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11 Jun 2018Book a Free PR Consultation with us at Let’s Do Business Show

We are delighted to be offering 10 show goers an exclusive consultation with one of our experts at the Let’s Do Business Show being held at Uttoxeter Race Course on Thursday 28th June. The team from FCM will also be exhibiting at the show and visitors are welcome to visit ... (click to read more)

25 May 2018Client News: World’s First Escape Maize Maze Planned at Staffordshire Farm

The escape room craze is coming to Burton on Trent with a twist as a farm park prepares to launch the world’s first ever escape maize maze.  FCM is delighted to be working with the National Forest Adventure Farm, who will be launching the Escape Maze: Agent Academy in July.  Details ... (click to read more)

24 May 2018FCM celebrates as Record Number Attend Annual Chamber event

FCM Associates was proud to offer PR support to the Burton and District Chamber of Commerce, when 80 attendees from businesses across Staffordshire and Derbyshire enjoyed the Chamber’s annual celebration lunch, held at Burton Albion Football Club on 24 May 2018. This record attendance reflects the group’s growing membership which ... (click to read more)

30 Apr 2018Client news: GEV Windpower to showcase cost saving innovations at AWEA Wind Power Expo 2018 in US

FCM is delighted to be supporting global wind turbine blade maintenance specialists, GEV Wind Power, as they showcase Blade247 Preventative Maintenance Package and other industry leading innovations at the Chicago AWEA Wind Power Expo in May 2018. GEV Wind Power’s Blade247 (www.blade247.com) provides a tiered preventative maintenance package to suit the risk ... (click to read more)

24 Apr 2018Client news: World Leading Motorsport Business to Share Growth Story at Chamber Annual Celebration

FCM Associates is proud to be supporting the Burton and District Chamber of Commerce, as it announces the headline speaker of its annual celebration lunch on Thursday 24 May is John Manchester of Repton based Gibson Technology, a world leading supplier of expertise in high performance race engines for ... (click to read more)

19 Apr 2018Women in Business Network Shines in Derby

FCM was delighted to meet over 50 business women from Derby who welcomed the Women in Business networking group at its first event in the city, a wellbeing networking brunch, on Thursday 19th April, at the University of Derby!  Celebrating its fourth anniversary in 2018, the Women in Business group, ... (click to read more)

23 Mar 2018A New Era for Women in Business 2018!

A new era has dawned for the successful Women in Business networking group in 2018, as it announces its fourth anniversary event is to be held in Derby for the first time, on Thursday 19th April, at the University of Derby’s Kedleston Road campus!  Two of the founding partners of ... (click to read more)

01 Mar 2018Client news: Farm transformed into Fairy Tale woodland for Easter

FCM is delighted to be offering PR support in 2018 to the National Forest Adventure Farm, as they prepare for a Fairy Tale Easter! Thousands of chocolate treats, new lambs and a fairy tale woodland walk can only mean one thing as the Easter Bunny arrives at a Staffordshire farm ... (click to read more)

28 Feb 2018Client news: Burton Albion host 100 Sixth Form student ahead of International Women's Day 2018!

FCM Associates was proud to support Commercial Director for Burton Albion Football Club, Fleur Robinson, who hosted the inaugural ‘Inspiring your Future’ event for 100 sixth form female students on Wednesday 28 February 2018. Held at the Pirelli Stadium, home of the EFL Championship club, the event took place in the ... (click to read more)

25 Nov 2017Client news: Farmer creates giant festive extravaganza

FCM is delighted to be offering PR support to a Burton Farmer, who is getting ready to transport visitors to the North Pole, taking his love of Christmas decorations to the extreme - by transforming a 900 square metre barn into a fully immersive Christmas adventure. Ivor Robinson, who sells ... (click to read more)

15 Oct 2017FCM Welcomes 50 Business Women to Mindful seminar

FCM was delighted to welcome over 50 women at its recent Women in Business seminar, An Evening with Debbie Leafe, on Thursday 12th October – working partnership with Smith Partnership Solicitors and the Burton & District Chamber of Commerce. The Women in Business partnership, celebrating its third anniversary in 2017, ... (click to read more)

12 Oct 2017Client News: Screamfest 2017 offers the Ultimate Fright Night Experience

Are you brave enough to spend the ultimate fright night lost in The Festival of the Dead or escaping the gruesome underworld Demonica? FCM has been proud to be working with a Midlands farm, who is unleashing a frightful underworld as it brings its latest wave of fright night attractions ... (click to read more)

24 Aug 2017A Mindful Approach to Business

Celebrating its third anniversary in 2017, the successful local Women in Business partnership led by FCM Associates, Smith Partnership and the Burton & District Chamber of Commerce – hosted by The Mercure Newton Park hotel, has announced its annual evening event on Thursday 12th October!  An Evening with Debbie Leafe ... (click to read more)

01 Aug 2017Turn PR into ‘Profit’ for your business for 'FREE’

Here at FCM Associates we are so passionate about Public Relations (PR) that we offer small to medium sized businesses a FREE guide on how to use PR to publicise their news and build business performance. Called, Turning PR in Profit, the easy to follow guide is available to download ... (click to read more)

06 Jul 2017Sparking New Connections at Women in Business

FCM was delighted to welcome over 50 local business women from across the region who attended the sell-out Women in Business summer seminar on 6th July, with the delegates gaining powerful insight and self-coaching tips as to how our brain makes connections, from personal development business coach, Ursula Cameron. The ... (click to read more)

08 Jun 2017Client News: Smith's Shine at Derby Telegraph Business Awards 2017!

FCM client, Smith Partnership is extremely proud to have won the Sales and Marketing Award at the Derby Telegraph Business Awards 2017 – and to be a finalist in two other categories! The prestigious business award winners were announced at a ceremony on Thursday 8th June, by the leading regional ... (click to read more)

05 Jun 2017Client News: A Champion Year for Burton Albion

Burton Albion is riding high after securing a place in the Sky Bet English Football League Championship division for a second season. The small yet mighty Midlands football club will be celebrating this momentous occasion for many weeks and months to come. Whilst the football team has been busy making ... (click to read more)

12 May 2017FCM announce summer seminar for Business Women

FCM Associates and its partners, the Chamber of Commerce and Smith Partnership are pleased to announce their Women in Business summer lunch time seminar, on Thursday 6th July, at The Mercure Newton Park, in Newton Solney!  The summer event offers local business women the chance to gain vital personal development ... (click to read more)

05 May 2017FCM support Barclays at Investment Options Seminar in Burton

FCM is very pleased to have recently provided PR services to support Barclays at an investment options seminar, for its premier customers, at Burton Albion Football Club. Attended by over 50 people, the investment seminar in May was organised by the regional Barclays Premier Team to provide clients with guidance ... (click to read more)

07 Mar 2017Massive Energy Boost for Local Business Women

At the third anniversary of its Women in Business programme, FCM and its three event partners were delighted to host a sell-out event on Tuesday 7th March, with fitness expert Kathryn Williams, who provided a massive motivational energy boost for local business women! The first event for 2017, held at ... (click to read more)

01 Feb 2017Creating a Zest for Life, Health and Business at Wib 3rd anniversary

Celebrating its third anniversary of its Women in Business programme, FCM Associates and its three event partners are pleased to announce their spring seminar on Tuesday 7th March, at a new venue for 2017 The Mercure Newton Park, in Newton Solney!  The first event for 2017 offers local business women ... (click to read more)

31 Jan 2017Client news: Smith Partnership Get Moving with new on-line platform

FCM’s client Smith Partnership, is delighted to have launched a standalone conveyancing website entitled Move to help its clients buy and sell property with professional expertise at every step; and offers tailored updates! Celebrating its 30th year in business in 2017, Smith Partnership has been working to launch the standalone ... (click to read more)

19 Jan 2017FCM announce 2017 dates for WiB programme!

FCM is delighted to announce the dates for the Women in Business programme for 2017 as it approaches its third anniversary, in association with its partners, Burton & District Chamber of Commerce and Smith Partnership Solicitors.   Tuesday 7th March Thursday 6th July Thursday 12th October   Claire Twells, Partner at Smith Partnership Solicitors and ... (click to read more)

22 Nov 2016FCM Appointed as Retained PR Service for successful Law Firm

FCM was delighted to be appointed by Smith Partnership, one of the largest firms of solicitors in the East Midlands, in May 2016 to provide additional external resource to help build its profile across the region and maximise the impact of its PR programme and activities.  The retained role undertaken ... (click to read more)

06 Oct 2016Founder of Global Chocolate Empire reveals the Secrets of Business Success

Over 70 business women took the opportunity to dine with Josephine Fairley, the co-founder of the Green & Black’s chocolate empire, at the first ever ‘An Evening with Women in Business’ event on Thursday 6th October at Hoar Cross Hall Spa Hotel. Josephine shared her inspiring business story revealing the ... (click to read more)

16 Aug 2016FCM announces 'An Evening with WiB' presenting Josephine Fairley

FCM is delighted to announce co-founder of the Green & Black’s chocolate empire, Josephine Fairley, will be guest speaker at the first ever ‘An Evening with Women in Business’ event, to be held on Thursday 6th October at Hoar Cross Hall Spa Hotel. Josephine, who co-founded Green & Black’s in ... (click to read more)

05 Jul 2016FCM Smashes Women in Business Summer Seminar

In its third successful year, FCM Associates and its three event partners were delighted to host their Women in Business Summer seminar at Hoar Cross Hall Spa Hotel, offering over 60 ladies the chance to pick up business development skills from professional trainer Martin Perry to help them smash their ... (click to read more)

11 May 2016FCM launch Summer Seminar for Women in Business!

Having recently celebrated the second anniversary of its Women in Business programme, FCM and its event partners are pleased to announce their summer seminar, offering delegates the chance to pick up business development skills from professional trainer Martin Perry to help them tame their mountainous e-mail Inboxes - on ... (click to read more)

10 Mar 2016FCM promotes Roaring Success at Women in Business Anniversary!

FCM was delighted to spread the news when women from across the region celebrated the second anniversary of the Chamber of Commerce, Women in Business programme in style at Hoar Cross Hall Spa Hotel. The programme offers a fresh approach to networking in the region with skill workshops and ... (click to read more)

12 Feb 2016FCM meet Dragons’ Den Star Theo Paphitis

Dragons’ Den Star Theo Paphitis invites Burton business to the ‘Small Business Sunday’ Winners event FCM Associates was delighted to join BBC Dragons’ Den Star Theo Paphitis at his national Small Business Sunday (SBS) winners event on Friday 12th February at the ICC in Birmingham. FCM was selected by Theo to ... (click to read more)

25 Jan 2016Performance Enhancement Skills training at WiB 2nd anniversary

Celebrating the second anniversary of its Women in Business programme, the Chamber of Commerce is offering delegates the chance to pick up vital business performance enhancement skills from professional trainer Sally McMahon, on Thursday 10th March 2016. Following the success of the Women in Business programme over the last two ... (click to read more)

05 Dec 2015FCM PR Campaign to celebrate Small Business Saturday

FCM was delighted to work on a PR campaign as a Burton Small Business partner to celebrate Small Business Saturday on 5th December! Showcasing the power of PR by encouraging local small businesses to link to a national ocassion! With a kick and a shimmy through the three main busy shopping areas, a celebration ... (click to read more)

05 Nov 2015Calling all Burton small businesses to celebrate Small Business Saturday!

The UK will celebrate Small Business Saturday on 5th December and four Burton businesses, the Burton Small Business partnership, has come up with the idea to form a small business owner Conga, as a way to bring all the different types of businesses together and to surprise Burton’s Christmas ... (click to read more)

22 Oct 2015Whipping up a recipe for business success!

FCM is delighted to be an event partner with the Burton & District Chamber of Commerce to promote its established Women in Business programme.  Fifty local business women had the chance to pick up some business development tips at the latest event from successful Staffordshire coffee house owner Sue Hunter, ... (click to read more)

02 Oct 2015FCM offers PR support to Burton firm having won a National Award for Product Innovation

FCM is delighted to be offering PR support to Ischebeck Titan UK Ltd, based in Burton, as they shout about their prestigious Concrete Structures Group CONSTRUCT innovation award, for their unique product ‘Screen Saver'. Established in 1990, Ischebeck Titan UK Ltd is about to enter its 25th year in the ... (click to read more)

30 Sep 2015Karen offers an insight into the world of PR at WiRE event

FCM was delighted to be invited to speak at the latest Women in Rural Business Enterprise (WiRE) Burton Group meeting about how PR and Communications can help build the profile of all businesses - large and small. Karen McElroy, owner of FCM, went along to meet the 30-strong group of ... (click to read more)

23 Sep 2015Burton Small Business partners FCM share expertise in the run up to Small Business Saturday

The UK will celebrate Small Business Saturday on 5th December 2015 - FCM alongside three other Burton based businesses are sharing their expertise for the second year running to help local companies put Burton firmly on the map as part of this popular national event. Burton Small Business partners established ... (click to read more)

22 Sep 2015FCM partners a Great British Recipe for Success!

FCM is proud to be a partner with the Burton & District Chamber of Commerce to promote its Women in Business programme. With local business women having the chance to pick up some delicious business development tips from successful Staffordshire coffee house owner Sue Hunter, at the next event, ... (click to read more)

14 Jul 2015FCM ‘Ask the Experts’ Zone Buzzing at WiB!

FCM was delighted to share its expertise with local business women at the Burton & District Chamber of Commerce’s summer ‘Women in Business’ event, on Tuesday 14th July. Carol Sewell from Burton and District Chamber of Commerce said: “Our first ‘Ask the Experts’ event was a great success offering the ... (click to read more)

09 Jul 2015FCM team share Super Six tips for PR at WiB

Professional experts will be on hand to take questions from local business women at the Burton & District Chamber of Commerce’s Summer Women in Business event, on Tuesday 14th July at The Joynes Suite, Hoar Cross Hall Spa Hotel in Staffordshire. FCM Associates is delighted to be hosting one of ... (click to read more)

02 Jul 2015Hoar Cross Hall bringing Customer Service Skills to WiB

Professional experts will be on hand to take questions from local business women at the Burton & District Chamber of Commerce’s Summer Women in Business (WiB) event, on Tuesday 14th July at The Joynes Suite, Hoar Cross Hall Spa Hotel in Staffordshire. Hoar Cross Hall Spa Hotel, WiB event partner, ... (click to read more)

26 Jun 2015Burton & District Chamber of Commerce Gear up for Women in Business

Professional experts will be on hand to take questions from local business women at the Burton & District Chamber of Commerce’s Summer Women in Business event, on Tuesday 14th July at The Joynes Suite, Hoar Cross Hall Spa Hotel in Staffordshire. The Burton & District Chamber of Commerce is hosting ... (click to read more)

19 Jun 2015Smith Partnership Solicitors get ready for WiB event

Professional experts will be on hand to take questions from local business women at the Burton & District Chamber of Commerce’s Summer Women in Business event, on Tuesday 14th July at The Joynes Suite, Hoar Cross Hall Spa Hotel in Staffordshire. Smith Partnership, WiB event partner, is hosting one of ... (click to read more)

21 May 2015FCM support Hoar Cross Hall to launch The Joynes Suite

FCM was delighted to support Hoar Cross Hall Spa Hotel as they welcomed business clients to an exclusive preview of its luxury refurbishment programme, which is set to further expand the luxury spa and hotel’s business offering. Nearly 100 clients and suppliers gathered at Hoar Cross Hall Spa Hotel on ... (click to read more)

10 May 2015FCM offer FREE advice at WiB ‘Ask the Experts’ event

FCM is proud to be offering FREE advice alongside three other professional businesses at the Burton & District Chamber of Commerce’s Summer Women in Business event, on Tuesday 14th July. Carol Sewell from Burton and District Chamber of Commerce spoke about the attraction to the events for local business women: ... (click to read more)

26 Mar 2015Women in Business Charity Announced for 2015

FCM were proud to be event partners with the Burton & District Chamber of Commerce when it announced the official charity for its Women in Business programme 2015 as East Staffordshire Citizens Advice Bureau, at the business networks 1st anniversary lunch held on 12th March at Hoar Cross Hall Spa ... (click to read more)

18 Feb 2015NTTA Celebrate 15th Anniversary of its Quality Secured Scheme, supported by FCM

FCM is delighted to be providing PR Services to the National Towing and Trailer Association (NTTA) during February, to help it celebrate 15 years of its Quality Secured Scheme, whilst it attends the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show at the NEC. The NTTA, the voice of the UK light trailer ... (click to read more)

18 Feb 2015Dawn Ward CBE to Inspire Business Women

Business women from across the region will be spoilt at the first anniversary celebration of the Burton & District Chamber of Commerce's Women in Business programme, by having a highly honoured and awarding winning guest speaker, Dawn Ward CBE, Chief Executive and Principal of Burton and South Derbyshire College. Carol ... (click to read more)

16 Jan 2015Celebration for 1st Anniversary of Women in Business on 12th March 2015

FCM Associates, event partner for the Burton & District Chamber of Commerce, is delighted to announce the details of the 1st Anniversary celebration lunch for the Women in Business (WiB) programme on Thursday 12th March 2015. Hundreds of business women from across the region were inspired during 2014 by attending ... (click to read more)

23 Dec 2014Thank you to Burton TV for supporting WiB during 2014

As event partners to the Burton & District Chamber of Commerce, the team at FCM would like to thank Burton TV for supporting WiB during 2014, by attending each event and interviewing the delegates to produce a mini-programme. Click on the link to view the latest Burton TV programme 4th ... (click to read more)

10 Dec 2014Breaking down Barriers to Success with the Experts

Business women from across the region attended the fourth in a series of Burton & District Chamber of Commerce ‘Women in Business’ events, on Thursday 4th December.  The Chamber of Commerce arranged the wellbeing workshop presented by Staffordshire based success and wellbeing coach, Kate Young, and performance, business and career ... (click to read more)

06 Dec 2014Helen promotes Local Suppliers on Small Business Saturday

The UK will celebrate Small Business Saturday on 6th December and as the countdown begins the team behind Burton Small Business will share their expertise to help local companies put Burton on the map as part of this national event. Helen Wheat who established Helen's Bakehouse and Tearoom in 2012, ... (click to read more)

24 Nov 2014Need PR that fits the bill................

  Contact the team at FCM today for a FREE discussion about your PR and Communication needs! E: info@fcm-associates.co.uk T: @FCMassociates ... (click to read more)

17 Nov 2014FREE business surgery and guide to boost your sales!

The countdown begins to Small Business Saturday UK Four Local Businesses offer a FREE GUIDE and Surgery to boost trade in Burton! The UK will celebrate Small Business Saturday on 6th December and as the countdown begins the team behind Burton Small Business will share their expertise to help local companies ... (click to read more)

14 Nov 2014Read all about it! FCM's latest newsletter

To read the latest FCM newsletter: CLICK HERE   ... (click to read more)

10 Nov 2014Burton YMCA sends report from Gregory, the FCM Bear

My name is Gregory the FCM bear and it was a cold November night when I packed by bags ready to spend the night with my teddie friends and Burton YMCA for the 2nd year running to help raise awareness and funds for those homeless in the area. I was ... (click to read more)

30 Oct 2014WiB can learn to be Christmas Queen of Serene!

The fourth in a series of the Burton & District Chamber of Commerce ‘Women in Business’ event will include a mini ‘festive’ workshop entitled ‘Six Steps to Serenity’ – on Thursday 4th December. Christmas may feel like the last thing business women need to think about over the next few ... (click to read more)

28 Oct 2014Social Media posting Frenzy at WiB event

Over 50 Business women from across the region were buzzing at the third in a series of Burton & District Chamber of Commerce ‘Women in Business’ events on 23rd October. The fully booked ‘A Practical Approach to Social Media’ session was a roaring success with 100’s of Linked In ... (click to read more)

13 Oct 2014FCM help launch Burton Small Business website, with FREE business guide

The UK will celebrate Small Business Saturday on 6th December and four Burton businesses are sharing their expertise to help local companies put Burton on the map as part of this national event. FCM is proud to be part of the team which has launched a new website www.BurtonSmallBusiness.co.uk which ... (click to read more)

15 Sep 2014Use Social Media to Drive Sales at WiB event

Business women from across the region are invited to the third in a series of Burton & District Chamber of Commerce ‘Women in Business’ successful events this autumn, on 23rd October – with a ‘Practical Approach to Social Media’ session included.  With over 500 million Tweets sent each day around ... (click to read more)

09 Jul 2014Second ‘Women in Business’ Event Tops Eighty Delegates!

The second Burton & District Chamber of Commerce ‘Women in Business’ event attracted over 80 business women from across the region to the beautiful Hoar Cross Hall Spa Hotel;  with organisers delighted to see attendance increase by 33%! The event held on Thursday 3rd July follows the successful launch of ... (click to read more)

01 Jul 2014FCM’s sparkling winner at the races

To celebrate our 9th birthday the team at FCM exhibited at Let’s Do Business at Uttoxeter Racecourse last week. During the day visitors to our stand entered a FREE prize draw and the lucky winner was Julia Phillips, from Staffordshire based Just Perfect Wines. Julia won a wonderful ‘Afternoon Tea for ... (click to read more)

25 Jun 2014A Racy Birthday for FCM

They say birthdays come around quicker every year and that’s certainly the case at FCM! June 2014 marks our 9th birthday in business and to celebrate we’ll be exhibiting at the Let’s Do Business, Chamber of Commerce exhibition at Uttoxeter Racecourse on Thursday 26th June. We’ve printed extra copies of our ... (click to read more)

17 Jun 2014FCM client chose PR to announce a Special Anniversary

The team at FCM is delighted to be providing freelance PR support to Develop Training Ltd in Derby, to celebrate their 10th Anniversary of providing highly successful utility apprenticeships across the UK. The celebration in June was marked with a photograph of the current group of National Grid gas utility ... (click to read more)

10 Jun 2014A Little Birdy Told Me Theo Paphitis Is A Fan!

FCM 'SMALL BUSINESS SUNDAY' WINNER! Twitter’s power to boost small business is something we’ve always believed in. As a way for SMEs to raise awareness of their brands and to network with other businesses, we genuinely believe it’s second to none – better even than LinkedIn.  Whether it’s through organised hashtag events ... (click to read more)

06 May 2014MAY OFFER: Wish you had direct access to 200,000 journalists?

Wish you had access to 200,000 journalists? If your answer is YES the team at FCM can help you out. At our fingertips we have access to around 200,000 journalists and 47,000 publications ranging from national and regional newspapers, to every kind of trade magazine.   Journalists are always on the ... (click to read more)

02 May 2014Summer Networking Event for Women in Business Takes to the Great Outdoors

Business women from across the region are invited to the second in a series of Burton & District Chamber of Commerce ‘Women in Business’ events at the luxurious Hoar Cross Hall Spa Hotel.  The event will be held on Thursday 3rd July, from 11.30am until 2pm and follows the successful ... (click to read more)

20 Mar 2014Inspiring Women to Grow Their business with Confidence and a Smile

Business women from across the region was inspired and treated at the inaugural Burton & District Chamber of Commerce’s Women in Business event, held at Hoar Cross Hall Spa Resort on 6th March. Carol Sewell from Burton and District Chamber of Commerce said: “Our first Women in Business event was ... (click to read more)

05 Mar 2014Award for Excellence for Karen

Exciting news!  Karen McElroy received an Award for Excellence in the category of Freelancer of the Year, at the Institute of Internal Communications (IoIC) Central Region Awards on Friday 28th February. Karen, who won the award last year, said: “It was fantastic to be recognised for freelance work last year, ... (click to read more)

12 Feb 2014Chamber to Launch its First Women in Business Event in the lead up to International Women's Day

  Business women from across the region are invited to luxury Hoar Cross Hall Spa Resort on Thursday 6th March, to mark the launch of Burton & District Chamber’s first Women in Business event. The event, which takes place between 2pm and 4pm, will be one of thousands being held throughout ... (click to read more)

03 Feb 2014Karen Reaches Award Finals for Second Year Running!

Burton based FCM Associates is delighted to announce Karen McElroy has been shortlisted as Freelancer of the Year, at the Institute of Internal Communications (IoIC) Central Region Awards, for the second year running. Karen spoke about winning the award last year and being a finalist again: “It’s great to have ... (click to read more)

22 Jan 2014FCM Team Enjoys CAB Fundraiser

FCM Associates was delighted to support East Staffordshire Citizens Advice Bureau’s (CAB) latest fundraising event, held at APNE India Cuisine in Burton on Trent. Karen McElroy (pictured front left) and Tracey Chadwick (pictured front right) joined dozens of local business people to enjoy wonderful food and lively entertainment whilst raising ... (click to read more)

09 Dec 2013Client Press Release:Local Entrepreneurs Launch Online British Gifts Venture

Rolleston-on-Dove based business Love It and More has launched a new on-line business venture in time for the festive season, offering eccentric British inspired gifts.   With UK on-line retail sales having a 10.5% share of the market*, founders Anna Brittan and Nicky Reddin have seized the opportunity to make ... (click to read more)

29 Nov 2013Press release: FCM contributes to new resource for women in business

FCM Associates owner Karen McElroy has contributed a case study to The Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce (GBCC) ‘Women in Business Toolkit’, developed and launched this month in conjunction with Europe Direct. The ‘toolkit’ includes an array of advice and guidance on statutory rights and best practice activities; including a booklet ... (click to read more)

22 Nov 2013Press Release: Burton Professionals Celebrate National Freelancers Day!

Over 25 local freelancers and independent professionals gathered to celebrate National Freelancers Day on Thursday 21st November to share ideas and experiences at a free networking event. Burton based freelance PR business, FCM Associates Ltd, organised its first drop in networking event held at Waterside Court Enterprise Centre offices in ... (click to read more)

20 Nov 2013Client Press Release:Cheesemonger Hands Over Treasured ‘Cheese Bible’

Speciality cheese is set to return to Burton’s Market Place thanks to well-known former indoor market Cheesemonger, Heather Colley, handing over her ‘Cheese Bible’ to long standing business friend Helen Wheat. The award winning bakehouse and tearoom is going from strength to strength and is set to expand further with ... (click to read more)

08 Nov 2013Calling all Freelancers to Celebrate National Freelancers Day!

Burton based freelance PR business, FCM Associates, is flying the flag for local freelancers and independent professionals by holding a free networking event on National Freelancers Day to celebrate the contribution the sector makes to the UK economy. The company is calling for freelancers to drop in to Waterside Court ... (click to read more)

24 Sep 2013Extensive Press Coverage Achieved for National Festival

The team at FCM secured over 50 pieces of editorial coverage and radio broadcasts for the Inland Waterways Association’s (IWA) flagship event The Waterways Festival, held in Watford in the summer. It was the second year running FCM had been appointed to run the PR campaign for what is Britain’s ... (click to read more)

19 Sep 2013Turn PR into ‘Profit’ for your business for 'FREE’

Here at FCM Associates we are so passionate about Public Relations (PR) that we offer small to medium sized businesses a FREE guide on how to use PR to publicise their news and build business performance. Called, Turning PR in Profit, the easy to follow guide is available to download ... (click to read more)

25 Mar 2013Have we got news for you?

We are delighted to launch the first-ever FCM e-newsletter containing our latest news, special offers and PR advice.   If you would like to be added to the distribution list for future issues of the FCM e-newsletter please drop an e-mail to the team at info@fcm-associates.co.uk   Click here to view the March ... (click to read more)

11 Mar 2013Using the best tools for the PR job!

At FCM we believe it always pays to invest in the best. That’s why we recently subscribed to the market leading media database Gorkana.  It’s a really effective tool which means we can source the right journalist in the right media to expertly target every press release we issue.     Would you ... (click to read more)

07 Mar 2013FCM handles media launch for Knott-Avonride Ltd

The team at FCM was delighted to be asked by Knott-Avonride Ltd, the UK’s leading manufacturer of brake and trailer technology, to handle the media launch of its latest product innovation. Joint Managing Director, Phil Holman of the Burton based company required freelance PR expertise to target trade and leisure ... (click to read more)

06 Mar 2013FCM Director Wins Top Midlands Award

FCM Associates is celebrating an award win by Karen McElroy who was named Freelancer of the Year 2012 by the Institute of Internal Communications (IoIC) Central Region at its annual award ceremony on Friday 1st March at the Leicester Marriott Hotel. The IoIC is the UK's leading professional body for ... (click to read more)

29 Jan 2013FCM Director Reaches Award Finals

Director of FCM Associates Karen McElroy is delighted to have been shortlisted in the Institute of Internal Communications (IoIC) Central Region Awards, for Freelancer/Interim of the Year 2012. Karen spoke about being a finalist: “I am extremely proud and excited to have been shortlisted in the Freelancer/Interim of the year ... (click to read more)

22 Jan 2013FCM Blog: Could freelancing be the future?

According to the Professional Contractors Group  (PCG) freelancing is a growing trend in the UK and a path that around 1.5 million UK based business people* have chosen to pursue. It is a popular path for professionals across many disciplines from writers and designers to architects and photographers - if ... (click to read more)

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