Deck the halls, get out the Christmas tree and wrap the presents – Christmas is well and truly here, and with the big day just around the corner, Viva is closing the office over the festive period. 2018 has been a great year for the whole team, with campaigns, press releases and events running smoothly and successfully (of course!). Whilst none of us can wait to see what 2019 brings, now is a great time to reflect on the amazing past twelve months at Viva.
Lisa Woodhouse | Account Manager
One of my favourite moments was the Amplifon Old or Not Old Games in Manchester, to prove that age is just a number. The event, organised by the Viva team, was a great hit and our over 60s and under 30s enjoyed going head to head in different athletic games!
The other moment of the year has to be meeting brothers Tom, 10, and Jack, 8, Mayoh. The youngsters have pledged to wear their shorts to school all winter to raise money for East Lancashire Hospice who cared for their mum Louise before she passed away in July.
The boys have raised over £13,700 – but don’t plan on stopping there! Viva arranged for the boys to appear on Granada Reports three times, national ITV news, BBC Radio Lancashire, 2BR Radio, feature in the Lancashire Telegraph, the Daily Mirror and receive the North West Tonight Christmas Star award. If you’d like to donate, the boys are accepting donations until the beginning of Spring in March 2019 – visit their JustGiving page here.
Hannah Monaghan | Account Manager
My magic moments were the opening of Air Unlimited in Burnley and Management Training at HAPPA.
Viva decided to recruit an army of child testers for the inflatable playground, Air Unlimited. With almost 500 entries which helped build the social following and encouraged engagement for Air Unlimited, we had to choose a #TesterTribe. We worked with Air Unlimited to create a pre-launch evening which we marketed and shared across social media.
The Management Training at HAPPA was attended by Lisa V and I, and we learned all about management styles. The horses we worked with were receptive to everything you do or say, and their actions reflected on how you acted towards them. I also had to lift each of the horse’s hooves with confidence – the horse immediately picked up on my nerves and twitched its back leg! The whole day was incredibly interesting applying your daily skills to a completely different setting and understanding the psychology was brilliant. You can read more on our blog here.
Alan Simpson | Business Development Manager
Meeting Freya Lewis, 14, who was only three metres from the Manchester Arena terrorist when it was attacked, was one of the magic moments of my life, not just 2018. Freya suffered horrific, life changing injuries. However, within 12 months she ran the Great Manchester Children’s Run and raised around £60,000 for the hospital ward that saved her life. Freya winning the 2018 Amplifon Awards for Brave Britons overall award gained massive national coverage for Amplifon.
My other favourite moment was climbing Pendle Hill twice with five-year-old Daisy Hooper, who raised more than £5,000 for Pendleside Hospice. It was inspiration enough for me to realise her feat of climbing Pendle 52 times in seven months was worthy of television and radio coverage, and of her reaching the finals of the 2018 Amplifon Awards for Brave Britons’ Young Hero category.
Although I will say, every moment working at Viva is magical!
Nic Parkes | Junior Accounts Executive
Although I only joined the team in October of this year, there have been some great moments this year. Working with Burnley.Social to create the Big Burnley Clothes Swap was one of the most rewarding. From creating posters and invitations to ensuring we had our tribe of bloggers, watching the event come together and be a huge success was great. Bloggers such as Emma Campbell and Freya Farrington who have a huge social media following supported the Clothes Swap and working with amazing online personalities was a treat.
As cheesy as it might sound, I also loved interacting with our clients. In previous job roles client relationships have been limited to emails and telephone calls, but here at Viva I was introduced to many of the individuals and companies that we work with, and even ventured out on my own to meet potential clients and interviewees. I am looking forward to seeing what 2019 brings!
Lisa Valentine | Social Media Executive
The Big Burnley Clothes Swap. Hosted in the newly-renovated Victoria Mill, we pulled together an event to help students refresh their wardrobe on a budget by bringing along clothes that they no longer wear to swap for a mix of preloved and new items that had been kindly donated by Boohoo to raise money for Pendleside Hospice.
Also, working with influencers to raise the profile of the town was a new challenge and gained us some great coverage from bloggers and vloggers, introducing a whole new audience from across the North West to Brilliant Burnley! Another of my favourites is whenever Alan brings homemade bread and cake into the office!
Tony Garner | Bossman
The best moment of 2018 for me was attending the PIC course Edge Hill University. The course helped us to focus on our core offering, realise how great we are as an agency, and give us the boost we needed to go into 2019 with confidence and with a sustainable growth plan.
From the whole team at Viva, we would like to thank all of our clients, who have made 2018 perhaps the best one yet. There is a lot to look forward to in the new year, but for now we wish you a very merry Christmas and the happiest of new years – we’ll see you on the other side!
The Viva Team