Band and Brown aim for regional network

Band and Brown Communications is planning to create a network of regional offices, the first of which will open in Bristol next month.

Band and Brown Communications is planning to create a network of

regional offices, the first of which will open in Bristol next

month.



The office will service existing clients based in Bristol, including

supermarket chain Somerfield Stores and schools recruitment agency LHR

Education, as well as targeting new clients with their headquarters in

the area. The RAC and building society Bristol and West are both

headquartered in Bristol.



’It is a mistake to think of Bristol in provincial terms - the city is

the largest financial centre in the UK outside London and the West

Country is home to more than 1,000 international companies,’ said the

agency’s chief executive and founder Nick Band.



Michelle Sammons will be managing director of the new office. Sammons

has been freelancing for the agency since leaving her job as PR manager

of WH Smith 18 months ago.



She will be joined by associate director Susie Bischoff who has been

with the agency for three years. Sammons intends to recruit two account

managers locally.



Band and Brown is considering opening two more offices, one in East

Anglia and another further north in Leeds or Scotland.



Band said the agency wanted to grow regionally: ’We don’t want the

London agency to grow too big, we believe the most successful companies

are the smaller ones. We want our business to grow horizontally.’



The agency has 27 staff in London and was 64th in PR Week’s 1997 league

table.



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