Recently here at Smoking Gun HQ

They say that in February there is everything to hope for and nothing to regret. For everyone here at Manchester’s most innovative PR and social media agency there’s actually plenty to celebrate, too. Six award nominations, enough new business to forgot that B-word, staff promotions and new aims for the coming months.

Let’s start with the most important stuff, then. Smoking Gun has been shortlisted in no less than six categories at this year’s PRmoment Awards.

So we’re in the running for Consumer PR Campaign of the Year thanks to Silentnight’s Eco Mattress, Health/Pharma Campaign of the Year as a result of MSD Animal Health’s Big Flea Project; and both Health, Beauty Retail & Fashion Marketing Communications Campaign and Media Relations Campaign of the Year off the back of Childs Farm’s Baby Moisturiser.

All of which is in addition to Consumer PR Agency and Boutique Agency of the Year. Needless to say we were delighted. Hence making this video to celebrate.

There’s no smoke without fire, or commendations without effort, of course. Unsurprisingly, then, it has been a very busy time in the office, both on current client work and new pitches. Despite Brexit looming its rather uncertain head our Manchester base has welcomed a plethora of prospects in recent weeks. Watch this space for announcements very soon.

Our efforts have helped bag significant exposure for our beloved brands as per usual, too.  Arriva clocked up more TV mileage on ITV whilst Childs Farm enjoyed yet more invaluable national TV exposure when CEO Joanna Jensen appeared on Sky TV. And we helped launched the brand’s new organic fig shampoo via a Midsummer Night’s Dream-themed event at which top tier publications and bloggers were in attendance.


View this post on Instagram


. “Though she be but little, she is fierce!” what a perfect a midsummer night’s dream quote for todays event. Today we went to @nevillesalon for the @childsfarm launch of some new products. The theme. You guessed it, A Midsummer night’s dream styled by the wonderful @dazzleandfizz . #childsfarm have launched a scrummy fig scented vegan shampoo and conditioner aimed at older kids. Of course still suitable for all. The wonderful hair stylists braided our hair beautifully, then a gliterry queen jazzed up Phoebe’s face. I chatted to the C and F team about their products. Products I have been using since she was 6months old. It was great learning about the whole range and added bonus to discover they do sun protection. The children were entertained by a sweet fairy who kept them smiling and busy for ages. . It was a great morning and I am pretty excited for a figgy hair wash tommorow ??? . Thanks @SMOKINGGUNPR for inviting us . . #childsfarm #pblogger #reviews #childrensproducts #parenthood #bathtime

A post shared by Alex M (@asideorderofme) on


View this post on Instagram


Press Play! ???? So today Nirvana, Tiana and I had the best day at the new product range launch for one of our very favourite brands @childsfarm ? Their new hair products look incredible!!?? Taking place @nevillesalon Nirvana was given a beautiful hair style by the fabulous @kellymayhair and glitter by Thank you all so much for a wonderful afternoon!???

A post shared by ? Little princess ? (@nirvanaoceane) on


View this post on Instagram


My bestie! We visited @elan_cafe shortly after the @childsfarm event! We had so much fun learning about the new products! If you have children you should totally check them out! ? #elancafebromptonroad #elancafe #elancafelondon #london #girlsday #kidsofinsta #kidsofinstagram #weightloss #healthy #vlcd #makeup #beauty #fashion #fitness #flowers #flowerwall #plates #childsfarm #events #vlcdiet #cambridgeweightplan #womenshealth

A post shared by Laura-Jane Popsey ? (@ljpopsey) on

Our agency also got behind a new industry initiative alongside Manchester Digital, with MD Rick Guttridge asked to chair the team tasked with promoting  the benefits of the city-region’s communications sector, on a national level. Important work to say the least. And no less than two members of staff have earned themselves promotions as a result of their incredible input. As such we now have a new Senior Account Director and Account Manager.


What to be part of next month’s story? Get in touch.