Richard Hurst

What is your role at bClear?

I am PR consultant and my job is to help bClear deliver a first class service to our clients. I work mostly with property and financial service clients and I try, wherever possible, to share my knowledge across the team and learn from them. bClear is a vibrant place to work and, because everyone there is at the top of their game, it’s really motivating to feel a part of the team.

What is your background and experience?

I was born at a remarkably early age, barely a day old, and since then I have flourished into the marketing and public relations half man half gnu you see before you. I have specialised in mortgage PR working in-house for building societies, technology provides and specialist lenders. I have created and run PR agencies in the financial services sector and it is with huge pride I tell people that Debbie’s first job in PR was with me some x number of years ago.

What inspires you?

People who give a damn about what they do. This is irrespective of the industry or their particular role in it. I’m inspired by people who genuinely have a passion for what they do and you can hear it in their voice when they talk about their work. I would rather spend a day in the company of a road sweeper who takes pride in what they do than a minute with an exec who is just going through the motions.

What do you enjoy most about your role?

Being creative. Listening to a client talk about the work they do and crafting that into a story that will be welcomed by the target press. Client meetings are like panning for gold and more often than not it is an off-hand comment in a meeting that will turn out to be the best story idea – I love finding these nuggets and making them shine .. oh, yes. I’m also very partial to analogies!

What do you like to do when you’re not at bClear?

I own a business called Podium Sports UK that imports mountain bike components and I have a YouTube channel called Dicking About TV. Oh, I also have a podcast called Richard’s Mountain Bike Show. I am also a director of a charity called TotalMTB which encourages people to ride bikes to improve their mental health and raises money for mental health charities.

What does this photo meant to you?

This photo is just about as cool as I’ve ever looked so quite frankly I’m going to put it anywhere I can! LOL this was training in Spain before I took part in the Megavalanche race – the longest and craziest downhill mountain bike race in the world! NB. I failed spectacularly, crashing and breaking my ribs and wrist – yep. I’m going back next year to try again!

How to get in touch

Whether you’ve got an urgent need for effective PR for your business, or just want to find out more about how we work, we’re always happy to chat.