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Alex Blakelock, Account Director

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Alex Blakelock

Account Director

Leeds-based PR and social media agency, Shackleton PR, has exceeded its year-one revenue targets by 20 per cent, after just six months of trading.

The agency, owned by award-winning search business Epiphany, has won a number of new high-profile clients since its launch, including travel website On the Beach and international cost comparison site,, with further appointments to be announced.

As a result of the agency’s rapid growth, the business has further strengthened its team with two new team members. Thomas Clark has been appointed as Senior Account Manager and Beth Nunnington as Account Executive.

Thomas joins Shackleton from Lakestar McCann with a wealth of digital experience in social media, SEO and copywriting, having managed a range of clients across all sectors.

Trained in broadcast journalism, Beth has managed award-winning social media campaigns and delivered interactive training seminars to a range of businesses.Thomas and Beth will help to deliver a range of PR and social media campaigns for clients at Shackleton, allowing the team to achieve further strategic growth aims.

Chris Hughes, Head of PR and Social Media at Shackleton, said: “The first six to twelve months can be difficult for new start-up businesses, so we’re really pleased to have seen such rapid growth in a very short time. As we continue to grow, new recruits like Thomas and Beth are adding to our talent pool and helping us to further enhance the skills and expertise on offer to our clients.”

Speaking about his new role, Thomas said: “I'm thrilled to have joined the team at such a pivotal time for the business. Every client has a different strategy and objective, so I’m hoping my experience in social media, SEO and content creation can benefit the agency and ensure we always deliver on those targets.”

Beth added: “It’s great to see our base of skills growing as we take on more clients, and I hope that my journalism background, combined with five years’ experience in social and interactive media, puts us in a great position to keep delivering for them.”