting the planet is everyone’s responsibility: How we’re doing our bit as individuals and an agency

The world faces an environmental tipping point and those of us working in an industry concerned with selling stuff have a responsibility to do this in a way that minimises environmental impact. From the clients we choose, the work we deliver, through to how we run our businesses and support our staff, there are big and small actions that can help us be kinder and more accountable to the planet.   Figuring out…

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Blue Monday: Adopting a challenge mindset to help combat the winter blues and feel empowered

For me, the name “Blue Monday” will always evoke fond memories of student life at Manchester, when the iconic hit by local band New Order would never fail to fill the dancefloor. However, as part of a PR stunt in 2005, a travel firm appropriated the name for what they claimed to be the most…

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The importance of companies getting behind staff tackling important causes

    Last June, I attended the London Black Lives Matter march. I chanted, I yelled, and I said his name: ‘George Floyd’. I am not Black, but I wanted to show my support, my disgust, my respect. Attending the march (with my mask, of course!) felt like a no-brainer to me, despite Covid. Racism…

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USING OUR LOAF TO GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY

Working from home this year as we navigate the pandemic has required us to make some adjustments; to some of our ways of working, to our mindsets and yes, to our elasticated waistbands. Full fridges and cupboards full of naughty things we try to ignore have been our desk fellows and we’ve lost count of…

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