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! http://www.rockthecotswolds.com/
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.
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.”
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
Delighted to working on a project for Pakeman Catto and Carter – fabulous gents and ladies outfitters in Cirencester and online at www.pakeman.co.uk
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!
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
One of my favourite things about working with local clients is being able to visit and really get stuck in with their businesses. This week I’ve been working with Octavia’s Bookshop as she prepared for a signing with the Fabulous Baker Brothers.
Lots of PR action and fantastic to see the ladies (mostly!) queuing to buy the book.
There are loads - you set you own hours, you can work from home if you want. You don’t have office politics to deal with or the dreaded staff Christmas party!
On the reverse, you work lots and lots of hours. There’s no such thing as a paperless office so whichever room has been designated the home office gets very full very quickly. You don’t have anyone to talk through your ideas with and the staff Christmas party is just you and a bag of pork scratchings.
But I know which one I prefer…