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“ShielPorter have a good eye for what makes a compelling news story, and then issue it to the right publications at the right time. They also know how to secure coverage within trade press features and we’ve seen our exposure grow as a result. Overall, we’re impressed with their professional, thorough and results-driven approach to PR.”
“As a journalist with 30 years’ experience, I have interacted with numerous PR agencies. Most do a subpar job at best, never fully understanding what a journalist needs. ShielPorter Communications is an exception to the rule. My colleague, Tim Shehan, and myself have had the pleasure of working with them on several occasions. They make our job easier by arranging company interviews, photographs, and background information – so we have a tendency to feature their clients. As a company executive once told me, even a small paragraph in a 1,000-word article generates more positive publicity than a full-page ad. "One is natural, one somebody paid for. Which one are you going to believe?" he said. A good PR company makes this possible for you. ShielPorter is one of the best in the business.”
“ShielPorter have provided PR support to Brakspear for 12 years. During that time, our in-house marketing function has expanded significantly, but we continue to use ShielPorter for trade and local PR. They write professional, engaging copy that our target media will use, and know how to place it to secure maximum coverage. They also have a good track record with industry awards, most recently preparing the entry that won us a County Winner title in the National Pub & Bar Awards 2022."
“Ros and John are both people who not only really understand the issues affecting the licensed trade, but have a genuine passion for pubs and beer. Both can be relied upon to go above and beyond in supplying whatever is needed, well within any deadline and, it must be said, they are always a pleasure to work with. In addition to their PR work, they play key roles within the industry, John as a beer sommelier and Ros as an active member of the British Guild of Beer Writers and organiser of the annual Guild Awards, the highlight of the guild’s year."
“ShielPorter has been providing PR support to PubAid for several years. As a lean, largely voluntary organisation, our budget is limited, but despite this, we achieve good exposure across the pub and hospitality sector, and a consistent social media presence. ShielPorter relaunched our annual awards as Community Pub Heroes, reflecting pubs' role in their localities, and launched a new Grassroots Sports Champions programme. They have increased PubAid's profile and reach."
“Often when you look at the daunting task of finding a PR to work with, you are dazzled by the top dog, full of experience and examples of great work, and then in reality it is the new junior who is put to work on your account. ShielPorter are different - they are all top dogs! With them you benefit from a wealth of experience, talent and genuinely lovely personalities. No falseness, no messing - just a hard-working, great team. ShielPorter make working alone feel as though you have a whole team to support you. They are pro-active, and take up minimal time, which is brilliant for any marketer with a lot on. They come up with opportunities, and they do the work for you, all you need to do is approve it! Because they are talented, it’s unlikely you’ll need to edit anything. I am genuinely thankful that they were recommended to me, and in turn I cannot recommend them highly enough.”
"We worked with ShielPorter on a three-month project to launch a new pack design and brand position for Budweiser Budvar, ‘Greetings from the Republic of Beer’. The challenges of launching while COVID restrictions were in place meant an offset between the off-trade and on-trade roll out, something which Ros and John took in their stride, ensuring that we achieved an excellent range of media coverage across our target sectors. The virtual media event that they also organised was very successful as it enabled us to interact directly with key journalists. Overall, their professionalism, industry knowledge and commitment to achieving results is what makes ShielPorter stand out."
"Ros and John are the best PR people I know. They are friendly, helpful, know the industry inside out and respond with speed to requests for information and images. A pleasure to work with."
“We hired ShielPorter on a project basis in 2021 and 2022 to raise awareness of Jake’s Drinks. They produced professionally-written, engaging releases that not only relayed the facts, but positioned Jake’s Drinks as a premium brand with a winemaking heritage as our point of difference. We were pleased with the coverage achieved, both in beer titles and in our local media in Kent, and would be happy to work with them again on projects, if the opportunity arises.”
“When the Master Chefs of Great Britain wanted to resume publication of Masterchefs magazine post-pandemic, we asked John to oversee the editorial process, from planning the running order, and writing and editing articles, to liaison with the designer, proofreading and clearing pages for print. John’s editorial experience has made this very straightforward, ensuing Masterchefs is a high-quality publication, produced on schedule, and valued by our members.”
"We worked closely with ShielPorter to enter The Frogmill, one of our managed Honeycomb Houses pubs, into the National Pub & Bar Awards 2022. They had a good grasp of what information the awards judges would be looking for and how to position it in the best way, and they completed the entry form with engaging copy that brought The Frogmill to life on the page. We were of course delighted when The Frogmill won the top title of National Pub & Bar of the Year and grateful to ShielPorter for producing an entry that contributed to this success.
ShielPorter Communications has worked with us to plan, compile and write a number of successful industry award entries. With their support, our successes have included Direct Seafoods being named MSC Fresh Fish Foodservice Supplier of the Year in 2021 and 2022, and FWD Green Wholesaler of the Year 2022. Working with an agency that has substantial experience of writing successful award entries, as well as being able to look objectively at the business, helps to make the process straightforward and focused.