Media Buzz: McGrath Rainey Laird; Finn; Cicada Communications

LEEDS-based agency McGrath Rainey Laird is celebrating the most successful period in its three-year history after announcing ten new client wins in the space of two months.

The wins clients from the retail, automotive, travel, fashion, finance, food and real estate sectors.

Specific clients include Leeds Building Society, Pure Collection, NHS Employers and Buckley London, the successful global jewellery designer and retailer.

Managing director Sam Rainey said: “We’ve seen unprecedented success lately due to our core offering of the creative idea being at the centre of everything we do, aligned with relevant and effective channel selection.

“The wins are also keeping us on track with our ambitious growth plans and mean we now require a lot of new people in a selection of key roles.”


FINN has bolstered its corporate division with two successive client wins within the Leeds professional services market.

The agency has been appointed by the Yorkshire office of GVA, the commercial property consultancy, and business lender Reward Capital.

On behalf of GVA, Finn has been tasked with helping to generate new business enquiries whilst further raising the profile of the commercial property team in Yorkshire.

Fast-growing asset-based lender Reward Capital has also appointed Finn to raise awareness of its business within the professional community and raise awareness of its business successes, including a number of recent high-profile deals.

Run by Dave Jones and Tom Flannery, Reward is seeing increased demand for its services as companies continue to look to secure alternative forms of finance.


HARROGATE-based Cicada Communications has been appointed by Finance Yorkshire to manage its PR and communications activity.

Cicada’s role includes further increasing awareness of the benefits that Finance Yorkshire brings to businesses in need of gap finance and, consequently, to the economic growth of the region.

Di Burton, Cicada’s managing director, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Finance Yorkshire, especially in highlighting the investment it continues to make in businesses right across Yorkshire and the Humber region.”

Finance Yorkshire provides Seedcorn, Business Loan and Equity Linked investments, ranging from £15,000 to £2m, specifically to help small and medium-sized businesses meet the gaps in the market for the funding they need for growth and development.