NI Budget Announced

Matthew Morrison Blog

The long awaited budget for Northern Ireland was announced last week. The MCE Public Affairs team share their views on the main points from the announcement.  The headline to come out of the announcement was the release of £410 million from the DUP confidence and supply agreement with the government, including £80 million for health and education pressures, £30 million …

Paul McErlean, MCE Public Relations

Lights, Camera, Action For Cinemagic

Andrew Kelly Blog

Every parent goes through a moment or even a stage when their kids are embarrassed by them. That moment when the children put their hands over their eyes with utter dread at whatever is unfolding; dad dancing or singing are two of the usual offenders. A month or two ago, two of my closest friends, Aidan Donnelly and John McManus, …

Whose Budget is it Anyway?

Matthew Morrison Blog

The Head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service, David Sterling, recently told the Northern Ireland Affairs Select Committee at Westminster that there needs to be clarity and certainty about a budget by 8th February. While that clarity is not yet forthcoming, the MCE Public Affairs team has reviewed seven of the issues that are likely to be faced. 1. If …

New Permanent Secretary Team Announced

Matthew Morrison Blog, Public Affairs

A new Permanent Secretary team has been announced today. In the absence of Executive Ministers these people are of increased significance and are responsible for effective management of their department’s operations. A full list of Permanent Secretaries can be found below. Head of Northern Ireland Civil Service – David Sterling Director General of International Relations – Andrew McCormick Department for the …

‘Tis The Season At MCE

Niamh Parker Blog

Feeling uninspired about what to get your loved one this year? MCE’s consumer team members Niamh Parker and Sarah Carey have done the hard work for you and collated their very own 12 days of Christmas wish-list. And since it’s officially December, we see no shame in turning up the volume to Mariah Carey’s ‘All I want for Christmas’ while …

Christmas Gift Guides

Niamh Parker Blog

MCE’S client executive, Niamh Parker, shares some tips on how to secure coverage in gift guides. In the PR world, Christmas has well and truly been in full swing for the past couple of months. The festive season accounts for massive revenue, so it’s no wonder there is such an emphasis on Christmas PR. Securing press coverage for clients around …

Digital Behaviour Shifts in 2017

Niamh Parker Blog

The PRCA recently launched its annual Digital, PR and Communications Report. Partnering with YouGov, the organisation surveyed 362 agencys and in-house PR professionals across a variety of services. The report provides an insightful look into ‘digital’ and the impact it is having on the world of communications. Kathryn, the newest member of MCE’s corporate team, discusses the key findings of …

Paul McErlean, MCE Public Relations

Where There Is A Will, There Is A Way For Belfast

Andrew Kelly Blog

The physical work and some events funding had been started via the Laganside Corporation but as it was wound up, the regeneration powers passed to what was then the Department of Social Development. One of the chief agitators (he probably would have liked the title of ‘Agitator in Chief’) was a man called Will Chamberlain, who at the young age …

How To Make The Most Of Instagram

Niamh Parker Blog

MCE’s client executive, Niamh Parker, shares some tips on how to make the most out of your corporate Instagram account Like it or not, social media platforms have become mainstream communication tools for businesses. It has never been so fast and easy to connect and share real-time information with like-minded users, so it’s important to keep up to speed.  If …

One Year At MCE

Niamh Parker Blog

This month marks the one-year anniversary of two team members, who began their journey at MCE this day last year. Nicole Hollinger and Niamh Parker reflect on the past 12 months working at MCE Public Relations. Nicole Hollinger, Events and Admin Assistant: “Just don’t burn the place down and you’ll be okay” –  this was the advice that I gave …