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Laura Tomlinson

My Bristol: Senior Account Director Laura Tomlinson

So why Bristol?

With a renowned sister agency, Wildcard, in London and a busy Truro office, geographically, it made sense to look to Bristol to grow our client base. But the move is about so much more than that. Bristol does things its own way, and as such, is home to a whole host of fantastic trailblazing businesses and organisations.

What’s in the pipeline for 2017?

Our roots are in food and travel and we’re lucky enough to be working with some of the greatest names in the South West, from Rodda’s Clotted Cream, Kelly’s of Cornwall Ice Cream to Watergate Bay Hotel and Eden Project. We are also supporting a growing number of education and corporate clients.

What do you love most about Bristol?

I’ve worked in the city for 12 years and married a Bristolian, with whom I have two Bristolian children, so it’s very much where my heart is. I’m constantly surprised by how much Bristol has to offer; it’s no exaggeration to say there is always something new to discover, an event, an exhibition, a new place to eat or drink; our city is evolving all the time. I love that its culture embraces and encourages difference, and that this has become a driving force, across our communities and filtering into business.

In PR we talk about challenger brands; synonymous with ‘maverick’, challengers strive for success but refuse to follow the norm. I can see that ethos running through our business community and that’s what makes our output so interesting and exciting.

What’s pumping through your speakers?

I admit my music tastes are not very developed; I tend to sing along to whatever’s on the radio. Today I’m listening to Bruno Mars’ latest album, 24K Magic, which is the perfect antidote to a dark Monday morning.

What are you reading right now?

I’ve just started I Let You Go, the debut novel from local author Claire Mackintosh. It’s a Psychological crime thriller – my favourite genre – that opens with a tragic, life-changing accident on the streets of Bristol and goes on to deal with the fall-out. I can tell it’s going to keep me awake at night.

Favourite thing to cook?

I have a fantastic cook for a husband, and we get a lot of joy from cooking and eating together and with friends and family. There is almost always something cooking in our kitchen; my favourite occasion is weekend breakfast. My seven-year-old, Isabel, is a whizz at making a stack of pancakes (Jamie’s way, American-style) which I serve with a tableful of options; apple in cinnamon, fresh berries, Greek yoghurt, maple-smoked crispy bacon and Clarks maple syrup. And coffee. There has to be coffee.

Which local venues are you loving?

Cargo; Bristol’s newest independent shopping quarter in the Wapping Wharf development – not so long ago a derelict area, and now buzzing with life, thanks to a host of cool Bristol retailers. Woky Ko, Chicken Shed and The Wild Beer Co are favourites so far.