Blackie Ballantyne, Scotland’s newest estate agents, have appointed Mike Ritchie Media to handle all Press and Public Relations’ activity.
The Edinburgh-based company, created after a successful management buy-out, worked with the Glasgow-based consultancy during its launch in January and is looking forward to a continued association.
The company’s co-directors, Cameron Blackie and Rory Ballantyne, are predicting a positive year for the housing market, expecting to sell over 400 properties in their first year.
Already, the proven expertise within the company is making an impact as clients have been impressed by its exciting portfolio of properties in a range of styles, sizes, locations and prices.
“We are pleased to have Mike Ritchie’s Media’s expertise, advice and guidance as we try to establish ourselves in the Scottish housing sector and with the media in Scotland,” said co-director, Cameron Blackie.
“I have worked with Mike before when he was PR adviser to a major Scottish house builder where I was sales and marketing manager. I trust his judgment and the straightforward attitude he adopts to a highly personal PR service.”
Rory Ballantyne added: “For our launch, Mike achieved extensive, positive coverage for the company and that was a real boost for us.
“It is clear he has first-class media contacts and excellent writing skills. We’re looking forward to working with him in the months ahead.”
Blackie Ballantyne joins Mike Ritchie Media’s client list that currently includes Douglas Laing Whisky Blenders and Bottlers, Stewart and Murdochs Solicitors, The Al-Maktoum Institute for Islamic and Arabic Studies in Dundee, Wisebuild Developments and Personal Estate Agents UK Ltd.
Mike formed the consultancy in 1996 after 25 years as a journalist with national and local newspapers in Scotland.
“I am looking forward to working with Blackie Ballantyne,” he said. “Cameron and Rory have plenty of good ideas and energy and I think Scotland’s media will find them interesting, too, as they are keen to offer their views on the property issues of the day.”