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Nature Connected launches

We’re delighted to announce the launch of a new project we’ve been working on for Liverpool City Region, called Nature Connected. We developed an entirely new brand, and have just launch the website to go with it.

Moving up in the world…

We are now snuggly embedded within our new home…Elevator Studios.

After a successful move on Friday we are now up and running in our new office located in Elevator Studios, Liverpool. We are really pleased to be sharing the space with long time collaborators Sparkle, Focus Innovation and FlaminDelux.

All of our telephone and email contact details remain the same but our address is now:

Splinter Design
Elevator Studios
4th Floor
31 Parliament Street
L8 5RN

Very PRoud at the PR Week Awards 2013

On Tuesday 22nd October 2013 I was proud to attend the PR Week Awards together with the Comms team at Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust (LCH). We had been shortlisted for the ‘Best Internal Communications’ award for our Flu Campaign and were competing against British Airways, Avanade UK, Nokia and Philips.

The flu campaign was designed by Splinter, lovingly photographed by our good friend Matt Goodfellow from Dupe Creative and featured members of Staff and Executives from LCH. The theme had a series of 1950’s scenarios, which pokes fun at common reasons why members of staff can’t have the flu jab.

The LCH contingent (James Brown, Michelle Porteus, Rachel Robinson and Anna Beaumont) and myself (Kev McCann) headed to London’s Grosvenor Hotel. We sipped champagne, enjoyed fine dining, listened to live music from JuNK. TV’s Rob Brydon was our very funny host for the evening and he was ably assisted by ‘Voice of the Natonal Lottery’ Alan Dedicoat.

After a long, nervous wait it was our turn. Lipgloss was applied, bow ties were straightened (and that was just James!), teeth chattered and the ‘Highly Commended’ (or ‘loser’ as Rob Brydon eloquently put it) was announced as Nokia. Bottoms were then clenched tightly and the award was awarded to… Splinter Design with Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust!!!


Rachel, Michelle and Anna’s screams of delight could probably woke young Prince George who was trying to get a nights sleep in before his Christening the following day, whilst James and I enjoyed a man hug! Still congratulating ourselves on stage, I grabbed the award from Jane Wilson (CIPR CEO) whilst Rob Brydon stood shaking hands with no-one before we noticed and turned to accept his congratulations.

PR Week Award winners with Rob Brydon and Jane Wilson (CIPR CEO)

Overall an unbelievable night, I personally have never felt as proud as I do now having produced a piece of work that has received a PR Week Award, which are widely accepted by the PR and communications sector to be the equivalent of the film industry’s ‘Oscars’.

Thank you to all at LCH and Matt Goodfellow.

We Are PR Week Award Winners!

A big HURRAH in the Splinter Office today, as our fabulous Flu Campaign (creative by us, photography by Matt at Dupe Creative) with Liverpool Community Health won a PR Week Award last night down in London.  The campaign, for Best Internal Communications, beat off competition from British Airways, Nokia, Philips and Avanade.

Project Manager Kev went down to the Grosvenor House, Park Lane, with his tuxedo, to join James, Anna and Rachel from the LCH Comms Team and LCH Executive Director, Michelle Porteus. We look forward to the full story when he gets back to the office!

Label Soup site launched

One of the projects we’ve been working on recently has been a site for the folks at The Fyzz, where you can create and print your own products – initially phone cases.

Going by the name of Label Soup, we’re hoping the site will go on to do big things, so watch this space for regular updates on the site.

PR Week award nomination

A hearty pat on the back to our friends at Liverpool Community Health as their Comms and Marketing team and Splinter have been shortlisted in the category for ‘Best Internal Communications Campaign 2012/13’ in the PR week awards. Fingers crossed for a hat-trick as the Flu fighter campaign has already won a couple of awards, including the National NHS Flu fighter award.

Splinter’s Kev, who’s worked with LCH for 5 years, came up with the cheeky concept; parodying 1950′s information photos alongside humorous captions. LCH staff modeled for the campaign and our mate Matt from Dupe photographed the final campaign shots.

The campaign has been a huge success resulting in 71.6% of staff choosing to have the vaccination – up from just 47.7% the previous year.

Michelle Porteus, Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development at Liverpool Community Health said:

“We are absolutely thrilled to have been recognised in this year’s PR Week Awards, which is one of the PR and marketing industry’s most prestigious. We are very proud of the impact that this campaign has had, and even just to be named amongst these finalists is a huge achievement.”

The awards winners will be announced on Tuesday 22 October 2013 in the Great Room, Grosvenor House, Park Lane in London.

Llangollen – lle mae’r dirwedd yn ysbrydoli…

…if you don’t happen to speak the gorgeously rich language of Wales then pop along to Llangollen Pavilion’s spanking new bilingual website, launched today for a translation. Cool beans to ex-Splintee Craig Magee, photography who took some amazing shots in sub-zero conditions and to Sarah, Ste and Adam for their sublime design.

Llangollen Pavilion website

Amongst other things the venue is home to the International Musical Eisteddfod, conferences, food festivals and bridal fairs… its amazing versatility as a conference venue and it being located slap bang in the middle of a world heritage site has made it an easy sell for Splinter.

We won a competitive pitch to create a suite of bilingual marketing materials for the venue, the town and surrounding region. Including a brochure, venue & location pack, virtual room/venue tours, photography and website/s. We considered all elements of the customer & visitor experience from directional signs, accommodation, visitor attractions etc.

Thanks to Vicki, Geoff and Ceri from the Pavilion team and their funders and to Ivor from Hi-Clarity Communications who authored and worked on stakeholder consultation…thanks Ivor. Good luck to all our friends at the Pavilion over the coming months, with hopefully many more bums on seats :)

NHS Flu fighter award = Happy Kev

Happy Kev

One of the campaigns Splinter worked on for Liverpool Community Health has just won an NHS Flu Fighter award, for ‘most innovative campaign’.

This is the happiest Kev has ever looked!

Everyone’s a winner baby!

Hot off the press this very afternoon is the fantastic news that Splinter alongside Matt from Dupe Creative have helped our lovely client Liverpool Community Health beat the Flu!

The award is given by the NHS Employers Organisation (NHSFluFighters) in partnership with the Social Partnership Forum who work extensively to increase the rates of flu vaccination amongst NHS staff.

Our fun and lighthearted campaign to encourage NHS staff to get vaccinated against the flu featured some very well known staff members parodying 1950′s information photos alongside humorous captions and helped LCH achieve a 71.6% uptake on the vaccination!

Kev, the mastermind behind the visuals (with a bit of creative input from Me and Rach) and Matt (the intrepid photographer) hot footed it to the awards ceremony in Leeds today to receive the award along with the clever team at LCH!

Well done guys!

Chris (in the same room as!) Stephen Fry at Lovies

The glitterati of digital geek chic were partying at the Lovies in London last week. Including our very own MD; Chris as Splinter won not one but two prestigious Lovie Awards. ‘Lovie of the Year’ Stephen Fry, was honoured in recognition of his innovative, engaged approach to Twitter and personal website. The Lifetime Achievement award went to Professor Heinz Gerhauser who created the MP3.

The Lovies applaud the cream of Europe’s web and interactive design. Splinter were recognised for our Famous People games designed for BBC schools. We were chuffed to have also scooped the People’s choice vote in the Education category, with over 80% of the vote.

In the web category Splinter achieved a bronze award alongside the likes of JK Rowling’s Pottermore, the British Heart Foundation, The Sunday Times and Moshi Monsters sites, Gold went to the London 2012 Olympics and Crome Weblab.