Social Care and a Flat White

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We have an election in just over a week so I thought I would resurrect my blog and talk about a couple of issues that are important to me and I have some experience of through work or volunteering.

So I am going to start with Adult Social Care

There has been a riot of articles in the press recently about the state of social care provision in the UK. The chronic underfunding, imposition of the new minimum wage causing organisations to close units as they cannot make them profitable. Also Theresa May’s apparent u turn on a social care funding cap. Interestingly in the 2015 Conservative manifesto one of their pledges was about introducing a cap on social care funding by an individual but within the first 6 weeks of the government they dropped the idea and instead said they would think about it in 5 years time. ‘Strong…

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Bolton’s ‘Poundbakery’ PR Balloon Blunder

The Underwater Marketing Company Blog

Did you hear the one about Poundbakery, who thought it would be a fab idea to potentially maim and kill wildlife, whilst wantonly littering the Greater Manchester area?

Probably not.

It is quite possible however that you read about the bakery releasing 500 helium balloons, containing free sandwich vouchers in Bolton, as a PR stunt.

Poundbakery, Bolton Bakery, mass balloon release, Keely Palin, young-horse-panicked-by-helium-balloon-suffers-broken-neck, environmental littering, MCS, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company “The sky is the limit with this campaign and we can’t wait to see where the balloons end up.” Keely Palin, Marketing Manager, Poundbakery Bolton

This ill conceived stunt, along with Poundbakery’s Marketing Manager, Keely Palin, certainly both deserve an entry in this year’s PR Hall of Shame.

Barely 20 days ago, on 20th March, Horse and Hound reported that a young horse ran through a gate, broke two of her legs and then her neck after choking on a helium balloon that had landed in her field.

Keely Palin told The Bolton News on 7th March 2017, “The…

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