This fortnight at Grayling

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It’s been a busy couple of weeks here in the Bristol Grayling office. We’re resisting the urge to crack out the Christmas carols, and instead are getting involved in lots of Christmassy campaigns for clients…(while drinking lots of hot chocolate!)


 New Foodhall for Blandford Forum

Earlier this week, Andree and Kara attended an M&S Foodhall store opening in Blandford Forum. It opened its doors on Wednesday (25 November) and the Mayor of Blandford Forum, Cllr Stephen Hitchens attended the event to officially cut the ribbon!

Around 250 local people turned up to see the new sparkly store which has brought around 30 jobs to the area. The store will provide shoppers with more than 5,800 food and drink lines, a wide selection of flowers as well as card and gift wrap – not to mention a 50-seat Café and in-store bakery – yum!



Largest H&M in the country opens!

Also this week, the St David’s team here at Grayling supported the opening of the UK’s largest H&M store in Cardiff.

Over 1,000 people queued to be the first in the brand new store, and were treated to entertainment from Lewis Girls School, from Ystrad Mynach. Shoppers poured into the store, and the first through the doors received an amazing goody bag and 25% off!

Customers were treated to a performance by popstar Ella Eyre, and we welcomed lots of local writers and bloggers – it was so busy that we didn’t get to see everybody but we hope you had an amazing time.

Megan on the team particularly loved the H&M Home section, and treated herself to a couple of goodies to bring home including a pineapple-shaped candle!



Doe a deer!

Kimberley and Richard couldn’t resist getting into the Christmas spirit after meeting this little reindeer after a meeting at a garden centre!


This week at Grayling…

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M&S store launch

On Thursday (29 October) Kimberley attended the opening of the new M&S store in Merthyr Tydfil.

The event, which attracted a long queue of customers ready to explore the new 35,000 sq. ft store, was attended by His Worship The Mayor of Merthyr Tydfil, Councillor David Isaac, who opened the store at a ribbon-cutting with the Store Manager, David Bowen.

Also assisting with the ribbon-cutting were long-serving members of staff Toni Gough and Allison Richards, who have each worked for M&S for more than 25 years and recently joined the 120-strong team of new store employees.
Shoppers enjoyed complimentary fizz and food tasting in the 8,000 sq. ft. Foodhall, as well as samples from locally-based M&S supplier RF Brooks which creates dishes for the M&S Indian range. Ynysowen Male Voice Choir also performed throughout the morning, adding to the festive atmosphere.

The new store offers a wide range of choice across Fashion, Food, Beauty and Home, including sought-after M&S brands such as Limited Edition, Per Una and North Coast. It also offers an in-store Bakery providing a range of speciality breads, pastries and cakes, freshly baked each day.

(C) Huw John, Cardiff.
(C) Huw John, Cardiff.

Story telling sessions

On Wednesday (28 October) our client, Lewisham Shopping, hosted Story Telling sessions to celebrate Black History Month. Sandra Agard, Literature Development Officer for Lewisham Libraries, led two story telling sessions for children which included stories from Africa and the Caribbean, as well as songs, drama sessions and games for everyone to enjoy.

Lydia attended the event and met with the families and children who came along to learn more about this important awareness month – celebrating the culture, history and achievements of black and ethnic minority communities. It was a very popular event which generated lots of media coverage across London.

Story telling

Work experience – Cait Dacey

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We recently welcomed Cait Dacey to carry out some work experience here in our Bristol office. She got involved in lots of tasks and had lots of fun with a giant, mechanical spider!…


I had previously ventured into the world of work however I found it a scary place to be so I regressed back to student life to undertake a Masters degree. With the deadline day of my master’s looming I decided to really think about what I wanted my future career to be and the one that continuously popped up was a career in PR.

I felt more excited than nervous on the first morning of my work experience placement at Grayling. I was looking forward to all the activities that had been assigned to me and felt prepared to help out on absolutely anything. I was greeted by Andree who put my mind at ease straight away, she explained the way the office worked and introduced me to the team. She then showed me my work timetable and I was really pleased to see that I would get the chance to try my hand at various tasks.

The office itself was very busy due to an Arcadia event for Bristol Green Capital that the team was working on the forthcoming weekend. Working on this project was the highlight of my time at Grayling! I was lucky enough to be asked to go along with the team to assist with meeting the media, as well as supporting the event organisers and performers.

During my time in the Grayling Bristol office I was incredibly fortunate to be able to write fashion blogs, advertorials, and social media schedules among many other interesting tasks. My experience working on the Arcadia event was also invaluable. As well as being able to attend the event itself, which was out of this world, I was able to experience all the activities that go on behind-the-scenes and see the important roles the Grayling team played to help the event go off with a bang!

It was honestly the best two weeks of work experience I have ever undertaken. The people at the office are friendly and incredibly passionate about their jobs, which made me want to ensure that my work was carried out to perfection.

After completing two weeks at Grayling in August, I came back for a further week in October and I have now decided that PR is definitely the career for me! Leaving University for the second time now doesn’t seem such a scary position to be in.