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An expanding group of entrepreneurial PR & Communications professionals who have had the experience and shared enough success with clients who know that the best results come from uniting ‘big agency’ thinking and professional execution, with the ‘personal’ media contacts, creativity, and senior industry relationships of a small specialist boutique.

A business where people are recruited to do what they love. To pursue their professional and personal passion, putting both to work for themselves and their client’s business as if it were their own. Deep knowledge and expertise underpinned by attitude and ability – intuitive, intelligent and even inspired.

We are people drawn from different sectors and disciplines that provide the expertise to deliver hard-hitting ideas and client campaigns that flow across Editorial, Digital and Real World environments. We know how to inspire the connections and conversations that can drive a business forward.

Our collaborative working practices: from campaign planning to execution and beyond see us draw on the talents of many other likeminded individuals. A network of Entrepreneurs, Marketing Directors, Stylists, Bankers, Sales Men & Women, Journalists, Investors, Bloggers, Fixers, FD’s. We work to your needs, with results in mind. No two journeys are the same.

Our capabilities focus on the environments where we know people are most receptive to a brand’s message and where we can quickly and cost-effectively be most influential. Just ask us to show you how we can make this work for you.

Richard Lamballe, CEO/Founder Smith & Monger
Strategic PR, Entrepreneur & Creative Communications Specialist

Richard Lamballe started his career at at leading consumer PR agency Freud Communications in 1995 working on the original brand team clients such as BT, Pizza Hut, Pepsi, Holsten Pils, UCI Cinemas, Planet Hollywood, Sega, Segaworld and Ministry of Sound as well as projects for Whyte & Mackay, Lynx and the media management at numerous high profile premieres and events.

In 1997 he joined EM at HHCL and Partners (Campaign’s Agency of the Decade 2000) as a Director, where he was responsible for the launch of Go in the UK and Europe, Egg, Just, and the successful running of the Bacardi Martini drinks portfolio, Chevron Texaco, u>direct, Thomson Holidays, ITV, AA, Pearl Assurance, O’Neill’s and Po Na Na plc accounts. He has also carried out project work for Arsenal FC and Yahoo!

In 2001 he led an MBO of the HHCL Environment Marketing division to create and build his own independent company Killa Communications, backed by Chime plc. Clients included Sky, ITV, FIFA, O2, Habitat, Oxfam’s Make Trade Fair, Georgia Pacific, Ocado, Bacardi Brown Foreman, Crazy Jacks, Community Foods, Benjys, Unilever. The company was successfully merged into a wholly owned Chime PR agency in early 2006.

In 2007 he co-developed and launched the pioneering and globally acclaimed limited edition etailer 20ltd, engaged in the role of Global PR & Marketing Director. The site launched in 5 languages and stocked, showcased and sold some of the world’s most respected brands, championing unique pieces from renowned craftsmen, authenticity of design and challenging the ubiquitous luxury of that time. Subsequently he was party to the successful transformation of the businesses into a very private and personal gifting service that designs and makes exquisite pieces for private individuals, corporations and nation states. He remains a shareholder and consultant to the present day, acting as senior counsel and frequent lunch plus one to the two founding partners.

In 2008 Richard returned to the agency world with the launch of Smith & Monger Specialist PR and Marketing Consultants, a new type of agency with a proposition based on his insights into the new emerging needs of clients in a fast changing landscape. He saw that generic ‘big agency’ PR expertise was no longer appropriate to serve the specialist needs of a specific client’s sector. Specialism required to engage both media and consumers with deep knowledge and passion for a particular product due to the proliferation of digital channels, and depth of conversations required in social media.

He set about identifying and expanding a team of senior specialists and a broader network of talent, with the knowledge and relationships in their chosen field to enable them to put their experience, expertise and passion to work for agency clients under his strategic and creative direction. In the 6 years since launch, this central business philosophy has outgrown and nurtured capabilities for clients beyond just PR and Marketing Communications. This gives Smith & Monger a very unique and competitive proposition as a business partner, valued advisor and catalyst for solutions to commercial problems.

Richard is a commercial creative, a businessman and an entrepreneur with an extensive network of personal contacts across the media and the wider business community. At Smith & Monger he leads the strategic and creative development and execution of campaigns and initiatives on a day to day basis with a focus on clear measureable results.

A passionate advocate of ‘joined up thinking’ amongst marketing disciplines and creativity in business in general, he places a premium on game changing ideas and business propositions, not ‘more of the same’, with a ruthless focus on how they can save money, save time, and impact the bottom line.

In his words,

“Simple things done well, geared towards making a commercial difference. Not just meeting the too often rushed and restrictive aims of a marketing services brief or selling layers of time, slow and expensively – but charged at the appropriate level for each individual business and the respective value that our thinking, idea or introduction delivers.”

“We go way beyond our remit. We take the view of the business owner, apply our agency experience and expertise responsibly, before offering the advice and solutions we feel offer the best possible outcome. Not different for different’s sake, nor a formula for ease, convenience or agency revenue – but considered, competitive and commercially sound thinking, doing, and delivery – always served with passion, pride and professionalism.”

“I think our won results speak for themselves. On average, a client relationship at Smith & monger lasts 5 years.”

In 2013 he developed and launched www.wakemanroad.co.uk London’s first artisan private members health and wellbeing space with co-founder and fellow entrepreneur Emma Sinclair. It is a very special place, ‘Where Good Things Happen.”

You can reach Richard at richard@smithandmonger.com