Merlin Entertainments teams up with Coca-Cola Great Britain to exchange plastic bottles for family fun this summer

Merlin Entertainments, the UK’s largest visitor attraction  operator,  has  today  announced  a  partnership  with  Coca-Cola  Great  Britain, which  will  offer  consumers  50%  off  entry  to  some  of  the  UK’s  best-known  family attractions, in exchange for their used plastic bottles. The trial scheme, which will run from 25th  July, invites people to bring and recycle any 500ml plastic bottle via an on-site ‘reverse vending’ machine. Unlike traditional vending machines which dispense drinks,  these  machines will  reward those  who  deposit their empty  bottles  with  a  voucher  to  receive  50%  off  entry  at…

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CIPR welcomes Chartered Management Institute white paper on ‘Purpose’

The Chartered Institute of Public Relations has welcomed The Chartered Management Institute’s report; ‘The What, The Why and The How of Purpose’ and its definition of organisational purpose. The paper defines organisational purpose as; “An organisation’s meaningful and enduring reason to exist that aligns with long-term financial performance, provides a clear context for daily decision making, and unifies and motivates relevant stakeholders.” The paper highlights the benefits of embedding purpose within an organisation and outlines the risk of benchmarking organisational performance exclusively through a financial lens. The paper criticises attempts by business to “cynically uphold a…

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ICCO to launch international Partner University Programme

The International Communications Consultancy Organisation (ICCO) has announced the launch of an international Partner University Programme. The scheme aims to bridge the gap between academia and PR and communications practitioners on a global scale. ICCO plans to engage with international universities that offer PR and communications qualifications, providing students, academic staff, and communications teams free online training in practical PR skills, and promoting international work placements and student exchanges across the network. The organisation will also work alongside university bodies to offer research and speaking opportunities for leading academics, publish international thought…

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Pledge to improve women’s safety at night in London

Organisations across London are being urged to pledge their support and help ensure women stay safe at night by signing up to the Mayor’s Women’s Night Safety Charter. Night Czar, Amy Lamé, and Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Sophie Linden, are calling on councils, businesses, venues and other organisations to get behind the charter, at a night safety summit today at City Hall.  The summit, called Reclaim the Night, will bring together representatives from policing, transport, charities and the night-time economy to reaffirm their commitment to improving safety at…

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IKEA UK and Ireland to remove all single-use plastic straws by 1st October 2018

IKEA UK and Ireland have announced the removal of all single-use plastic straws from its product range and restaurants by 1st October 2018, as part of its vision to have a positive impact on people and the planet. IKEA will also be looking at possible replacements for use by people with diabilities. The commitment applies to all UK and Ireland stores, including the recently opened IKEA Exeter store, all future IKEA outlets and IKEA online. The announcement is the first of many steps IKEA is taking towards its global commitment…

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