Prohibition expands in Leeds

Ella Sykes

A Leeds-based social media PR agency has announced a new senior appointment to its rapidly expanding team that will see it bolstering its B2B offering.

Ella Sykes joins Prohibition as account director, having spent five years at integrated agency ilk, leading and delivering campaigns for major corporates such as KPMG and Barratt Homes.

Prior to her role at ilk Ella specialised in food PR and Marketing, working with regional clients including Thomas The Baker, as well as in food TV on projects for both Channel 5 and Tesco.

The appointment comes on the back of a buoyant year for the award-winning agency. With the head count now reaching 10, owners Chris Norton (a Leeds Beckett PR graduate) and Will Ockenden (a Sheffield Hallam Communication Studies graduate) are focused on delivering further growth in the 2017/18 financial year.

Chris Norton, managing director of Prohibition, said: “Last year we saw substantial growth across the board with a number of household ‘hero’ brands joining our client roaster. By focusing on organic growth, we are in the fortunate position where we are able to be very strategic about the type of work we take on. We see Ella as being central to this approach and look forward to seeing how both her creativity and expertise will positively impact our business development throughout 2017 and beyond.”

New recruit Ella Sykes said “I have been aware of Prohibition since they won Outstanding Small Agency at the CIPR Yorkshire and Lincolnshire Awards in 2015. The company has been making waves in the PR world ever since, so when it came to looking for my next career step, it was an obvious choice. I am looking forward to working on some exciting new campaigns and helping Prohibition become the number one PR and social media agency in the North.”

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