Zeus Supporting UKCM at Major Trade Show

At Zeus we love nothing more than getting out and about to support our clients at industry events and exhibitions. It gives us a chance to see at first hand our client's offering within a niche sales environment, get a feel for their target customer demographic and bolster their media presence at the same time.

On 12th September, team members attended the UK's largest recycling and waste management exhibition RWM with our client UK Container Maintenance (UKCM), who had developed a highly impressive stand to showcase their offering to public and private sector waste management and procurement professionals.

The stand became throughout the course of the day, a destination stop for attendees in search of valued advice and direction on container refurbishment.

It represented for the PR agency team a great opportunity to meet face to face with UKCM's key trade media, handing out press material and gleaming an insight into further editorial opportunities for our client, which is the largest family owned container repair and refurbishment company.

UKCM turns over £6million per annum and employs more than 60 people. Dedicated to the refurbishment of all types of waste and recycling containers, the firm fulfills waste company and local authority mobile repairs, as well as factory-based services at its state-of-the art 80,000 sq ft factory in Winsford, Cheshire.

 


Launching Levi Roots Caribbean Snack Pots

Are you a journalist or food blogger who has a love for the taste of the Caribbean? We want to hear from you!

The Zeus PR team has been busy issuing an exclusive gift hamper for the national launch of Levi Roots Caribbean Snack Pots and is offering these tasty lunchtime treats to journalists and bloggers to review!

Available in four delicious flavours, the hamper includes the full snack pot range; Reggae Reggae Noodles, Levi’s Curry Noodles, Caribbean Coconut Rice and Rasta Pasta, which have all been developed in conjunction with Levi Roots in his ‘rastaraunt’ kitchen.

Packed with Caribbean spices, this exciting new range uses natural, wholesome ingredients to create four mouth-watering dishes, each with an authentic, home-cooked flavour.

Super easy to prepare and ideal for moments when you haven’t got time to step away from your desk or are on-the-go. Just add hot water, stir and enjoy with a fork or spoon. The taller pot also makes them easier to stir and eat, minimising any mess!

All the products use natural ingredients, low levels of salt and sugar, and don’t contain MSG.

Levi Roots Caribbean Snack Pots are suitable for Vegetarian diets and are available from Nisa, Costcutter and selected Spar stores.

Would you like to try one of these delicious lunch time treats? Then get in touch with Montarna@zeuspr.co.uk

 

Levi Roots Caribbean Snack Pot Hamper
Levi Roots Caribbean Snack Pot Hamper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the meantime, here’s some mouth-watering details on the new delicious snack pots!

Reggae Reggae Noodles

A best selling flavour in marinades. Sweet BBQ profile with subtle tomato and smoke notes with a Caribbean lilt of allspice, thyme and scotch bonnet which gives this product its stamp of authenticity.

Levi’s Curry Noodles

An aromatic blend of turmeric, chilli, coriander, fennel to name but a few spices, mixed with onion, garlic and parsley that gives this noodle snack the taste of the Caribbean.

Caribbean Coconut Rice

An authentic Caribbean rice with creamy coconut milk and an infusion of black pepper and chilli for a spicy yet indulgent flavour.

Rasta Pasta

A spicy tomato jerk style theme for those who like a mild kick. Chilli combined with pimento, nutmeg, cassia, parsley and basil gives this pasta pot its recognisable flavour.

 


Christmas in July for Team Zeus

Zeus PR is celebrating success after attending a highly effective media relations event in London with luxury British lifestyle brand, Englana.

Members of the Zeus team headed down to the capital for three days to support Englana at Christmas in July – a festival for new and pioneering brands to showcase their products to over 1000 attending press and digital influencers.

Supporting our clients launch to the market, Zeus PR instigated a hardworking media campaign - liasing with significant journalists, bloggers and influencers to generate interest and excitement around the unique collections, whilst strengthening relationships with new and existing contacts.

Throughout the show, the Zeus team was on hand to support the client’s social media channels by taking a range of photographs to share engaging content with followers, and connect with high profile journalists and influencers. We welcomed two celebrities to the stand, Ella Willis and Julius Cowdrey who were delighted to view the Englana range and also posed for a photo!

The agency has been busy back in the office personally following up with each journalist to secure coverage, receiving exciting feedback from high-profile national publications and digital influencers.

Englana’s beautifully designed stand was adorned with its Victoria Collection, comprising of stunningly handcrafted and exceptionally refined home furnishings, heritage leather bags and accessories. The beautiful mix of cranberry red and oxford blue from the Autumn/Winter collection caught the eye of attendees seeking luxurious products for their upcoming features and gift guides.

Complementing the Victoria collection, Englana also has a selection of premium, design-led home accessories such as The Willow Collection of baskets – handcrafted in Somerset, using centuries old techniques and the local Somerset willow that is famed worldwide. The luxurious Merino wool blanket & throw range is made using traditional skills and modern techniques; oozing heritage, with a soft and sumptuous finish.

For more information on Englana and to view the collections visit www.englana.com


Zeus PR Appointed by Luxury Lifestyle Brand

We are excited to have won a six-way pitch to win the PR brief for Englana®, a new distinctively British, luxury lifestyle brand.

Englana® caters for those ‘discerning customers who yearn for something special that will last a lifetime’. The brand and product range captures the natural elements of the British countryside, whilst utilising exclusive yarns, fibres and raw materials sourced here in the British isles.

Zeus PR will be supporting Englana® with a high profile consumer launch strategy involving a traditional media and digital influencer campaign, social media engagement, the establishing of a a brand partnership programme and celebrity endorsements.

Helen Gutteridge co-founder of Englana® explains: “The PR strategy is critical to our entry to the market. We have invested a great deal of time and energy in developing our brand and our British sustainable supply chain.”

“We have sourced materials that are as natural as possible for our ranges at Englana® and all our products are made using traditional British craftsmanship, which we both champion and celebrate. For instance, one of the mills we work with has been producing woollen cloth, often for Royalty, since before the Battle of Waterloo and is one of only a few vertical woollen mills still in existence in the UK.

“We were determined to create a distinctly British luxury brand that supports British manufacturers, businesses and jobs. All the raw materials have been sourced in England and, as our early prosperity and wealth was founded on the wool and leather trades and the cotton and textiles mills, this seemed an obvious place to start.”

Englana® has launched to market with the Victoria, Heritage and Goodrich collections – each of the three comprising highly refined and beautifully handcrafted luxury bags, accessories and home furnishings, carrying their own signature colours and design characteristics.

Premium, design-led home accessories complement the unique range such as The Willow Collection of baskets – handcrafted for Englana® in Somerset, using centuries old techniques and the local Somerset willow that is famed worldwide, and their luxurious Merino wool blanket & throw range which is made using traditional skills and modern techniques; oozing heritage and are soft, warm and sumptuous.

As the brand develops, the directors have ambitious plans to launch a full customisation service, offering Englana® customers the opportunity to choose their own colour finish for a truly bespoke fine leather handbag, Welly bootbag or blanket bag.

Englana® is exclusively available to buy online via the fully transactional e-commerce website.  For more information go to www.englana.com


The Zeus Team at Pro Hair Live!

Last weekend the Zeus team headed to Manchester Central for Pro Hair Live 2018 to support our client, Joseph Lanzante as he exhibited and took to the Men’s stage!

Pro Hair Live is an annual event in Manchester that gathers hair and beauty professionals from across the country to demonstrate their incredible talents. It is a fantastic opportunity for businesses and salons to promote and discuss the work that they specialise in.

Joseph owns The Mens Room in both Clitheroe and Victoria Station Manchester, alongside his own branded training centre and aesthetic clinic, JL Aesthetics, providing him with excellent knowledge when it comes to anything barber related! Joseph was asked to speak on the Men’s Stage at Pro Hair Live on both days, giving him the opportunity to pass on his industry knowledge to a vast audience.

Joseph took to the stage to discuss his latest venture, JL Aesthetics and micropigmentation. Micro-pigmentation is a new confidence-boosting treatment that helps to rebuild your hairline through a non-surgical procedure, which Joseph also provides training in. On stage, Joseph demonstrated the treatment on a male model and discussed his industry knowledge of this procedure, including the marketing and business aspects.

Throughout the day, the Zeus team where on hand to support Joseph, taking a range of photographs and sharing engaging content on social media. To share the experience with his followers, the team also wrote a blog for the Joseph Lanzante website discussing the experience and how it benefitted the brand.


Driving Awareness for NHS Sexual Health Services

Four years on the Zeus team is still making great progress promoting the comprehensive sexual health services in Cheshire East and Cheshire West & Chester.

Our PR agency team regularly pound the pavements engaging with 100's of restaurants, bars & pubs, sports clubs, health & beauty premises, tattoo parlours and hair and barber salons, plus many more who together form our much valued brand partner programme, comprising those who collectively help us to promote the NHS Sexual Health clinics (under the name 'gosh')  and associated services throughout the campaign catchment.

Armed with an array of gosh public awareness posters, leaflets and pocket sized cards we are regularly seen visiting brand partner premises (and their toilets!) enlisting further venues or revisiting loyal existing partners to refresh their stock for display on toilet doors, noticeboards and counter-tops.

Driving the message further we also visit student well-being and fresher fairs to distribute condoms, meet with university/college/school welfare officers and undertake proactive media relations around key seasonal periods including Christmas, Valentine's Day and Summer Festival season. We have also been known to attend Pancake Day events, flipping pancakes whilst handing out flyers!!

gosh  is managed by East Cheshire NHS Trust, which provides sexual health and contraception services in the Cheshire East and Cheshire West & Chester local authority areas. All their services, tests, advice and treatment are entirely free and confidential.

We are always reaching out to new potential partners, if you have a business in the catchment area and represent a possible future brand partner to support the gosh campaign, then please do get in touch with us via our Contact Page  We would love to hear from you.

For more information on gosh, and its services visit:   https://www.gosexualhealth.co.uk/  

 

 

 

Zeus visits NEC Spring Fair

Members of the Zeus PR team popped down to the NEC to see at first hand our client's fabulous stand at Spring Fair, the UK’s No.1 trade show for gift and home products.

Madebyzen® showcased its entire home fragrance collection - of aroma diffusers, candles, home fragrance oils and reed diffusers with their bespoke statement stand, which enticed attendees with its enchanting scents and highly innovative product array.

As with previous shows, the brand saw a fantastic response to their presence at Spring Fair. The very latest soon to be launched aroma diffusers and oils, took pride of place alongside best selling, much-loved Madebyzen® favourites such as the Alto. A firm staple in the Planet Zeus offices, we love the fact that the Alto combines the ancient art of aromatherapy with the soothing power of music and light, to bring you a truly indulgent and luxury experience, due to its Bluetooth functionality and a built in speaker, allowing you to enjoy a fabulous and finely crafted fragrance, whilst listening to your favourite music tracks!

Madebyzen®, established in 2001 is one of the UK’s leading home fragrance brands; best known for their luxury ultrasonic aroma diffusers and unique essential and fragrance oil blends, and Zeus PR has supported the brand for many years with product placement in the major lifestyle media.

They have a significant retail presence both here and abroad, with major UK stockists including names such as such as Holland & Barrett, Neal’s Yard, Wholefoods and Planet Organic, together with well-regarded independent stores.


There is a new store in town!

We don’t just work with national brands; we also work with local businesses too!  A brand new convenience store and cafe was opening right on our doorstep in Congleton and we were enlisted with organising and managing the grand opening at the end of August.

The new concept, collectively known as the Hüüb Store, features a Londis shop and a contemporary cafe called the Hüüb Cafe. It takes over the former Grove Inn pub on Manchester Road.

The site has been completely redeveloped over the past year to make way for the Londis which will be the retailer’s flagship store for the North West.

On the first floor is the Hüüb Cafe – a premium coffee shop serving a range of hot drinks, smoothies, paninis, cakes and afternoon teas. The spacious area can hold up to 60 covers and in the coming months, will look to extend its opening hours and also serve breakfasts and alcohol.

We had just one week to plan the event which we don’t usually recommend but with the team’s vast experience in store openings, we managed it no problem!

To create a buzz and to provide entertainment, we enlisted Cheshire’s number one local radio station, Silk FM 106.9. Breakfast presenter, Darren Antrobus and his team – not forgetting cheeky Cheshire the cat – set up in the car park and played well-known hits all afternoon, enticing passersby to come and visit the new premises.

We organised a local face painter who brought a wash of colour and smiles to children’s (and adults!) faces, whilst attendees were offered a beautiful array of tasters to sample from the new cafe.

MP Fiona Bruce also came along to officiate proceedings, cutting the ribbon and enjoying afternoon tea with the managing director of the Hüüb Store.

If you’re opening a new store, contact us to find out how we can help make the opening a success!


Festive End to 2016!

Never missing an opportunity for our clients, the Zeus team has been making the most of the festive period to secure extra media coverage and online content for consumer and B2B brands that we manage PR and marketing campaigns for.

From seasonal product placement for our home interior clients such as Madebyzen™ , to attending and publicising events for BMW/MINI/Land Rover /Jaguar motor client Williams Group, and for our many school clients, we have been out and about and hitting the phones to the press hard in the last few weeks before Christmas!

 


A PR filled Summer!

It certainly was a busy August here at Zeus HQ. We have a number of school and college clients both in the UK and for the international market, and each one does both A-Levels and GCSEs.

For any school, results are the biggest day of the year, so we as a PR company have to shout about it and generate as much publicity as possible.

It all comes down to precise organisation and planning, which begins months in advance. We sit down with each client to identify students who are predicted to do exceptionally well, or who will succeed despite overcoming adversity.

We do roughly 50 press releases in preparation, writing a release for each school/college as a whole celebrating the incredible figures as well as targeted releases for the individual students we have already identified. We then issue them (if the student has done as well as expected) to the local press so that we achieve coverage across various areas.

On top of that we do our very best to secure broadcast coverage wherever possible and this year has been no exception. Abbey College Manchester was featured throughout the day on both Capital Manchester and Key 103 and was filmed for That’s Manchester TV.

This was also our first year with the wonderful, Beech Hall School in Macclesfield and the success of their students was played throughout the day on Silk FM.

The morning of results is always hectic and requires plenty of team support and ultimate organisation.

The journalists have already been called, the contact details have been logged and the bones of each press release are ready, hoping to be filled with some excellent grades.

As each student comes in to collect the grades, the contact at each school and college is on hand to send us the grades and a photo so that we can complete the release and whiz it out to press. Of course, this takes patience and you must remain calm as there are a number of results coming in from different clients all morning.

It is exciting and you can’t help but feel a sense of pride for these individuals who are going on to further their education thanks to the hard work and effort they have put in.

We have had some excellent coverage this year.