Friday noticeboard: Beattie Communications, family, etc

THE timing could not have been better for the organisers of this year’s annual gathering of PR people in Scotland, in terms of who they have lined up as host. They have got themselves a ‘man of the moment’.

An expected 300-plus people will be gathering at the Sheraton hotel in Edinburgh next week for the Scottish Chartered Institute of Public Relations’ PRide awards.

And the black-tie event is being hosted by Radio Forth DJ, Grant Stott, who was booked long before he was lined up to host the football highlights programme, Scotsport, on stv – making his debut on Monday night.

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PR people, Beattie Communications, say they are on the look-out for more staff, following what they describe as a “surge in new business”.

After extending an existing remit with Marks & Spencer, winning the corporate account for property company, Land Securities, in Scotland, as well as being appointed to handle the PR for call centre company, beCogent, the company is looking to recruit new employees for its offices in Falkirk and Glasgow.

Beattie Communications was set up in Lanarkshire 20 years ago by former journalist, Gordon Beattie. Other clients include Specsavers Optical Group, National Australia Bank, Klick Photopoint, The Miller Group and Rolls-Royce.

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MEANWHILE, a “high profile” appointment has been made by Edinburgh communications agency, family.

Naomi Askins is, says the company, “one of Scotland’s top account directors”, and includes handling Scottish Executive work on behalf of PR and marketing folk, Barkers, in her CV.

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THE ‘Friday noticeboard’ is aimed squarely at the Scotland’s PR and marketing communities, who have news snippets to share, including details of commissions won and people on the move, which might make for useful conversation starters in the pub later on.

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