polly robinson freelance writer Pr|Marketing expert
specialising in food and drink.
I love to help small and medium sized businesses to tell their story, reach new audiences and grow sales. I build brands through creative, cohesive and clear marketing, communications and PR. If you need an experienced branding and communications specialist, with a deep understanding of the principles of marketing, give me a shout.
I have over 20 years marketing and pr experience and have specialised in food & drink and tourism since 2008. I have an extensive network in the food & drink world including food writers, journalists, chefs and entrepreneurs.
My own business, Food Safari, took the public and media on behind-the-scenes field-to-fork experiences with food and drink producers in Suffolk and London. In 2017 I am planning to relaunch Food Safari in a new guise and with new partners... watch out for news!
I also write about food and drink with a particular interest in exploring and discovering the stories behind food and drink producers, farmers, fishermen, bakers and artisan producers.
I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers.
I was a Board member of the Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival from 2013-14 and was closely involved in developing and programming the Festival for six years.
I am regularly asked to judge local and national food awards. In 2017 and 2016 I was a regional judge for the Delicious Magazine Produce Awards and the East of England Producer of the Year Awards. In 2015 I was a judge for the BBC Food & Farming Awards Best Suffolk Market and for the Suffolk Food & Drink Awards.
Recognition and Awards
Food Safari received national acclaim achieving widespread national press and TV coverage including The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, Country Life, Olive and Food & Travel magazines and was featured on the Great British Food Revival on BBC2 and on Country Tracks on BBC1. In 2012 Food Safari won UK Cookery School Awards - Best Day Course/Food experience and was shortlisted in the British Cookery School Awards Best Use of Local Ingredients and won the Pride of Suffolk Award in the Suffolk Food & Drink Awards 2012.
Before Food Safari, I worked as a marketing and fundraising consultant to prestigious arts organisations including Opera North, The Open Air Theatre Regents Park, The Fashion & Textile Museum, Bernie Grant Arts Centre and Business in the Community.
My early career was in business-to-business marketing for start-up Fletcher Research which was acquired by Forrester Research in 2000; IG Index and McKinsey.
I have a degree in English Literature & Language from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and a post-graduate certificate in Marketing from the University of Westminster.