PR agency’s ambitious target for £1m turnover after boosting its team with five new appointments

January 20, 2022

Bristol corporate communications agency AMBITIOUS PR has made five strategic hires as it aims for a turnover of £1m turnover this year.

The agency, which launched 10 years, grew revenue by 50% in 2021, describing it as as “an incredible year”. 

Now it is looking to accelerate further with its new arrivals broadening its skills base and heralding a new focus on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) and sustainability communications.

The new joiners, who bring AMBITIOUS’s total headcount to 16, are:

  • Katy Barney, who joins as senior PR consultant from London-based global advisory consultancy Project Associates with a remit to develop and deliver ESG and sustainability communications strategies for clients across multiple sectors.
  • Joseph Wright, who joins as digital communications specialist from the global strategic communications firm Kekst CNC, also based in London. He will develop the company’s digital offer, bringing expertise in digital insights, creative content development and online reputation management.
  • Rob Stewart, a former Daily Telegraph football correspondent and senior regional news reporter who will use his frontline newspaper journalism experience to further develop the company’s specialist media relations offering.
  • Simon Boddy, a PR consultant whose experience in the events industry, supporting some of the country’s largest events, as well as operating within the worlds of AV, tech and local authorities, will boost the company’s all-round capabilities in media relations, social media and communications strategy. Simon previously spent five-and-a-half years with Bristol-based communications agency Plaster.
  • Maria Abshir, a UWE business management graduate, who joins AMBITIOUS as marketing assistant following a successful internship with the company through the university’s Strive scheme.

AMBITIOUS director Sarah Woodhouse, who co-owns the agency with Lis Anderson, said: “Our ability to attract top-notch talent is not only testament to our culture but firmly demonstrates our commitment to ensure the best possible experience for existing and new clients.

“We have deepened our expertise in digital PR and digital communications, ESG and our media relations offering to meet client demands and a growing number of new business briefs. We are excited about the year ahead.”

AMBITIOUS focuses on sectors ranging from education, healthcare and financial and professional services to property and telecoms/technology.

Its blue-chip clients including Telefonica, CBRE, Livi Healthcare, Xledger and Actual Experience.

It has won The Drum Recommends PR Agency of the Year (under 40 staff) for the past four years.

Pictured, from left: Back row – Rob Stewart, Lis Anderson, Simon Boddy, Sarah Woodhouse and Maria Abshir. Front row – Joseph Wright and Katy Barney

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