Office Treasure Chest

Knick-knacks, essentials but most definitely not clutter. Like many of you, we at License to PR love a quirky and Instagram-worthy purchase for our office. Over the years (10, to be exact!) our Director Lou has built up quite the collection of wacky and wonderful products, some of which are still sitting proudly on our desks.

If you’re struggling with gift-spiration for an upcoming birthday, then fear no more! This list will have you whipping out your debit card in excitement.

Circa 2010

Homeopathic medicine

Feeling run down? Coming down with a cold? There’s a homeopathic cure for that. For all our alternative medicinal needs, Lou has got us covered. We don’t know where we’d be without the smelling potions!

Woolly office cardigan

Winter can be a pretty bleak time, especially when sitting stationary at a desk and with a defective heater keeping you company. The anniversary of our woolly office cardigan is fast approaching, and we can’t thank it enough. It’s a big bundle of comfort and we reach for it at the slightest hint of a chill. Thank you, big woolly cardi.

 

Circa 2014

Laptop trays

A sensible one, but memorable and useful nonetheless, our laptops sit pretty on very fetching pink laptop trays. Gently rising our screens and matching our colourful personalities, we’re very thankful for this purchase.

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Personalised mugs

What office is complete without personalised mugs? Considering the number of cups of tea this agency vanquishes, it seems only fitting that we do so in style.

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Circa 2016/17

Microwaveable egg poachers

We love to eat, we love to talk about what we have eaten, and Lou loves B&M. Last year we were lucky enough to all receive our own plastic egg poacher (you’ve got to love these modern inventions), courtesy of B&M’s homeware department. Forget travelling to the inner depths of Shoreditch for your mid-morning eggs benedict, this DIY poacher has got you covered. NB scandal struck in Autumn 2016 when one poacher was reported missing. Fortunately, it was found unscathed among a mountain of Tupperware.

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Stretching band

Tired arms and sore backs. Just a couple of the aches and pains we experience. The addition of a stretching exercise band to our office last summer was much needed. We’ve never been so supple!

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Hot water bottles

The latest purchase to grace the office has been very warmly received, so to speak. Providing us with a heated hug, these colourful water bottles are our best friends this January.

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Toy Fair 2017

Slap bang in the depths of winter, there is always one beacon of light ready and waiting with a playful smile: it’s Toy Fair 2017! Showcasing some of the most exciting and anticipated products for the year ahead, Toy Fair is the UK’s only dedicated game and hobby event.

The LtoPR team took to Kensington Olympia for a catch up with our clients and to discuss strategy for the year ahead, while of course getting an exclusive glimpse of this year’s hottest toy releases.

Toy Fair Roof Toy Fair Minions Display

After a monstrously successful 2016, Click Distribution UK Ltd’s stand boasted some of the most fruitful products from their portfolio, including SelfieMic. Tapping into the plugged-in generation and the worldwide necessity that is the selfie, SelfieMic allows users to sing like a star and create their own music videos. Featuring an adjustable selfie stick with working microphone, earpiece and free StarMaker app, the inner Lady Gaga in you can perform for hours and just dance to your chosen track. Because your talent was born this way, baby.

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We had our first look at Click’s Bijou Bracelet range, which is ready to hit retail in May of this year and is the company’s first IP.  Priced at £2.99 and with 12 colours to collect, Bijou Bracelet definitely seems to have what it takes to become the next playground craze for young girls.

Hot on the heels of a successful first series on Disney Junior and after the release of two thrilling mobile game apps, PJ Masks will be launching at UK retail next month with it’s first toy line. We had an exclusive look at the plush range and they were definitely worth the wait!

Toy Fair PJ Toys

Anyone who has visited Toy Fair is well aware of the somewhat wacky products on display. A couple of things caught our eye:

  1. A giant alien which grows in water. Trust us, this thing was HUGE. Alongside smaller versions, this definitely was reminiscent of a horror film.
  2. A hot tub. There isn’t much to say about this one. It’s fair to say we didn’t fancy a quick dip.

Toy Fair Alien Toy Fair Hot Tub

The fun and games are over for another year; roll on 2018!

Toy Fair PJ Masks Toy Care Bear

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Kid Inventors’ Day

Do you ever ponder the origins of some of the products we use every day? What do trampolines, earmuffs and water skiing have in common? Yes, they were all invented by children!

Kids are known for their active imaginations and enthusiasm for all things exciting. Putting the mere inside-the-box-thinking-adults to shame, here is a list of just four products that have all been invented by children.

Popsicle

In 1905, at the ripe old age of 11, Frank Epperson mixed soda water powder and water in a glass, stirring it with a stick. After leaving it a while, the chilly San Francisco temperature transformed it into a frozen concoction – stick sitting proudly in the glass.

Years passed and in 1923 he added fruity flavours to the mix and patented the creation, giving us the deliciously refreshing popsicle.

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Trampoline

Inspired by trapeze artists at the circus, 16-year-old gymnast, George Nissen, had the brainwave of putting together a steel frame and canvas sheet. He perfected the design over the years and, after touring in a travelling acrobatic act in Mexico, he trademarked his design – the Trampoline.

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Braille

After losing his sight at age five, Louis Braille was frustrated with the lack of resources for those with impaired vision at his school. He was inspired by a system used in the French army as a means of transferring messages using a worded code that could not be written on paper. Using his father’s tools, he created an alphabet made entirely of six dots that were quickly readable, with ‘Braille’ established less than 10 years later.

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Earmuffs

To combat the freezing winter when ice skating, 15-year-old Chester Greenwood shaped two loops from wire and asked his grandmother to sew fur around them. And ‘earmuffs’ were born. After getting it patented, his creation flourished when he supplied them to soldier during World War I.

It’s no surprise that his hometown of Farmington, Maine has been deemed the Earmuff Capital of the World.

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‘New Desk, New Me’

New desk, new me. That’s how the popular January saying goes, right? What better way to kick-start the New Year than making oneself at home in a brand-new office?! That’s right, License to PR are beginning 2017 in a new home.

In honour of this and with today being #CleanOffYourDeskDay, we are sharing with you some of the most envious office spaces in the world, from bowling alleys in Japan to 20ft slides in Kent.

*FYI, we will not be including any pictures of our own office because, well, the heavy January workload has put cleanliness in our office on the back burner. Bear with us.

 

Selgas Cano – Madrid

Tucked away in a forest near Madrid, Selgas Cano Architecture Office offers a light and airy atmosphere. Sweeping views of the lush woods will make you forget all about the rat-race. Bliss.

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Pallotta TeamWorks – Los Angeles

With an extremely tight budget, Pallotta TeamWorks customised several shipping containers and transformed them into the ultimate Instagram-worthy office space. Talk about thinking inside the box.

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TBWA Hakuhodo

Previously an amusement complex in downtown Tokyo, this space is the millennial ideal. A golf driving range and bowling alley create the perfect space to strike creativity.

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Workshop – Kent

Not the most elaborate offices of offices in this list, but the 20ft-long stainless steel slide taking you from one floor to another is a huge attraction for Workshop. It evens takes your picture as you go down.

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Christmas Wish Lists, Then & Now: Louise

Dear Santa, in 2016 I would absolutely love…

Marble nesting tables Oliver Bonas helsinki

1. A city break or experience, something to look forward.

2. Marble nesting tables from Oliver Bonas, new bedside tables for the loft.

3. A pretty chain with ‘A’ and ‘I’ initial pendants, the names of my babies

 

connect 4Casio Keyboard

Back when I was 7 years old, I wanted…

1. Roller skates wanted for no other reason that everyone who was cool had a pair.  Kind of wasted on me as I was fat and red faced and not every cool at all, more time spend grabbing the wall than gliding effortlessly backwards.

2. Casio Keyboard blame Top of the Pops and Tandy in Kilburn High Road, Maplin of the 1980’s, for all the most annoying battery operated and electrical toys you don’t need.

3. Board games – Connect 4, Guess Who, Perfection…we got them every single year and never ever got tired of them.

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Christmas Wish Lists, Then & Now: Diana

Dear Santa, in 2016 I would absolutely love…

Alexandra Schulman's Vogue diary Inside Vogue dyson hairdryer

1. The £300 Dyson hairdryer- I am a total sucker for an overpriced hair & beauty gimic but honestly, price tag aside, who could resist the wow factor of this futuristic looking appliance and its promise of endlessly shiny hair??

2. Alexandra Schulman’s Vogue diary Inside Vogue: A Diary of My 100th year- I’ve heard an anecdote from the book about Naomi Campbell’s outrageous diva demands and I must have more!

 3. Two weeks of peace and quiet!

 

Back when I was 7 years old, I wanted…

Calligraphy pen set Raleigh apple bike the game of life

1. The Game of Life board game – literally the best board game in the world. Because it was the 80s and greed was in vogue,  the aim of the game was to clock up as much money and ‘status symbol’ possessions as possible but my sister and I changed the rules so that the one with the most babies in the car by the end was the winner!

 2. Raleigh apple bike – I’m not exactly sure if I was 7 when I got this bike for Xmas but it was bright red and my first proper bike.  Plus it had an awesome shopping basket at the back- what more could a girl want?

 3. Calligraphy pen set – yes very geeky but I was obsessed with handwriting and was the proud owner of a variety of different sized nibs, coloured inks and, at one point, even a feathered quill. I think I would have been quite at home in an earlier century.

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Meet Us Mondays: Charlotte

Charlotte Meet Us Mondays

1. My License to PR highlight is… a double page feature in the Daily Mirror with Harley Bird (voice of Peppa Pig)

2. If I had it superpower, it would be… the ability to teleport so I could travel anywhere in the world on a whim. Would also let me avoid the crazy London rush hour!

 3. A cuisine I would like to conquer is... great veggie Thai food. Pad Thai, curries, stir fries mmm

 4. My favourite toy growing up was… a Playmobil toy ambulance

Playmobil ambulance

 5. If my life were a film, the cartoon character to play me would be… not a cartoon character but Lou’s nickname for me is Matilda. I don’t quite have the magic powers but I was a book worm as a kid and rocked the very same hair style for a number of years…

Charlotte PortraitMatilda

 6. If I were an emoji, I would be the… I think we all want to be having as much fun as the dancing girl

 

Quickfire

1. iPhone or Android? iPhone

2. Savoury or Sweet? This all depends on my mood but at the moment I’m all about the sweet. Dark chocolate, popcorn and of course mince pies

3. The Great British Bake Off or The X Factor? Bake Off of course, what’s not to love?! Just an hour of pure joy. Interested to see how the C4 version works out…

4. Favourite celebrity beef? T-Swizzle vs anybody and everybody.

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Sugar, Spice and Everything PR

Following the hugely successful reboot of The Powerpuff Girls franchise earlier this year, the much loved brand has blasted its way to New York City, and today opens its doors to its very own pop-up store for a three day only event. The store celebrates its latest initiative, Powerpuff Yourself.

You may remember the quirky Powerpuff Avatar creations earlier this year, now a heap of new features are available for fans to help Powerpuff themselves into the world’s cutest crime-fighting superheros!

The LtoPR team of course had to get involved with this, in all our crceative flair. Check us out below!

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Meet Us Mondays: Louise

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1. My License to PR highlight is… probably starting the company back in 2007 with Warner Bros. Consumer Products as our founding client.  There was also a very funny fainting incident involving Wonder Woman, designer Diane Von Furstenberg and our Di but I’d have to kill you if I told you 🙂

2. If I had it superpower, it would be… the ability to create time or just slow things down a bit.  There are never enough hours in the day and life seems to be passing by far too quickly.

3. A cuisine I would like to conquer is… authentic vegetarian Indian.  Thali, dosas, curries, all those lovely little starters and breads, coconut chutney, lime pickle…

4. My favourite toy growing up was… the Big Yellow Tea Pot and my Fisher Price Record Player.  My godmother once sent me a Bluebird A La Carte Kitchen in the post, it was a very good day!

5. If my life were a film, the cartoon character to play me would be… Wilma Flintstone. Pragmatic, strong willed, patient, loyal friend, career in media – I even have my very own Pebbles.

6. If I were an emoji, I would be the… flamenco dancer, she looks like she’s having a good time doesn’t she.   That said, I’ve just checked my phone and my most used emoji is the grimacing face

 

 

Quickfire

1. iPhone or Android? iPhone, loving the iOS 10 Photos app and how it makes little movies out of your memories.

2. Savoury or Sweet? Is saying both a cop out?  Death row meal would be chips and red wine.  Don’t let anyone tell ypu I’m anything but classy.

3. The Great British Bake Off or The X Factor? Bake Off but I do have a soft spot for Dermot O’Leary and why isn’t Strictly on the list?

4. Favourite celebrity beef? Anything involving devil in sheep’s clothing Taylor Swift and I also wouldn’t mind knowing the inside scoop on Brangelina and what happened on that plane!

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My First BLE Experience

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I’m standing by myself in Olympia London, faces are blurred, my arms tired from what appear to be several License! Global magazines I am carrying. Is that a mirage up ahead, or is a 6ft Peppa Pig bouncing towards me? Three years of university education and four months working at License to PR have built up to this point. Do I check the magazines for client coverage, rush to our 1pm meeting or do I wave at Peppa? I panic; I wave. She waves back. I get a selfie. I will be late to the meeting but wow, it’s such a great shot. This will look great on Instagram.

It is Friday, 14 October and I have survived my first ever BLE. Months of preparation, including meetings, drafting press releases, redrafting them and updating our incredibly hectic schedule have all paid off. One of the biggest licensing trade shows in the world is over for another year.

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It was a whirlwind of an experience and I have never felt more engaged in the licensing industry. Here are my three BLE highlights:

Sony Pictures Presentation. Being a huge film buff and an avid re-watcher of movie trailers, listening to such esteemed speakers highlight what we can expect from Sony Pictures in the coming year was hugely exciting.

Character Parade. As someone who well and truly tries to embody the phrase #DoItForThe Gram, attending an event where there are dozens of costume characters roaming the show, actively encouraging photo opportunities was terribly exciting. To say I was a little star struck to meet a few is, of course, an understatement. Having that many characters under one roof provided a huge amount of fun and is definitely one of the most engaging aspects of BLE.

#RocketChallenge. Ahead of the release of EmojiMovie: Express Yourself, 2016 played to the plugged in, millennial demographic and visitors were asked to tweet their day in emojis. These were grouped together with the #RocketChallenge hashtag and were featured live on their mood board at their stand. You can check out our tweet below:

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