October 2013 in the Smoking Gun Study

Men's health
As dark nights and dreary conditions creep in we’re feeling remarkably upbeat here on Quay Street. Not least thanks to the new staff set to arrive, another major campaign getting underway, and our biggest investment in team training to date.
Despite not having been battered by 90MPH winds on Sunday night it’s safe to say Manchester has been distinctly unpleasant this week. Rain and cold breezes abound, conditions like this only make the forthcoming Men’s Health Survival of the Fittest event, which arrives in our home town on 9th November, even more of a challenge.
Once again our staff have been called upon to act as a media partner, helping spread the word about the country’s top urban obstacle course race. And that’s exactly what they have done, with more than double last year’s competitor numbers signed up to take part, irrespective of what the weather throws at them.
Needless to say then, plenty of people will already be in training. As are the team here at Smoking Gun PR as we roll out our most significant employee enrichment program since the company was founded four years ago. Focusing on increasing skill sets and improving personal performance, by the time we’re done our clients can expect even more ingeniousness on a daily basis.
Elsewhere, our MD was flattered to be invited to share a round table discussion this month by the impressively fast growing UK Fast, at its state of the art facilities in Hulme. The discussion focussed on market research in PR with notable luminaries including Weber Shandwick’s Jo Leah, Prolific North’s publisher Nick Jaspan, Mustard Research owner Richard Walker, and was impeccably hosted by UK Fast MD Jonathan Bowers. We can confirm that Chief Exec and digital entrepreneur Lawrence Jones was on-site too, not jogging on Necker island, sadly for him on a typically wet October day!
That’s not all, either. In addition to developing the people we already have, over the coming weeks a new Account Manager and Associate Director will be added to the starting line up here on Quay Street. All of which will help retain our position not just as an award-winning North West agency, but also as a truly innovative firm able to deliver stand out results from strategic ideas- such as the 3million plus opportunities to see Hexbug we secured last month alone. Enough trumpet-blowing then, it’s time we got back to doing what we do best, so let’s leave it at that.