Further expansion for Bristol PR firm as it wins new clients and bolsters its team

September 6, 2023

Bristol corporate PR and communications agency Ambitious has chalked up another period of strong growth following a number of new business and expansion of its team with several appointments.

Its expansion in the first quarter of its financial year means agency remains on track to meet the £1.65m annual revenue target it announced in May after achieving a second consecutive 12 months of 50% growth.

It also expects its headcount to reach 25, which would secure its position as one of the largest independent PR agencies in the South West.

New accounts won by the 11-year-old agency over the past three months have included Parkdean Resorts, Redirect, E2E, Healix, Swiis and SEL.

Further growth also came from the agency’s existing client base expanding their remit.

Ambitious director Sarah Woodhouse said: “Demand has come from new and current clients seeking our expertise in environmental, social and governance (ESG) communication – supporting companies with benchmarking their current efforts and developing a strategy to communicate their plans.

“Work in the field of ‘employer branding’ has also increased as many sectors experience a skills shortage and the intensity of securing the brightest and best talent becomes a core business objective.

“We’ve also seen uptake for our work in content strategy, creation and marketing – supporting companies to integrate their marketing, new business and PR efforts.”

The Clifton-based agency’s four key hires during the period included PR consultants Ernestine Allen and Zoe Bagnall, while PR executive Eleanor Robinson’s arrival has strengthened the ESG team and Ivy James has become a member of the operational team as a bookkeeper.

Internal promotions this month have included Greg Halse becoming an associate director, Will Reid moving to a PR consultancy role and Liam Britnell taking the title of people and culture lead to support the development of the agency’s employer branding service.

Meanwhile, Simon Boddy has moved up into the role of marketing operations manager to support the agency’s investment in new marketing technology.

Ambitious founder and director Lis Anderson said: “People matter most is at the centre of our business strategy, always has been.

“Our team is our greatest asset, and we work hard to provide the best opportunities to progress careers so that everyone feels valued, so we’re delighted to support these latest promotions.

“Every member of the team contributes to the success of the business, no matter what their role and we’re looking forward to what our new hires will bring to the agency on our next stage of growth.”

Ambitious, which is female-founded, owned and run, focuses on b2b and corporate PR in core sectors, including technology, ESG, property and placemaking, professional services, financial services, education and skills, healthcare and the public sector.

Its core services include strategic planning and communications, media relations, digital PR, press office management, thought leadership campaigns, issues and crisis management, stakeholder mapping and engagement, employer brand communications and media training.

Pictured: Ambitious PR’s new arrivals and promotions. From left: Simon Boddy, Greg Halse, Ernestine Allen, Will Reid, Liam Britnell, Eleanor Robinson and Zoe Bagnall

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