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March 2013 in the Smoking Gun study


So spring never really sprung. Instead we had snowdrifts and sub-zero temperatures. Still, with another two awards, a fantastic new client, more faces joining the team, and a major digital launch, we’ve had plenty to do indoors.
First up, we’re delighted to welcome onboard Beth Livesey, our new Account Executive, who brings with her impressive experience working for major consumer leisure brands. A perfect addition to help with the rather sizeable office workload following a string of successful pitches, it’s our pleasure to have her take up a desk and start beavering away on her Mac.
That’s not our only new signing, either. Smoking Gun PR is now handling PR duties for Manchester United Soccer Schools. Offering football training, unprecedented access to the world’s most illustrious league side, and English language lessons in conjunction with Oxford University Press, we’re happy to add another global brand to our burgeoning list of clients. Check out the global Facebook competition we’ve currently launched to find the School’s first ambassador.
Animal lovers are likely to be interested in two more of our recent client wins. Mysocialpetwork has now arrived in the UK after its German inception and does exactly what it says on the tin. From rats to cats, rabbits to horses, the new social network has already proved popular with pet owners and we’re predicting much more growth as the months go by. Meanwhile, a host of national media coverage and a slick video talent competition for Crufts evidenced how good a job we did with publicity for The Kennel Club’s legendary dog show.
All of which just about leaves enough space to mention that we picked up no less than two awards at the Golden Hedgehog ceremony in Manchester earlier this month. Our work for Nissan Shows It Cares picked up Best Consumer PR Campaign of the Year, meanwhile our celebrated staff took home Small Agency of the Year. More hard-earned success, it’s deserving of a pat on the back, albeit all hands are currently on deck representing the brands we love. Back to it then…

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