About us

MHW PR is a leading business-to-business PR and marketing consultancy. Established in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 2000, we service clients regionally, nationally and internationally.

We’re here to protect and promote our clients – their services or products.

Reputation is everything. Depending on where you are on your journey, you will either need to build your reputation, enhance or protect it. That’s where MHW steps in.

As experienced PR consultants, we recognise our role is to support and challenge you; to offer opinions and campaigns that meet your objectives and accelerate your plans for growth. All the while protecting you against crises and curve balls thrown your way.

We love to help companies and organisations that aspire to grow and develop – to be better than they currently are.

By deploying a range of communication tactics, we strive to persuade and influence opinion on your behalf. Our campaigns are designed to help you build trust, with more people having a positive view of you and your services.

Our culture and approach

We want long-term relationships with clients, based on results, honesty, and professionalism. We like complex and technical challenges. If you have a problem, we want to hear about it. We then employ an OKR methodology to the task, identifying objectives and the key results to how we achieve them.

Meet the team

We have a core team of highly experienced PR and marketing consultants along with a broader support team of associate specialists who we engage for larger or more technical projects.

Wayne Halton

Owner and director

All-round experienced consultant working across many different business sectors. Has a focus on the education, social care, and manufacturing sectors along with the built environment. Strong crisis management skills. A media knowledge based on his former career as a business journalist.

Ian Watson

Associate director

Our go-to technical specialist with several decades of experience in renewables, engineering and electrical sectors. Strong understanding of public consultation exercises as well as technical issues. A former trade journalist.

Andy Bruce

Account director

Our technical writing specialist. There aren’t many trade and technical sectors he hasn’t worked in – either in the UK or overseas. Has expertise in IT, tech, construction and engineering sectors. He works closely with the international hologram manufacturing sector. Is a former regional journalist.

Nicola Williamson

Senior account manager

An experienced media specialist and writer. Strong regional and national media contacts across several sectors. Understands the education, property, care and tech sectors. Bags of enthusiasm and knows how to handle a crisis.

What our clients say

Wayne and MHW have been a great support to Helping Hands as our organisation has gone through a period of change and development. He acts as an experienced sounding board while also helping with stakeholder engagement, implementing communications with our internal audience as well as service users and their families.

David Harrison, MD

Helping Hands Community Care

I’ve worked with MHW for 14yrs which speaks for itself. In addition to providing effective tactical PR support on a retainer basis, the strategic and specialist advice from Wayne, in particular, is invaluable. Sound and expert advice.

Nadine Hudspeth, director of marketing and comms

Gateshead College

Andy and the MHW team have contributed significantly to building awareness of the CMR brand internationally. Their comms insight is impressive.

James Thwaites, (ex) Group Marketing Manager

CMR Group