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Raneisha Tarnai appointed to lead Finance team

Posted on: May 1st, 2024 by Morgan Arnold

We are pleased to announce that Raneisha Tarnai has taken over the leadership of MHP Group’s Finance function.

Raneisha has played a key role in the agency’s growth and development since she joined in 2022. She now leads an expanded Finance team, having recruited Janaide Stennett as Senior Commercial Finance Manager.

In celebrating Ran’s new role, Alex Bigg, CEO said:

“Ran has had tremendous impact since joining the business. Her leadership will be crucial as we continue our growth story, both in terms of planning for organic growth and supporting future acquisitions, following the recent acquisition of La Plage earlier this year. Congratulations Ran on this well-deserved achievement.”

MHP Group wins big at the PRWeek Corporate Affairs Awards, 2024

Posted on: April 17th, 2024 by Morgan Arnold

We are thrilled to share that we have won three awards at the PRWeek Corporate Affairs Awards, 2024, including Best Agency for Corporate and/or Financial Comms  and Professional of the Year (Agency)- Corporate and/or Financial Comms

The PRWeek Corporate Affairs Awards are an opportunity to showcase and celebrate the best campaigns, projects, agencies, in-house teams and individuals across sectors covering corporate, city, pharma, public affairs and beyond. The awards honour outstanding achievements and reflect the growing importance of corporate affairs within businesses and the multitude of disciplines and specialisms that sit under the remit of the modern in-house corporate affairs or communications director.

Best Agency for Corporate and/or Financial Comms  

The win for Best Agency for Corporate and/or Financial Comms commends what has been a spectacular year of growth for MHP Group.

In 2023 we achieved 12.5% topline revenue growth for corporate and financial work in a challenging UK market, winning major clients including three FTSE250 companies, two FTSE 100s, four unicorns and two of the world’s leading investment funds. We also invested in new capabilities to deliver a truly integrated approach to corporate and financial challenges, adding Change and Employee Engagement to our offer and hiring a Head of Corporate Strategy to help investor relations leads build thought leadership and longterm reputation building programmes. We focused on adding value to our clients by developing new audience insights and positioning ourselves at the heart of key growth sectors, including fintech and the nuclear industry.

Professional of the Year (Agency) – Corporate and/or Financial Comms

Head of Strategic Media, Keith Gladdis, was last night named Professional of the Year (Agency) Corporate and/or Financial Comms. Keith leads MHP Group’s cross-agency media strategy, executive positioning and media training capabilities. This year, his key achievements include doubling revenues from media and presentation training and winning twelve major new media strategy briefs, including Bupa, Ofwat and RICS. Keith is also responsible for building and leading MHP’s Media Network, which brings together all of the agency’s editorial and journalist contacts, to enhance the agency’s connectivity and provide clients with unique media insight.

Best Use of Social Media and/or Influencers- Corporate and/or Financial Comms

The team won this award for their campaign ‘Swipe left, invest right’ for the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). The FCA wanted to engage with inexperienced investors dabbling with high-risk investments, so the team turned to the world of dating and encouraged investors to ‘invest how you date’, working with influencers from across both worlds. The selected talent worked from a brief to create Instagram grid posts, reels and newsletters to promote the campaign and encourage their followers to an in-person event. Alongside over 100 pieces of coverage across national, broadcast, trade and consumer media, the talent content saw 63 ‘saves’ and 60 swipe-ups to the campaign landing page. This was the first time the UK’s regulator had engaged directly with its target audience; a radical new approach and one that has set the stage for future campaigns.

We were also Highly Commended in two categories: Best Integrated Agency, and Best Crisis or Issues Management for our Health teams work with Bupa.

The win follows our recent shortlist for the CIPR Excellence Awards where we are nominated for 12 awards including Best Event, Best Use of Content and Specialist PR Consultancy of the Year.

Getting a taste of PR: From Health Intern to Account Executive

Posted on: March 14th, 2024 by Morgan Arnold

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, health has been at the forefront of public consciousness. I am not a medic or a scientist (although I do have a first aid qualification!), but health and healthcare systems has always interested me, especially how they intersect with so many other areas like politics, economics, people, cultures, and geographies. This is what led me to apply for an internship in health communications and policy at MHP Group.

From my first week, it became clear that this internship was not just going to be a checkbox on my professional journey. I was empowered by the immediate trust I received from the team. I truly felt that they believed in my capabilities, and this not only validated my skills but also propelled me to excel and made me feel that I was contributing meaningfully to the projects I was working on.

It was great helping on so many accounts with clients ranging from large pharmaceutical companies and patient advocacy groups, to charities, doing activities like stakeholder mapping, monitoring, researching briefs, report writing, and so much more. I know it is a cliché, but no-two days were the same and as a result I have been able to learn so much about the healthcare space in such a short amount of time, alongside developing my professional skill set. I was also encouraged to voice my preferences for the accounts I would like to help on, which only made the whole experience so much more interesting.

On one occasion, I voiced that I would like to work on an account which focuses on mental health, as this is an area of personal interest to me. Not only did I get to help on this account, which ended up being even more fascinating than I had anticipated, but I was also able to contribue to a key piece of research for the project. During meetings with the team, I was able to share my insights regarding this research and felt that my work was greatly appreciated.

One of the things I enjoyed most was the variety of accounts and people I was able to work on and with. Each person I worked with, whether they were an Account Executive or an Account Director, was more than happy to take time to explain and go thorough things with me and let me ask questions, no matter how small and silly (believe me when I say there were a lot of these sorts of questions!).

I’ve also had the opportunity to attend work socials – karaoke and bowling based socials, and also team trips to the pub – which were incredibly fun and a good way to get to know and feel even more part of the time.

Since finishing my internship in October, I have been able to use the skills and ideas I learnt to carry myself forward into an Account Executive role which has given me the confidence and an opportunity to find and explore my interests. So, if you want an internship that is interesting, topical, challenging (in a good way, I promise) and with a lovely group of people, I could not recommend this internship highly enough.

To find out more about life at MHP Group, visit our careers site.

Getting a taste of PR: Internships with our Capital Markets team

Posted on: July 17th, 2023 by Morgan Arnold

Pauline Guénot, who leads MHP Capital Market’s internship programme: 

MHP Capital Markets is a team, above all – it is greater than the sum of its parts, and we draw from individual strengths and passions to succeed together. We want anyone joining our intern programme to play a part in the team’s achievements, so we value curiosity, adaptability and ambition.  

Over the past 18 months, my priority has been to offer the chance to discover the world of financial communications to candidates from various backgrounds. In doing so, I’ve interviewed many talented individuals with very different experiences to undertake placements averaging two months. Those who became interns were given the opportunity to work on a wide range of issues and projects across our whole client base, and attend multiple events in the City and beyond. 

I am delighted to say that our interns have thrived. Working autonomously or as part of the team, they have learnt from colleagues at all levels and backgrounds, including those who bring experience from previous careers in associated fields such as journalism, investment banking and law. 

Becoming an intern at MHP has opened the door for them to this demanding but rewarding industry, offering the opportunity to acquire new skills along the way which have helped them as they embark on their careers. 

I’m very proud to say that three of our brilliant interns recently joined our team permanently, while others returned to university, or took on roles in related disciplines, such as the worlds of fintech, public affairs and local government. 

People thinking about joining Capital Markets as an intern often ask what the key to success is. There’s no one simple answer, but there are two things to bear in mind: Read the papers. Speak to everyone. This business is about understanding how people think, so any conversation is worth having, and any article worth reading. 

Ally Bayne, who joined MHP Capital Markets as an Account Executive in March after completing the internship programme:  

Reflecting on my time as an intern here, I can safely say I’d recommend it to anyone with an interest in financial PR, or even a vague curiosity as to how companies communicate.  

I joined as an intern in February having spent four enjoyable years studying English Literature at Edinburgh. After graduation, it was time to confront the inevitable question of what I was going to do next. A chance encounter with a friend of a friend who worked in financial PR drove me to pursue that avenue, and I was fortunate enough to be offered an internship with MHP. The Capital Markets programme provides an invaluable insight into the somewhat mysterious – but demonstrably fascinating – world of financial communications.  

While it’s incredibly cliché to say, every day truly was different and from the get-go I was assigned a variety of tasks from people at all levels. Indeed, the team were quick to give me responsibility; instead of becoming part of the furniture, I was invited to the results day presentation of a FTSE 250 company in my second week. 

Throughout my time as an intern, I was overseen by two members of the team, who struck the perfect balance between answering the many questions I had for them and letting me take on tasks independently. They provided regular feedback and ensured I was doing varied work, something which made my transition to a permanent role incredibly smooth. 

The Capital Markets team is a varied group of talented individuals. Their backgrounds include banking, journalism, engineering – there’s even a former teacher – and their experience ranges from months to decades. Getting to know the team – made easy from the on-to-one coffees that are immediately put in your diary– provides just as valuable an insight into the sector as the work itself.  

Whether you decide it’s for you or not, spending eight weeks with MHP’s Capital Markets team will teach you things you didn’t know – and keep you entertained. 

For more information about internships, see our guide to internships at MHP Group, or email [email protected].