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: a 'Geordie'. 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. Still at school, I won a 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 lively business desk of a national daily newspaper. That was a terrific learning experience.

The Early Years
An English language scholar, after a flirtation with teaching I became a freelance journalist and copywriter. Ability to apply well-versed writing across the editorial and advertising divide is regarded as a rarity. I covered business and sport for the press and broadcast media. Words for TV, radio and press adverts were crafted on behalf of big-name, national accounts. Prior to starting my long agency career, I had a stint as a marketing director in the printing industry.

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, 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
Next, I co-founded an international advertising, marketing and public relations group, headquartered in the Isle of Man and with production studios close to Windsor Castle, west of London. As chairman and chief executive, I led upwards of 20 skilled staff, specialising in satisfying demands from the marine industry, engineering, electronics, financial services and leisure. Market-leading multinationals were prominent in our impressive client portfolio. After 19 years in charge, early retirement beckoned.

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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