JEN ROBSON, HEAD OF COMMUNICATIONS FOR THE NORTH EAST LEP
Sarah and her team are simply outstanding. Their professionalism, strategic thinking, dedication and responsiveness is second to none. They truly have become an extension of our team and together we have transformed the North East LEP’s approach to communications with exceptional results.
SUE AMBROSI, POLICY AND COMMUNICATION BUSINESS PARTNER, NEWCASTLE CITY COUNCIL
Sarah and her team have been consummately professional, creative and have delivered real results. Often PR agencies will claim to be an extension of an organisation’s team, but this isn’t always the case. However Sarah Hall Consulting is genuinely exactly this – a consultancy that is very much a valuable part of the team and a delight to work with. We highly recommend commissioning Sarah to deliver quality PR and social media activity.
CHARLIE HOULT, CHAIR AND BOB PATON, VICE CHAIR OF DYNAMO NORTH EAST
Sarah Hall Consulting helped devise and deliver Dynamo 14, an inaugural conference aimed at defining and growing the North East IT economy. The team provided support with event organisation, stakeholder comms, media relations and social media resulting in great coverage, excellent brand awareness - ultimately brilliant PR.
CHERYLLE MILLARD-DAWE, FOUNDER, PROPOLOGY
Sarah Hall and her team at Sarah Hall Consulting do a stellar job for us here at Propology. Not only are they totally professional about our company, they actually take ownership of it as if it were their own, going well above and beyond the call of duty in their quest to put Propology up there with the best.
From the day I met Sarah I knew she 'got it' - her genuine passion for the brand and belief in me as a client has built an incredible reciprocal confidence that has endured throughout the entire process.
Sarah thinks outside the box by turning it round and spinning it inside out, adding to that passion, energy and fantastic results.
Savvy, great fun to work with and an agency that gets the job done. Thank you!
NICOLA MCINTOSH, PR MANAGER, CENTRE FOR LIFE
We approached Sarah to work with us on PR for Maker Faire UK at very short notice due to staff illness.
We were not only impressed by Sarah’s speedy grasp of the ethos of Maker Faire but also with her confident, no-punches-pulled attitude when it came to setting out realistic, achieveable targets. She gave professional, measured advice and set to work quickly.
As Maker Faire was still a fairly new concept for the UK, Sarah worked hard to create a briefing document for journalists, which became an essential tool for the whole Maker Faire UK team.
Sarah made excellent use of her extensive network of contacts and showed great tenacity when selling-in stories.
Sarah is professional, hard-working and can be trusted to deliver. She is friendly, honest and very knowledgeable, a winning combination that delivers results.
WILL FATHERLEY, MANAGING DIRECTOR, MARCH THIRTYONE
We love working with Sarah because she gives advice that is good for our business, and not just hers. When we originally met she advised us on a rebrand and helped us through the process, which actually led to her getting less work in the short-medium term.
Sarah is professional, knowledgeable and has a great business brain that translates into innovative ways of raising our profile as a new business in the North East. She helps us understand social media channels and prepare content for them as well as get our business profile noticed in a noisy market.
Since working with Sarah we have developed a new brand, appeared in local business magazines, had articles featured on blogs, participated in round table debates, appeared on radio and more. All of this would not have happened without her guidance and support and we look forward to Sarah Hall Consulting helping us for a long time to come.
JULIE NELSON, MANAGING DIRECTOR, EMBLEYS ESTATE AGENTS
Sarah and her PR expertise come highly recommended. As a company that was just starting out with a new brand, we needed someone we could trust to provide a long and short-term strategy, as well as put our thoughts and ideas into words in a way that truly represented the brand and our working ethos. Sarah fulfilled the brief perfectly and continues to do so.
She listens so carefully and really grasps what we want to say and then skilfully and effectively expresses it in a concise way. The skills she consistently demonstrates have helped to communicate the brand and sales messages in an engaging and motivating way giving embleys a real and tangible competitive edge.
On a personal note I also consider Sarah a wise mentor who can succinctly get to the heart of a opportunity or a problem, proving a clear and easy to understand perspective which in turn helps me and the business be more effective and efficient. Sarah is an absolute asset to our team and business.
KEVAN CARRICK, PRINCIPAL, JK PROPERTY CONSULTANTS
Sarah Hall Consulting has acted for JK Property Consultants for over three years. The activity required is complex, since activity needs to take into account the interests of our clients and the demand they have arising from acquisitions, disposals and other property matters that we deal with on their behalf. Despite the challenging nature of the work, our profile and reach has significantly increased and clients have also enjoyed the practical yet complementary advice given.
JK regularly present seminars and workshops on emerging property issues that have significant impact on clients' investments and regional economic policy. Sarah Hall Consulting has helped us to promote these using innovative content disseminated through a variety of communication channels. We have had particular success with video. She has also recently overseen a vey successful rebrand.
Overall we are delighted with the service provided.
STINA PORTER, COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER AT SHARED INTEREST
Sarah was brought on board initially to work with Shared Interest during maternity leave within the marketing and communications team. We knew from Sarah’s reputation that she would be not only a safe pair of hands, but also someone who wouldn’t be afraid to bring new ideas to the table.
Since then, we have continued to work with Sarah on specific projects and we have her to thank specifically for helping make the Shared Interest Gift Pack a reality.
Sarah continues to go above and beyond the call of duty with regards to her relationship with Shared Interest. She has a fantastic rapport with the team and a strong grasp of our business model, as well as a vision of how we should position ourselves in the North East region and beyond.
JO KIRBY, DIRECTOR OF MARKETING & SALES, THEATRE ROYAL NEWCASTLE
Sarah is a complete joy to work with, she worked for us for 1 month for 9 hours a week but did far more than that and packed so much in, the results were fantastic and we really did get value for money.
Her creative skills were outstanding and she understood our productions and market completely. Sarah has the ability to juggle many tasks at once and make it look easy, she was so lovely to work with and from day one it was like she'd been with us a few months. I would recommend her wholeheartedly.
DUNCAN LOWERY, SENIOR INVESTMENT MANAGER, IP GROUP PLC, MANAGERS OF THE NORTH EAST TECHNOLOGY FUND
We chose to appoint Sarah Hall Consulting as our regional consultant due to her immediate grasp of our business model, customer base and how she might add value to our organisation.
She is highly responsive, thoughtful, timely, results driven and anticipates our needs before they arise by thinking strategically and over the longer term. In essence she puts in the effort to understand our business and we now consider her part of the team.
Equally expert in traditional or new media, Sarah is well connected, knowledgeable and frequently goes beyond the call of duty. She challenges the way we think about PR and marketing and has demonstrably increased the visibility of our brand in a challenging market place.
Safe to say we are very impressed with the work she has carried out for us to date and would happily recommend her to others.
NICOLA SHORT, INTERIM MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER, PORT OF TYNE
Sarah Hall Consulting was recommended to us when we had a number of copy writing projects that needed progressing at short notice. Totally unfazed by the speed with which the work needed to be done, Sarah quickly understood the different audiences she was writing for and grasped a number of specialist subjects that may have caused others trouble.
Always available, Sarah is highly professional and organised in her dealings with staff and clients, asks pertinent questions and makes recommendations that enhance the overall product. We are very happy with the expertise brought to the table and have been impressed with the other opportunities that Sarah has created for us outside of the brief.
DEBORAH IONS, MARKETING MANAGER, NEWCASTLE BUSINESS SCHOOL AT NORTHUMBRIA UNIVERSITY
Having worked with Sarah on a number of projects, it would be fair to say that she is proactive, quick to grasp organisational objectives, and adds value through her strategic thinking, by introducing new contacts, or just by coming at a problem from a completely different angle.
Always accessible, Sarah works closely with your organisation and ultimately becomes an extension of the team. Sarah really buys into every project she works on, is not afraid to give honest and open advice, sets measurement and evaluation criteria to ensure best practice is followed. Once appointed and briefed, Sarah will do the job and do it well, which is hugely reassuring.
TINA SNOWBALL, DIRECTOR OF MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS AT NEWCASTLEGATESHEAD INITIATIVE
Sarah made a significant and immediate positive impact in the short time she worked at NewcastleGateshead Initiative, fitting into the company and leading the comms team from day one.
Sarah grasped the unique role and remit of the organisation quickly, improving her knowledge of the tourism sector and establishing solid working relationships with key contacts and partners both internally and externally. The communications remit at NewcastleGateshead Initiative is incredibly varied and fast paced and requires a great deal of juggling, which Sarah not only handled with flourish, but delivered great results too. She quickly won respect of the staff and her team, by being a good mentor and support to team members, helping them improve their skills and knowledge, but also by providing clear and concise leadership at all times.
Sarah is one of the most dynamic comms professionals I have ever worked with. Her positive nature, upbeat style of working, and clear focus on delivery and results makes her a force to be reckoned with. Complemented by her extensive social media expertise, huge respect from media, and her extensive network of contacts in the communications sector and in the region, I would wholeheartedly recommend Sarah as a leading expert in public relations in the North East – and above all else she’s great fun to work with too!
PETE WATSON, MANAGING DIRECTOR, SHERPA BUSINESS CONSULTANCY
The reason we work with Sarah Hall Consulting is that we get to deal with Sarah Hall directly and she has a straight-talking, no nonsense approach that produces results. If she doesn't think something is right she challenges us, which means whatever we do is the best it can be because it's been given plenty of thought and has been developed in line with our business strategy.
Sarah uses multiple communication methods to help us get our message across including a blend of traditional and social media. She has helped us grow our brand very quickly, positioning us in the way we wish to be seen and her work has very quickly generated enquiries from prospects. We are very happy with the results she is achieving for us.