Simon Francis

Simon loves a communications challenge and is passionate about using communications to make the world a better place. A strategist and PR industry opinion-leader, he also has extensive experience of leading award-winning multi-disciplinary campaigns like National Apprenticeship Week and Grey Pride.

A supporter of the underdog, Simon refuses to waver in his support of Coventry City.

Simon's Blog Posts

Star-shaped mince pies, Christmas tree crumpets and some very sore legs - how Claremont does Christmas

[caption id="attachment_3155" align="alignright" width="320"] Claremont Christmas Party[/caption] This year Claremont is trying to use our festive celebrations to practice what we preach! We started off with our 'made by apprentices' Christmas Party for clients where Matt, Monica and Sean were given a brief and (tight) budget and turned our offices into festive wonderland, complete with…

Read more

The five most important tweets on the #EU2014 vote

Seismic earthquakes. Political turmoil. Revolutionary. There's been much written about the European elections, but the five tweets below provide clear lessons the UK political parties - and anyone with a passion for democracy - must learn: 1) Things are not what they seem Another Angry Voice has an important overview of the 12 things the European…

Read more

The impact of the Lobbying Act on PR is still not clear

With just weeks to go until regulations for non-party campaigners during the 2015 General Election come into force, there are still fundamental questions that remain unanswered about the impact of the Lobbying Act on PRs. In fact, the PRCA Not-For-Profit and Charity Group has written to the Electoral Commission with ten key questions they must…

Read more

Tomorrow's Engineers Week shortlisted for PRCA & Social Buzz Awards

Hot on the heels of being shortlisted for the PR Week specialist PR agency of the year and public sector campaign of the year, our work for Tomorrow's Engineers Week has also been shortlisted for the PRCA Awards and The Drum's Social Buzz Awards. The campaign, which we recently were asked to work on again in 2014,…

Read more

Trust in charities collapses; but ethics are key to rebuilding faith

The must-read annual Edelman Trust Barometer (see below for the full report) has just been published and its message is clear: If you want to build trust be social and be ethical. The Barometer finds that, globally, trust in charities, NGOs, business and media has declined across the board and the UK is ranked as…

Read more