Walking through the door of Scriba PR for my first day in the role as its latest account manager, I was instantly greeted by a number of friendly faces, all welcoming me to my new surroundings.
Set aside in a courtyard in the leafy village of Lindley, Scriba’s character was clear to see as soon as I stepped foot in the office. From the fabulous beams adorning the attic-like space, to a bowl packed with fresh fruit and the flowers placed on every desk – it felt like such a warm environment.
Getting to know my new colleagues, I noticed a certain amount of pride when they talked about Scriba and the day-to-day work they did. It instantly cemented the kind of business I thought it was – an agency with fantastic values, a brilliant work ethic and a need to support one another to all pull in the same direction.
Feeling more excited than nervous, I spent my first week getting to know the operational side of what made Scriba tick. That included the personal development opportunities on offer too, underlined by the MD, Katie Mallinson, who wants everyone in the agency to feel supported and able to enhance their skillsets.
I began to research and introduce myself to the clients that I’d be account managing – from branding consultancies to cloud technology specialists – and pulling together content and PR opportunities for.
The client base is an eclectic mix of technical B2B businesses, from HR and employment law through to cloud tech and waste management. Each client is impressing in its own industry and, importantly for my role, willing to provide reactive and engaging comment – gold dust for any PR professional!
Further work in this initial period included conducting an interview with a senior lawyer for a Q&A profile piece, providing support to a client as they delivered a creative design project to a school, and beginning a new business opportunity with a social media selling firm.
Throughout my first fortnight, I always had something to do (and a constant stream of tea – thanks guys!) and it also included a team ‘away day’. This is something Katie holds every quarter and gives the Scriba team a chance to enjoy a change of scenery, brainstorm new PR opportunities and talk through the latest updates both in and outside of work.
The first few weeks have whizzed by. The information I have taken in has been on a mammoth scale – as is the case in the fast-paced world of PR – but I would not change a thing about it. It’s been fantastic.
Feeling supported and welcomed straight away has given me so much confidence. I am safe in the knowledge that if I ever feel like I don’t understand anything, I can ask the team for help.
I’m so happy to be part of the Scriba team. There are so many opportunities here that I can’t wait to get my teeth into, as well as helping such a fantastic agency continue to provide amazing PR support to its clients!