Rebranding a pan-European investment manager and driving fundraising

Private equity real estate investment manager Meyer Bergman (now MARK) appointed Blackstock at the start of 2020 to lead corporate and financial communications across Europe, managing local PR agencies in the process, with the overarching aim of supporting fundraising. 

Launching a nationwide housing brand

Blackstock was appointed by Moda in early 2015 to build up its corporate profile with UK investors, business media and the wider property sector; while helping develop its brand narrative and consumer profile across national press.

Using data to drive business rates debate

Blackstock’s in-house research team have generated significant national press coverage in recent years around business rates and the growing chaos the regime is in.

London studio of global architecture redesigning workspaces post-pandemic

We have been retained by the London studio of global architecture practice Perkins&Will since 2019. The London studio specialises in corporate design having created offices for some of the world’s largest firms, with experience across the life sciences, hospitality and tech sectors.

Blackstock Consulting Daily Briefing

We launched the Blackstock Consulting Daily Briefing in response to the emerging Covid-19 crisis to update existing clients on pandemic’s implications for the real estate, retail and hospitality sectors. 

Groundbreaking placemaking and community engagement

Blackstock has been engaged by Federated Hermes International since 2015 to promote NOMA, its 20-acre regeneration project in Manchester city centre.

Beating the drum for construction modernisation

In January 2016, we helped former Arcadis directors Mark Farmer, Joe Thornton and Neil Brearly launch Cast, gaining widespread media coverage.

Supporting clients through crisis

Blackstock was appointed by Notting Hill Genesis (NHG) in October 2020 to provide strategic crisis communications support in regards to a building-safety issue, and the subsequent decision to decant, at the Paragon Estate.

Proptech PR support & strategic consultancy for deposit protection pioneer

Blackstock were appointed by flatfair in summer 2019 just as the digital deposit protection provider raised £11m in funding through Index Ventures, Revolt and other investors.

Moving the dial on modular housing

Blackstock was appointed by TDR Capital in 2019 to drive up the presence of its modular housing company ilke Homes, advising across a range of functions including corporate communications, media relations, business development and public affairs.

Building up a vertically integrated platform in a new sector

Blackstock was appointed to promote investment manager Apache Capital’s vertically integrated multifamily housing platform with Moda Living, one of the first in the UK to be geared towards regional cities.

Promoting build to rent

We’ve played a crucial role in supporting Britain’s build to rent market, working alongside leading names and supporting every inch of their evolution from the drawing board to fully-let buildings.

Major policy report looking at progressive reforms to planning

In 2019 Blackstock conceived, created and launched an incisive and visionary report to unlock the economic potential of the Oxford-Cambridge Arc powerhouse, home to home to some of the UK’s most innovative life sciences and tech businesses such as AstraZeneca, Apple and Microsoft. This piece of work included a multi-disciplinary campaign across media, digital and public affairs with stellar results.

Positioning business founders as thought leaders

We have been retained by Great Marlborough Estates since 2017, working closely with the business’s co-founders Dean Clifford and Grant Lipton (son of Sir Stuart Lipton) to position both as thought leaders.

Strategic communications & crisis support for student housing pioneer

Blackstock was appointed in mid-2020 to advise Europe’s leading student accommodation brand on strategic communications, B2B and B2C media relations and crisis management.

Getting the country to chat VAT

In a campaign backed by Bourne Leisure and Merlin Entertainments, Blackstock was engaged to lead a high impact media campaign that would support behind-the-scenes lobbying efforts to convince the government to cut VAT for the tourism industry.

Branding Britain’s first clean and green innovation campus

Blackstock was appointed to help merchant bank Salamanca with the branding and marketing of Gravity, the first clean and green innovation smart campus in the UK.

Creating, implementing and driving a holistic business strategy for a renowned architecture practice

Assael Architecture is an award-winning architecture practice based in London, with international offices in Bahrain.