Been There Done That

Public relations consultant, copywriter and marketer Alan Page, near Buxton in Derbyshire, has raised profiles internationally, across the UK and nearer to home ...

Alan Page hails from Newcastle upon Tyne in north-east England. He was compiling his school's weekly newspaper at just 10 years of age, modifying stories to fit the young readership and creating his own by interviewing local business people, politicians, sports stars and ship captains visiting the nearby River Tyne. Alan won a schoolchildren's regional competition for creative writing. Going forward, he was an undergraduate intern in London’s Fleet Street, working on the bustling City desk of a national daily newspaper.

The Early Years
Young English language scholar Alan became a freelance journalist and copywriter. This ability to apply well-versed writing across the editorial and advertising divide is a rarity. He covered business and sport for the press and broadcast media. He honed copy for prominent advertising agencies. In those early years there were teaching and design qualification gains, plus a stint as an industrial marketing director.

PR Management
Public relations management began in the mid-1970s, with Alan leading a talented young PR and advertising consultancy crew in the north-east, catering for clients in chemicals, construction, electronics, leisure, sport and the public sector. He moved south to Hertfordshire, where he ran the busy PR department at a leading business-to-business marketing services agency, soon becoming a director of the company and adding its London corporate communications subsidiary to his management remit.

Market Leaders
Alan co-founded an international public relations, marketing and advertising group in the early 1990s, headquartered in the Isle of Man and with production studios close to Windsor Castle, west of London. Alan was chairman and chief executive, heading up 20 or so staff, specialising in the requirements of the marine industry, engineering, electronics, financial services and leisure: with market leading multinationals in the client portfolio. After 19 years in charge, he took early retirement.

Missing The Buzz
Missing the buzz and itching to return to action, Alan re-emerged as an independent PR consultant, business writer and marketing contributor, trading as Alan Page Media Matters.

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