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 ...

Thank you for visiting this site. By way of introduction, I hail from Newcastle upon Tyne in north-east England. There, I was compiling my school's weekly newspaper at 10 years of age, modifying stories to fit the young readership and creating my own by going out to interview business people, politicians, sports stars and captains of ships visiting the nearby River Tyne. I won a schools' regional competition for creative writing and contributed all manner of material to a popular monthly magazine. Going forward, I was an undergraduate intern in London’s Fleet Street, working on the bustling City desk of a national daily newspaper: a terrific learning experience.

The Early Years
An English language scholar, after a flirtation with teaching I became a freelance journalist and copywriter. An ability to apply well-versed writing across the editorial and advertising divide is a rarity. I covered business and sport for the press and broadcast media; honed words for advertising agencies, working on big-name accounts such as Barratt Homes, Flymo and Ford. Prior to starting my long agency career, I had a stint as an industrial marketing director.

PR Management
My public relations management dates back to the mid-1970s. I was able to bring together a talented young PR and advertising consultancy crew in the north-east, catering for clients in chemicals, construction, electronics, leisure, regional development and sport. Six years later I moved to Hertfordshire, where I 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 my management remit.

Market Leaders
I was to co-found 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. As chairman and chief executive, I headed up 20 or so staff, specialising in the requirements of the marine industry, engineering, electronics, financial services and leisure: with market leading multinationals prominent in the client portfolio. After nearly two decades in charge, I opted for early retirement.

Missing The Buzz
Missing the buzz and itching to return to action, I re-emerged as an independent PR consultant, business writer and marketing contributor, trading as Alan Page Media Matters. Quickly, I was busy all over again. Nowadays, I can be selectively busy.

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