Recognition PR LLP, the North East England-based PR business has announced a collaborative agreement with the US-based practice Devine + Partners, a respected PR firm based in Philadelphia PA.

The agreement will enable clients of each firm to access services in either the US or UK markets, strengthening their ability to promote products and services at a time when the UK’s global trade policy is to actively expand beyond the EU.

Recognition PR is a long-standing firm of 30 years with in excess of 80 clients based around the UK. Its clients are in multiple sectors and have a combined turnover in excess of £4 billion and employ in excess of 30,000 people. The founding Partner of Recognition PR is Graham Robb, who started his career in broadcasting before moving into politics and then communications. He also now serves on some of the most important business bodies in the North East of England, being immediate past chairman of the Institute of Directors in the region, deputy chair of the Entrepreneurs’ Forum and a non-executive board director of the South Tees Development Corporation.

Devine + Partners, is a respected firm of communications and content experts who specialize in public relations, issues management and digital communications. It has become a go-to business in Philadelphia during a period of substantial economic growth for the City. It counts leading healthcare businesses, financial organisations, universities and visitor destinations among its impressive cohort of clients.The firm specialises in award-winning public relations and issues management, and is now developing an expanding digital content marketing practice. Founding Partner Jay Devine was the general manager of Tierney Communications after starting his career with Porter Novelli in Washington, D.C. Jay graduated from Georgetown University. He serves on several non-profit boards including the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia and Neumann University. He was the Vice Chair of the Communications Committee for the 2016 World Meeting of Families which brought Pope Francis to Philadelphia

Graham Robb said: “I sought out Devine and Partners because the firm has the same approach to business communications and can boast a track record in-line with Recognition PR in the UK. Jay and I also have remarkably similar attitudes to our business life, becoming involved in our communities and applying our business experience to some important not-for-profit organisations. I’m confident this new link-up will benefit those clients which want a voice in US markets and that it can be reciprocated here.”

Jay Devine said: “It was a pleasure to meet Graham and learn about his very successful firm. It is true that our approach, culture and clientele have many parallels. We look forward to exploring how this new partnership will benefit all of our clients.”