AS we close the door on 2019 and Radar PR prepares for its second anniversary, I grabbed a few moments to reflect on the last 12 months.
And that’s about as much time as I could spare because it’s been a rollercoaster; a rapid, twisting and turning odyssey from January to December.
Writing and writing and writing. Photos, videos, meetings, conferences and the occasional pang of realism.
Self-employment is tough, and it can be lonely, but there are many positives and the biggest this year has been the number of new clients I’ve worked with.
More than 30 in all. Thirty. If you had told me when I went it alone that by now I’d have shared the stories of up to 50 private and public sector organisations, educators and a combination of them all in the form of the North Wales Economic Ambition Board, I would have gulped in astonishment, even fear.
But it’s happened, and the focus now is on maintaining the standards I’ve set for myself, continuing to represent these clients with integrity and passion, and grabbing the occasional breath to enjoy what I’m trying to build up. Foundations have been laid, but that was the easy part.
Here are some of the new clients and partners to have joined forces with Radar PR in 2019:
Pure Perfection Clinic – Royal Victoria Hotel Snowdonia – Principality Consulting – Huws Gray Builders’ Merchants – Clogau Gold – Credent Commercial Insurance – Plas Maenan Country House – Ruby Granite – Fast Way to Fitness – The Energise Academy – Edward Hughes Solicitors – Colwyn BID – FFP Solutions – BGB Scaffolding – Get Carter UK – Maes Mynan Holiday Park – Menter Mon (Miwtini) – Author Richard Rees – North Wales Mersey Dee Business Council – Raising the Bar in Care – Meee HQ – Flintshire Tourism Association – Chief Properties – Lawray Architects – Business Four North Wales – Deli Catering – Conwy County Council.
First things first… thank you.
And thanks also to the businesses who joined us in our maiden year, the likes of PetPlace, ION Leadership, 20Twenty Business Growth, Supertemps, UK Leisure Living, Coleg Cambria, S2 Recruitment, Go Below, St David’s Hospice, Falmouth University Business School, Canary Designs, Llandudno’s £18m Pier Pavilion development and Risc IT Solutions.
Leading Welsh companies, award-winning entrepreneurs, builders, designers, architects, finance experts, tourism operators, jewellers, engineers, clinicians, fitness firms, craftsmen and women, recruiters, solicitors, food producers, retailers and more.
Variety is the spice of life, so they say, and to be in such a privileged position – representing such a diverse group in myriad arenas – is an honour.
Meanwhile, it was a thrill to be a finalist at the CIPR Cymru Awards in the Outstanding Independent Practitioner category. I finished third, but to be honest it was a shock to be nominated and saw me dust off the dinner jacket for the first time in a while.
This year I’ve also supplied regular columns for the booming Life in North Wales magazine, which goes from strength to strength and will be released more frequently, to more people, from January onwards.
And our clients have appeared in many publications globally, from the New York Post and The Sun to Boutique Hotelier, Retail Jeweller, Builders’ Merchants News, Pet Business World, ScaffMag, Practical Caravan and a host of others, not to mention the brilliant local and national news and business platforms in Wales and beyond.
One of the biggest milestones for me personally was buying my first home. I would never have been able to do so had I not set up my own business and enjoyed such a flying start.
I’m working hard to position Radar PR among the other respected public relations, marketing and media companies in North Wales, but ultimately the benefits freelance life brings, primarily being there for my children when they need me, has been at the core of all this hard work.
That was the priority, the rest is a bonus. I’ve grafted for it, been lucky at times, and always stayed true to the cause.
I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thank you and best wishes for 2020.