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Thirty-three floors. Fifteen seconds. Sounds like the tag line for a horror movie! However, this lift journey was far from scary. Our final destination this time was an amazing view of the capital. Where could be better to end a week?
Our high flying executives travelled down to London for an exciting business meeting. A black cab awaited like an Apprentice challenge and Rachel, Ben and Dan where whisked away to the Shard. This was almost like a movie.
Roll out the white carpet and colour it red! A VIP colouring book launch event in the heart of the gorgeously green Lake District has seen Rachel and Dan travel to an evening of glitz and glamour that would turn the Oscars blue with envy.
This event was all in support of Derwent’s fantastic new colouring book ‘Unwind in the Wilds’ and an early start was certainly in order. Arriving swiftly at 11am, the intrepid duo arrived in good time to witness artist Sarah Taylor become headline news on BBC’s Look North bulletin. This was the first of many memorable moments in England’s green and pleasant land.
Sweden has always had greatness thrust upon it.
One long-haired number 10 scores a 40-yard wonder volley, Zlatan does what Zlatan does best. Wembley is in raptures. Genius.
Four trim Swedes sings about a British battle. Toe-tapping cheesy pop fun. Eurovision in the bag for 1974.
Ben is a partner in more ways than one. Wife Rachel is the managing director of Small Man Media and he is her partner!
As a former chief news reporter at the UK’s largest regional newspaper, Ben is always searching for a headline grabbing story to tell.
He constantly puts his 100 word-per-minute shorthand to great use to create compelling content that makes an impression with newsdesks across the UK.
With seven years of PR experience – both in-house and agency environments – Ben is equally adept working on the ‘other side of the fence.’
His prolific outputs are typical of a journalist who never switches off, earning unanimous approval from clients past and present.
Whether it’s national, regional or trade PR, Ben is pro-active, hugely enthusiastic and leads by example to deliver effective results across a range of media channels.
A journey to become the managing director of your own business via a Spanish holiday resort is not necessarily the most conventional.
But for Small Man Media founder Rachel Smallman, that’s the condensed story of her 15 year professional adventure, which started in Spain and ended at Wolverhampton Science Park.
Rachel first cut her teeth in the world of PR during an elected period as student representative for the University of Wolverhampton, taking on the portfolio responsibilities for publicity.
Soon after, she landed herself a job as entertainment resort manger for a leading travel firm, after a holiday break turned into something more serious.
Her experiences in both roles set Rachel off in the right direction for a career in PR and marketing, albeit to a Black Country backdrop rather than Salou’s sunny skyline.
A publishing house in Dudley came first, followed by a PR role with a leading gadget manufacturer in Wolverhampton.
And then, thanks to Rachel’s creativity and passion for design and development, she was appointed by ColArt UK as Senior Product manager in 2004.
Over the next seven years, she worked on the Reeves art brand’s portfolio of products for UK and international markets.
Rachel played an integral role in rejuvenating a number of the product ranges and secured mass distribution deals on a host of new product developments. This included ranges for Walmart, WHS, ASDA, Lidl, Aldi and Hobby Craft.
At this point, the Small Man Media proposition begins to emerge, courtesy of a baby boy and then-Premier League footballer Jody Craddock.
Jody sought support from Rachel for event management, website creation and general PR and marketing for his fledgling art business.
Craddock Art became Rachel’s first client for Small Man Media, and gave Rachel the confidence to work for herself.
From humble kitchen table beginnings, Small Man Media is today lucky enough to be working with a selection of the UKs most popular brands.
The company ethos will always remain the same;
‘A personal touch. Creative thinking. Deliver.’
Rachel said: “My family company is headed up by MD Arthur, who is now five! Without his presence and impact on my life, all of this would have been little more than a pipe dream.”