Creative Communications

PrintFollowing the great success of the 2013 event, the second Cirencester Children’s Literary Festival will take place from 28th July to 2nd August 2014.

Funded by the Bingham Library Trust and organised by Gloucestershire Library Service and Octavia’s Bookshop, the festival has just secured award winning children’s author and illustrator Liz Pichon to open the event.

A firm favourite for the Tom Gates series, Liz will be appearing in Cirencester Bingham Library on 28th July kicking off the week long festival which this year will also include two evening events for adults.

Plans are still being worked out for the week but events will be split between the Library and Octavia’s Bookshop in Black Jack Street, Cirencester, with a range of activities to suit all age groups; readings, illustration demonstrations and Q&A sessions for older children. All will finish with a book signing by the author.

PSPR is working on the events – both in a PR capacity and liaising with all the authors – a great job for a real bookish agency!

New Logo - Bread and WheatThis year’s Cotswold Show on 5 and 6 July at Cirencester Park has a brand new attraction, a Food Festival.

Food and drink have always been a big part of the Show but this year’s Festival will see over 100 foodie stallholders in three, joined marquees.

The Festival is being supported by BITE in association with The Cotswold Table who will bring food and drink suppliers, as well as artisan potters and tableware providers, and Taste of the West who have a fabulous array of members from the Cotswolds and throughout the Westcountry.

PSPR is working hard on setting this up – lots of opportunity to meet some serious foodies from the region. A great Spring and Summer ahead!

PrintCrystal Springs Health and Beauty Clinic, run by Joan Burke for 20 years in Cirencester, has launched a new online store.

Currently selling sought after brands including Aromatherapy Associates and La Perla fragrances, the shop will soon expand to include Crystal Springs’ own skincare range, Isabella.

The new website also details all the treatments available at the Clinic in Dyer Street from Joan and therapist, Claire.

The Crystal Springs ethos of ‘beauty in the name of health’ is evident in many of the treatments available at the Clinic where personalised, therapeutic nutrition is a key element.

Their Isabella skincare range is already used in the treatments in the Clinic and will soon be available to buy online. All the products are made by Joan herself from essentials oils, plant and fruit extracts and herbs.

Take a look at the beautiful new site at

Rocking the Cotswolds

September 10th, 2013 | Posted by Philippa_Stagg in News - (0 Comments)

I love Cirencester and I love The Cotswolds – check out this BRILLIANT website aiming to make us the coolest place in GB! I agree entirely!

A great note from Claudia Wilson, Show Director.

“PSPR has been a great addition to the Cotswold Show. Philippa has brought us fresh, creative ideas and masses of enthusiasm for promoting the Show. In our 25th year it was really important to us that we made a lasting impression and she has helped us achieve just that. Our website has been busier than ever and the social media feeds have been buzzing. We’ve really enjoyed working with PSPR and we’re already planning next year’s Show with them.”

Perfect for the school summer holidays, comes Cirencester’s first children’s literary festival – a week of readings, activities and book signings to entertain even the most reluctant reader!

Jointly organised by Octavia’s Bookshop, Gloucestershire Library Service and the Bingham Library Trust the fun kicks off on Monday 12th August with the brilliant Alex T Smith, author of the bestselling Claude series.

Local favourites joining the week-long event include Hannah Shaw, Sarah Garland, John Dougherty and Christopher Edge.

Wendy Meddour and her super talented daughter, recently featured on BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour, will also be appearing.

Best selling authors Kate Maryon and Frances Hardinge will be visiting and writer of the brilliant Young Sherlock Holmes series, Andrew Lane, will be signing his new book.

There will be something to suit every age group with activities taking place at both Octavia’s Bookshop and Cirencester Bingham Library.

So get the dates in your diary now: 12th – 17th August and more authors will be announced soon.

Pakeman_Family-150yrsCirencester tailor and outfitter, Pakeman Catto and Carter has plenty to celebrate in 2013 as the family business marks its 150th anniversary.

With almost 50 years in Cirencester, the Company was originally established in Swindon’s Old Town in 1863, after George Pakeman, great great grandfather of the current owner, Robert, returned from service in the Crimean War.

George was the regimental tailor for the 50th Regiment (later the West Kent) before opening his first shop at 22 High Street, Old Town, Swindon.

The focus of the shop was to provide exceptional quality and customer service and then, as now, the clothes were impeccably made. Suits today are still made using patterns originally cut by our bespoke tailor.

Five generations on, and now situated in the Market Place in Cirencester (with another shop inside McEwens of Perth, in Scotland), Pakeman Catto and Carter pride themselves on being able to clothe their gentlemen customers from head to toe, covering all stops in between.

Offering a traditional and conventional approach to design and manufacture, Robert Pakeman also believes there is room for a little eccentricity: “Many items in our exclusive range boast vibrant colours, patterns and features that make them unique. It’s a signature look for many of our customers.”

He also ensures that the finest cloths are sourced from Britain and Europe, from English Moleskin and Scottish Tweeds to Irish Linen and Italian Cottons.

Such has been the success of the shop in Cirencester, Pakeman Catto and Carter also produces a popular Catalogue and has a successful Website sending its unique Britishness all over the world.

The business has truly been a family affair with five generations of the Pakeman family involved; control of the business passing from George to his son John Henry, with Robert’s grandfather, Oscar, joining after World War I and his father, John, after World War II.

Robert is modest about his family’s successful business. “Although times and fashions have changed, our values haven’t – it’s still about offering clothes that are made to the highest standards to ensure exceptional quality and happy customers.”

Thank you to Jesse’s

March 1st, 2013 | Posted by Philippa_Stagg in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Such a lovely comment from Jesse’s Cirencester on our work together. Hope you don’t mind me sharing…

“We’ve been working with Philippa since the beginning of 2011. When we first met I told her I wanted Jesse’s to feature in more food guides. Working with her to help raise our profile we now have an AA rosette and have listings in the Michelin and Good Food Guides for 2013. Philippa is always on call – she has boosted our social media and developed a popular newsletter. She has really been a great partner for Jesse’s.” Andrew Parffrey, Manager, Jesse’s Cirencester

Back in Tweedland

January 27th, 2013 | Posted by Philippa_Stagg in News - (0 Comments)

Delighted to working on a project for Pakeman Catto and Carter – fabulous gents and ladies outfitters in Cirencester and online at
It’s their 150th anniversary so lots to talk about – great heritage product. And all UK manufactured.

Watch out for news of their big Cirencester open house!

Happy New Year

December 31st, 2012 | Posted by Philippa_Stagg in News - (0 Comments)

A very Happy New Year to all the fab clients I have been working with this year – and to the new ones I hope to meet in 2013.

Lots more experience gained this year on Facebook ads, Twitter and HTML newsletters and on such diverse subjects as Health and Beauty and plus twos!

Don’t hesitate to get in touch – big or small campaign – I can help.

Happy New Year

Philippa Stagg