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28 Saturday Dec 2013

February: the shortest and yet busiest month? Posted by:

Blink and you miss it: February has gone and it’s been a busy month for Bien Media, the mortgage and property PR agency.

I’ve been busy meeting many journalist contacts this month, introducing them to my new-ish client, Nedbank Private Wealth. Robert Currie, the head of private banking UK, is keen to talk to journalists on a range of subjects from private banking to investments and lending, which makes for some varied discussions. It’s been great to catch up with some old friends on the investment side, in particular, who I haven’t had much opportunity to talk to in the past few years when I have been mainly concentrating on mortgage PR.

Nedbank Private Wealth was quoted in the Daily Telegraph on buy-to-let and the ‘green’ changes coming in which landlords need to be aware of, as were two of my other clients: mortgage brokers SPF Private Clients and Anderson Harris. It was a busy month for mortgages and the housing market, with SPF Private Clients earning 41 press mentions in the national, online and trade press, commenting on some of the cheapest mortgage rates we have ever seen. Meanwhile, Anderson Harris was quoted in the Evening Standard talking about how first-time buyers now need a £60,000 deposit to buy in London – the Bank of Mum and Dad has never been busier.

My removals client Aussie Man & Van also has plenty of new developments to talk about. It’s been just over a year since the company went bust and was taken over by high-end removals firm Anthony Ward Thomas, another client. The latter has turned the company around, with turnover of just under £4m in its first year under new management. That is some going and it’s a fascinating story that Anthony will be sharing with the media in the next few weeks.

Aussie Man & Van are also busy launching the AusPod, the storage container which cuts your self-storage costs in half. Not only does it look good, it provides excellent protection for your precious belongings and doesn’t cost the earth.

Cut your storage costs by half with the AusPod from Aussie Man & Van

Finally, I came out of ‘retirement’ this month to do a couple of early morning interviews on BBC Breakfast, talking about increased mortgage availability, which I really enjoyed. When I worked as an in-house press spokesperson, I was often interviewed on television and radio but now I am much more behind the scenes so it was great to get back in front of the camera. I ventured over to Rickmansworth and a new Barratt Homes development to talk about what is going on in the market and whether optimism is returning. My clients seem to think so, and about time too.