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Unlocking The UK’s Hospitality Sector

It’s been two weeks since UK restaurants were permitted to reopen and what a two weeks its been.

We’ve been thrilled to work with Individual Restaurants in promoting every one of the group’s amazing restaurant’s return, with 23 venues reopened across the UK to date.  An ongoing, phased roll-out scheme will see the doors to the entire estate open in just a few weeks.

The safety of all guests is Individual Restaurant’s number one priority with the team working tirelessly to create safe and stylish dining environments for guests to enjoy.  The following linked video produced by the Group and on which we were pleased to support, documents just some of the new safety measures introduced.

An incredible job delivered by an incredible team.  Generating coverage for each and every reopening has been our pleasure.

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Individual Restaurants Launches New Delivery & Collection Service, 2GO

Our feet may be firmly rooted in Manchester right now, but that hasn’t stopped us from delivering campaigns across the UK with the launch and national roll out of Individual Restaurant’s new delivery and collection service, 2GO.

Available across a wide number of the leading restaurant group’s amazing collection of restaurants, including: Piccolino, Gino D’Acampo My Restaurant and The Restaurant Bar & Grill, 2GO sees each restaurant’s experienced team of chefs prepare a number of incredible dishes from scratch, using carefully sourced ingredients, for guests to enjoy at home.

We’ve been engaging media and influencers up and down the country to promote the new service and the response has been fantastic, with coverage in every town and region despite the ongoing challenges presented by the Covid-19 crisis.  Orders have exceeded all expectations.

Committed to continuously delivering outstanding food and service in atmospheric surroundings and now, to be enjoyed at home, Individual Restaurants is a privately-owned company that owns and operates 41 restaurants in central London, other major UK cities, affluent towns and suburbs.

 

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BUILD AT HOME WITH LEGOLAND DISCOVERY CENTRE

The doors to Legoland Discovery Centre Manchester may be temporarily closed but that doesn’t mean the creative fun has to end.

As the leading family attraction prepared to ‘lock down’ with the rest of the nation this month, we were pleased to get to work adapting the attraction’s communications strategy, with a focus on inspiring and delighting LEGO fans across the region.

#LDCBuildAtHome, a series of virtual build workshops imagined by The Strong Agency and led by Master Model Builder James Windle, has done just that, with thousands of families tuning in from the comfort of their home to participate in the builds.

The campaign, devised and delivered in just seven days, has been such a success its been confirmed to run twice a week throughout April, with LEGO fans young and old invited to join in every Tuesday and Thursday at 3pm.  Those interested in joining in the fun, should simply visit the attraction’s Facebook page on the outlined dates and times.

Activity has driven incredible media coverage too, with James positioned alongside internet sensation Joe Wicks!  To follow is just a handful of the many highlights:  Evening Standard   /  Shortlist   /  Manchester Evening News   /   Manchester’s Finest   /   About Manchester   / Liverpool Echo   /   Manchester Wire 

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MERLIN ENTERTAINMENTS APPOINTS THE STRONG AGENCY

In a week that’s been dominated by hard news, we’ve been proud to share a little good, with news that The Strong Agency has been appointed by Merlin Entertainments.

The retainer contract sees Strong work with the leading business to promote it’s two incredible Manchester attractions – SEA LIFE Manchester and Legoland Discovery Centre Manchester.

Work is already underway with plans for Sea Life Manchester’s exciting new feature, Snorkel with Sharks, in development.  The agency will also promote the attractions’ annual programme of events.

Speaking on the appointment, Jenn McDonough, General Manager Manchester Cluster, Merlin Entertainments, said: “We’ve worked with a number of partners over the years, but none have grasped the business quite in the way that Jules, and now The Strong Agency, does.  She has a proven track record for delivering creative and strategic campaigns that meet our business objectives, and we’re delighted to work together.  We know we’re in good hands.”

The appointment is a significant win for the agency and plays to our key strengths.   Thanks to PR Week, Prolific North & Response Source for covering the news.

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DOUBLE WIN FOR EL GATO NEGRO

Strong client, El Gato Negro, celebrated this week as the leading tapas restaurant picked up two accolades at the prestigious Oliver Awards.

Open little more than four months, it’s a notable achievement for the Leeds restaurant, with El Gato Negro awarded Best World Restaurant and Best Overall Restaurant.   It was also highly commended in the Best Newcomer category.

Speaking on the night, Chef Patron & Creative Director, Simon Shaw, said: “It’s great news, we’re really chuffed.  To be awarded not just one but two accolades after such a short period of trading is incredible.

“It’s a privilege and humbling to be recognised by your guests and industry peers, and a brilliant achievement for the team.”

The Oliver Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of the best in the business in Leeds’ flourishing food and drink scene, and saw 16 accolades presented on the night.

We’re incredibly proud to work with the team and to have the opportunity to document and promote El Gato Negro’s continued growth and success.

(Images credits: Allan McKenzie/YPN)

 

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