Everything you need to know about Bird Consultancy

By Bird Consultancy   |   8th August 2017

Before choosing a company to take on the PR work for your project, it’s crucial you know enough to make the right choice. Has the company got good reviews? Have they got any specialties? How much experience do they have?

As such, we’ve put together everything you need to know about Bird Consultancy, including our background in PR, the sectors we specialise in, and a few examples of our past successes.

Who are Bird Consultancy?

Bird Consultancy is one of the longest established independent communications and PR companies in Manchester, founded and managed by namesake and CEO Chris Bird. Bird Consultancy is built upon over 25 years of experience, with Chris having worked in the newspaper and commercial radio industries, also being a former director of Manchester City Football Club, and serving on the PLC board of JD Sports, before forming the company in 1990.

“My philosophy has always focused on 3 very important factors. Build strong relationships, ‘if your heart isn’t in it, your head may as well be empty’, and always deliver a return on the trust our clients have invested in us.

Our approach to business is very simple; be honest, take pride in what you do, believe in your clients and their businesses, put people first and charge a fair price for the work that you do.”

Chris Bird, Founder & CEO, Bird Consultancy

Bird Consultancy now operates from The Sharp Project, a hub for digital and creative businesses, utilising experience and knowledge to offer services in PR, digital content and event planning.

Expertise

At the forefront of Bird Consultancy’s expertise is public relations and communications. Bird’s background in the PR industry means the team can effectively and efficiently construct PR strategies and deliver campaigns for projects in all sectors, big and small, using various platforms both traditional and digital. Bird has a strong focus on relationships, meaning that alongside producing and distributing high quality press and media releases, we can set up connections with key people and organisations in relevant industries.

One of the key platforms to utilise in the 21st century is that of online digital content and social media. Not only is this a way of effectively communicating and responding to customers, but it’s also a great way of influencing your reputation. Bird Consultancy have a wealth of experience in putting together and implementing strong social media campaigns on all relevant communication channels.

Another great method of creating PR exposure and creating a great reputation, is through the planning of events. Bird Consultancy have helped plan many high-profile events, including conferences and exhibitions, for varied clients. Not only is the event organisation given a helping hand by Bird, but ensuring it can be as successful as possible in terms of attendance and revenue is covered with our PR knowledge and reputable connections.

Bird Consultancy also works personally with celebrities as well as businesses. Many talented public names require assistance with their communications, and someone to handle their media management. Bird has supported many people, dealing with sponsorship, personal appearances, press conferences and sensitive issues. A lot of the well known clients Bird has worked with can’t be disclosed, but sports stars including Ronnie O’Sullivan, Dame Sarah Storey and Stuart Pearce have all worked with Bird Consultancy.

Specialities

Although Bird Consultancy caters to clients of all sizes and industries, there are several notable specialities we’ve built up through working in particular sectors.

Firstly, with CEO Chris Bird having been heavily involved Manchester City and JD Sports, it seems only right that Bird Consultancy has a great sporting PR portfolio. We cover various aspects of the sporting spectrum, including working with talent, planning and promoting events, and handling media management and sponsorship. Notable names we’ve worked with in the sporting industry include Kukri, World Snooker, The PFA and TalkSport.

CASE STUDY: The Point at LCCC

Opening of The Point at Lancashire County Cricket Club

In 2010, Lancashire County Cricket Club opened new conference and events centre The Point at the Old Trafford cricket ground. Bird Consultancy were tasked with raising awareness and exposure of the construction and opening, with the end result including:

  • A turf cutting ceremony with former MP Andy Burnham
  • Andrew Flintoff cutting the ribbon at the official opening
  • £870,967 worth of media coverage
  • More than £1.5m of bookings taken before opening

Another speciality under Bird Consultancy’s belt is the travel industry, with notable clients including Sports Tours International, and Club la Santa. There’s a focus on energetic, leisure holidays, tying in nicely with our sports knowledge, and a passion for mass participation events.

Girls Go Walking campaign for Walk2Walk Holidays by Bird Consultancy

Housing is another of Bird Consultancy’s specialities, specifically PRS, corporate property development, social housing and communities. Bird has worked with numerous UK housing associations and their local communities, helping to position the client as a “people focused landlord”. Communication has been a key aspect utilised in numerous situations, including a multi-million-pound merger, and the tragic flooding in Cumbria.

The retail industry is also on Bird Consultancy’s list of specialities. Chris Bird’s time on the JD Sports PLC board again aids the skills and experience with this speciality, with JD being one of the biggest clients in Bird’s retail portfolio. Notably, in 2014, JD Sports made a £2m move of its creative sector to the Sharp Project, an initiative from Bird Consultancy that went way beyond “just PR”. Currently, Bird is focusing on the young entrepreneurial side of the retail industry, brimming with passion in finding the talent of the future. Specifically, Bird is currently assisting with the communications and vision side of Manchester Youth Market, a project that helps those aged 16-30 to develop and test their business ideas.

Finally, Bird Consultancy have developed an expertise in the area of CSR (corporate social responsibility). Bird can help businesses develop effective CSR schemes, ensuring a company’s vision and values are presented properly, and organising activities and events to engage the community and help the causes cared about. Bird’s own CSR is focused on Manchester, with the company committed to We Love MCR (formerly the Lord Mayor’s Charity). Bird Consultancy have organised a range of events and campaigns to help the charity to increase its incoming donations, with the result being more communities and projects left better off. In 2015, Chris Bird was profiled by the Manchester Evening News, where he said:

“[Manchester is] my city. I was born in Wythenshawe, I’m a City fan, I have been a director of Manchester City FC, a director of JD sports and I am now a director of Lancashire County Cricket Club. And as chair of fundraising for the Lord Mayor’s Charity ‘We Love Mcr’ I’m able to give back to the city that has been so good to my family, my staff and my clients.”

CASE STUDY: We Love MCR Valentine’s Day Campaign

We Love MCR Valentine's Day Campaign Bird Consultancy

In 2016, Bird Consultancy set up a Valentine’s Day campaign to help raise money for We Love MCR. Activity from Bird included:

  • Creation of t-shirts with ‘text to donate’ numbers printed on, hand delivered to local celebrities and businesses
  • Asking locals on the street what their favourite things about Manchester were, sharing the content over Valentine’s weekend
  • Creation of content that reached nearly 10,000 people on Twitter
  • Social media photos of t-shirts posted out by Key 103, That’s MCR TV channel, and company Active Win

Testimonials

With over 25 years in the business, there have been testimonials and recommendations for Chris and the team from various clients and public figures.

Highlighting Bird Consultancy’s expertise in the digital industry was Andrew Daniels, the managing director of Degree 53, who said:

“Bird’s work has undoubtedly enhanced our growth over the past two years through quality media coverage, particularly in the Manchester business and tech communities.

I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending Bird to any businesses who are looking to increase their media exposure and enhance their reputation.”

Andrew Daniels, Managing Director, Degree 53

Brian Cronin, the Chief Executive of Your Housing Group praised Bird Consultancy’s work in the housing sector:

“Bird becomes part of your business, they want you to get your message across and be successful. You can tell it means a lot to them.

They take great personal pride in being part of making that happen for you.”

Brian Cronin, Chief Executive, Your Housing Group

Finally, highlighting Bird’s passion and love for their home city Manchester, and the continuing charity work and support of We Love MCR, was former Manchester City Council Chief Executive, Sir Howard Bernstein:

“While Bird Consultancy are obviously involved in high profile work all around the country, they remain very much rooted in Manchester and have demonstrated their commitment to, and passion for, the city – including support for its charitable institutions and social initiatives. Here’s to another 25 years!”

Sir Howard Bernstein, Former Chief Executive, Manchester City Council

Get In Touch

If Bird Consultancy sounds like the type of company you want handling your PR, communications, digital content, events and more, get in touch. To speak to a member of our dedicated team, call 0161 839 4846, or send an email to onawire@birdconsultancy.co.uk