Here are some of our latest obsessions, successes and joys.

Millie Daly

‘Dos and don’ts’ from my first 30 days in PR

Posted by Millie Daly

I’m Millie and I started as an Account Executive at Stand Agency in April.

After graduating from the University of Leeds in June 2015, I moved back into my family home with the intention of plunging straight into a career in PR. However, being situated in the remote Wiltshire countryside, sandwiched between two farms and not much else, I was left with limited local options!

I’m sure many graduates out there can relate to the doubt, confusion and little bit of panic which quickly sets in once the warm fuzzy feeling of finishing your degree fades away.  So I decided to take action. I packed up and moved to the big smoke of London. This is where I found Stand, who were effectively my knight in shining armor by offering me my first job in PR.

Now one month into my role at Stand, it seemed like a good opportunity to share what I’ve learnt so far. So, in the form of a few ‘dos and don’ts’, here are my tips for those who are also starting out in their PR career:

DO give everything a go: From national sell-ins to helping with research for a new business pitch, be sure to embrace responsibility. Throwing yourself into all aspects of PR is an invaluable opportunity for you to learn, grow and develop your skills.

DO absorb everything: Be a total sponge and be aware of all that’s going on around you. You will learn a lot from colleagues so observe and take note.

DO be confident: Whether it’s sharing your ideas in a brainstorm, or picking up the phone and speaking to journalists, having confidence and having a voice will stand you in good stead.

DON’T panic: Allow yourself time to adjust to your new role and environment. You can’t expect to be crushing it on day one, so just be enthusiastic and do your best.

DON’T be afraid to ask questions: It’s an obvious one but not to be overlooked. It’s much more efficient to flag something you’re unsure of, than spend hours doing it wrong. No question is a stupid question.

Finally, and this one is pretty key here at Stand…

Absolutely DON’T forget to fill the fruit bowl: A banana-less office is no fun for anyone!

I have been welcomed into life at Stand with the extremely wide and open arms. I’ve learnt so much in this short space of time and look forward to all that is yet to come.

Sarah Miles

We’ve been shortlisted for the PRCA Dare Awards!

Posted by Sarah Miles

We are delighted to announce that we’ve been shortlisted for the PRCA Dare Awards, in the category ‘Event, Launch or Stunt of the Year’.

In January, to celebrate The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) Diamond Anniversary, we supported the charity as they launched their Diamond Challenge with a bang. The challenge is a one-off initiative, encouraging people of all ages to get out of their comfort zones during 2016.

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Beccy Churchill

Meet Stand Agency’s… Miri Buac!

Posted by Beccy Churchill

Miri joined Stand Agency a few months back as an Account Executive, and we thought it was about time she introduced herself. Miri stands out for her creative eye and ability to see the bigger picture.

How and why did you get involved in PR?

My first role in PR was during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. It was an exciting time for London, and being involved in this international event was so rewarding. I got a buzz for organising campaigns, and knew PR would be the right way to put my creative eye to good use!

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Nikki Peters

Let’s talk about politics

Posted by Nikki Peters

I, alongside some of my lovely colleagues, attended a Women of the World talk by the excellent and extremely talented Caitlin Moran on International Women’s Day. Humorous, relatable and accessible, the talk about her book Moranifesto left me feeling empowered.

Empowered as a person, as a woman and, for the first time, as a political commentator. Caitlin made a point about the discussion of politics which I had long considered as impossible. That my opinion, that your opinion, was as valid as anyone else’s when talking about politics.

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Fiona Gildea

Stand wants you!

Posted by Fiona Gildea

This week is National Apprenticeship Week, and already we’ve seen numerous stories hit the papers about how young people can get their employability skills up to scratch and stand out in the competitive UK job market.

Here at Stand, we take the first steps in the world of work seriously. We run an internship programme focused on helping those with an interest in PR really get their teeth into agency life.

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Nikki Peters

We’re hiring – Account Director: financial and professional services

Posted by Nikki Peters

We’re on the hunt for a driven and entrepreneurial Account Director who would relish the opportunity to help Stand Agency to grow its financial and professional services arm. Our niche is brands who are challengers in some way – for example, challenging the big incumbents in an established market with a new approach to service – and we’re looking to grow this client base more.    Read more “We’re hiring – Account Director: financial and professional services”

Nikki Peters

We’re hiring – Account Executives

Posted by Nikki Peters

We are looking for two Account Executives – one to work across some of our financial and professional services clients and another to work on some of our consumer clients. Both roles will involve meaty, issues-based client campaigns – from what the food industry needs to do about the global obesity crisis to getting more people to push themselves and take on a challenge they never thought possible.

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