Never underestimate the 
power of PR

WE DON’T.

We’re not a tick box PR agency. We care passionately that what we do makes a difference. So we refuse to do PR for PR’s sake.

We believe in the power of PR because we see its impact every day; changing the way people think, feel and act. Combining business brains and creative muscle, we create brilliant, shareable, authentic content and experiences across multiple channels. Using media intelligence, social savvy and insight, we help clients build brands, manage reputations and grow their businesses.

We are not afraid to think differently, to bring something new to the table. To challenge both our clients and ourselves to be better. To do what is right, not what is easy.

Our services

After 30 years in PR we know a thing or two about news and the media but as channels of communication have advanced we’ve evolved alongside to deliver impactful work in exciting formats across a range of channels.

PR

Media relations is our heartland. We know what makes the news. And not only do we know how to craft a great story but also what the media want and how & when they want it.

Digital

From strategy to execution spanning organic and paid, our team of digital experts will deliver campaigns - and results - to build your online presence and ensure engagement.

Production

If a picture is worth a thousand words then a video is worth a million. End-to-end video production from our in-house production team means your content needs will be met with flair, imagination and originality.

Influencers

Our full-service offer covers everything from strategy and planning through to activation and evaluation across all core platforms including Instagram, TikTok, YouTube and LinkedIn.

Experiential

From disruptive stunts to widescale consumer experiences, we’ve done them all. We take care of the whole project from end to end.

Content

We are more than words delivering brilliant video, podcast, social content and much more; content that entertains, educates, inspires and engages but most of all supports your customers’ needs.

Business

Combining deep subject and multi-sector expertise, our award-winning business team bring a creative and impactful approach to B2B comms.

Technology
Manufacturing
Professional & Financial Services
Foodservice & Hospitality
Consumer

With a nimble approach to activation, our work is daring enough to be seen, engaging enough to be shared and important enough to be cared about.

Lifestyle
Food & Drink
Health, Beauty & Wellbeing
Retail

MEET THE TEAM

Kelly Pepworth
MD

Too many years and too much experience to list, Kelly is Regional Chair of the PRCA and was recently made a Fellow – the PR industry’s highest recognition of achievement and contribution. She has worked over the past five years as MD to build Speed to where it is today. A former wedding singer, mum to Isla & Collie-Poo Cosmo and budding artist.

Clare Cooper
Director, Business

Clare heads up Speed’s business division, specialising in B2B, corporate communications and reputation building. Her passion is in helping businesses think responsibly and developing cause-related campaigns. Her young family keep her on her toes outside of work.

Rebecca Broomfield
Director, Consumer

Becky is focused on leading the team to deliver excellence through creative solutions that drive business success. With nearly 20 years’ experience in PR she’s worked on most things; but helping brands that make family life richer is her passion. In her spare time she is kept busy with two daughters and a never-ending house renovation project.

Sarah Firth
Strategy & Creative Director

Sarah is not going to lie, she has 30 years’ experience in PR, which means she’s been able to pack in a hell of a lot. For the last 20 years she has been a Creative Director, with highlights including award winning campaigns for Superdrug, Coca Cola, Unilever, Barclaycard, McVities and Boots.

Helen Collingborn
Head of Food & Hospitality

Helen runs the show across our food & drink brands. She’s a seasoned PR, with over 15 years’ experience leading multi award-winning creative campaigns. As a farmer’s daughter, Helen loves all things food & drink and volunteers for Springboard and FoodCycle.

Jim Gillingham
Senior Production Editor

Jim is a writer, filmmaker and producer who leads our Production Team with enthusiasm and coffee. He’s produced content projects for brands, businesses and governments and his voice features on multiple podcasts. If there’s anything more pleasurable in life than Shakespeare and garden centres, Jim is yet to find it.

Julia Filsell-Chapman
Head of Digital

Julia leads our digital team, bringing over 16 years’ experience delivering award-winning digital campaigns to clients from all sectors, all over the world. She makes a mean souffle and has been known to write questionable fan fiction from time to time.

Nicola Carroll
Head of Culture

For most of her career Nic has specialised in delivering brilliant campaigns for consumer brands across family, FMCG and travel. With a passionate interest in cultural and community engagement, she supports brands and businesses with communications that help foster positive cultures. Nic also leads our own Balance programme which makes Speed a great place to work. She is kept busy outside of work with a young family.

Max Hammond
Associate Director, B&C

A corporate communications specialist, Max has worked on integrated campaigns for global B2B brands in a range of industries – from renewable energy to the internet of things. He is passionate about sustainability and supports clients in developing an authentic voice over environmental issues. He enjoys a podcast – whether it’s listening to or making one.

WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY

The Life Is Better Filtered campaign has positioned BRITA as a champion of collaboration and best practice by creating a content legacy. It incorporated a successful media relations strategy and turned our sales team into a band of campaign advocates, leading to an overall 25% increase in web traffic and contributing towards a record sales year. Oh, and it generated thousands of MQLs (3 x the target amount) and a 6.4% growth in sales! In total, this campaign has now been nominated for 7 award shortlists and counting thanks to our fantastic PR agency Speed.

Lucy Wakelin
Communications Manager, BRITA Professional

“The first time we met with Speed we were blown away by their pitch. They had totally understood our brand, and how and what we wanted to communicate – so much so that we were able to use the entire proposal as our plan for 2024. Working with the team has been a real joy – it’s a very collaborative relationship, and everyone feels like an extension of our own marketing team.”

Charlotte Bird
UK Marketing Manager

Speed fully understands the unique nuances of each of our brands, as well as our business and the marketplace. It is this expertise and tenacity that has led to growing our scope of work with Speed over the years. Time and again, they have proven their strength in consultancy, creativity and media relations delivering strong results with excellence. Speed are a pivotal partner in driving success for our portfolio of beauty brands.

Diana Scandroglio
Associate Marketing Director, Helen of Troy

We see Speed as an extension of our internal team and make sure that we provide regular access to our senior leadership team and respond quickly to opportunities. As a result, they understand our business voice in the market, the personality of our spokespeople and how senior people want our messages conveyed. Our sales team report that the door opens far quicker on cold calls due to better awareness and trust in our brand thanks to Speed’s work.

Matt Fryer
Managing Director, Brookson Group