APRIL 2024

A new financial year and new adventures as work with the University of Stirling and global executive research firm Perrett Laver swung into gear and saw our team on location in London and Dublin – and visiting the University’s stunning campus (and lake) in leafy Stirling – for work across reputation, brand, market positioning and student engagement.

This month also saw our CEO Michael presenting with our partners at integrated advancement firm Cairney & Company at the University of Cambridge – leading a session on the power of integrated working and collaboration at Jesus College.

Finally, Michael contributed to a 7-page feature spread in the latest edition of CASE‘s global publication: Currents Magazine – in a cover story called ‘Finding the Right Words’ about managing reputation and responding to polarising global issues and conflicts.

So another busy month, all whilst dodging the April showers…

MARCH 2024

Another wet month in the UK but a spring into a bright period showered with new clients, new projects, and new growth.

March 17th marked our 7th anniversary and saw our 70th client – the University of Stirling – join our consulting club with an exciting new project to review and enhance its student communications and engagement. This added to existing strategy projects this month with the University of Southampton and the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

We also announced earlier in the month that our founder, Michael, is to be a judge in this year’s PRCA DARE Awards – and will also be a speaker at the Times Higher Education (THE)‘s HashtagHE higher education marketing conference in May.

Our 8th year as a first-choice international consulting firm has got off to a flying start…


Our February focus was on our exciting brand review and MarComms strategy refresh with the remarkable University of Southampton Medical Faculty – another exciting brand listening and strategic recalibration project featuring an intensive programme of stakeholder consultation conversations with executive and academic leads at the University plus some of its incredible clinical partners and critical friends – united by a shared ambition to reposition Southampton as a Centre of Excellence in global medical education.

This month also saw our CEO and Founder, Michael, named as a fellow of the IC Global partnership –  joining an exceptional network of hand-picked experts working in internationalisation and global engagement.


2024 started with a bang (in New York City) with the continuation in January of critical client strategy work with University of Chicago, University of Cape Town, the NHS, and Brunel University London – as well as more new businesses pitches for brand and internal comms consultancy support for Quarter 1.

Michael led a reputation management masterclass session with a group of 30 x leaders of independent schools in the US for CASE, exploring the issues that the States’ leading Schools should be expected to respond to vs wider (and more divisive) world issues – and how to anticipate controversy and mitigate risk. See pic

Finally, our sister company Fabric Academy – the pioneering marketing strategy training programme – was celebrating this month after featuring in the UK’s TOP SMEs OF 2024 guide.


Here’s our annual Yuletide poem with the usual ingredients of reflection, acknowledgment, gratitude (and celebrity deaths)! Thanks to all of our staff, clients, partners and suppliers for all your support and friendship. It is greatly appreciated.

Our ‘out-of-office’ auto message is now switched on and it’s time to focus on family, friends, and all the festivities after a brilliant year. We’re back online from 8th of January. Merry Christmas and happy holidays!🎄🌟


The Best…

As we hang the stockings, dress the tree, and stock-up on Christmas fayre,

we celebrate our moment as global ‘Agency of the Year’

(another award and yardstick from those who see our work as great,

this one was from the CIM – and the most prestigious one to date)


So it’s not just lights and Christmas stars that are shining all around,

but the glisten of gleaming accolades and the glow of pride abound

And let’s not forget those valued friends who help us chase the dream,

the staff, suppliers, and client partners who make-up our winning team


As we look back on the year that was, we couldn’t have asked for more,

a year packed full of growth, success, and plans for ‘24

(but we’ve also bid farewell to friends: Matthew Perry, Jerry Springer,

and Jeff Beck and Tina Turner (who was my mother’s favourite singer)


So, here’s to taking time to stop, to breathe, reflect, and rest,

thanks to all and Merry Christmas – you’re Simply the Best!


A donation has been made by Brand & Reputation, in lieu of the cost of printing and sending festive cards, to the remarkable Sir Graham Wylie Foundation