Scottish PR agency successes that made 2021 a year to remember

Scottish PR successes that made 2021 a year to remember


Scottish PR successes that made 2021 a year to remember


And that’s a wrap – check out some of Holyrood PR’s successes that made 2021 special

Scottish PR agency successes that made 2021 a year to remember

THE LAST 12 months have been unpredictable, but that didn’t stop us from continuing to do what we do best – helping our clients tell their stories to the world.

Throughout the year we delivered innovative digital and social media campaigns and traditional feel good stories that reached more than 280 million people.

We welcomed new team members, won new clients and scooped up awards, all whilst juggling everchanging rules and restrictions.  

So, without further ado, read on to check out some of our highlights from 2021.

January: Boroughmuir alumni invited to celebrate school’s new chapter

Property PR photography, CALA Homes

Kicking off with a bang, we secured front page coverage for CALA Homes as it welcomed VIP guests to its Boroughmuir development – a revival of one of Edinburgh’s most historic school buildings.

We arranged for the current headmaster and three senior pupils to return to their old stomping ground and see the transformational changes being made to their old school.

Our release and professionally shot images were just the ticket for landing some brilliant coverage, putting CALA in front of key audiences.

  • 183,409 opportunities to see
  • Six items of coverage
  • Highlights in Luxury Edinburgh, Sunday Mail, Scottish Construction now, Edinburgh Evening News, and What House?

February: Firms should encourage their staff to get walking this winter

Charity PR, Paths for all encourage people to walk this winter

February saw us help Paths for All launch an innovative campaign encouraging Scots to get out walking in the fresh air.

We put together a release focusing on the mental, physical and social wellbeing benefits of walking and how it is vital to incorporate it into the working day. The release targeted both seasoned and new walkers, while tapping into the work from home and hybrid working enviroments.

The campaign delivered impressive results and secured crucial targeted coverage across Scotland:

  • 130,725 opportunities to see
  • 17 items of coverage
  • Highlights include; Press and Journal, Evening Times, Aberdeen Evening Express, Stirling Observer & Shopper, Fife Herald and Citizen

March: Outstanding in his field: Minister invited to work from pasture

tech PR,  Finderne Development Trust minister invited to work from pasture

As life started to get back on track, we helped Finderne Development Trust pull off a PR stunt which swept the headlines. The rural highland community turned to us to help share their anger and frustration at the regions poor broadband services blighting families and businesses.

The aim was to catch the attention of the Scottish Government’s Broadband Minister, Paul Wheelhouse. The trust had worked tirelessly to set up a meeting with him in the past and within hours of the campaign launching Paul responded to the trust and set up a meeting to discuss the broadband further.

The trust said their rural broadband was like working in a field, so we created some eye-catching photographic stunts to go alongside compelling media releases which explained the frustrations of the community.

The story captured an abundance of coverage from every corner of the UK, showcasing the daily struggles of the community:

April: Jerba Campervans becomes only Scottish converter officially qualified by Volkswagen

Consumer PR photography, Jerba campervans motor qualified by Volkswagen

As we sprung into a new season, North Berwick-based campervan firm, Jerba Campervans, became recognised as a Motorhome Qualified Converter by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles. Being one of three companies in the UK to receive the stamp of approval from the German car manufacturer.

It helped cement Jerba’s already distinguish reputation as a trusted campervan converter.

The story generated a clean sweep of coverage in trade, business, national and regional outlets, culminating in:

  • 169,316 opportunities to see
  • 12 items of coverage across print, online, and social
  • Specialist trade coverage in Caravan Times and Laidback Leisure
  • National coverage in The Herald across all its social platforms and newsletters

May: Record 30 operating rooms to be shipped to Africa in 2021 through unique UK charity

Health PR, Kids OR 30 operating rooms

In May we helped celebrate charity Kids OR’s record breaking number of 30 operating rooms across a number of African nations, securing more than seven million opportunities to see – inclusing exclusive features on STV’s Six and 10 o’clock news.

Kids OR helps support doctors and hospitals throughout the continent with no, or critically low provisions for children’s surgeries by delivering dedicated operating rooms to improve and save the lives of thousands of people.

The global coverage secured by our team helped to raise Kids OR’s profile and brought awareness to the work they do, highlighting their mission to help people around the world:

  • 7,563,836 opportunities to see (provided by Kantar media)
  • 176 items of coverage across online, broadcast and print media
  • Secured National audience with exclusive TV features on STV news at 6 and 10, linking with a surgeon in Africa as well as facilitating a trip to the depot 
  • Features on BBC Radio Scotland and Radio Tay
  • UK wide online features prominently on Evening Standard, Mail Online, MSN
  • Scottish national and local coverage Herald, Edinburgh Evening News, The National Scotland, as well as a number of Dundee-based titles
  • Stellar print features across The National with page leads in The Metro, The Scotsman and The Courier
  • Overwhelming coverage across local, regional, and national press

June: Talented artist draws new inspiration – with move to Scotland

Scottish PR, Ben Wild moves to Edinburgh

During summer, artist Ben Wild made the move to the Scottish capital and our team was tasked with sharing his name far and wide. We made sure Ben settled in with a media bang.

Our coverage helped Ben secure his blue tick verification on Twitter which he was more than delighted about:

July: Night of virtual celebrations for golden anniversary

Social Care PR, Bield 50th anniversary

2021 marked Bield Housing & Care’s golden anniversary and we were delighted to pull out all the stops and put our creative skills to the test.

Unfortunately, celebrations couldn’t be planed quite like the housing provider had hoped, so Bield looked to Holyrood PR to create the buzz and a special occasion virtually.

We organised a logo competition to find a bespoke design to celebrate the anniversary which was used in all of the organisation’s material.

The team also pull together a magazine dedicated to the golden anniversary, showcasing all of the amazing things which have happened in the past 50 years, as well as looking forward to its bright future.

Holyrood PR also helped organise “The Big Night” – an eight-minute-long video filled with content such as facts about Bield over the last 50 years, guest speakers and congratulatory messages from some of Scotland’s most popular celebrities.

HPR liaised with former customers and staff from Bield to get positive messages about the charity, while also securing video content and messages of support from National Clinical Director Professor Jason Leitch, former captain and current First Team Coach of Hibernian Football Club David Gray, ‘Still Game’ comedians Sanjeev Singh Kholi and Mark Cox, as well as Sally Thomas, Chief Executive at Scottish Federation of Housing Associations.

  • 322,585 opportunities to see
  • 11 items of coverage
  • Highlights include: Scottish Construction Now, Evening Times, Glasgow Evening Times, North Edinburgh News, Scottish Federation of Housing Associations
  • Messages of support from five well known Scottish faces
  • Publication of a bespoke golden anniversary bulletin

August: Olympic star Duncan Scott inspires youngsters to return to pools

Public sector PR photography, Rowen Page, Duncan Scott and Ali Elsayed

In August, the most decorated British Olympian at a single games, Duncan Scott, splashed into the media with Scottish Water.

Duncan’s return from the Tokyo Olympics coincided with him reprising his role as Learn to Swim ambassador for the fifth year, encouraging Scottish children to get in the pool.

Our team organised a media event and pitched a media release on the campaign which created impressive coverage across national, regional and business media, highlighting the importance of learning to be a safe, confident swimmer.

  • 15 items of coverage across print, online, broadcast and social media
  • 595,861 opportunities to see
  • Featured in national, regional and business media
  • STV News interview with Duncan Scott
  • Radio Forth feature
  • Highlights include The Sun, Edinburgh Evening News and Glasgow Chamber of Commerce

September: Accountants say numbers add up for Edinburgh expansion

Professional Services PR photography, Douglas Home & Co., L TO R: Alan Drummond, Sheryl Macaulay, Darren Thomson

As summer came to an end, Douglas Home & Co made the announcement it was expanding and opening up an Edinburgh office. Our team helped to showcase its new office and made some impressive headlines for the accountancy firm.  

The mass of coverage showcased Douglas Home & Co growing beyond its Borders roots. The coverage also raised awareness of the organisation to its target audience and anyone in Edinburgh area who required professional accountancy in in the capital:

October: Cheers to digital success for Scottish rum start-up

food and drink PR photography, Brass Neck Influencer campaign serves up tasty results thanks to digital PR team

In autumn we launched an exciting digital campaign with Scottish rum start up, Brass Neck Rum, to the sale of its 1000th bottle. We sourced three of Scotland’s best food and drink micro-influencers to promote the impressive milestone across digital platforms.

Working closely with @glasgowfoodelicious, @cocktail_oclock and @hilarycaneat we helped curate a digital campaign to showcase Brass Neck’s versatility and delicious flavours

The campaign generated 100 new followers on its social media platforms and an increase of sales in Brass Neck’s Amazon shop.

Influencer highlights included:

  • Seven stories shared by our influencers in total, all tagging Brass Neck Rum
  • Five grid posts from our influencers reaching 39,184 users

Social media results included:

  • Nine items of coverage across newsletters, online and social media.
  • 112,243 opportunities to see across national, regional, and business publications
  • Features in The Glasgow Evening Times, Scottish Financial News, and Edinburgh Reporter

November: Skyrora agrees multi-launch deal with Shetland spaceport for the next decade

Tech Pr photography, Skyrora XL CGI 2

Our client Skyrora shot into the press in November after the firm announced a multi-launch deal with SaxaVord Spaceport on Shetland for the next decade.

It marked a significant milestone for the Edinburgh-based rocket company which plans to launch the first rocket to go into space from the UK next year.

Our PR team went into overdrive as we secured some eye-watering coverage from around the world.

The story dominated the space industry agenda throughout the foreseeable month and firmly planted Skyrora as a key player in the emerging UK sector.

The story secured impressive coverage across print, newsletter, online and social media:

  • 29,847,848 opportunities to see
  • 228 items of coverage across national, regional, specialist, business and local outlets
  • Featured on broadcast programmes such as BBC breakfast, BBC World News, BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio Shetland and Times Radio
  • Secured coverage across print, newsletter, online and social media including outlets such as the BBC, ITV, The Times, The Sun, Sky News, Daily Mail and the Daily Mirror

December:  Global brand launches first Scottish restaurant in St James Quarter

pub and restaurant PR Photography, Thai Express Kitchen, St James Quarter, Edinburgh

As we entered the festive season, we helped global brand, Thai Express Kitchen, launch its first ever Scottish venue.

Comprising three key elements – a media launch, media releases and social media – our fully integrated campaign ensured Thai Express Kitchen landed in Edinburgh with a splash, establishing it as the new go-to Thai food spot in Edinburgh.

Our media releases generated:

Media launch event results include:

  • 43 attending guests
  • 68 items of coverage
  • 492,811 opportunities to see

Social media results generated:

  • 14 posts; 155 stories
  • 55,088 impressions
  • 11,978 accounts reached
  • 2,396 profile visits
  • 261 accounts engaged
  • 198 new followers
  • 184 website clicks

Paid social media post results:

  • 9,192 people reached
  • 229 profile visits
  • 15,337 impressions

What a year! We have shared so many amazing stories in the past 12 months. Stories which have made businesses more profitable, built team morale and productivity, and the best thing of all, we have loved digging them out!

Holyrood PR wishes all our clients a lovely New Year and can’t wait to see what 2022 brings!

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