Posted on 1st December 2016
Big 30 marks new direction for PR agency
One of the longest-established PR agencies in Sussex has marked its 30th anniversary by announcing a new direction for the company at a celebration for colleagues and friends.
The public relations and entertainment agency, established in 1986 by Susan Fleet in Burgess Hill, ushered in its fourth decade in style at Great Ote Hall in Wivelsfield, as a special guest of Carola Godman Irvine.
A showcase of the best and brightest entertainers on the Lea Graham books – including musicians Richard Bowen and Michael Hinton, performance poet Louise Taylor, singers Glen Richardson and Duncan Allen, magician Tony Charles and the agency’s very own managing director, Susan Fleet, performing with the Lea Graham Quartet – heralded a taste of things to come in 2017.
The night saw the introduction of new professional associates joining the team in January. It will extend the Agency’s traditional PR and marketing services into broadcast media training, photography and illustration, team building, event management, web design and bid writing.
The new direction will be marked next month with the launch of a website and a social media teaser campaign running for the whole of December.
Clients, media representatives, long-term colleagues and friends turned out in force to wish the Agency a happy birthday and raised £450 through a raffle for St. Peter and St. James Hospice – one of many local charities Lea Graham has supported over the years. Winners were treated to a spa break, courtesy of Ockenden Manor, afternoon tea by Stanhill Court Hotel, and other prizes from Simply Hormones and performance poet Louise Taylor.
Guests also enjoyed delicious home-cooked canapés produced by Indigo Events, accompanied by sparkling wine from the award-winning Ridgeview Wine Estate at Ditchling. A show stopping cake by The Little Cake Fairy, topped off the evening.
Susan Fleet, Managing Director, said: “This was an opportunity to celebrate our milestone with media friends, colleagues and clients as well as the chance to showcase some of the best entertainment talent on our books. We are extremely grateful to Carola Godman Irvine for hosting us in her gracious surroundings which are now so popular for weddings and corporate events alike.”
Launched in 1986, Lea Graham Associates has represented countless clients over the years, including the South of England Agricultural Society, Dame Vera Lynn, Lewes Old Grammar School, Bennett Christmas Insurance Group, Mike Oliver Associates and The Linseed Farm.
To celebrate its three decades, Lea Graham has been looking back at 30 memorable moments. Search Twitter for “#LGA30” to see the highlights.
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