Cheers to another #Mconie25 years!

2015 was a memorable year for The McOnie Agency as we celebrated 25 years of public relations, operating in the health and safety, industrial, fire safety, security and facilities sectors. According to Lord Young’s report on Small Businesses published last year, there are now 5.2 million SME’s that account for 48% of the employment in the UK. We are extremely proud to be one of these and the fact that we have contributed to the UK economy for a quarter of a century. Not only that, The McOnie Agency was founded and is still managed by Sarah McOnie which means that we are one of the 18% of SME’s headed up by a woman!

At the start of 2015, the agency collectively decided how we could mark our 25 years and so each month we completed an exciting challenge. We tasked ourselves to complete charity work, implement new office initiatives and to generally ensure that we had fun celebrating the anniversary, doing things we wouldn’t usually do!

During 2015, we successfully:

  • Walked a total of 25 miles during the working day in one month
  • Gave up sugar for one week
  • Stood up in all meetings for one month
  • Completed a half marathon
  • Made a mark at an international public relations conference by hosting a birthday party
  • Created and implemented a social media campaign at a trade show by encouraging delegates to take a selfie with us (25 per day over a period of three days = 75 selfies!)
  • Completed individual volunteer days for local charities of our choice
  • Began our journey in learning to play the ukulele (to be continued…)
  • Organised a MacMillan Coffee Morning for our business park
  • Slept rough at the Centrepoint Sleep Out
  • Won a Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) PRide award for our Crisis Management work with Arco
  • Baked an array of festive treats for the McOnie Bake Off 2015

As you can imagine, we have had a great deal of laughs along the way and have thoroughly enjoyed updating you on our progress through our blogs, Twitter and e-newsletter. These challenges encouraged us to think and do more. It seems we can do a lot on top of our day to day work as PR professionals if we really make the effort and put our minds to it.

Our thinking caps are now on for the 30th anniversary.

Happy New Year!

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