Chris Clarke
Chris Clarke

Fire on the Hill, a strategic communications consultancy headquartered in London, opens an office in New York. Agency co-founder Chris Clarke will be leading the New York office, supported by associate director Niveen Saleh. It will target clients in technology and telecoms, renewable energy, sustainability, corporate and professional services and provide services including thought leadership communications, reputation management, strategic media relations and content development for media, social and digital. In additions to its London and New York locations, Fires on the Hill serves clients through an international network of partners.


Karbo Communications launches PowerStart, a new PR and digital marketing offering designed to help early-stage tech startups increase visibility, drive business growth, and acquire VC funding. PowerStart’s services are offered in a range of flexible packages that include differentiation-based narrative development, packaging customer and market insight data, and story pitching to top-tier press, media kit/press material development, interview management, spokesperson coaching, and content audits. Its flexible pricing structure is specifically designed to help startups in today’s tough economy. “We’re democratizing access to topflight services so startups can pick and choose the elements that will support their immediate business goals,” said Karbo Communications founder and CEO Julie Karbo. “We fill the gap between innovation and large marketing investments, giving them the flexibility and visibility they need to jumpstart their success and leapfrog the competition.”


RLF Communications, a Greensboro, NC-based agency, acquires Raleigh-based Clairemont Communications. This is the second acquisition for RLF this year. In January, the firm acquired BAERING Group. Clairemont founder and CEO Dana Phelps will become chair of RLF and serve on the company’s leadership team. The acquisition of Clairemont is intended to strengthen RLF’s depth and experience in industries such as manufacturing, real estate development, nonprofits and financial services, while bolstering its existing team in Raleigh. “I have known Dana for nearly 20 years and been deeply impressed with her agency’s commitment to strategy and service for its diverse clients,” said RLF CEO Monty Hagler. “That experience and knowledge will help us bring fresh perspectives and innovative ideas to our clients.”