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27 September 2016

Amazon working with Law for Life

Amazon is delighted to have been appointed by Law for Life, the education and information charity working to increase access to justice. We are excited to support them in their aim to tackle the worrying knowledge deficit in the UK, where, for instance, 89% of the population fails to correctly identify legal problems. This has severe consequences ranging from deepening social injustice, to negatively impacting the economy as well as personal well-being.

We are developing Law for Life's communications strategy and will provide support on an ongoing basis to help demonstrate the considerable need for and substantial benefits of public legal education, as well as promoting their award-winning Advicenow website.

Law for Life's head of communications and policy, Mary Marvel, says: "We look forward to working with Amazon to ensure more people have the knowledge, confidence and skills needed to deal with law-related issues that affect their lives."

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21 September 2016

We're looking for a talented Account Exec

We're on the hunt for a PR professional with at least a year's experience for a 6-month contract, for an immediate start.

Applicants must have an understanding of the role that strategic communications plays for not-for-profit organisations, a good knowledge of traditional and social media, strong writing skills (media materials, as well as reports and research papers), and ideally some experience in the voluntary or public sectors.

You will need to be a fast learner who is well organised, with good time management skills, as you will be working on several projects at once.

The role will include interviewing case studies, writing factsheets and briefings, drafting press releases, pitching stories to a range of media, maintaining internal plans and progress reports, contributing in brainstorms, conducting research for client reports and proposals, presenting confidently in internal and client meetings, and assisting with event management.

Salary: £20k-£23k pro rata, depending on experience. Based in London.

To apply, send your CV (outlining relevant experience, full employment history and qualifications, plus contact details) and a one-page supporting statement (explaining why you would like the role, how you meet the requirements and how soon you could start) by midnight on Friday 7 October.

Email: info@amazonpr.co.uk with 'Account Exec application' in the subject line.

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13 September 2016

Amazon celebrates 16th birthday!

We're delighted this week to be marking our 16th birthday. We don't usually spend much time looking back, but today we've been reminiscing about some of our early clients.

Our very first was Islington Enterprise Agency, who launched us on our way with a gender mainstreaming project (we were ahead of the curve there!). Chunky work soon started to arrive through COI, mostly for Govt departments who have since gone through several name changes, but were then DTI, DCA, Defra and Office of the Public Guardian. And quangos (remember them?!) that are now no more, such as Capacitybuilders and the brilliant Sustainable Development Commission.

For many clients, like NCH (now Action for Children), Dimensions and NCT, a single project became a long-term relationship. Some, such as RAF Benevolent Fund, are still with us, a decade later.

In more recent years, there have been lots of new briefs of course, reflecting changes in society, the political landscape, the comms profession and in our sectors. Our newer clients - Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, MND Association, Birth Companions, SafeLives, Beanstalk - keep us on our toes, challenging us to innovate and offer fresh thinking.

Right from the start, our clients have inspired us because of the vital work they do. Sixteen years of supporting voluntary and public sector organisations has been pretty awesome so far. We're looking forward to the next 16!

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18 July 2016

Amazon works with literacy charity Beanstalk

We're delighted to be working with Beanstalk, the fantastic national charity that provides one-to-one literacy support to children who struggle with their reading.

In the last school year the charity helped approximately 10,000 children across England, in almost 1,400 schools, with the help of over 2,900 reading helpers, ensuring children have the skills and confidence to reach their true potential.

We're devising and delivering a media relations campaign to support recruitment of Beanstalk volunteer reading helpers across the charity's eight regions.

Beanstalk's director of marketing and comms, Steve Hawe, says:

"The start of the autumn school term is a key moment for highlighting the need for improved literacy and for reaching out to potential volunteers. We're very much looking forward to working with Amazon to encourage more people to come forward for this highly rewarding volunteering opportunity that changes children's lives."

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06 July 2016

Amazon continues to support Holocaust Memorial Day

We are delighted to announce that we are continuing our work with the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, the organisation responsible for marking Holocaust Memorial Day in the UK, following a competitive pitch.

The national commemoration is held each year on 27 January to remember the millions of people killed in the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

The theme for 2017 is 'How can life go on?' and we look forward to exploring the question with survivors and their families as part of an engaging media campaign.

Chief Executive of the Trust, Olivia Marks-Woldman, said: "We're delighted to be working with Amazon PR once again. With their assistance over the past three years we have hugely increased the quantity and quality of media coverage for Holocaust Memorial Day.

"We look forward to ensuring that the theme for HMD 2017 is highlighted by the media next January."

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