Our vision: creative, measurable PR that works

Havas PR UK is a global award-winning PR agency based in Manchester, Edinburgh and London.

We are part of the Havas PR Global Collective, sharing expertise and insights with clients internationally. We are part of two successful Havas Villages, in Manchester and London, which offers our clients an integrated through-the-channel expertise whenever they want it. We have Havas Productions which allows us to build, create and measure content at a scale to suit projects both big and small. We also have access to wider digital resource in our Havas Villages including design, UX, digital production, editing and build.

We have sector experience in automotive, consumer goods, education, engineering, entertainment, food and drink, healthcare, manufacturing, retail, tourism and worldwide campaigns. Our client experience includes Asda, DFS, Greggs, Hobbycraft, Kennedys Legal, Lloyds Group, Pets at Home, Santander, Tata, and Virgin. 

We are passionate about PR that produces tangible results, both on a micro level where we use statistics and analytics to measure sales and business growth, and a macro level where we employ reputation monitoring to see the wider impact on brand perception. If we can't measure it, we won't do it.

Our colleagues live and breathe content, but they never forget the difference between content with no purpose and quality content that will get earned media and social coverage. 

Our people
Brian Beech

Brian Beech

As CEO of Havas PR UK, Brian heads up the London, Manchester and Edinburgh offices, with a client list that is the envy of all. His commitment to the PR sector over the last 25 years was recognised at the annual CIPR awards when he was awarded 'Outstanding PR Professional of 2013'

Brian Beech

CEO

As CEO of Havas PR UK, Brian heads up the London, Manchester and Edinburgh offices, with a client list that is the envy of all. His commitment to the PR sector over the last 25 years was recognised at the annual CIPR awards when he was awarded 'Outstanding PR Professional of 2013'

Nigel Hughes

Nigel Hughes

Nigel has a reputation as one of the North's most respected PR consultants and most creative PR thinkers, with almost 20 years' experience advising on and delivering PR programmes for some of the UK's biggest and best known brands. This is his second spell at Havas, having begun his PR career as an account executive with the company in 1994.

Nigel Hughes

Managing Director

Nigel has a reputation as one of the North's most respected PR consultants and most creative PR thinkers, with almost 20 years' experience advising on and delivering PR programmes for some of the UK's biggest and best known brands. This is his second spell at Havas, having begun his PR career as an account executive with the company in 1994.

Nuala O'Neill

Nuala O'Neill

An experienced consumer specialist, Nuala has previously worked on global consumer brands including Aldi, Gillette and Braun. Passionate about FMCG, Nuala provides strong experience of PR campaigns that fit with business objectives and deliver stand out results.

Nuala O'Neill

Associate Director

An experienced consumer specialist, Nuala has previously worked on global consumer brands including Aldi, Gillette and Braun. Passionate about FMCG, Nuala provides strong experience of PR campaigns that fit with business objectives and deliver stand out results.

Jonathan Welsh

Jonathan Welsh

A former PR Week '29 under 29', Jonathan now finds that a painful reminder he's not 29 anymore. Whether it be consumer, corporate or digital, Jonathan approaches problems with the same aplomb, offering challenging strategic thinking with creative solutions to match. Jonathan's also a keen blogger and secretary of CIPR North West.

Jonathan Welsh

Associate Director

A former PR Week '29 under 29', Jonathan now finds that a painful reminder he's not 29 anymore. Whether it be consumer, corporate or digital, Jonathan approaches problems with the same aplomb, offering challenging strategic thinking with creative solutions to match. Jonathan's also a keen blogger and secretary of CIPR North West.

Our clients
What exactly do we do?
Media relations 2.0

Media relations 2.0

Media relations isn't dead, it's just transformed. Our unrivalled network of regional and national contacts, as well as our understanding of digital media algorithms, helps us deliver world class story telling that begins in one channel and can go global, quickly. 

The Havas Newsroom

The Havas Newsroom

The Havas Newsroom is an 'Always On' operation led by our Head of News, working across clients. Building relationships and insights with media, we are able to anticipate and react to news opportunities in the most agile way. We use social and tech to ensure our ideas arrive with clients before they've reached their desks for the day. These insights fuel the Havas Creative team, led by our Creative Director, planning campaigns that integrate into multichannel marketing camapigns and ensuring we disrupt the old notion of PR operating in a silo.

Social media and influencers

Social media and influencers

The best PR campaigns often feature both earned and paid for social media elements and our Havas Village team can advise clients on the right route for them. As the debate over social media data intensifies, and the role of influencers grows, we can help clients understand the facts and cut through some of the myths. We will always make sure any penny spent on social and influence produces results, we will never throw money at a problem to cover up a lack of strategy.

Crisis management

Crisis management

Effective crisis management involves reacting quickly with strategic clarity. Whether it's a media or stakeholder issue, Havas PR can advise you on how to protect your reputation in the long-term. We will never offer advice that sacrifices a business plan for a short term win. In this digital age crisis management needs social media 24/7 analysis and our Socialyse colleagues can provide insights before, during and after an incident. These insights are used to predict issues before they happen, and to offer c-suite solutions to businesses of all sizes.

Havas PR creative

Havas PR creative

Havas delivers award-winning creative PR campaigns. We employ bespoke creative directors to examine the insights from our planning teams and deliver innovative, trend-setting creative ideas. Our ideas are always content-rich, relevant to client briefs, and designed to make a tangible impact - and a lasting impression. 

PR strategy and insights

PR strategy and insights

Insights and planning are fundamental to any successful PR strategy. At Havas we share a network of exclusive resources to find the truths and insights from any location on the planet. That's the benefit of our Havas network, and it means our strategy isn't built on guess work. We believe that communications and commercial goals should go hand-in-hand, so we will challenge you if your brief doesn't seem to drive a change or have a purpose. We'll help you analyse your sector and our trend-spotting tools may even help you find insights that you hadn't currently considered. This is the robust approach that feeds our PR strategies.

Havas Productions

Havas Productions

Being part of the Havas Villages in Manchester and London means we have access to Havas Productions. From video and editing, to web design and event management, Havas PR can access the right talent for the job. And because it's all in-house, there is no overpromising or inaccurate budget forecasting. We have the scale to suit your job, large or small.

Our culture

We take great pride in the global network that makes up the Havas family. Our people bring many unique personalities,perspectives and passions to their work. Collaboration is at the core of how we operate, and Villages are the homes we work in.

We encourage our people to take advantage of the many opportunities to grow—whether it be local or one of our unique global development programmes. We believe we are at our best when we can have a healthy debate, yet still be there to support one other… just like families do. Life at Havas is about being Together to produce work we’re proud of for some of the world’s most meaningful brands. We are #HavasTogether.

In our Manchester and Edinburgh offices, our teams enjoy a range of perks. Team benefits include monthly Happy Hours, free Friday breakfast banquets and an extra-day off and gift voucher on your birthday.

Recruitment

Our team includes highly trained and experienced marketers; graduates taking their first steps in a career in PR; digital specialists creating and sharing new and innovative content; and ex-journalists who instinctively know what makes news. There’s no one route into a career at Havas PR UK.

Everyone who works here has one thing in common. From interns looking for their first experience in the industry right up to the most senior associates, every member of the Havas PR UK team has completed a rigorous selection process to make sure they’re right for us and that we’re right for them.

Our Manchester and Edinburgh offices currently offer entry-level opportunities (one month work experience) and an annual internship scheme (applications open in spring 2018).

If you’d like to discuss those roles further, in the first instance email your CV to louise.proctor@havas.com and tell us what you think you could offer Havas PR UK.