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Office and Campaigns Assistant – permanent, full-time based in Bethnal Green, London

Salary – £ Competitive

About Us:

Riot Communications is a multi-award-winning consumer PR agency specialising in culture and entertainment brands. Passionate about our work, we only represent clients, projects and products we believe in. We exist to celebrate the value that culture and entertainment brings to the world and how it can powerfully connect with consumers. We are known for executing smart, creative, positive communications strategies that deliver real, measureable results for our clients.

This role will best suit somebody with a passion for communications as well as for culture and entertainment. You will be super organised, curious, a strong team player, ace communicator and want to play a key role in the success of a small but growing and hugely ambitious creative agency.

About the role:

This is an ideal entry-level position into a PR career. You will be responsible for the general administrative duties required to help support the smooth running of the office, and will be required to provide assistance to the team on the execution of various PR campaigns as required.

Office administration key responsibilities:

To provide general administrative support to the team including, but not exclusive to:

  • Answering phone calls politely and promptly – you are the front line of the company – dealing with enquiries, message taking
  • Providing basic IT support to the team and troubleshooting IT problems
  • Managing post efficiently – incoming and out-going
  • Keeping meeting agendas and writing meeting minutes as appropriate
  • General photocopying/scanning
  • Accurately booking couriers, travel and accommodation for team members and clients when required
  • Co-ordinating mailings
  • Renewing licenses
  • Managing office expenses, including petty cash – processing sales and purchase invoices for the book keeper, depositing of monies
  • Liaising with staff and suppliers including cleaners, couriers, book keeper, IT helpdesk and building management and maintenance staff
  • Using Microsoft office packages, Dropbox and other pieces of administrative software
  • Managing personnel records, including holiday and sick leave
  • Greeting clients/journalists as they arrive
  • Booking meeting rooms and providing refreshments, setting up AV equipment
  • Proactively ordering stationery and other office supplies as required
  • Distributing newspapers on a daily basis among the team
  • Some PA duties to the MD of the company and Associate Director as required, including co-ordinating diaries, arranging meetings, booking appointments

Campaigns support key responsibilities:

To provide general support required in the execution of PR campaigns including, but not exclusive to:

  • Co-ordinating mailings and producing mailing lists using our media database
  • Working with the team to create, co-ordinate and execute social media campaigns
  • General copywriting tasks including press release creation with support from senior team members
  • Press release distribution – mailing of press releases to relevant individuals and outlets
  • Managing press clippings
  • Updating campaign activity reports, budget spreadsheets, timesheets
  • Liaising with clients where appropriate
  • Pitching to journalists where appropriate
  • Attending campaign project meetings
  • Keeping project meeting agendas and taking meeting minutes as appropriate
  • Event management – organising event logistics including for example venue hire, invite lists and mailings, photographers, taxi bookings
  • Attend client events where necessary (out of hours work may be required)

About you:

You will have: a professional demeanour, both in person, over the phone and in written communications; exceptional attention to detail; outstanding multi-tasking skills; and be super organised; dependable and with a proactive, can-do approach. You will be: unafraid of hard work; calm under pressure; and will enjoy the challenge of working in a fast-paced, creative environment.

Key skills:

  • Organisational skills
  • Communication skills
  • Reliability
  • Adaptability
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • IT skills
  • Problem solving skills

Essential Criteria:

  • Previous office-based clerical, secretarial or commercial work experience
  • Proficient in Microsoft packages and Dropbox
  • Excellent command of written and oral English

If this sounds like you, we would love to hear from you. Please apply in writing to info@riotcommunications.com with a CV and a covering letter explaining why you should be our next employee, including your current salary and notice period. Only candidates invited to interview will receive a reply. Deadline for applications is 10am, Monday 24th April 2017.

Tickets for Fry Up!, an “immersive theatrical dining experience” based on the traditional greasy spoon, will go on sale today, 1st April. For one week only, Fry Up! – based at arts venue The Vaults, Waterloo – will transport visitors into a traditional East London “caff” with all the trimmings: formica tables, plastic chairs, tomato-shaped ketchup bottles, salt and pepper sachets, Mother’s Pride and mugs of builder’s tea.

The brainchild of Kieron Vanstone, Director of The Vaults, the idea for the pop-up formed after a meeting in his local café. Vanstone realised there was a gap in the market for a true, London café experience.

Vanstone says: “As I was eating my smashed avocado on sourdough toast, with a double-shot, soya flat white, I realised I was craving something altogether simpler. That’s when it came to me – why not celebrate the greasy spoon?

“The greasy spoon is an iconic part of British culture and a dying breed which should be championed.  So we have created an immersive theatrical dining experience that will take Londoners and tourists alike back to basics, celebrating the joy of a natter over a cuppa and a full English.”

Customers to Fry Up! will have the chance to sample traditional English breakfast fare – white toast, fried eggs, sausages, chips, bacon and baked beans – whilst also having the opportunity to try their hands at playing the role of cafe owner, waiting staff and kitchen porter.

Vanstone continues: “Audiences will be as immersed as they like, interacting as customers or being able to cook and serve their meal themselves. There’s even a pair of bespoke marigolds for the finale!”

Londoner Henry Jones says: “I’m really excited that Fry Up! is opening not too far from where I live. I’ve wanted to try out a traditional greasy spoon ever since I moved to London in 2012 but, with the rise of hipster cafes and the gluten-free Swedish cinnamon bun trend, I don’t feel like I’ve had the chance to have the genuine experience. I will definitely be in the queue for Fry Up!.”

Tickets to Fry Up! will start from £45 for breakfast only, and £65 for the chance to act as one of the staff. Tickets go on sale from Saturday 1 April on The Vaults website: https://www.thevaults.london/whats-on.

UNIVERSAL THEME OF LOVE AND LOSS AT THE HEART OF THE PRIZE’S “STRONGEST EVER” LONGLIST

The 10 titles to be longlisted for the 2017 Desmond Elliott Prize, the “most prestigious award for first-time novelists” (Telegraph), have been revealed today, Friday 31st March. The Prize is celebrating 10 years of supporting debut authors this year and is awarded in the name of the late, acclaimed literary agent and publisher, Desmond Elliott.

Authors longlisted for the 2017 Prize come from a diverse range of professional backgrounds, from an actor and bar owner to a quantitative analyst working for a hedge fund manager. Kit de Waal, who is longlisted for her bestselling novel My Name is Leon, worked in criminal and family law and was a magistrate for several years before turning her hand to writing. David Savill (They Are Trying to Break Your Heart) was a current affairs journalist for the BBC, working on shows such as The World at One and Panorama, and Paul Stanbridge (Forbidden Line) counts builder, bookseller and pensions administrator amongst his former careers.

Love and loss are at the heart of many of the longlisted novels, with absent parents, missing children and unhappy unions all explored. Harmless Like You (Rowan Hisayo Buchanan), My Name is Leon (Kit de Waal) and Ithaca (Alan McMonagle) each touch on the impact that missing parents have on the children they leave behind. In Little Deaths, Emma Flint explores the tragic disappearance of two children and the subsequent accusations directed at their mother, while Thomas Maloney’s The Sacred Combe tells the story of Samuel Browne, whose wife unexpectedly leaves him to ‘live a better life’ without her.

Pan Macmillan imprint Picador leads the field with two longlisted titles, Little Deaths by Emma Flint and Ithaca by Alan McMonagle, while independent publisher Galley Beggar Press is longlisted for the fourth year in a row with Forbidden Line by Paul Stanbridge. Fellow independent Scribe, has another title – The Sacred Combe by Thomas Maloney – longlisted this year, after Gavin McCrea’s Mrs Engels reached the shortlist in 2016.

Chair of Judges and literary editor for the Spectator, Sam Leith said: “I’m delighted to be contemplating a longlist with such a range of styles and registers, such a variety of publishers, and such a diverse list of authors. This very strong longlist affirms the vitality of debut fiction in the UK. And here’s a reminder too, in the sheer range of the authors’ day-jobs, that there’s no one route to becoming a novelist. But each of our authors has shown determination, imagination, optimism and – to nod to Kingsley Amis – the all-important ability to apply the seat of the trousers to the seat of the chair. Congratulations to them all.”

The Chairman of the Prize’s trustees, Dallas Manderson said: “The aim of the Desmond Elliott Prize is to champion first-time novelists and it’s a real delight to take the opportunity of our 10th anniversary to look back at the huge success and recognition that our past winners have gone on to achieve. I’d like to think Desmond would be proud of his Prize’s track record for spotting the stars of the future. There’s no doubt amongst the Trustees that this is our strongest ever longlist, so we wish our judges the very best with their daunting task of whittling this down to just three extraordinary debuts.”

The Desmond Elliott Prize 2017 longlist in full (in alphabetical order by author):

  • Harmless Like You by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan (Sceptre)
  • My Name is Leon by Kit de Waal (Viking)
  • Little Deaths by Emma Flint (Picador)
  • Montpelier Parade by Karl Geary (Harvill Secker)
  • The Transition by Luke Kennard (4th Estate)
  • Ithaca by Alan McMonagle (Picador)
  • The Sacred Combe by Thomas Maloney (Scribe UK)
  • They are Trying to Break Your Heart by David Savill (Bloomsbury)
  • Golden Hill by Francis Spufford (Faber & Faber)
  • Forbidden Line by Paul Stanbridge (Galley Beggar Press)

The Desmond Elliott Prize has an established record for spotting up-and-coming novelists in the UK and Ireland and propelling them to greater recognition and success. Its 2016 winner was Lisa McInerney, whose novel The Glorious Heresies achieved critical acclaim and has since been optioned for television. McInerney’s hotly anticipated second novel, The Blood Miracles, is set to be published in April. Other past winners include Claire Fuller, Eimear McBride, Grace McCleen, and Ali Shaw.

Sam Leith is joined on the judging panel by the award-winning author, Kamila Shamsie, and specialist book buyer for WHSmith, Iain Rushworth. A shortlist will be announced on 5th May, and the winner will be revealed at a ceremony at Fortnum & Mason on 21st June where they will be presented with a cheque for £10,000.

Office Administrator – permanent, part-time, based in Bethnal Green, London

Salary – £ Competitive

About Us:

Riot Communications is a multi-award-winning arts and culture PR agency working across publishing, exhibitions, theatre, film and TV. We are looking for an exceptional and experienced Office Administrator to join our energetic team.

About the role:

You will be responsible for the general administrative duties required to help support the smooth running of the office, and will be required to provide assistance to the rest of the team as required.

 

Key Responsibilities:

To provide general administrative support including, but not exclusive to:

  • Answering phone calls politely and promptly – you are the front line of the company – dealing with enquiries, message taking
  • Providing IT support to the team and troubleshooting IT problems
  • Managing post efficiently – incoming and out-going.
  • Keeping meeting agendas and writing meeting minutes as appropriate
  • General photocopying/scanning
  • Accurately booking couriers, travel and accommodation for team members and clients when required
  • Co-ordinating mailings
  • Renewing licenses
  • Managing office budgets and petty cash – handling sales and purchase invoices for the book keeper, depositing of monies
  • Liaising with staff and suppliers including cleaners, couriers, book keeper, IT helpdesk and building management staff
  • Using Microsoft office packages, Dropbox and other pieces of administrative software
  • Managing personnel records, including holiday and sick leave
  • Greeting clients/journalists as they arrive
  • Booking meeting rooms and providing refreshments, setting up AV equipment
  • Proactively ordering stationery and other office supplies as required
  • Distributing newspapers on a daily basis among the team
  • Some PA duties to the MD of the company and Associate Director as required, including co-ordinating diaries, arranging meetings, booking appointments

About you:

You will have a professional demeanour, both in person and over the phone; will be calm under pressure; have exceptional attention to detail; have outstanding multi-tasking skills; be super organised and dependable and a proactive, can-do approach. You will be unafraid of hard work and will enjoy the challenge of working in a fast-paced, creative environment.

Key skills:

  • Reliability
  • Adaptability
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Organisational skills
  • Communication skills
  • IT skills
  • Problem solving skills

Essential Criteria:

  • At least a year’s previous office-based clerical, secretarial or commercial work experience is essential
  • Proficient in Microsoft packages and Dropbox experience
  • Excellent command of written and oral English

If this sounds like you, we would love to hear from you. Please apply in writing to info@riotcommunications.com with a CV and a covering letter explaining why you should be our next employee, including your current salary and notice period. Only candidates invited to interview will receive a reply. Deadline for applications is 5pm, Monday 20th March 2017.

Prize of £5,000 of books a ‘dream come true’ for school after three years of struggling to raise funds for a library

Cherry Burton 2

The winner and runners-up of the third annual World Book Day Award have been announced today on World Book Day. The first prize of £5,000 worth of books was awarded to Cherry Burton Primary School in East Yorkshire for their ‘Old Curiosity Shop’ entry, pictured above. A further three schools were awarded the second prize (£3,000 worth of books), and an additional 10 schools awarded the third prize (£1,000 worth of books).

Each year, schools are invited to take part in a creative challenge, which celebrates reading for pleasure – this year picture book giant, Oliver Jeffers and acclaimed fine artist, Sam Winston asked schools to create their own ‘world of stories’ inspired by their new children’s book, A Child of Books, published by Walker Books, who have funded the Award for 2017.

Cherry Burton Primary School responded with a whole school project which transformed their summer playhouse into an ‘Old Curiosity Shop’, inspired by the classic novel by Charles Dickens. Designed to convey the “individual experience” of reading, the shop was filled with displays and crafts made by the children, sparked by their favourite books, which ranged from Owl Babies to The Snail and the Whale and The BFG. The massive influx of £5,000 worth of new children’s books provides fresh hope to a school that has spent the last three years struggling to fundraise to expand their collection of books from just one bookshelf into a fully-fledged library.

Winning entries from the West Coast of Scotland to the West Midlands and Northern Ireland were chosen by a panel of judges consisting of Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston, World Book Day Director Kirsten Grant and Arts Editor for The Times Alex O’Connell. Each winner, plus 100 runners-up, will also receive a signed copy of A Child of Books, plus a limited edition print for their school.

Sarah Shepherdson, Literacy Coordinator, said: “We’re honoured and thrilled to have been awarded first prize for our entry to the World Book Day Award. The children all worked incredibly hard and loved exploring and interpreting their favourite books for the project. The addition of £5,000 worth of books to our school library is a dream come true. Three years ago, our library consisted of one meagre bookshelf, and while we have come a long way since then, there is no doubt that this prize will be life-changing for our pupils.”

Speaking on the judging process, Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston said: “It was incredibly difficult to choose between all of the fantastic responses we received. Each entry was clearly crafted with passion and imagination, and we loved seeing the types of stories that are engaging children today. The joy of stories was evident in Cherry Burton School’s outstanding project – their infectious enthusiasm for reading inspired not just pupils, teachers and parents, but also their local community.”

World Book Day Director, Kirsten Grant said: “Each year I am blown away by the fantastic entries we receive for the World Book Day Award, and this year has been no different. World Book Day is all about celebrating books and finding fun ways to encourage children to read for pleasure. This year, schools said that ‘the challenge has brought a bigger focus on books and stories’ and ‘prompted a different approach to reading for enjoyment’, which is incredible to hear, and the time, creativity and imagination in the entries is breath taking. The World Book Day Award gives schools the opportunity to transform their libraries, which play a vital role in promoting literacy and the joy of reading to children and young people. We hope our winning schools and their pupils enjoy their brand-new books!”

World Book Day is the biggest annual celebration of reading for children and will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2017 with 15 million £1 (€1.50) book tokens distributed in schools across the UK and in Ireland. The special £1 books produced to mark World Book Day are a yearly showcase of some of the best writing and illustration talent published in both countries.

Visit www.worldbookday.com to see this year’s entries and to get more information, the latest news and to subscribe to the free monthly World Book Day e-newsletter.