One of the West Country’s best-known and longest-established public relations agencies has expanded and taken new offices in the North Somerset countryside, just outside of Bristol.

Empica, which provides media relations and strategic publicity advice to some of the region’s best-known businesses, has moved into The Courtyard in Wraxall Hill, Wraxall, relocating from Long Ashton where it has been based for the last 15 years.

Managing Director and founder of the business Martin Powell said: “We are planning to expand and to develop the business further to meet the challenges of the ever-changing media. When I formed the business in 1989 it was just me and the internet hadn’t been invented!

“Today we have a dedicated video production unit; a satellite office in London and a huge range of clients across many sectors. With tourism, property, education, charity, professional services, caring and hospitality clients it is a vibrant and exciting place to work.

“Our first new hire is expected to join us in the next few weeks and we will be looking for specific skills to enhance our offering. The new offices will be well-connected with lease line broadband, enabling us to be stronger across the digital platforms.”

The agency has an impressive range of clients. In tourism they include Bakers Dolphin, The Grand Pier, Weston-super-Mare and Wookey Hole Caves; professional services clients include Clarke Willmott and Smith and Williamson; property names include Colliers International, Bruton Knowles and Crest Nicholson Regeneration at Riverside, Bath.

In care clients include national organisation Regard; Camelot Care and Mama Bear’s Day Nursery; education clients include King’s Ely School, Cambridgeshire and Fairfield PNEU School. Hotel and hospitality clients include Cadbury House, North Somerset; DoubleTree by Hilton Bristol and Hampton by Hilton Bristol.

Empica represents Louise Brown, the world’s first IVF baby, dealing with worldwide media requests and supports top chef Marco Pierre White in some of his branded restaurants and The Rudloe Arms, near Bath.
The Courtyard is a privately owned office conversion and Empica were represented in the deal by Colliers International, which has been a client of Empica in the region for many years.