London-based sandwich bar chain Pret A Manger is seeking to expand
its communications operations by appointing its first PR manager.
Until now, all PR has been handled by the food group’s two-strong
marketing department, led by marketing head Alison Steven. The new
manager will report to Steven, who in turn answers to chief executive
While the firm is not seeking any additional PR staff at the moment, a
further expansion of its PR department has not been ruled out.
Marketing assistant Sara Jenkins said: ’We’re leaving it open to the new
manager. The person who comes in will have a fair degree of scope.’
Jenkins added that the manager will initially handle media relations and
may later also run internal communications.
Although the chain does not currently retain any agencies, Jenkins said
this may change once a manager is appointed.
Pret A Manger is looking to take a more pro-active approach to its PR in
pushing the chain’s core messages. It currently promotes itself as a
retailer of lunch-time and breakfast food made on the premises from
Founded by co-owners Julian Metcalfe and Sinclair Beecham in 1986, the
chain has 74 branches, 64 in London, and is seeking to expand across the