Don’t just take Vicky’s word for it! You can find testimonials below from current and previous employers, colleagues, clients and journalists. Or read her latest successes and news here.
Vicky worked with Simon Berry, the former Chairman of Berry Bros. & Rudd Wine Merchants, as PR Manager for more than a decade. Vicky says: “We worked very closely together throughout this time on news stories, media events, radio programmes and television appearances. My proudest moment was a documentary on BB&R – Wine: The Firm.”
Jancis Robinson is the world’s most famous wine critic. Despite being extremely busy, Jancis always attended the many press tastings Vicky hosted for Berry Bros. & Rudd. She still makes time to taste wines from Vicky’s clients today.
Bernadette Knight is the former Chief Marketing Officer of Champagne Armand de Brignac. Vicky first worked on a project to launch the brand’s Blanc de Noirs cuvée in Autumn 2015. Since January 2016, Vicky has worked with the brand on a retainer basis. She boosts the brand via product launches, press trips to Champagne and media tastings, lunches and dinners in London. Vicky says: “Bernadette told me she is thrilled with the work I have done to transform the brand in the UK. She said she sees me as an extension of her team.”
Vicky worked with John Campbell at The Vineyard Hotel. She helped raise his profile as one of the UK’s top chefs. Whilst at The Vineyard he gained two Michelin stars and now owns his own restaurant. This was awarded a star in its first year.
Brett Fleming, Managing Director of Armit Wines
“Armit Wines had outsourced our Public Relations activity to Major PR and on appointment I quickly found the service to be excellent in all aspects.
I have now been at Armit Wines for nearly 4 years and in this time the Armit team have been instrumental in turning around the business to become sustainable, profitable and deliver a truly improved perception of the business. This was all possible due to the support of Vicky and her team over this time.
The work done with myself as the MD, my brand team and indeed all the aspects of Armit were served well by Major PR and we are better for it.
As our growth and business has improved it is clear Armit now need a full time PR and Events executive to take us into the next period of growth. It was for this reason alone I decided to bring this resource in house and must comment it was not an easy decision.
We contracted Vicky for 3 days a month and it is always hard to build any momentum in this short period, not to mention Vicky and her team often delivered support far in excess of this agreement.
I can recommend Vicky and her team without question.”
Simon Aron, Managing Director of Cask Trade
“Vicky you have been, and remain to be, part of the family of Cask Trade. You have been involved and vital to our success. Thank you for all you do.”
Simon Berry, former Chairman – Berry Bros. & Rudd
“In the decade Vicky spent at Berry Bros. & Rudd, she redefined our approach to PR. She combines meticulous efficiency with charm, which is a rare combination. She also has a journalist’s use of language and an eye for the perfect story. I am delighted that her talents will now be available to a wider audience.”
Jancis Robinson MW – Financial Times wine critic
“For all the years I’ve known her, Vicky has offered us all a most unusual combination of efficiency and good humour.”
Bernadette Knight, former Chief Communications Officer – Champagne Armand de Brignac
“Vicky was a fantastic partner to us on a new product release project. She intuitively knew what needed to be done and ensured all the significant, as well as small details, were covered. We would recommend her highly.”
Jane MacQuitty – The Times wine critic
“From her cheery, ‘Hello, can I help you?’ to her detailed, prompt responses to all manner of wine and spirit enquiries, Vicky is one of the wine trade’s most capable, organised and charming PRs. The wine world is lucky to have her.”
Andrew McKenzie, Managing Director – The Vineyard Group
“Victoria did a very good job for us during her time with The Vineyard Group. During my 17 years with The Vineyard Group we have enjoyed PR support both internally and externally and Victoria was our PR manager between 2000 and 2004.
“Within this period we produced more positive PR articles then at any other time in our group’s history. When she decided to leave the company for Berry Brothers it was definitely our loss and their gain!”
Victoria Moore, Wine Correspondent, The Daily Telegraph – How To Drink
“Vicky is such a joy to work with – impossibly efficient as well as reliable and good-natured. Someone who always goes the extra mile.”
Catherine Whittle, Owner / Director – Spa Partners
“Still to this day, I vividly recall interviewing Vicky for the role of PR & Marketing Manager at The Vineyard at Stockcross (back in 2002). Her vibrant personality, natural interest and curiosity in people and in learning about new products combined with her understanding that PR is not just about generating press coverage, it is ultimately about creating a sales opportunity, I knew then that she was the right person for the job and that she was destined for an exciting career.
“Almost 5 years later, as a result of her hard work, commitment and expertise in writing eye catching press releases and dynamic copy and in developing excellent relationships with food and wine critics, the national and trade press, she contributed to putting the then relatively unknown The Vineyard Hotel on to the national gastronomic map and launched Michelin starred Chef John Campbell’s career and cookery book. During her time with us, The Vineyard achieved an unprecedented amount of press coverage.
“I have watched with pride over the past 10 years Vicky gain even more success with the iconic Berry Bros. & Rudd and encouraged her to set up her own business by recommending her services to her first client as a freelance PR consultant. Her pitch against four other PR Agencies was by far the best and I know as Major PR she will achieve yet greater things for her future clients.”
John Campbell, Chef Proprietor – The Woodspeen Restaurant
“I had the pleasure of working with Vicky when at the Vineyard and both worked on a number of incentives to create a PR strategy for the property. This included a book launch in London, international wine dinners, guest chef appearances. Vicky’s knowledge and understanding of the media, was invaluable at this busy time.
“Vicky’s enthusiasm and professionalism for her work along with her intuition for many diverse incentives meant that I knew this was in safe hands. When you are based out of London, being able to rely on someone with a network in London to promote and maintain media interest is essential.”