What we do

In a nutshell, no nonsense communications tailored to the client’s requirements. We thrive on unearthing the ‘gem’ of a story you’ve overlooked, packaging it for the media and then using our relationships to get the maximum coverage. Phone: 07812 600 271 Email: russ@cucumberpr.co.uk

At a Glance

We try to make PR fun and effective, leaving the client free to concentrate on what they do best…run their business or organisation. Twitter: @cucumberpr / @dwarfio

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December 2020

Quartet of contract wins puts Cucumber PR on course for record year

December 7th, 2020|

A no-nonsense approach to strategic media relations has helped an independent communications specialist secure a number of new client wins.

Cucumber PR, which is run by husband and wife team Russ and Joan Cockburn, is on course for its best-ever year after being appointed by Berriman Estate Agents, MET Recruitment and Pebbles Care to deliver a […]

November 2020

It’s good to talk

November 27th, 2020|

I think it was Bob Hoskins who coined the phrase ‘it’s good to talk’ when he appeared in an advert for British Telecom in the 90s. Only four words, but boy have they made a difference over the past eight months.

Covid-19 has done its best to strangle any ‘social’ element out of life as we […]

Brexit uncertainty weighs heavy on SME manufacturers looking to recover from Covid-19

November 16th, 2020|

The report, which gathered intelligence from 409 companies across the country, revealed that uncertainty is still holding many management teams back, with 47% admitting they have no idea how the transition out of the EU will affect their business.

This worrying message is reinforced by an industry that is still besieged by Covid-19 and living with […]

October 2020

Out with the politicians, in with the SME business leaders

October 30th, 2020|

With politics dominating even more elements of day-to-day life than we’ve seen for 75 years, Russ Cockburn takes a look at the type of Government he’d like to see running the country.

I don’t do politics, in fact I can’t stand it. The constant one-upmanship, the point scoring, the huge entourage of SpAds (Special Advisors) that […]

Haines Watts celebrates office anniversary with high profile appointments and revenue boost

October 30th, 2020|

Two new senior appointments and double-digit growth has proved a perfect first birthday present for Haines Watts in its new base at Calthorpe Estates’ Edgbaston Village.

The leading accountancy firm, which supports over 7,500 owner managed businesses and SMEs from across the region, has been able to organically increase revenue at its Birmingham office by 16% […]

£150,000 SITR investment helps Gro-Organic sow the seeds of growth

October 30th, 2020|

A West Midlands social enterprise that empowers people to reach their full potential through positive experiences to improve mental, physical and emotional wellbeing has been given a funding boost to help it deal with a rapid rise in referrals during Covid-19.

Queens Award winners Gro-Organic, formed in 2011 by social entrepreneur Sarah Treanor, has secured £150,000 […]

New contracts and new jobs provide a welcome relocation present for Deritend

October 30th, 2020|

25 new jobs could be created at a Black Country engineering solutions provider after it finalised the creation of its new regional centre of excellence in West Bromwich.

Deritend Group, which celebrated 121 years in business in 2019, is moving a lot of its operations for the Midlands from Wolverhampton into the modern facility in Brandon […]

Report shows that weaker supply chains are hitting SMEs looking to recover from Covid-19

October 30th, 2020|

SME manufacturers already hit hard by Covid-19 are being squeezed between a huge drop in demand and weaker supply chains according to a new report out today.

64% of the 289 respondents, who are engaged with the Manufacturing Growth Programme (MGP), said orders had dropped due to the pandemic, with furniture, software and general engineering the […]

August 2020

Home Comforts

August 28th, 2020|

Ministers have spent the last few days kick-starting a new campaign to get people to return to the office in a bid to breathe much-needed life back into our city centres.

It has sparked the ‘work from home’ debate again, with pretty much every media platform examining the pros and cons of being based from your […]

Cheers! Social Investment Tax Relief launch set to play a vital role in helping The Swan fly again

August 9th, 2020|

A derelict pub is set to be brought back to life after locals in a Norfolk village announced plans to kick-start raising investment using Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR).

The Swan in Gressenhall, which has been closed for over 20 months, needs to raise £230,000 to help it complete the purchase, refurbishment and provide working capital […]