Cool Blue is a multi award-winning integrated marketing agency specialising in PR, digital, social media and design. We’re experts in each field, and most importantly in making them work together.

What we do

Our clients are international, national and regional high-flyers who pick 'n' mix from our menu of services including top-notch digital and social campaigns and clever web design and development, results-driven media relations and drop-dead gorgeous direct mail.

The depth and range of our collective skills helps us to deliver work that is fluid and seamless. It also means we don't encounter the creative and quality-associated risks involved in sub-contracting tasks to multiple agencies. We love to pull it all together into unbeatable integrated campaigns and the case studies here give just a feel of what we can do.



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Helping shine the light on STEM in the Tees Valley

Julie Martin - June 29, 2015

Cool Blue has been working with Middlesbrough College for many years, helping raise the profile of the £100m campus, highlighting the achievements of its students,…

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User Experience and Why it Matters?

Adam Mills - June 26, 2015

User Experience – UX for short, in relation to a digital product is how the individual feels when interacting with different elements that makes up…

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Ted Baker’s Virtual Store

Tracy Appleby - June 22, 2015

Experiencing a physical retail unit from the comfort of your own home is a now a ‘virtual’ reality! With the opening of Ted Baker’s new…

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Working with Cool Blue is always a pleasure. As a team with former journalists and PR experts they understand the pressures of working within the newspaper environment and can deliver accordingly.

Brian Aitken, Former Editor, The Journal

Cool Blue’s understanding of the region, the people and the news agenda is second to none. The team includes several former journalists which means they fully understand the needs of the industry, the deadlines and the demographic and they’re always a pleasure to work with.

Darren Thwaites, Editor-in-Chief, Trinity Mirror North East

The team at Cool Blue are a pleasure to work with and one of the most reliable and efficient PR agencies I know. Cool Blue consistently provides accurate and interesting copy, responds to requests and deadlines and always includes good images. It makes our relationship hassle-free.

Jayne Dawson, Features Editor, Yorkshire Evening Post

Julie and the team at Cool Blue have a knowledge and passion for digital news and video that’s hard to beat. As a former journalist she’s highly experienced at bringing a story idea to fruition, and along with the team at Cool Blue ensures it reaches as wide an audience as possible via print and online. Always a joy to deal with!

Andrew Glover, Head of Video, Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette, Hartlepool Mail

Working in the media means dealing with many PR agencies. Dealing with Hannah and Cool Blue is always a joy. As a former journalist herself, Hannah knows exactly what journalists need and what makes a good story. She’s an excellent journalist and an excellent PR. I wouldn’t hesitate in taking a call from her about a potential story and I hope to continue working with her in the future.

Urmee Khan, Producer, BBC News Channel

Working as a newspaper executive across titles I deal with numerous PR agencies. Cool Blue stand head and shoulders above all others. They deliver to deadline and understand the demands of a busy newsroom.

Angela Upex, Commercial Editor, Features and Commercial at NCJ Media

June Kelly’s years of experience as a journalist pay off in the competitive world of public relations. She is fast, accurate, imaginative and always understands a journalist’s needs and how to meet them. Whenever I see her name attached to a press release then I know it is worth reading.

Iain Laing, Former Business Editor , The Journal, Evening Chronicle, Sunday Sun

It has been a pleasure to work with Cool Blue over recent years. They have a good sense of what journalists are, and just as importantly aren't, interested in and produce informative, well-written releases on a range of subjects.

Kevin Clarke, Business Editor, Sunderland Echo

The team at Cool Blue are efficient, quick and understand the pressures I am under as a journalist. The team is always a delight to work with and I have always found them to be one of the better PR agencies. I would certainly recommend their services to any business.

Karen Wilson, Former Senior Features Writer, The Journal, Evening Chronicle, Sunday Sun

The Yorkshire Post has a long-standing relationship with Cool Blue and the columns which the PR team provides are a key part of our interiors coverage. Covering everything from seasonal trends to best buys, the columns are well-written and sent on time. I hope the relationship will continue for a long time to come.

Sarah Freeman, Features Editor, The Yorkshire Post

Case Studies

Barker and Stonehouse

The Task: Barker and Stonehouse is the largest independent family-run furniture retailer in the UK, with nine bricks and mortar stores and a thriving online business. The company is constantly improving its customer experience and, in line with this aim, asked Cool Blue to create an e-commerce website that was easy to use and reflective…

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Go Digital (PR)

The Task: When Newcastle became one of the first ten cities in the UK to benefit from the £100m Urban Broadband Fund, it knew it would receive superfast broadband, plus public wireless internet access. The City Council was acutely aware of the growth potential this could bring – and tasked Cool Blue with delivering a…

Story Homes (Design)

The Task: Founded in 1987, Story Homes is a leading housing developer with an unrivalled reputation for building high-quality, high-specification homes in the North of England and Scotland. The family-owned business has grown rapidly over the last few years, with ambitious plans for continued expansion. As a result the company needed an agency to design…




When the CIPR Pride awards for 2014 were announced, we proved our team’s excellence across the whole range of agency skills - picking up three golds and six silvers.

  • Corporate and Business Communications Campaign
  • Consumer Relations Campaign
  • Regional Campaign of the Year, Gold
  • Best Use of Social Media
  • Outstanding Public Relations Consultancy
  • Best Event
  • Regional Campaign of the Year, Silver
  • Low Budget Campaign

We also scooped two awards at the UK-wide 2014 Fresh PR awards – Bronze in the CSR or Green Campaign category and Silver for Low Budget Campaign.

So if you want the best advice, the best insights and the best creativity, leading to the best results... contact us.

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