Our Financial and Corporate Communications team, the College Hill original Financial PR and IR business practice, has been structured along industry sector lines for over a decade.
These specialist teams follow their industries on a global basis and bring to clients a fluency in the issues and trends that are driving sector dynamics.
As a result of this long-established sector approach, our teams have built strong relationships with the investing institutions, analysts, business media and experts who also specialise. These relationships are a powerful benefit to our clients.
Our main sector teams cover :
Industrials Retail & Luxury Brands
Leisure & Consumer
Technology, Media & Telecoms
Natural Resources, Energy & Renewables
Fast Growth Economies
Food and Drink
Risk, Issues & Crisis Management
Russia, CIS and CEE
We have assembled our group of complementary practices to support our clients in their dealings with their principal stakeholders in business: the people who invest in companies, the media who write about them, the analysts who form opinion on valuations, the politicians and regulators responsible for the rules of the game, and their employees. Setting the direction on business strategy is the insight provided by our strategic research company. Maintaining clarity and consistency of message is our award winning creative reporting and brand business who have embraced social media as a core skill.
Our main practices are:
- Capital markets, inc M&A and IPOs
- Financial PR and IR
- Brand building PR
- Corporate communications
- Risk, issues and crisis management
- Government and regulatory affairs
- Competition policy
- Local stakeholder consultation and engagement
- Branding, design, reporting and digital including social media
- Employee engagement
- Strategic research
The financial services team at College Hill advises clients across the whole spectrum of the sector, from life assurance to banks, from insurance brokers to asset managers. The variety is enormous, although there are strong common themes: regulation, responsibility for others' money and of course, performance. Which, in turn, makes for a wide array of interested stakeholders. The sector's variety is reflected in the clients we support, both domestic and international, from industry bodies to regulators, from private companies to institutions and listed multinationals.
The remit of College Hill's industrials team is a wide one, covering the aeronautics, engineering, construction, real estate and other sub-sectors such as support services. The team's clients are a mix of young and mature companies, domestic and global. This breadth of industries often finds the team working with one or more of our company's specialist practice groups on regulatory, change management, crisis preparedness or branding issues.
Our team has a justified reputation for its insight into both the broader retail environment and the power of individual brands. And as these brands increasingly cross borders, so does our team's reach and experience. The high profile business of luxury brands is where our team excels, advising a glittering array of the world's top houses.
In the converging world of technology, the media and telecommunications (TMT) team has built its reputation for its grasp of the digital world and the market's sentiment towards companies at the forefront of new technology. From some of the largest recent fund-raisings in the market through to major telco privatisation, our TMT team has an international perspective that adds considerable value to our clients' reputations.
Our recently formed media team has a depth of experience that is second to none and is advising some of the fastest growing companies in the digital sphere as well as national broadcasters.
College Hill's consumer team is acknowledged to be the leader in its field. The sector has been fast moving and our team have advised on the lion's share of transactions - mergers, public to privates and IPOs. The sector is also a diverse one, and our team's experience includes advising gaming and hotel groups, travel operators, tourist authorities and airlines. Our food and drinks expertise includes working for the world's number one brand in many countries, the world's leading portfolio of drinks brands as well as numerous UK and global food groups.
Natural resources is one of College Hill's longest standing areas of expertise. Active through the cycles, our team have been involved in many landmark transactions in the energy sector, both agreed and hostile. In part due to our longstanding South African presence, our team is active in the mining sector. More recently, our team has been involved in the launch of a number of alternative energy and renewables companies, in the UK and internationally, an important area for the future.
Our Life Sciences team offers full service communications to clients across the spectrum of life sciences and healthcare. Our unique combination of science, business, media and design skills together with decades of experience in the sector enables us to deliver both strategic counsel and effective campaigns. Our capabilities are international and our clients include public and private companies in biotech, pharma, medical devices, diagnostics, laboratory products and R&D services as well as venture capital, universities and public sector organisations. www.collegehill-lifesciences.com
Since its foundation over 20 years ago, College Hill continues to lead the market in fast growth, emerging market IR and business communications. Our experience includes some of the largest cross border transactions; Government, Central Bank and Treasury consultancy; advice and communications support of privatisation programmes as well as cultural and NGO initiatives. Our team is active throughout sub-Saharan Africa where College Hill remains the market leading consultancy. Our team has worked on South American transactions, is particularly active in Russia currently as well as in the CIS and CEE. In Asia, our team has been active in India for several years as well as in South East Asia and China.
Our Food and Drink team, with expertise garnered over 20 years, work with clients at all stages of the supply chain, from raw materials to consumer brands. Clients are based all over the world and range from start-up food technologies, spanning ingredients to packagingm to global conglomerates and international household products. Practice leaders have strong technical knowledge and sit on expert industry panels and act as member of specialist international networks.
Razor is our specialist risk, issues and crisis management practice which draws on over 20 years of international expertise in diagnosing risk, mitigating threats and reacting to a very wide rang of crises. We are far more than a reactive press office shop - we understand risk management and appreciate boardroom and operational demands and processes. Market expertise includes food and drink, chemicals, retail, manufacturing, property and landmark venues. We also have an established pan-European network of experts.
The Russia, CIS and CEE coverage desk is so far the only dedicated international coverage desk working out of London as part of Business Communications.
The practice operates across all sectors in close cooperation with industry specialist teams and other parts of the Group.
College Hill was a late entrant to the Russian market but it has become one of the leading international players on the Russian PR market and has undertaken projects and client work in Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Poland and Czech Republic.
College Group has been active in India for a decade working with Indian corporates internationally as well as advising them on the ground. Over the years we have:
- advised a number of major Indian corporates in support of their international M&A programmes, fund raisings and reputation management;
- advised and provided media liaison to various government and trade delegations
- established excellent relationships with Indian and UK business, trade and political organisations including the CII and with the advisor communities in both countries.