Award winning Sunday Times journalist sets up northern PR agency

A former Sunday Times and Daily Telegraph journalist has set up a bespoke pr agency to get Yorkshire businesses national media coverage.

With more than 20 years experience working in the media, Nicky Harley has founded Northern Press and PR Agency to offer firms London expertise at northern prices.

Having worked on every upmarket national paper, and the majority of regionals in Yorkshire, Miss Harley has spent the last six months working at a top London pr firm.

She has represented property guru Phil Spencer and finance, fashion, property and mortgage firms, and is now bringing her skills back home to God’s own county.

Director Miss Harley, from Beverley, said: “We’ve launched this month and we’re looking forward to a new exciting chapter in 2019. We hope local businesses will join us in our adventure and let us help raise their profile and firmly put them on the map.

“I’ve got a proven track record with hundreds of exclusive investigations and articles for clients appearing in all the national and regional media over the last few months.

“We don’t have contracts and our clients don’t pay VAT, we trust that our work will result in excellent coverage for clients so they will use us again.”

Miss Harley, who has won 10 awards, works with national reporters and her former journalism law students from Hull College.

“I believe journalists make excellent prs as they know what makes a story,” the 40-year-old added.

“My investigations have resulted in exclusive breaking stories for all the clients I’ve helped. I now want to continue doing this for northern firms and show London, the south and the world what an amazing place Yorkshire is and the fantastic talent it has to offer.”

The firm has bases in Leeds, Wakefield, Beverley, York and London.

Sarah Cobham, Director Dream Time Creative CIC: “Without Nicky, you would probably not have heard of The Forgotten Women of Wakefield Project if you live outside of Yorkshire.

“Thanks to Nicky, if you pick up the majority of national or local newspapers, watch or listen to local news or browse the internet, you will be aware of some of the Forgotten Women who influenced the cultural, social and political landscape of our city.

“This is no mean feat and it is down to her passion, professionalism and vision. As an award winning journalist, with outstanding PR skills, contracting Nicky was the smartest decision I made and I would recommend her to anyone. I wish her luck with her venture.”

Miss Harley previously made the headlines when she became the only journalist in the country to be awarded the High Sheriff’s award after she found new evidence to convict a cold case rapist in East Yorkshire.

Her Sunday Times investigation into the repeated cautioning of sex offenders led to the law being changed.

The firm’s website is presently under construction but it can be contacted at