Leading Suffolk PR agency expand offering with three significant new hires

L-R: Steph Smith, Tom Harvey and Lisa Smith – Photo Credit to Ashley Pickering Photography

Award-winning Suffolk agency, Pier PR & Marketing has expanded its expertise with three new hires following a fantastic year of growth for the agency and new business wins. Joining the Felixstowe based agency is Steph Smith as account director, Tom Harvey as account manager and Lisa Smith as office manager. The three new recruits will support Pier’s ever expanding client base.

Managing director Kate Bowden Smith commented: “Steph and Tom are valuable additions to our senior team and with Lisa’s experience and expert support, Pier is in a strong position to continue its growth and cement our position as one of the region’s top PR agencies.”

Taking on the role of account director working with Pier’s portfolio of property, legal and FMCG clients is Steph Smith. Steph joins the team with more than 25 years’ experience including working with some of the UK’s leading PR agencies and more than a decade providing communications consultancy. With expertise in marketing, copywriting, media relations and social media management, she is perfectly placed to support Pier’s clients in developing effective public relations and marketing strategies.

Steph commented: “I am really excited to be working with the Pier team to share my expertise and help the company continue to grow.”

Joining Pier as an account manager is Tom Harvey. Bringing more than four years’ experience in agencies across London and Birmingham, his experience has included working closely with tech, science, engineering and education clients on their PR and social strategies. Having trained as a journalist and with a love of current affairs, Tom will help ensure that Pier’s clients are helping set the news agenda and are seen as thought-leaders in their sector.

Tom commented: “I have always been interested in the diverse range of businesses and organisations that Pier works with and I am looking forward to getting fantastic results for our clients.”

Lisa Smith has joined the Pier team in a brand new role created to oversee Pier’s internal processes and procedures and ensure its continuing position as a leading ethical and responsible employer in the region. Lisa joins the team with over 15 years of customer service management and project coordination experience. She will also be helping develop new processes to ensure Pier’s environmental efficiency.

Lisa commented: “I am really excited to be joining Pier in a new role that I can really sink my teeth into. I have always admired Pier’s position as a leading employer in the region and I am looking forward to helping to continue and develop this.”

Established in 2008, Pier develops integrated PR & marketing campaigns that drive sales, awareness and reputation. Clients include ScottishPower Renewables, the East of England Co-op, Kerry Foods and Spirit Yachts.