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Yorkshire – and the wider Eastern region – has always felt like home to Social Communications. Although we set up in Manchester four years ago, we have worked with clients on this side of the Pennines from day one. In that time, our public affairs team has helped achieve positive planning decisions on a new motorway service area at Junction 45 of the M1, a Lidl store in Garforth, a major regeneration scheme in Huddersfield, a number of housing sites across North Yorkshire – and we’re looking forward to doing much more.

Every region is different, and that’s why we wanted a base here in Leeds. We attended MIPIM earlier this year as part of the Leeds City Region delegation, and what became even clearer was that this region is going places. For all the cynicism, ‘Northern Powerhouse’ has sharpened focus onto the northern regions – and has presented new opportunities. While devolution hasn’t happened in Yorkshire yet, when it does (and it surely must) the Leeds City Region will fly. There is huge enthusiasm and appetite in this region for progress – ranging from investing in major transport infrastructure and growing the manufacturing industry, through to building new homes and investing in our city centres. With the realisation of this vision comes challenges, of course. And this is where we see Social Communications fitting in.

Offering expertise in both public affairs and public relations, backed by a dynamic in-house creative team, we will be supporting clients in property, housing, retail, infrastructure and more with political and stakeholder engagement, community consultation, media relations, profile raising, social media, marketing, design and much more. Our company was set up on the promise that we will strive to make our clients more successful – be that through improving reputations, planning application successes, raising profiles, winning new business or increasing sales. We have grown our Manchester office to 16 staff in four years – and our goal is to establish a similar team in Leeds. Our experienced team is led by myself (a proud Yorkshireman), with support from Group Managing Director (and son of Leeds) John Quinton-Barber and incoming Leeds Chairman Gerald Jennings (current President of the Leeds Chamber of Commerce).

We are incredibly excited by what the future holds for Social Communications East – and we hope some of you reading this will be a part of it.