Hook, Hampshire, 19 January 2021: Whiteoaks International, the award-winning tech PR agency, has been appointed the exclusive PR technical partner to Winmark Global’s CMO Network.

Whiteoaks will work with Winmark to support the organisation in reaching its objectives of building its brand profile and growing membership across the CMO network. This will be achieved through the creation and delivery of a thought leadership and media relations campaign.

Winmark is a global C-suite platform that fosters relationships and collaboration between more than 700 members, creates best practices and provides access to insights.

Members of the network include more than 2,500 leaders from FTSE and Fortune companies, such as Google, Vodafone, itv and Unilever.

“We are looking forward to working with Winmark, positioning the organisation as a thought leader, well versed in the challenges, issues and topics that the C-suite is facing and strengthening its brand presence,” says James Kelliher, Whiteoaks CEO.

John Jeffcock, chief executive, Winmark says: “The corporate landscape has definitely shifted over the past 12 months and there is an increasing appetite for development, collaboration and knowledge sharing across the C-suite and industries.

“We’re delighted to be working with Whiteoaks to leverage the momentum we’re currently experiencing with 65 new members joining the network since March 2020 and expanding opportunities.”

Winmark is well regarded for its management research that provides C-suite executives with intelligence, while its academies focus on development and empowerment across functions and industries.

Hook, Hampshire, 12 August 2020: Whiteoaks International, the award-winning tech PR agency, has announced the appointment of three new practice heads — Hannah Buckley, Chris Patmore and Emma Walker.

The appointments form part of the agency’s wider strategy to evolve its offering in line with client need and market trends — and follow on from the appointment of award-winning Creative Director Mark Wilson and launch of a dedicated creative department earlier this year.

“As an agency that has built its almost thirty-year reputation on employing teams of specialists to implement targeted, quality campaigns for our B2B tech clients, investing in these appointments further cements our commitment to our clients and evolving our business,” says Hayley Goff, Chief Operating Officer at Whiteoaks.

Each head is responsible for managing a team of specialists that works closely with account teams to deliver results-driven, creative campaigns and strategic consultancy. The heads report into the COO, with the account teams reporting into John Broy, Chief Client Officer.

Hannah Buckley has been promoted to Head of Content. She is responsible for developing and executing Whiteoaks’ content strategy, and ensuring the delivery of compelling, high quality content assets across the client base.

Chris Patmore joins the agency as Head of Media bringing with him more than 20 years of experience in the PR and comms industry. He has worked across agencies and in-house and has held several senior positions running global programmes for a host of technology clients from start-ups to established multinationals.

Emma Walker has been promoted to Head of Digital and Social and is responsible for evolving the agency’s social media offering, devising digital strategies, and mobilising digital resource across Whiteoaks.

“Our focus on specialist streams is especially important as communication disciplines become more collaborative and intertwined, with PR, content, digital and creative forming the foundation of client campaigns, giving us an integrated delivery, management and measurement model. As a result, these appointments ensure we have the right skills and capabilities in place to proactively meet our clients’ needs and move swiftly to address a fast-changing market,” concludes Goff.

Hook, Hampshire, 06 May 2020Whiteoaks International has garnered a host of accolades following the release of the PRWeek Top 150 PR Consultancies 2020 rankings — including being recognised as the #1 tech PR agency outside London.

Whiteoaks is ranked 70th overall across all categories, moving up six places from last year’s position. Based on the consultancy’s 2019 figures, this reflects a solid 5% increase in revenue and 4% increase in staff over a 12-month period.

The PRWeek Top 150 PR Consultancies 2020 rankings also recognised Whiteoaks as:

  • The 6th ranked agency overall outside London
  • A Top 10 Tech PR agency in the UK
  • The 34th ranked independent agency in the UK

In addition, Whiteoaks also confirmed its place as a leading international consultancy, based on the Global Top 250 PR Agency Ranking 2020 released by PRovoke.

James Kelliher, CEO at Whiteoaks International says: “These rankings demonstrate that, as a B2B tech PR business, we have built a solid platform for growth over the years. It is this base that enables us to develop the right skills, recruit the top talent and expand our offering so that we continue to exceed expectations for our clients.

“We are delighted with these accolades as they are also a testament to our dedicated staff and our host of supportive clients.”

The rankings announcement follows the recent news that Whiteoaks launched a dedicated Creative Department, headed up by award-winning creative director Mark Wilson. The new department offers a complete range of creative services and consultancy, from concepts and full campaigns, videos and branding, to digital, print and social design.

Hook, Hampshire, 22 April 2020: Whiteoaks International, the award-winning tech PR agency, has announced the official launch of its Creative Department headed up by Creative Director Mark Wilson.

Wilson is an award-winning creative director having worked on well-known B2B and consumer brands, including Oracle, Ciena, CenturyLink, BA, British Gas and Drinkaware. He has previously worked for OgilvyOne, MOI Global and MBA, and brings a wealth of experience to Whiteoaks.

Wilson will focus on delivering creative campaigns across the agency, growing the Creative Department, and working with senior management to evolve its services in line with client requirements.

“There’s never been a more important time in B2B PR and marketing for creativity. It’s something, I believe, that we all possess and I look forward to further harnessing that creativity at Whiteoaks and transforming it into tangible messaging and concepts that make our clients happy and deliver results,” says Mark Wilson, Whiteoaks International Creative Director.

The Whiteoaks Creative Department offers a complete range of creative services and consultancy, from concepts and full campaigns, videos and branding, to digital, print and social design.

“We’re delighted to have Mark on board and officially launch our new Creative Department which has allowed us to expand our range of creative services and consultancy,” says James Kelliher, Whiteoaks International CEO.

“As an agency we’re constantly evolving, adapting to client feedback and needs, market changes and the desire to continue living up to our philosophy of being deliberately different. This launch is the next strategic step forward for us, one that has already delivered excellent results.”

Hook, Hampshire, 01 April 2020: Whiteoaks International, the award-winning tech PR agency, has once again demonstrated its commitment to quality with the renewal of its PRCA Communications Management Standard (CMS).

The annual certification covers a number of areas including leadership and communication, business improvement, campaign management, client satisfaction and people management.

Following the successful annual audit and moderation session, the PRCA’s audit assessor Carol Magill provided excellent feedback to the team.

“This agency was tested via the CMS Moderation process on Business Improvement, People and Client Management. The agency’s response to business improvement in particular was a very strong and comprehensive response with exceptional evidence presented,” says Magill.

“In addition, there was strong evidence of engagement with clients on how to get best value for money, and it is clear that relationships are open and transparent. People are at the heart of all organisations and this is an agency which is transparent and strategic in its people management.”

The accreditation is based on the ISO9001 standard for quality and Investors in People, and is unique to the PR and communications industry.

“We are delighted to achieve the PRCA CMS certification once again. We’re operating in a constantly changing environment, so agility is key. But there are also areas that remain consistent, like our commitment to quality; whether that is in the delivery of creative and successful campaigns, giving strategic advice, or day-to-day contact with our clients and the media,” says Suzanne Griffiths Whiteoaks International MD.

“The framework demonstrates this commitment to excellence to our potential and existing clients, and is an indication of our professionalism and the emphasis we place on building and strong relationships with our staff and clients.”

Hook, Hampshire, 30 July 2019Haven Power, one of the largest business electricity suppliers in the UK, has selected Whiteoaks International, the number one technology PR agency outside London, to raise the profile of its renewable electricity and services.

As part of the campaign, Whiteoaks will raise awareness of Haven Power and its work to help organisations reduce their environmental impact by switching to renewable energy sources.

Whiteoaks was appointed due to its experience and proven track record of developing compelling PR, content and digital campaigns, which provide return on investment for its B2B and technology clients.

The campaign will position Haven Power as a leading innovator in the B2B energy supply industry and also communicate the benefits of the company’s energy solutions, including demand-side response, storage, optimisation and risk management.

Tim Cole, Haven Power Head of Brand & Engagement, said: “With the Government making it law to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the UK to almost zero by 2050, the demand for businesses to take pro-active steps to invest in renewable energy sources has never been greater. We needed an agency to help raise awareness of our role in helping organisations to do that.

“Whiteoaks has extensive experience of working with B2B organisations, to raise their profile in both national and trade media, and they impressed us with how they plan to position Haven Power in the market as an alternative to more traditional energy providers. In addition, Whiteoaks’ transparent service delivery model and results-driven approach was a major factor in our selection.”

Hayley Goff, Chief Operating Officer at Whiteoaks International, says: “In the next ten years the energy and built environment sectors have a unique opportunity, through technology innovations, to improve the way we all live, travel and work. We’re excited to help Haven Power demonstrate the role that they can play.

Haven Power, part of the Drax Group, offers reliable, renewable energy and services that help business customers use energy more efficiently, control their spend and manage risk.

Hook, Hampshire, 20 May 2019 – Whiteoaks International, the number one technology PR agency outside London, today announces that it has chosen Ark Cancer Centre Charity in Basingstoke as its charity partner.

Whiteoaks will kick off its support for the charity on Ark Day, a 24-hour long fundraising campaign on Friday 21 June.  The day will start with Whiteoaks’ CEO, James Kelliher, playing a round of sunrise golf at Dummer Golf Club followed by a team cyclathon.

Between 9am and 4.30pm, employees will take turns to cycle on a static bike ride, with a target to cycle 70 miles during the day. The team can also choose to run or walk some of the distance, with a variety of sweepstakes for the fastest mile, the fastest 15-minute slot, the fastest time to reach the halfway point – and more. The Whiteoaks team will also be encouraging Hook residents to donate at Tesco in the town, and will be running a cake and savoury bake sale to raise additional money.

Ark Day has been organised by the Ark Day Organising Committee and aims to raise as much money as possible for Ark Cancer Centre Charity on the longest daylight day of the year.  The number one B2B PR agency will also invite the other businesses based at Form 1 in Bartley Wood Business Park, Hook, to get involved.

Suzanne Griffiths, Managing Director at Whiteoaks International, said: “We moved to our home in Hook, Hampshire in March 2018 and, just over a year on, it’s the right time for us to choose and support a local charity.

“Ark Cancer Centre Charity is fundraising for a much-needed, dedicated cancer support centre at Basingstoke hospital with a £5 million target. We’re excited to help the charity move closer to its goal and can’t wait to get things started with Ark Day next month.”

Merv Rees, Ark Cancer Centre Charity trustee and renowned liver cancer surgeon who is a driving force behind the cancer treatment centre project, said: “Ark is proud and honoured to have been chosen as a charity partner by the team at Whiteoaks International.

“The business has come up with some great ideas to raise funds for, and awareness of, Ark’s £5m campaign to help fund the new NHS cancer treatment centre that will help and support cancer patients and their loved ones in Hampshire, including those living in and around Hook.

“Thanks to everyone at Whiteoaks for this significant show of support – it is much appreciated and will really make a difference.”

Throughout the Autumn and Winter, Whiteoaks will hold a variety of activities including a Great British Bake Off-style competition, celebrate National Sandwich Day, go carolling in Hook and organise a raffle at its Christmas staff party – with all the money raised going to Ark.

About Ark Cancer Centre Charity

A much-needed cancer treatment centre is to be built by Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in Basingstoke, integrating conventional and supportive cancer care for local people. Everything will be provided under one roof in an uplifting environment that will enhance the care and support that is given.

Ark Cancer Centre Charity is raising £5 million towards the cancer treatment centre – and has already raised over £2 million of that target. This exciting project is a major opportunity for everyone involved to create a centre of excellence that will benefit so many people in the locality.

Hook, Hampshire, 1 May 2019 – Whiteoaks International is today celebrating its place as the number one B2B agency in the UK, following the release of the PR Week Top 150 UK PR Consultancies 2019 ranking. Whiteoaks is listed in the top half of the table, at number 72, up from number 78 in the previous year based on revenue. This increase reflects the 13% growth that the agency has experienced in the 12-month period.

The consultancy also appeared as the number eight agency outside London overall and it remains the number one Tech agency outside London.

At the same time, Whiteoaks is now confirmed as a Top 250 global PR agency, according to The Holmes Report Global Top 250 PR Agency Ranking 2019. It has also been shortlisted for the 2019 EMEA PR Consultancies of the Year (Technology) at the prestigious SABRE EMEA Awards later in the Spring.

James Kelliher, CEO at Whiteoaks International said: “In the last 25 years our business has grown into an established and specialist agency for the B2B technology industry. We are all delighted by the recognition we’ve received from PR Week, and internationally from the Holmes Report. We are grateful for the support of our team, our clients, partners and suppliers, in helping us in our ongoing growth journey.”

In the last 12 months, Whiteoaks has been recognised as a Winner of the European Excellence Awards 2018, taking home the trophy for Agency of the Year – Small and Mid-Sized, and was listed at number 41, in a debut placement as a Top 50 agency in the B2B Marketing UK Agencies Benchmarking Report 2019.

One year after re-branding the business and moving to a larger and more modern international headquarters in Hook, Hampshire, and celebrating its 25th anniversary, the independent agency has experienced growth to a revenue of £4.1 million in 2018 and has expanded its team to 40.

Also during that time, Whiteoaks, which offers PR, Digital, Content and Integrated Marketing consultancy and services to B2B technology brands in the Fintech, Retail Tech, Cyber Security, Smart Built Environment, Enterprise IT and Broadcast and Media industries, has won prestigious new clients, including Hastee Pay, Glen Dimplex Heating and Ventilation, REPL Group and InterSystems, and retained many long-standing clients including Feefo, Glasswall Solutions, Pulsant and Fraedom.

Hook, Hampshire, 23 January 2019 – Glen Dimplex Heating and Ventilation, the world’s largest manufacturer of electrical heating appliances, has selected Whiteoaks International, a leading UK-based technology PR agency, to raise the profile of its commercial heating and ventilation portfolio.

As part of the campaign, Whiteoaks will raise awareness for the company’s professional flame and contracting businesses. Whiteoaks will also promote Glen Dimplex’s state-of-the-art Flame Studio in Shoreditch, a beacon for designers and architects that showcases how they can create exciting and aspirational spaces using realistic flame effects and innovative VR technology.

Whiteoaks was appointed due to its experience and proven track record of developing compelling PR, content and digital campaigns for B2B clients.

Gail Cook, Head of Marcomms for Glen Dimplex Heating and Ventilation, comments: “We needed an agency to help us not only raise awareness for our commercial product line, but shift our perception in the market from being seen as purely a product provider, to a knowledge centre and community hub for all those involved in building design and specification.

“Whiteoaks impressed us with their enthusiasm and experience in the architecture and building services industry, as well as their transparent service delivery model and results-driven approach to PR.”

The campaign includes thought leadership, media relations and a social media component. It seeks to reinforce Glen Dimplex Heating and Ventilation’s standing as a thought leader in the industry and communicate the benefits of the company’s flame technology and wider product lines to architects, interior designers, specifiers and M&E consultants.

Hayley Goff, Chief Operating Officer at Whiteoaks International, says: “Glen Dimplex Heating and Ventilation is a big name in the industry and we’re looking forward to helping them reinforce their strong brand and raise awareness of the great consultancy and innovation work they do. We have a lot of experience working with the building services industry and are confident that this experience, combined with our commitment to achieving and exceeding targets, will help Glen Dimplex Heating and Ventilation elevate their profile within the industry.”

23 January 2019 – The B2B Marketing UK Agencies Benchmarking Report for 2019 has just been released and we’re extremely happy to feature alongside an excellent set of agencies across the marketing communications, creative, digital and demand generation mix. Featuring in the top 50, at number 41, cements our position as a specialist and leading tech PR, Content, Digital and integrated marketing agency. This recognition from the B2B industry comes hot on the heels from winning the Agency of the Year – small and mid-sized – award for 2018 at the European Excellence Awards in December 2018.

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