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May Highlights

Action on Addiction's thriving Liverpool-based social enterprise - dry bar, The Brink - had a double whammy this month, with three wins at the Social Impact Awards and news from the Big Lottery that they had been granted £298,542 funding. MSN job seekers is running a special content series on helping people get back into work, and both Fairplace's CEO Penny de Valk and AGR chief, Carl Gilleard, have blogged for this platform this month. The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants published a report on risk and innovation, specifically what Finance chiefs need to do to help innovation projects thrive within their organisation rather than being seen as the people most likely to put the brakes on. Coverage was achieved in The Evening Standard and on Global Accountant, CFOWorld, AccountingWeb and AskGrapevine, amongst others. We've been working with the The Times Cheltenham Science Festival for the past five years, and for the first time we decided to gather together the comms and PR representatives of various partners and sponsors of the festival. It was a brilliantly lively and creative meeting, resulting in a couple of new collaborations and news story ideas... Watch this space! Meanwhile, The Times kicked off its title media sponsorship of the festival with a wonderfully in-depth and moving interview with Maurice Saatchi about the Bill he is trying to pass through the Lords on cancer research, and Robin Ince shared his six best scientific discoveries with the Saturday review section. May began with the 10th edition of COLLECT at the Saatchi Gallery, the Crafts Council’s International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects. It's been a month of gongs for Foyles, who won National Bookseller of the Year for the second year running in The Bookseller Industry Awards, and whose effervescent Head of Marketing, Miriam Robinson, won the Kim Scott Walwyn Award for Women in Publishing. Our Campaigning team has been working with Four's Sports and Sponsorship division to promote the Halifax's sponsorship of The Big Lunch this year. Halifax Big Lunch ambassador, Sarah Beeny, spent a morning doing radio interviews about community cohesion and what neighbours can do to help one another, ahead of the Big Lunch day itself, which takes place this coming Sunday, 2 June. The Institute of Leadership & Management polled its members to uncover a list of office pet peeves, with office gossips, all-staff emailing and management speak topping the list. The survey certainly had the 'talkability' factor with coverage in The Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, Daily Express, BBC Breakfast and Sky News, and mentions appearing days' after our initial news story. It's been a busy month for the Library of Birmingham, with an event at the Telegraph Hay Festival, Alys Fowler launching the search for volunteer gardeners for the garden terraces and a gold medal win for the Library of Birmingham themed display at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Peter Gordon and The Providores team held their first art dinner, which celebrated the talented young painter, Benjamin Cohen. We announced the line-up of artists taking part in the City of London’s public realm exhibition, Sculpture in the City, which will see iconic artworks by the likes of Jake and Dinos Chapman and Antony Gormley animate the Square Mile’s insurance district. The Unbounders celebrated their second birthday at Hay, having launched there two years previously. They've launched 60 book projects and published 17 books into the trade. Recently published authors include Robert Llewellyn, who has been interviewed in papers as diverse as the Sunday Sport and the Daily Express for his second Unbound book, The Man in the Rubber Mask, and Charles Fernyhough, whose novel, A Box of Birds, has been praised in The Guardian and Financial Times.

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