We’ve passed the PRCA’s Communications Management Standard, the gold standard of service for the PR industry.
The internationally recognised Communications Management Standard (CMS) is the industry’s quality certification system for public relations firms. The Standard is an assurance to clients that we adhere to strict quality standards in management, communication and service delivery.
We had to pass eight criteria, ranging from client satisfaction to employee development, scoring very highly on a number of them, and receiving a glowing overall report of which we are very proud.
Francis Ingham, Chief Executive PRCA says: “it is a fantastic achievement for Rochester PR Group to have passed the Communications Management Standard so soon after joining.”
This is an enormous boost to us heading into our second year as an agency and we hope to achieve big things with our new to London, new to PR and new company vision.
We've stepped into a new industry: packaging, with our new client Cepac. Cepac is the UK's leading producer of corrugated and retail-ready packaging, and have appointed us as its first ever PR agency to assist with its announcement of three UK acquisitions.
Founded in 1999 in Rotherham, Cepac has established itself as an innovator both in terms of performance technology and retail ready packaging.
Rod Ainslie, Managing Director at Cepac, said: “Having built up Cepac over 13 years, we have established a strong position in the industry, serving a solid base of FMCG customers. We are working with Rochester PR Group to convey our activity and get our name out there.”
A key specialism of ours is working with clients who are new to PR. The Cepac win presents us with another exciting opportunity as we assist the company to clearly communicate their news of three major acquisitions.
In the 20 January edition of the Independent on Sunday’s The New Review there was a wonderful five page feature, authored by journalist Matthew Bell. The piece focused on the Hospital’s biggest ‘shake up’ in more than 300 years. Since the RHC was founded in 1682, the In-Pensioners’ dwellings have remained pretty much the same. Matthew explored the Hospital’s renovation project which will see the Pensioners’ rooms modernised while maintaining Sir Christopher Wren’s architectural layout, which is designed to encourage companionship. He also wrote about the activities on offer for Pensioners and, the result – having interviewed three IPs and toured the Hospital, he gave an insightful and comprehensive summary of the Royal Hospital Chelsea in the 21st Century.
With January the month that Hollywood’s A-listers find out if they’ve received the nod from the Golden Globes, Bafta’s and Academy Awards, we have had our own nomination moment; being shortlisted for New Agency of the Year for the Golden Hedgehog Awards.
Despite stiff competition, we will be practising our very own ‘acceptance speech’ making sure we include all and sundry who have helped us get where we are today (family pets included).
On a more serious note, win or not, it is fantastic to get this recognition in our first year as an agency and it’s testament to the hard work and commitment from all our Rochstars, in particular head Rochstar Joanna.