May 21 Brand Journalism In the Press

Ricky Martin, left, and his brother Chris Martin, right - JJ-5416

Over 400 investors raising over £500,000 – Skunkworks rides the wave for growth

TWO brothers who are manufacturing what are believed to be the most robust and eco friendly surfboards in the world have raised over £500,000 from investors from across the globe in the next stage in the Skunkworks Surf Co journey.

The Crowdcube campaign, which was launched by the Coleraine based manufacturer, has now officially closed with 426 investors joining the Skunkworks Surfboard Co team and raising a total of £504,890. Click to share:

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April 23 Brand Journalism In the Press

Skunkworks Surf Co ride Crowdcube wave to revolutionise surf industry

SKUNKWORKS surfing siblings who made the headlines globally in 2016 for their revolutionary design surfboards have hit their first target of £350,000 on day one in a Crowdcube campaign and are now on a mission to reach their final target of £600,000.

In one week, 199 investors have jumped on board raising a total of £405,260 through Exeter based Crowdcube. What a fantastic opportunity. Read the story for the full details.

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April 11 Brand Journalism In the Press

Sunjay working at the Skunkworks Surf Co factory in Colerains. The company are embarking on a Crowdcube campaign.

Skunkworks set waste free targets and launch Crowdcube campaign

Two brothers who are manufacturing ‘next generation’ surfboards have announced their plans to become waste free by 2020 and are inviting people all over the world to join them on their journey to the next stage through a Crowdcube campaign.

Ricky and Chris Martin say it is their mission to become waste free by 2020. To get involved in the Skunkworks journey by investing in eco friendly surfboards, which are revolutionising the surf industry, click crowdcube.com/skunkworks

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April 6 Brand Journalism In the Press

Ricky Martin of the Skunkworks Surf Co, left with Darren McDowell of Harbison Mullholland, centre, and Chris Martin, right

Siblings and surfboards – Skunkworks brothers to speak at Family Business Forum

THERE are lots of projects happening at Skunkworks Surf Co right now but Ricky and Chris Martin will be taking time out of the factory to join a panel of business people to speak at the next NI Family Business Forum.

On April 24, the two surfing brothers who are revolutionising the surfboard industry, will speak to an audience at ‘Meet The Family – The Chairmen of the Board’ at the Europa Hotel. Next week however, these guys are announcing something pretty spectacular.

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February 1 Brand Journalism In the Press

An Evening of Celebration with St Patrick's Academy Dungannon - Phoeo by Richard Trainor Photography

The end of an era brings a new day for St Patrick’s Academy

The countdown is now well and truly on for a gala night which will mark the end of an era and the beginning of a new one for one of County Tyrone’s biggest schools.

St Patrick’s Academy Dungannon has been preparing for An Evening of Celebration for months, and, this Saturday, hundreds of people will gather for An Evening of Celebration – an event which will also see the launch of the Academy Alumni Association and hear from Chief Reporter from The Times, Sean O’Neill.

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January 18 Brand Journalism In the Press

Ross Wylie and James Conlon, MD of NIAVAC

Driving performance with NIAVAC – dynamic audio visual systems

Modern corporates, government departments and public sector organisations are driving their ideologies forwards in order to ramp up their focus on how best to maximise the efficiency of the space which surrounds them.

Eleanor McGillie goes to Porsche Centre Belfast with NIAVAC boss James Conlon to uncover the power of audio visual technology in this state of the art £6million showroom. Here’s Business First’s cover story;

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November 20 Brand Journalism In the Press

Anna Kelly, Malachi Cush, Aine McNulty, Lynette Fay, Ronan McHugh and Gina Chroma at the launch of An Evening of Celebration. Picture by Richard Trainor

From international stages to performing on home turf – stars come out in force

Pupils past and present and friends of St Patrick’s Academy Dungannon are being in for a fantastic night of entertainment at An Evening of Celebration which will take place on February 3 in the Armagh City Hotel. Tables for the gala night are now being sold so get your friends together and get booking.

This is a ticketed only event so in order to secure a table please make contact with the organising team by emailing theacademygala@gmail.com. Then, you just need to get pampered for a great night out.

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August 1 Brand Journalism

MGMPR - a brand journalism approach to PR in Northern Ireland

Five years of using brand journalism in Northern Ireland

Eleanor McGillie saw a gap in the market and she decided to fill it by introducing a brand journalism approach to public relations in Northern Ireland by setting up MGMPR.

This message engaging concept is being embraced by companies and organisations who recognise the power of relevant and meaningful storytelling. Celebrating five years in business today we look back at the last five years and see how brand journalism has been embraced by Northern Ireland companies. Have a read:

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April 21 In the Press

Mac Ivors Cider Co ciders are now in Marks & Spencer Stores in Northern Ireland

Mac Ivors Cider Co’s great tasting ciders now in Marks & Spencer stores

Huge congratulations to Mac Ivors Cider Co on the announcement that their great tasting ciders are now available in Marks & Spencer stores in Northern Ireland.

Traditional Dry Cider, Medium Cider and Plum and Ginger Cider are available so people can enjoy a food and drink adventure. Marks & Spencer’s mission is to become the best craft beer retailer on the high street while offer local beers from smaller breweries with the convenience of buying them from a local M&S store.

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April 11 Brand Journalism

MGMPR Ltd will help you write submissions for business awards in Northern Ireland

Submissions, submissions and more submissions as awards season is upon us!

There are so many people in Northern Ireland doing fantastic things and our hats go off to anyone who owns their own business – it’s hard work and we know it only too well.

Now is your chance to celebrate your achievements by entering awards because behind every good business there are great people. Entering awards presents many opportunities and we have seen this at first hand with our clients. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

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March 14 Brand Journalism In the Press

Mac Ivors Cider Co Wins Champion Cider in 2015 - Greg MacNeice picked up the award and is hoping to have the same success in 2017. With Greg is Patrick Redman, BFBi national chairman.

Mac Ivors Cider scoops three gold medals in International Brewing and Cider Awards

Mac Ivors Cider Co has picked up three gold medals at the 2017 International Brewing and Cider Awards for Traditional Dry, Medium and Plum and Ginger cider – awards judged by professional cider makers.

Mac Ivors Cider Co along with three other Irish cider producers and brewers who got Gold, Silver and Bronze, will collect their medals at an awards luncheon to be held at London’s Guildhall on April 26, when the 10 overall Championship winners – nine beers and one cider – will be unveiled.

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January 27 In the Press

The Emerson's Foundation, through the NISA MADL Fund, hands over a cheque for £1,000 to the Air Ambulance for Northern Ireland Fund.

Emerson’s Foundation hands over £1,000 donation for Air Ambulance NI

The Emerson’s Foundation in Armagh aims to help transform local communities by giving to charitable causes through its MADL Fund.

Here, members of the Foundation’s committee hand over a cheque for £1,000 and a canvas picture to the family of Lesley Ann McCarragher who died last year after being struck by a car. This donation of £1,000, from our NISA MADL Fund, will hopefully go some way in helping the McCarragher family with their fundraising targets.

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January 16 In the Press

Copyright © Kevin Cooper Photoline NUJ: Teachers' Strike to go ahead on Wednesday

Teachers’ strike to go ahead with major rally at Belfast’s QUB student’s union

THE planned teachers’ strike in Northern Ireland will go ahead as planned on Wednesday morning regardless of the situation at Stormont.

Members of the INTO were balloted before Christmas and an overwhelming majority of teachers voted in favour of strike action over the ongoing pay dispute. The INTO says it has been engaging with the Government but talks have failed. Wednesday’s strike will also include a rally at Queen’s University Belfast Student’s Union. Here’s the full story:

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December 22 In the Press

Seamus Hanna, chairman of the INTO Northern Office, says INTO teachers will strike in the New Year. IMG_0454

INTO teachers will be striking in the New Year as results of ballot are announced

INTO teachers in Northern Ireland have overwhemlingly voted in favour of strike action in the New Year according to ballot results which have been published this afternoon.

Today’s ballot reveals that strike action is supported by 78 per cent of INTO members with 94.97 voting in favour of action short of strike. The ballot turnout was 40 per cent which demonstrates the strength of feeling on this issue across the membership. Here’s the full story issues on behalf of the INTO:

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December 6 In the Press Year of Food & Drink 2016

Mac Ivors Cider Co is an Irish craft cider producer based in Co Armagh.

Cider maker invests £250,000 in new press as Irish craft cider market booms

Mac Ivors Cider Co has just invested £250,000 in a new state of the art German cider press and a new 10 acre orchard.

This year Mac Ivors got silver in Blas na hÉireann for its Traditional Dry and Plum and Ginger ciders, was voted best Artisan producer in Armagh, joint best in Ulster and joint best in Ireland. The producer also picked up a Great Taste Award for Traditional Dry and Medium ciders and a silver medal at the Irish Quality Food and Drink Awards.

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