Press releases in 2006
Directgov gets mobile (28 November 2006)
Directgov ñ the government website that provides access to public services online ñ has launched a mobile version of the site.
Defra seeks agency for climate change brief (28 November 2006)
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is seeking an advertising agency to develop a climate change campaign to help reduce consumers' carbon dioxide emissions.
Agencies to pitch for DVLA car tax brief (3 November 2006)
The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) is to select creative and communications planning agencies to support a campaign to remind people to tax their vehicle.
COI to appoint specialists to manage broadcast material (23 October 2006)
The Central Office of Information (COI) is to establish a broadcast asset management systems framework (roster).
The Forster Company wins Land Registry brief (5 October 2006)
Land Registry has selected The Forster Company to develop a national PR strategy to encourage private landowners to register their land.
Geronimo selected for new learndirect awards scheme (4 October 2006)
Ufi - the company behind learndirect - has selected Geronimo to promote a new awards scheme that celebrates success in learning.
COI launches guide to improve ethnic minority communications (2 October 2006)
A new guide that aims to help public sector bodies improve communication with ethnic minority audiences has been published by the Central Office of Information (COI).
Stop! Look! Listen! Adam and Joe to launch public information film season (12 September 2006)
The Central Office of Information (COI) has been informing and educating the British public since 1946. To celebrate its 60th anniversary, a film season will be launched on September 21 by Xfm's comedy duo, Adam and Joe at the National Film Theatre (NFT).
Geronimo wins Welsh public health brief (8 September 2006)
The Welsh Assembly Government has selected Geronimo to develop and deliver a media relations campaign to help change attitudes towards back pain in Wales.
The Welsh Assembly Government launches smoking ban website (22 August 2006)
The Health Act (2006) has now received Royal Assent leading the way for the Welsh Assembly Government to introduce a ban on smoking in enclosed public places and workplaces by Summer 2007.
Grand Union selected for student finance brief (9 August 2006)
The Department for Education and Skills (DfES) has appointed Grand Union to help raise awareness of the financial help available for students in higher education.
COI to review Media Evaluation Framework (26 July 2006)
The Central Office of Information (COI) has announced the review of its media evaluation framework (roster) worth an estimated £2 million.
Consolidated to prepare Wales for smoking ban (25 July 2006)
The Welsh Assembly Government has appointed Consolidated to develop a strategy to inform the public and stakeholders of the smoke-free legislation to be introduced across Wales by summer 2007.
House of Commons launches guide to new voters (24 July 2006)
The House of Commons has launched a new voter's guide to inform young people about the practical steps involved in registering and why it's important to use your vote.
The Learning and Skills Council appoints planning agency (17 July 2006)
- marketing and communications strategy to benefit from an integrated approach -
RAF website urges young people to rise to the challenge (7 July 2006)
The Royal Air Force (RAF) has re-launched its careers website to attract 16 - 24 year old recruits.
DWP appoints Mindshare for Benefit Fraud brief (30 June 2006)
The Department for Work & Pensions has appointed Mindshare to handle communications planning for the next stage of the campaign to tackle Benefit Fraud.
Directgov picks Bostock & Pollitt for branding brief (29 June 2006)
Directgov has appointed Bostock & Pollitt to provide brand consultancy and support.
Department for Transport pitches climate change brief (27 June 2006)
The Department for Transport (DfT) has shortlisted three agencies for a climate change communications campaign.
Royal Navy selects agencies for recruitment drive (13 June 2006)
The Directorate of Naval Recruiting has selected WCRS and Carat to develop a campaign to attract recruits.
Mediaedge:CIA wins Jobcentre Plus brief (13 June 2006)
Jobcentre Plus, part of the Department for Work and Pensions, has appointed Mediaedge:CIA to develop a communications strategy to promote its services for employers and people seeking work.
Farm wins Enjoy England brief (6 June 2006)
Enjoy England, the domestic marketing division of national tourism agency VisitBritain, has appointed Farm to develop a creative campaign encouraging people to take more short breaks and holidays in England.
COI concludes digital media review (1 June 2006)
The Central Office of Information (COI) has completed the review of its digital media roster, which attracted a record number of applications.
HMRC selects communication planning agencies (30 May 2006)
HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has selected PHD and Zenith Optimedia, following a pitch managed by the Central Office of Information (COI), to develop communication strategies.
Directgov to appoint online and brand agencies (25 May 2006)
Directgov ñ part of the Central Office of Information (COI) ñ has invited agencies to provide brand consultancy and an online review of www.direct.gov.uk.
"Coo-ee" - Joe & Petunia are back! (19 May 2006)
One of the nation's favourite public information films - Joe and Petunia - has been given a 21st Century makeover. The animated characters first appeared on our screens in 1968 urging people to dial HM Coastguard on 999 for coastal emergencies.
National Blood Service goes online to recruit donors (18 May 2006)
The National Blood Service (NBS) has appointed Dare, via COI, to develop an online campaign to ensure a consistent and safe source of blood.
Royal Navy seeks agencies for recruitment drive (17 May 2006)
The Directorate of Naval Recruiting has shortlisted communications planning and creative agencies to develop a campaign to attract recruits.
COI set to appoint facsimile specialists (28 April 2006)
COI Live Events team is to create the first Facsimile roster of agencies that specialise in designing and producing exact replicas for use at events and conferences.
Enjoy England selects Mediacom (24 April 2006)
Enjoy England, the domestic marketing division of national tourism agency VisitBritain, has appointed Mediacom to develop a communications strategy to encourage people to take more short breaks and holidays in England.
COI announces sponsorship roster (10 April 2006)
The Central Office of Information (COI) has completed the review of its sponsorship roster estimated to be worth £2.5 million.
COI welcomes NAO guidance on postal procurement (31 March 2006)
COI has welcomed the National Audit Office's (NAO) recommendations on improving the procurement of postal services.
The ginger moggie who taught generations of children not to go with strangers or play with matches has been voted as the Nation's Favourite Public Information Film.
Enjoy England seeks communications planning agency (28 March 2006)
Enjoy England, the domestic marketing division of national tourism agency VisitBritain, is looking for an agency to develop a communications strategy to encourage people to take more short breaks and holidays in England.
Directgov joins COI (27 March 2006)
The Central Office of Information's remit is set to expand radically in April when it takes over responsibility for Directgov.
COI's Director of HR on 'Best Companies to work for' success (14 March 2006)
This month COI was again named in the Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For list. Here, HR Director Emma Lochhead talks about the experience and the lessons learned.
Blue Rubicon wins ODPM online brief (2 March 2006)
The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) has appointed Blue Rubicon to encourage consumers to access council services online.
COI completes communications planning roster (13 February 2006)
COI has completed the review of the communications planning roster with 14 agencies making the final list.
COI appoints Carat for cinema buying contract (8 February 2006)
The Central Office of Information has appointed Carat as cinema buyer, a contract estimated to be worth £2million per year.
Podcasting and online streaming first for COI (1 February 2006)
COI has launched a podcast facility for Open i - the free quarterly magazine programme aimed at Deaf, hard of hearing and visually impaired audiences.
ODPM appoints Amazon for licencing scheme (1 February 2006)
The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) has appointed Amazon to promote new licensing laws affecting landlords and tenants.
COI launches partnership marketing roster (23 January 2006)
The Central Office of Information (COI) has today launched its first partnership marketing roster.
New government research to look at older generations (16 January 2006)
COI is to launch new research that looks at communicating more effectively with older people.
Manning Selvage & Lee wins FSA brief (13 January 2006)
The Financial Services Authority (FSA) has appointed Manning Selvage & Lee to run a PR campaign to drive consumers to a new website designed to help them feel more confident about their finances.