We’re a national agency and leaders in our field.

Nobody knows the industries we work in like us – just ask around! But we are about much more than that.

We want to work with organisations with a social mission. To help people and businesses who want to make a difference to tell their stories.

We dare to be different and can help you to push boundaries to get your message across.

Our expert team cover a wide variety of disciplines and are based all across the country, meaning we are there for you when you need us, where you need us.

Sound good?
If you’re part of an organisation that’s got a great story – let us help you tell it!

You can find out a bit more about us here:


What we do

Our work covers all areas of communications from public relations and community consultation to digital and creative campaigns.
We work closely with people and businesses to understand how to get the right message, to the right people in the most effective way.

Strategic thinking

You sent Neil from HR on a two-day PR course last year – that’s comms sorted right? Maybe not.

Is Neil the guy to steer your organisation through a crisis? Does he know how to deal with the national media? Can he develop campaigns that can transform your business and reach new audiences?

Proper communications only works when it’s carried out by professionals who know how to develop clear strategies and plans that deliver results.

A communications strategy is vital for any business. It’s also a minefield. Let us guide you through it. We know where the traps are. And the mines.

Our work in this area covers:

Board and executive level communications reviews
PR, marketing and digital strategies
Change communications and mergers
Public Affairs
Crisis communications planning

Planning and training

To transform strategy into reality you need clear, measurable and time-specific delivery plans. We work with you to identify a wide range of opportunities that will raise the profile of your organisation and staff and make sure you never miss the chance to deliver your message.

We will provide expert briefings on policy and market changes to ensure that your campaigns and messages remain relevant. To everyone.

We’re also here to empower your team and help them reach their potential. We offer training in a wide variety of areas and can even offer mentoring roles for staff.

Our work in this area covers:

Developing campaigns and delivery plans
Policy / market briefings
Media training
Social media training
Scenario testing

Delivering and amplifying

We’ll get your message across. From writing press releases and award submissions, to running public consultations and creating eye-catching marketing campaigns, we can deliver coordinated campaigns that tell the story of your business.

Our team is made up of marketing experts and former journalists (forgive us), who have the contacts and the knowhow to make sure that you get seen and heard in all the right places.

You’ve got a story to tell. Let us tell it.

Our work in this area covers:

Media relations
Public consultation
Event management
Case study writing
Social media campaigns
Facebook advertising / Google Ads
Website design and copywriting
Brochure and marketing material
Print and design
Bid and award writing

Who we work with

We’ve worked with dozens of businesses, local authorities, housing associations and charities to help them transform the way they communicate.


We have a great working relationship with Hough Bellis. They provide a friendly, reliable and highly professional service which spans a wide variety of skills, from PR planning & crisis management to strategic development and communication planning. The team are always happy to help us and give expert views which are invaluable to us. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them as a go to agency.

Lucy Goldsmith, Corporate Communications Manager, Weaver Vale Housing Trust

Hough Bellis have been helping us run our Housing Management Network for the past 18 months or so, using their wealth of contacts within the social housing sector to provide relevant content for our members, as well as plan and deliver events for us.

Bobbie and his team are a pleasure to work with, and are always available on the end of the phone whenever we need them. They go above and beyond to make sure we’re happy.

Louise Burgess, Network Manager, HQN

About us

Hough Bellis is not your typical communications agency.

Our mission is to support people and businesses who want to make the world a better place to live. We help organisations to fulfil their potential by telling their stories in new and powerful ways.

From regeneration projects that will transform communities to new smart technologies that can bring clean energy to cities – we care about the businesses we work with.

Our work spans housing, health, social care, homelessness, energy, local government and beyond.

We set our standards high and pride ourselves on building lasting relationships based on trust. We deliver results time and again, and are there for you, when you need us, wherever you need us.

We’re a modern company and don’t need a fancy office. In fact, we don’t even have an office (so don’t worry about paying for our overheads). We hire the best in the business from all around the UK and empower them to deliver great work.

We’ve even developed The Hough Bellis Way, which puts integrity, trust and family at the heart of everything we do.

Want to know more about us? Feel free to ask around – or get in touch today.

Work for us

We’re always looking for the best people. But we’re not your normal employer.

Unlike Dolly Parton, we don’t do 9-5.

We let staff pick their own hours whenever possible. We don’t have an office and have no plans to take one.

Got a computer and a phone? You’re at work. You can pick your own view!

We believe that family comes first, and life sometimes gets in the way. Need to pick up the kids? Fine. Boiler broken? Go deal with it.

Most of all we want people to love their work and to be able to make it compatible with modern living. That’s the Hough Bellis way.

Drop us a line today and find out more. You won’t regret it.

Get in touch

“Working in such a flexible way has made a huge difference to me, especially allowing me to be around more for my daughter.
Since joining Hough Bellis my daughter told me she likes me in my new job so much more because I can take her to school more often. Working in this way has given me so much valuable time back with her, which makes everything worthwhile.”

Sarah Harvey, Account Director

“I have a young daughter, so face the challenge as every working mother does of juggling my career around her needs. I also have a chronic health condition that doesn’t always like to behave itself. Working for Hough Bellis has made finding that balance between my home life and professional life easy. I love that there is no 9 to 5 and no office. My colleagues in our small team are all fantastic and we work closely together to deliver a first-class service.”

Nicola Douglas, Senior Consultant

Our people

Bobbie Hough

Managing Director

Bobbie is an expert in strategic planning and crisis communications and has worked with some of the UK’s most recognised brands overseeing successful mergers, high profile media campaigns and managing crisis scenarios.

He works with companies to help align communications and business strategy, transforming high level plans into measurable results.

He also supports the charity Arthritis Research UK to lobby Government on key issues.

Sarah Harvey

Account Director

Sarah has over 15 years’ experience working in the regeneration and housing sectors.

She started her career as Press Officer for the North West Regional Development Agency before joining Liverpool based Plus Dane Group as PR Manager. She later joined Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership as Head of PR and Public Affairs responsible for strategic communications and stakeholder engagement.

She is also a Board Member of Wirral based housing association Alpha Living.

Steve Kelly

Head of Media

Steve has 18 years’ media experience, beginning his career as a journalist before working up to senior news reporter at national, regional and local newspapers.

Since moving into public relations in 2015, Steve has worked at several award-winning B2C and B2B PR consultancies, securing domestic and international coverage across print, online, trade and broadcast media. Notable placements include Sky News, BBC News, ITV, The Times, the Guardian, the Daily Mail and ABC in Australia.

Anna Ross

Account Manager

Anna has worked in marketing and communications in the public and charity sectors for more than 13 years. She has experience working with housing and further and higher education organisations to help tell their stories.

She is experienced in copywriting, media relations, campaign planning and management, branding, social media management and event organisation. Anna is passionate about working with organisations which have a positive impact on people’s lives.

Nicola Douglas

Senior Account Manager

Nicola has nine years of experience of delivering high impact PR work in the housing, local authority and charity sectors.

She is experienced in media relations, strategic communications, project management, social media, and events. Her recent achievements include setting up a new charity’s press office and managing a long-running high-profile campaign with media partner Trinity Mirror Plc.

Pam McCann

Senior Consultant (Associate)

Pam has worked as a Director of Marketing and Communications for many public sector organisations including housing, healthcare, education, local government  and economic development.

She has also served as a non-executive director on 6 public sector boards and has a keen grasp of strategy development and creating impactful campaigns which deliver a positive difference.

Sue Fox

Senior Consultant (Associate)

With over 30 years’ experience in PR and communications, Sue has worked as Director of Communications in regulation, consumer complaints and housing. She has expertise in department development, strategy and planning, and has worked in public, private and not-for-profit sectors. A Chartered PR Practitioner and qualified coach, Sue also runs a vintage stall in her spare time.

Kate Gannon


Kate has worked in PR for twenty years at some of the UK’s most respected agencies and managed campaigns for the likes of McDonald’s, O2, B & Q, Nokia, Foster’s and Sprite.

She provides Hough Bellis with executive administrative support including award submissions, internal and external communications, events and supporting new business activities.

Catherine Bellis


Catherine has worked extensively with local authorities and housing organisations across England and Wales for the past 20 years, delivering internal and external projects to a wide range of audiences from council leaders and chief executives to the general public.

She has delivered more than 50 housing transfer and ALMO consultations across the UK.

Get in touch

We don’t have an office – that’s what makes us a little different.

Our team works across the country and we have staff in London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Cheshire and beyond. Wherever you call home, we can help.

Want to find our more

Phone us: 07794204268

Email us: hello@houghbellis.co.uk

Tweet us: @HoughBellis