European award-winning PR and Communications agency Acceleris has strengthened its board with the strategic appointment of Yorkshire entrepreneur and former CEO of Rixonway Kitchens Paul Rose as non-executive director.
Based in Harrogate and London, Acceleris was founded in 2006 and has won over 50 national and international industry awards since launch, including the current ‘Best Large Agency of the Year’ accolade from the UK Public Sector Communications Awards.
In 2016 it cemented its reputation as one of Europe’s leading Issues & Reputation Management agencies, winning the trophy for the third time in four years at the European PR Excellence Awards in Berlin against major global brands that over the years have included IBM, Lidl, BP, Unilever and BASF.
Last year Acceleris forged its first European agency partnership programme with Brussels-based GOPA.com and Stockholm-based Time PR, grew its overseas campaign portfolio and brought in 16 new client accounts. Working across both public and private sector, it has forged a national profile for delivering high impact, commercially focused reputation management campaigns for clients spanning the energy, health, housing, motoring and maritime sectors.
Paul Rose is recognised as one of Yorkshire’s leading entrepreneurs. Formerly the Regional winner of EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year award, Rose led an MBO of Rixonway Kitchens’ in 2006 and under his tenure turnover more than doubled to £40M, driving the company to become the UK’s leading supplier of kitchens to the social housing sector, prior to its £34M sale to the Swedish kitchen manufacturer Nobia UK in late 2014.
He is currently Chairman of the regional development committee for The Prince’s Trust in Yorkshire and has other business and property interests.
Louise Vaughan, managing director of Acceleris, said: “Paul has a wealth of experience in growing privately owned businesses and we are incredibly excited about both the expertise and contacts he brings to support us in our next phase of strategic growth.
“Attracting someone of his calibre as an investor underlines the fact our award-winning, client-facing work is reinforced by a sound business strategy at the operational side of the agency. “
Paul Rose said: “Having been a client of Acceleris I’m confident in the high quality of service, insight and results the team delivers. Whilst at Rixonway I saw first hand how this not only helped cement us as an industry leader, but also directly supported our reputation with both the investor market and target customers.
“I now look forward to working with the business in a very different role to identify new opportunities to build the agency including Acceleris’ new range of digital insight services.”