News in brief

STOCKPORT: Stockport Council has set up a cross-service project group led by head of marketing and comms Ian Ratcliffe, to revamp its comms strategy, entitled ‘One Place, One Voice’. Ratcliffe said: ‘We are looking at the full range of our communications, ranging from media relations to the way the public communicates with our new Contact Centre. Each service of the council is represented to reduce any instances of unwitting fragmentation.’

WALTHAM FOREST: The London Borough of Waltham Forest is to launch a campaign to celebrate the first anniversary of its street wardens. The informal community helpers will have been active for a year on 30 May when a celebratory event is being held. The scheme is being extended across the borough and further events to help the wardens get to know youngsters in the area are being planned.

ELECTIONS: London Elects’ campaign to encourage Londoners to vote in the forthcoming 10 June elections rolls into its next stage on 1 June when its ad campaign kicks off. The TV ads depicting everyday life in London accompany a wider PR campaign which has seen information distributed to every household in Greater London.

EDUCATION: Manchester Metropolitan University is looking for a new head of marketing and communications. Heading a team of nine staff, the position oversees strategy, profile-raising activities, branding, press, PR, corporate publications and its website.

TRANSPORT: On the move, a popular magazine with 13,000 London Underground staff, has landed the Gold Award as overall winner at the Communicators in Business (CiB) annual ceremony this month. Judges commended it for fewer pictures of men in suits, controversial topics and plenty of fun.

MERTON: Merton Council’s website has been praised by the Society Of Information Technology Management (SOCITM), which was impressed with several aspects of the site, including the nationally commended leader’s online surgery. Surgery was described as excellent and the information available on crime and community safety was also highlighted as good practice by SOCITM.

CLARIFICATION: The Commission for Patient & Public Involvement in Health’s new head of communications is Kevin Mochrie, not Mockery, as reported last week (PRWeek, 21 May).

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