Our Story

As the UK’s original PR agency, we’ve been in the business of communications for over 80 years and it’s fair to say a lot has happened in that time. Here’s a snapshot of Richmond Towers’ past and present

Our 80th birthday is celebrated with a party to remember in Fitzroy Square. We move to Frith Street, adding Soho to the short list of fashionable London addresses we’ve occupied since 1930. Highly regarded agency Food (and Other) Matters  joins Richmond Towers in 2013, adding extra capability to our food PR offering. Richmond Towers launches its own EcoPRAgency, marking its commitment to the growing sustainability market. We also launch our Straight Social offering – helping clients with their social media presence across multiple platforms. In July 2014 we acquire Van Communications, which becomes the Richmond Towers lifestyle team, adding a raft of new clients and good people.

 
Frith-Street-sign
 

Richmond Towers launches the UKTV Food channel, and establishes the Food Foundation charity, to maintain our strong connections with all parts of the food scene.
The third management buyout: Ian Jesnick and Rob Metcalfe form Richmond Towers Communications to buy the Richmond Towers business and crisis management specialist Chrome Consulting.
We acquire The Bottom Line Consultancy, adding wide-ranging non-food fmcg experience to our team.

 
2000-2009
 

The second management buyout: Roger Jupe and Brian Morris acquire the company from Mike Nieman.
Richmond Towers goes back to its roots and creates a global sponsorship property, ‘Courvoisier’s Book of the Best’, and coordinates launches and PR on four continents over a 12 year period.
We also produce the UK’s first advertiser-funded TV programming, a series called ‘The Best of British’ on behalf of British Meat, subsequently broadcast in the UK on both BBC and ITV, and all over the world.
Richmond Towers breaks into sports sponsorship and events management in a big way, creating the first European Pro Snowboard Tour and subsequently staging major mass audience music and lifestyle events in landmark city centre locations such as Moscow (right), Berlin, Prague, Milan and Istanbul.

 
1980-1999
 

The first management buyout: Mike Nieman acquires the company from Marjorie Towers. He is one of the pioneers of marketing education in the UK and a prime mover over the next few years in setting up the CAM programme.
We move to Bloomsbury.
Richmond Towers has always had a strong international outlook, often working on global or multi-national campaigns. The 1960s ushers in an era of jet set glamour (see photo!).
We move to Fitzroy Square, the start of a 37 year occupancy of No.26, and occasionally No.27 as well. At around the same time, the company begins a 30-year client relationship working with the Meat & Livestock Commission and other parts of the British meat industry.

 
1950-1979
 

Richmond Towers is founded in Covent Garden, London, as a partnership between American advertising executive Suzanne Richmond and Marjorie Towers from the UK. The company’s business base is an eclectic mix of literary and publishing clients, high technology (such as ‘the Hall Telephone Company’) and food and drink.
Richmond Towers launches the Book Token, often cited as the world’s most successful sales promotion tool. Links with the book trade are strengthened by work for the Times Literary Supplement. In due course the company even sets up its own literary agency.
Richmond Towers is later incorporated as a limited company by the two founders.

 
1930-1949
 

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