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Blueface signs up top PR agency

THE Blueface Business Elevator competition for 2012 has signed up Heneghan PR to be public relations sponsor.

The agency will provide the eventual winner of the Blueface Business Elevator 2012 with strategic and tactical public relations support to the value of €10,000. Overall, the prize value is €50,000.

Blueface Elevator invites Irish-based start-ups with innovative ideas to give a three-minute pitch.

Entrepreneurs throughout Ireland are invited to pitch their business ideas to a panel of judges and the winning pitch will receive the hugely beneficial prize of top-level telecoms (Blueface), advertising (Newstalk 106-108FM) and public relat- ions advice (Heneghan PR), along with mobile handsets and tablets (Carphone Warehouse).

Alan Foy, CEO of Blueface, said: "We are delighted that Heneghan PR is supporting Blueface Business Elevator 2012. Their team understands the needs of Irish start-ups and can help the contestants to drive the awareness of their businesses. Thank you to Heneghan PR for getting on board with us in this nationwide initiative."

"We are very pleased to participate in this worthwhile, exciting and innovative initiative with Blueface," said Heneghan PR boss Nigel Heneghan.

To apply, entrants should submit a 100-word overview of their business idea, and their contact details, to elevator@blueface.ie.

To qualify, companies must be less than five years old and any products or services being pitched must have spent less than one year on the market. The closing date for initial submission is June 20.

KBC is market research winner

KBC Bank has won the Market Research Award at the All-Ireland Marketing Awards. The All-Ireland Marketing awards at the Burlington are considered one of the most prestigious marketing awards in the country.

KBC Bank chief executive John Reynolds said: "Market research is central to everything we do and helps us to continuously improve the products and services we provide to our customers. I would like to thank the Marketing Institute for honouring KBC Bank at this year's awards.

"I wish to extend my congratulations to our marketing team, whose outstanding work has been recognised by this award."

WHPR in Agency of the Year win

WHPR has scooped the Agency of the Year award at the 2012 Social Media Awards, beating some of Ireland's leading digital agencies. WHPR also picked up an award for The National Lottery in the "Best Facebook Page for a Business (non-campaign)" category.

"We have been making great inroads in our digital capabilities over the last number of years and it is now one of the key pillars of our business. We are very excited about future developments in digital and the opportunities that will come through ongoing innovation.

"We are delighted to have received such an accolade in the Irish Social Media Awards," said MD Brian Bell.

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