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Ignite win major contract

Peter Lindsey  Tuesday 19 November 2019

Ignite PR and Engagement has won a major contract. 

We have secured a deal with the Chailey Heritage Foundation, which employs around 450 staff at its base in Mid Sussex. It provides specialist support for pupils and young people with severe disabilities. 

We are absolutely thrilled to be working with such a great institution. Ignite's Peter Lindsey said: "Chailey Heritage Foundation already has a strong brand and we will be looking to build on that." 

"Setting up a new business can be somewhat daunting but we carefully planned our launch and now we are beginning to see the success that we were confident would follow."

"I worked with Chailey Heritage when I was on the newsdesk at The Argus so I already knew quite a bit about them. They are great people doing a great job."


Rubbing shoulders with Royalty

Peter Lindsey  Tuesday 19 November 2019

Ignite's Bev Thompson and Peter Lindsey led on the PR campaign for the recent visit of the Duchess of Cornwall to Chailey Heritage Foundation.

Bev said: "This was our big opportunity to prove that we could deliver on a high profile visit. We came up with a seven week campaign and the outcomes were incredibly positive. The Duchess visited four projects in one day but the coverage we achieved for Chailey Heritage was far above any of the others, and that was particularly pleasing."


Coverage included:

A three minute feature on BBC South East Today in advance of the visit.

Live blog and video on The Argus website.

Two page feature in The Argus the following day.

Leads stories on JPI weeklies' websites across Sussex.

Features in the JPI titles the following week, including Mid Sussex Times and Sussex Express.

Wide coverage across BBC Sussex, including a live interview at 7.20am and then coverage on the teatime show.


Bev said: "Our focus was on TV, radio and newspapers, both online and in print. Chailey handled their own social media for the day. The purpose of the visit was for the Duchess to open the new DREAM Centre at Chailey Heritage. We were delighted with what we achieved, and so too were the bosses at Chailey Heritage."

Ignite your New Year resolutions

Peter Lindsey  Tuesday 19 November 2019

2020 is just around the corner and now's the time to think how you can take your business or group forward in the next 12 months.


Using Ignite PR & Engagement is one option well worth considering. Bev and Pete only launched the business in the summer and already they are having great success.


Bev said: "It's the combination of our media skills that enables us to be successful and to go that extra mile for our clients. We absolutely love what we do."


"Pete is more experienced with the print and online side of the media industry, having edited newspapers and magazines as well as running news websites. My background is TV and radio and that is how the two of us complement each other."


"We have also two great online and social media partners at Digital Firefly, who do a great job too.


"It's almost 2020. Make that call to us today or email us. It could lead you to a great new year for your business whatever the outcome of Brexit."


Ignite is the key to unlock your potential

Peter Lindsey  Monday 22 July 2019

It's amazing how powerful our branding and following are becoming online.

Yesterday, on a quiet and sunny Sunday, I posted a story about Eastbourne Foodbank on Facebook for Eastbourne Voice.

By the end of the day, it had reached more than 12,000 people with over 3,000 engagements. Now that's not bad and sends out a very positive message for the coming months. 

I'm about to refresh the post today so hopefully those figures will double. And it shows that Ignite really can reach a huge number of people with your products and messages.


Pictured: Howard Wardle from Eastbourne Foodbank

Giving your community a Voice

Peter Lindsey  Saturday 20 July 2019

THE Eastbourne Voice may only come out monthly but putting it all together brings you into contact with some great people.


Highlights this week include:

Focus on the sale of Reid and Dean estate agent to established Eastbourne businessman Roger Cotton, (pictured with outgoing owner Mike Reid.)


Working with the Devonshire West Big Local team to highlight the amazing work they do.

And meeting Harry Farmer from the amazing Devonshire Collective in Seaside Road.

All great community stuff! The next edition is due out at the end of this month.

Ignite arranges Mayoral visit to Eastbourne Pier

Peter Lindsey  Saturday 20 July 2019

IT'S always nice to welcome and host VIPS, and this week the Mayor of Polegate wanted to spend some time with Eastbourne Pier owner Sheikh Abid Gulzar.

Easily arranged and Mr G, as ever, was the perfect host on a lovely sunny day. The views from the top of Eastbourne Pier are simply stunning.

Councillor David Watts, accompanied by councillor Angela Snell, spent nearly three hours on the pier and learning about the massive investment Mr G has made, as well as future plans including a jetty.

Ignite helping residents seek justice

Peter Lindsey  Friday 19 July 2019


Ignite has been working this week in the heart of London on a matter very close to everyone's hearts, and that's Grenfell.

Nobody can forget the shocking events of two years which claimed the lives of 72 people.

We were asked to look into the issue of compensation for residents affected.

This meant talking to Grenfell support groups and people right at the heart of the government.

The outcomes were excellent and here's one example: (click on picture to read article.)

Eastbourne finding its Voice

Peter Lindsey  Monday 15 July 2019

Eastbourne Voice July.jpg

Ignite's Peter Lindsey is busy at work preparing the August edition of Eastbourne Voice. A bumper 8.500 copies will be printed on July 28 and distributed around town in the following five days.

The online reach is growing rapidly too with the reach now more than 20,000, and one Facebook post last Saturday attracted over 11,000 views and 1,400 engagements. So it is working. Eastbourne Voice is becoming massively popular, of that there is no doubt.

We're also now getting the paper into the right outlets, Marks and Spencer and Tesco the latest examples.

There's still time to be involved for August. We've got some great stories plus you can advertise your business as well. It's cheap, simply because it's not for profit, and I think the response is good, that's certainly what clients are telling us.

So try us for August.


Wise event for Conservative MP

Peter Lindsey  Monday 15 July 2019

Amber Rudd MP is a woman in high demand at the moment and only on Friday she hit the national headlines, finally saying that we may now have to accept no deal Brexit.

Well, on the same day, Ignite PR organised a launch event for The Wise Group, a new creative centre in Hastings, and Amber kindly came along to lend her support.

She was joined by key members of the Hastings business community.

Ignite's Peter Lindsey said: "I worked closely with Amber for a number of years when I was Editor of the Hastings Observer so it was great to catch up with her again.

"It was so kind to give up her Friday evening to show her support for a great new business opening in Hastings.

"It's unlike me to joke but we managed to pull her leg about becoming the next Foreign Secretary now she is more favourable towards a no deal Brexit."

Reading you loud and clear

Ignite's Peter Lindsey runs a monthly newspaper in Eastbourne

Monday 24 June 2019


It's not for profit, owned by Eastbourne Volunteers, and is a CIC, community based.

It prints up to 9,000 print copies and its digital reach monthly is more than 20,000.


Peter has big plans for Eastbourne Voice in the coming months.


Ignite may also be looking to produce newspapers or newsletters in other areas. Let us know if you're interested.


Helen Burton, managing director of Eastbourne Voice, said: "Peter has brought his many years of expertise to the newspaper.


"I have run it for the past 20 months and am pleased to be handing over to such an experienced media professional."

To the left is June's edition, the first that Peter edited. Click on the newspaper to read more and find out more about Eastbourne Volunteers from their website.

Insider Knowledge...

Ignite training entrepreneur's media profile

Kellie Barker's clothing firm Born Anxious is leading the way in comfortable, smart clothing for children and young adults with autism and other challenges. Her unique company and  personal story have attracted attention from across the media spectrum.

Ignite's Beverley Thompson used her experience as a former BBC news anchor and journalist to guide Kellie through what can be a daunting experience for people getting used to life in the media spotlight. A bespoke training session included preparation for interviews, techniques for dealing with every media situation and helpful scenarios.

Launch Partnerships

Tuesday 18 June 2019

IGNITE organised a successful launch Open Morning for a company specialising in hot desks, meeting rooms and conference facilities.

The Wise Group, based on the Castleham Industrial Estate in Hastings, asked Ignite's Peter Lindsey to invite 40 guests.

These included VIPs such as the Mayor of Hastings and chairman of Rother District Council.

But the list also included local companies likely to book business, and that is exactly what happened on the day as numerous leads were generated.

Robert Beevis from The Wise Group said: "We were thrilled with how the event went, it was so beneficial to us.

"Peter was very proactive from the very start, he has great contacts and he made everything happen, which was great."

Peter, pictured, also represented The Wise Group at a breakfast organised by the Federation of Small Businesses.

Peter's talk to the gathering at the Powdermills Hotel in Battle brought one firm booking within two hours!

Ignite supporting National Volunteers Week

Wednesday 12 June 2019


IT was National Volunteers Week at the start of June, and what better publicity for a hotel than to welcome 100 volunteers to an Afternoon Tea free of charge to say a big thank you.

Well, that's what Ignite's Peter Lindsey organised for Lions Hotels in East Sussex on Friday June 7. Peter generated all the publicity, both online and in print, and the result was 100 fantastic people, all with great stories to tell.

The event was held at the Lions Boship Farm Hotel in Hailsham. Owner Sheikh Abid Gulzar said: "It's a great reputational boost to host an event during National Volunteers Week. It was very humbling to welcome into my hotel some superb carers, volunteers, fundraisers and many others. They all had great stories to tell and I respect each and every one of them. Peter, as ever, did an amazing job. It made me very proud."