It’s time to reach for some delicious Devon fizz. South Hams’ based RAW PR & Marketing is celebrating its fifth anniversary and five fantastic years of working with the county’s thriving food and drink industry and, more recently, marine leisure organisations.
Established by Hayley Reynolds in 2011, RAW’s team now includes fellow director Jonathan Reynolds, who heads up the marine side of the company, and creative PR practitioners Danielle Merchant and Harriet Fitzgerald-Allsopp. In addition, ex Disney PR, Frankie Wilde joins an additional four freelancers who all bring their expertise to the table.
Barbara King, chair of Food & Drink Devon and managing director of The Shops at Dartington, says: “Barbara King, chair of Food & Drink Devon and managing director of The Shops at Dartington, says: “The level of enterprise and creativity within Devon is outstanding. RAW really reflects this and is helping to grow the organisations they work with. The team are a delight to work with, highly professional and their expertise in the field of marketing is both knowledgeable and refreshing. I wish them every success for the next five years, with all aspects of their business!”
RAW’s current clients include Food & Drink Devon, Luscombe Drinks, Eversfield Organic, The Shops at Dartington, Dartington Hall, Warrens Bakery, The Venus Company, Manna from Devon Cooking School, Salcombe Dairy, Deer Park Country House Hotel and the Royal Dart Yacht Club, helping to promote its 150th anniversary this year.
Commenting on reaching five years of RAW, Hayley says: “It’s the people in Devon, and their impressive entrepreneurism, which has allowed us to build a successful and busy PR business. We’ve found inspiration in so many individuals and have had a vast amount of support from both the region’s talented journalists, many of whom we now count as friends, and our clients.” Hayley continues: “I’d like to personally extend my thanks to all those who have worked with us in such a friendly, upbeat and highly professional manner.”
RAW is a member of the PRCA, of which Hayley sits on the South West board. Hayley is also on the board of directors of Food & Drink Devon. She has nearly twenty years’ experience within food and drink PR. Jonathan has a monthly column as the yachting correspondent for Devon Life magazine. His background has been fully immersed within the marine industry, with a year spent learning the trade of wooden boat building, marine insurance and more recently marine surveying. Jonathan’s passion lies in this area and his knowledge of yachts is vast. His lifelong ambition is to sail around the world one day, which would add to previously undertaken trips across the Atlantic, around Cape Horn, in Fiji and the British Virgin Islands, the latter three he sailed with the editorial team of Yachting World magazine. Jonathan has a Fairey Atalanta, 60-year-old wooden boat, which he is restoring.
Working in a relaxed environment, there is a high level of understanding at RAW that modern needs require flexible working hours, especially for mothers returning to work with young children who need to fit in hours between the school run. Jonathan and Hayley are themselves parents to three children under ten.
RAW PR & Marketing is based at Wakeham Farm, near Kingsbridge in the heart of the South Hams. For further information on RAW PR & Marketing please visit www.rawprandmarketing.co.uk or follow on Twitter @RawSW.