Some of you may or may not know that, exactly two years to the day since I was offered my current job, today is my last day at Barefoot Media.
I’m ridiculously proud of what we’ve achieved in that time. From winning awards, rebranding the company, creating a unique press centre for journalists, and working on some fantastic campaigns.
However, situations change, and as sad as I am to be leaving Cornwall after five and a half years, I’m also really excited about the opportunities which lie closer to my hometown of Hastings.
Before I go, I wanted to take two seconds to thank a few people who have made my first role in communications so enjoyable.
I’ve been really fortunate to be afforded a large amount of freedom and responsibility in my time at Barefoot, but even luckier to have been able to spend it working with fantastic clients.
Special mentions go to those I’ve worked closest with: Sam at Amélies at the Smokehouse; Paul & Emma Ainsworth and their fantastic team in Padstow; Emily and Jason at The Harbour; Mark and Trev; Charlie; and the entire team at Watergate Bay.
There’ s a fantastic business community in Kernow. Everybody I’ve met has been extremely welcoming but I particularly want to thank those who have supported me as partners: Andy from UCP, Ryan and Tim from Liminal, Mark & the team at Redfuse, and Anna at Mailaway. And also to Mark and Rachel Picken who told me about the role in the first place.
On a personal level, thanks to Kit and Katy who put up with me in St Austell for five months, Emily Smith for all her support, the Small Sofa boys, and current housemates Jack and Lotti.
I’d like to thank all the journalists, bloggers, radio stations, and television people without who I wouldn’t have a job and who have made it so interesting.
Whoever takes my role (applications open til Sunday) will join a small but perfectly formed team. Caragh has rejuvenated and reenergised Barefoot since her arrival six months ago. She has a very exciting future ahead of her and I can’t recommend her highly enough.
And then there’s Jim. Despite spending over 4,000 hours in his company, he’s never complained about my singing or preference for obscure electro.
He is a fantastic PR with a great eye for detail, who has invested a ridiculous amount of time and patience with helping me become a better PR as well as offering me advice on how to fix my car!
And to the rest of the Michell family: Ellie, Evie and Sophie – thank you for welcoming me into your home and for letting me eat all your cake and biscuits.
Cornwall has given me the best five years of my life and I look forward to returning in the future.