Ben Lowndes, Amy Bodey and John Quinton-Barber establish Social Communications’ South West team

Pictured (l-r) is Ben Lowndes, Amy Bodey (Directors, Social Communications, South West) and John Quinton-Barber (Group Managing Director). Credit: Jon Craig.

Social Communications has invested in a new Bristol office and made two senior appointments as part of its expansion into the South West.

Our new South West operation will be run by directors Ben Lowndes and Amy Bodey, who have nearly 20 years’ combined experience of working in PR roles across the region.

They join an award-winning team of nearly 30 people, led by managing director John Quinton-Barber, who established the agency just five years ago.

The move reunites the directors with Quinton-Barber, years after he first worked with them in separate communications roles.

“I worked alongside Ben and Amy on high profile, challenging and time-pressured projects before I set Social Communications up and I knew they were the right people to help us expand into the South West,” said John.

“Bristol is a fantastic city for us to invest in. The team has an incredible knowledge of the region, combined with strategic nous, insight and creative brilliance that clients expect of a modern communications agency.

“It’s great to have a foothold in the South West and we’re already making significant strides towards building a strong presence here.”

Investing in the South West

The Bristol office in Great George Street is the fourth in the Social stable and the third to open in less than two years. Last year, the group’s turnover reached £1.7m with a growing client list that includes Places for People, Mace construction group and local authorities across England.

Ben Lowndes first worked with John at a leading North West PR agency more than a decade ago. He relocated to the South West in 2010 and has worked across the region in a communications role for the government’s housing body and two of Bristol’s best-known agencies. During that time, he’s worked on some of the region’s most high-profile projects, including Hinkley Point C nuclear power station and Bristol Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone.

Ben, who lives in Somerset, said:

“This is a fantastic opportunity to build something special, with the support of an amazing team.

“The South West is a brilliant place to work and the reaction to our launching a new business here has been incredibly positive. Businesses can see we have an excellent offer. We’re committed to the region and excited about what 2018 has in store for us.”

Bristolian Amy Bodey joins the team from the University of Bristol, where she worked in a senior communications role for nearly four years. She has extensive experience of working in the renewable energy industry and has led sensitive and complex public consultations on major infrastructure projects.

Amy said:

“We’ve got off to a great start in Bristol and are already working on a couple of fantastic, important projects. We have exciting plans for the South West office and intend to hire a couple of people this year to continue Social Communications’ growth.”

The team is already working for a local authority on a significant public consultation for a £500m investment programme and will soon start delivering a public relations campaign for a successful UK tidal energy operator.

Social Communications offers the full suite of agency services – PR, public affairs, digital, marketing communications and creative – to clients in the housing, energy, education and professional services sectors.

This video (produced by our talented team) explains a bit more about what we do.


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