Iain Bank's career had a stuttering start: his first four novels, written over a 12-year period, were rejected by every publisher he tried.
Build-a-Bear's pay your age promotion allowed parents to buy a bear, normally costing up to £52, for the price of their child's age.
Creativity and diversity are the hot topics in the communications business this summer. The two are proving closely intertwined, of which more in a moment.
The strategy has enormous potential to boost the UK economy and society, looking beyond the Brexit process, and comms isn't just supporting the strategy's delivery - it's also an industry supported by it.
July is often a month for reflection, so here are my three topics upon which to reflect: One is good; one is a caution against complacency; one is a call to arms.
If anyone can bring a workable Brexit home, it's the England manager.
Delivering the Sustainable Development Goals is everyone's business, but how do you convince everyone else of that?
This week Measuring Up, the first comprehensive assessment of the UK's performance against the SDGs, was released. It makes for tough reading.
NHS70 is an opportunity to tell the story of the service and justify the funding it has received for the future
The NHS is one of the most-loved institutions in the UK, if not the number one. Polling continues to show there is overwhelming support for the NHS' founding principles - it is the one thing that unites Britons across political, demographic and regional divides.
New PR agencies launch every week in the UK. But what is it that inspires, motivates, drives and even pushes those with entrepreneurial aspirations to quit their day jobs and split from the security of an established agency?
Thanks to show-stealing WAGs, a disgruntled John Terry in South Africa, Roy "I don't really know what I am doing here" Hodgson, Gazza's infamous dentist's chair and more, the terms 'England football team' and 'good PR' are rare bedfellows at major tournaments.
In recent weeks we've seen social media reach new levels of influence in society.
Despite having some flagship proponents (John Lewis have been flying the flag since 1929), employee ownership uptake has, generally, remained confined to a few core sectors - notably professional services.
Boris Johnson has form when it comes making statements which are politically expedient at the time, only to welch on them when push comes to shove.
It has become a truism that Heathrow expansion is a totemic issue around which campaigners on both sides of the argument have prosecuted their battle for public and political opinion over at least the last 20 years.
If anyone is going to be good at self-promotion, it's going to be a PR agency, right?
Are American products sold in Britain about to get more expensive? In response to President Trump's tariffs on European steel and aluminium, the EU has stated that it will place duties on €2.8bn worth of US goods from today.
British consultancies had a very strong year in the earned media element of Cannes Lions 2018. Unfortunately, they weren't PR agencies.
If approached right, artificial intelligence could be the creative assistant you wish you always had.
When Liverpool superstar Mohamed Salah, a devout Muslim, was substituted with a suspected knock during the Champions League semi-final win against Manchester City, it wasn't long before a meme was running wild in social space.
Brands are shifting from influencer advertising to a strategy of putting marketing into the hands of employees, their best influencers.
I find it extraordinary that public relations is an industry many struggle to understand and define, especially when it comes to our role with sales.
Charities need to face up to criticism and communicate more effectively, says Russell Hargrave, media manager at NPC
Only well-run pitch processes give agencies the chance to present their best work - to the ultimate benefit of the client.
Anyone can string a sentence together, but don't make the mistake of thinking anyone can do it well, says Wyn Matthews, editorial manager at Word Association.
Confectionery brand Skittles showed less can be more when responding to a tricky comms situation.
Team GB and the wider British Olympic Association played a blinder in August. Aside from the athletes' medals haul, the reputation management and comms were gold standard.
There is, famously, no 'I' in 'team', but the extraordinary way in which the Pokémon Go phenomenon has played out this month leads to the question: how much 'PR' is there in 'viral'?
Sometimes, PRWeek's UK team has a tough time selecting its Flop of the Month.
Sir Philip Green's summer has gone from bad to worse. First he was grilled by select committees on the demise of BHS, with his prickly demeanour not going down well.
Although there may be legitimate reasons for doing so, trying to muzzle the press with court orders has a nasty habit of backfiring on celebrities who take this course.