Hello! Welcome to Houston PR.  

We’re a PR and brand communications agency.  Our offices are at Somerset House in London.  

We work with brands of all shapes and sizes in the UK and around the world.  Our work ranges from jump-lead services for start-ups to intricate brand campaigns for global market leaders.  All of our work is high impact.

Our clients feature in national and often international headline news as a result of our efforts – and their messages spread like wildfire across social networks.  Our clients have featured everywhere, telling their own stories – from Newsnight to Desert Island Discs. We love what we do – and we think it shows in the results that we deliver for our clients.

You will almost certainty have seen our work for brands like Growing Underground, Bosch, Siemens, Neff, Gaggenau, Clinton Cards, Asda, John Lewis, Sainsbury’s, Virgin Money, Puffin Books, Pomegreat, Dixons, Currys, PC World, Screwfix, Vision Express and many other household names and sector leaders.

We only do work that makes a measurable difference.  

We’re communications specialists, not sector specialists.  Our first task is to listen, then understand, then translate complex information into simple messages that come alive.  

We work with businesses and organisations of all types and shapes and sizes – from toothpaste companies to investment banks, from supermarkets to universities.

The methods we use  include traditional public relations, storytelling, marketing communications, Government relations, creating new names for products and services, negotiating partnerships, public affairs, events, eye-catching initiatives, stunts – and our own social tactics and methods that don’t fit a mould or a menu.

For a discussion about how we can help your business, call Hamish Thompson on +44 (0) 7702 684290.


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Everything is now public. Businesses don’t own their brands in the way that they used to.  Their customers do.

What influences our choices as consumers are ‘people like us’.  That’s why we read reviews.  That’s why we follow people on Twitter.  That’s why we tend to avoid ads.  That’s why Facebook is investing millions in ‘Graph Search’, exploring and indexing the choices of our friends so that we can make better, safer choices based on theirs.

We see our role as ‘brand shepherds’, helping our clients to engage with their customers and steering public conversations towards beneficial and profitable outcomes for both parties.

Billions each year are spent on SEO, yet what often drives choices is what we call ‘SUI’, or Shopping/Searching/Sharing Under the Influence.  All of our work is linked to influencing the choices of consumers, giving them the reassurance to transact – or the motivation to share or recommend to others.

The mix of techniques that we deploy differs vastly depending on the situation.  Our approach in each case is governed by three principles:

1. Creative, engaging and intelligent storytelling.

2. Careful planning, rigorous analysis, commercial nous.

3. Beat and outpace the largest agencies on quality of consultancy and outcomes.

Here is a summary of the services that we offer:

    • Tens of thousands of examples
    • Dedicated team of specialists
    • Imaginative proactive approach

    Product Placement

    • All part of the service
    • Loads of imaginative examples
    • Sum - more than the parts
    • Award winners


    • One of our specialisms
    • Enquire within for case studies
    • Award-winning examples
    • Most have a commercial and CR dimension


    • Our bread and butter
    • Gold-plated contact book
    • Headline-grabbing stories
    • Twisting phrases to catch the light

    Media Relations

    • We give things good names
    • Brand shepherding (more on this when we meet)
    • SUI consulting (more on this when we meet)
    • No shortage of opinions


    • Twitter
    • Facebook
    • Instagram
    • In-house digital designing
    • Social performance monitoring
    • Social branding
    • Digital campaigns


    • Proprietary techniques
    • These change by the day


    • Eye-catching initiatives
    • Full set-up
    • Risk assessment / management
    • Media and social strategy / tactics
    • Performance monitoring


    • MA / restructuring / financings
    • Financial calendar announcements
    • Broadcast strategy
    • Executive appointments
    • QA / Lines to take


    • Transformational campaigns
    • PR strategy
    • Social strategy
    • Eye-catching tactical initiatives
    • Advice on naming
    • Reannouncements
    • Press office support
    • Conversation catalysts


    • Safe hands
    • Competition Commission enquiries
    • OFT investigations
    • Endless examples
    • Strategic approach
    • Media training
    • Statements / QA / Lines to take


    • PR strategy
    • Speaker / networking opportunities
    • Speechwriting
    • Media relations
    • Proper thought leadership (ie, content that people will share)
    • Tactical campaigns


Client experience

We’re very proud of our work.  Here are some of the successful businesses that we’ve helped to energise and transform.

Click on a logo for a quick summary of what we’ve done.

If you’d like to hear more, call Hamish Thompson on 07702 684290 or 020 3701 7660, tweet him at @HamishMThompson or pop in and see us.


Houston PR opened for business in June 2007. The Houston team includes many of the PR profession’s most seasoned specialists: commercially-minded consultancy lifers, former in-house heads of corporate affairs and media relations, digital natives, former broadcasters and correspondents, wordsmiths, lateral thinkers, synthesists, strategists, analysts and more.

We haven’t named a team member here, in part to frustrate headhunters, but largely because we believe that meeting us and having a conversation gives a truer sense of who we are, how we work and how we think. Do call Hamish Thompson, Houston PR’s founder and managing director, on 07702 684290 if you’d like a chat.


Outstanding Small PR Consultancy of the Year, 2008 – Chartered Institute of Public Relations Awards

Outstanding Small PR Consultancy of the Year, 2009 – Chartered Institute of Public Relations Awards (we have now outgrown the category)

Chartered Institute of Public Relations President’s Grand Prix – Consumer Campaign of the Year

Chartered Institute of Public Relations Award for Corporate and Financial Campaign

Chartered Institute of Public Relations Award for best use of new media for the launch of the TechGuys

Chartered Institute of Public Relations Gold Award for the launch of PleasePress1.com

Chartered Institute of Public Relations Gold Award for the launch of the Facebox campaign for Asda, Puffin Books and the Dahl Foundation

Chartered Institute of Public Relations Silver Award for the launch of PomeGreat

PR Week Award (2014) for Marketing Communications: Business for the launch of Growing Underground: London’s First Underground Farm