As managing director, Jim oversees the business operations, growth and staff development of Allison+Partners’ UK + Ireland teams. He also provides strategic counsel to a variety of clients in the regions, including ThoughtWorks, Viber, UL, PKWARE and a recent project for Byron Hamburgers. Jim’s rich, 20-year career has spanned the consumer, corporate and entertainment sectors. Prior to joining Allison+Partners, he spent nine years working in various roles at London-based freuds in global corporate communications and in the consumer practice for clients such as Mars Inc. and Sky Broadcasting. Prior to that, he ran the film team, working with major U.S. and U.K. film distributors on festival, corporate, unit, theatrical and home entertainment campaigns. Jim began his career at Rogers & Cowan in Los Angeles, where he worked across a combination of entertainment and consumer programs. Jim graduated from the University of Manchester and lives in London with his wife and two sons.
Kings Cross is the site of Allison+Partners’ first international office, which opened in 2011 and now serves clients in the UK and Ireland. The location has recently become one of the most exciting neighbourhoods to do business. Not only is it one of the major routes into London from the North, but also a gateway to Europe, with a mixture of innovative startups and global giants such as Google as our neighbours. Much like London itself, our team is a mix of entrepreneurs and our client roster includes a diverse array of global brands and early stage businesses that span the technology, health, travel, entertainment, food and energy sectors. We are passionate about the work we do for our clients and the opportunities they give us to tell their stories. Whether it’s placing a feature, writing a speech, managing a launch, creating a social ad plan, producing video content or driving a global communications program, the team has a wide-range of expertise to handle today’s most complex communications challenges.
To start the day, we suggest popping around the corner from our office to Dishoom, where you can get a hearty Bombay breakfast. It’ll set you up for a great day of spending time at London’s many markets.
If you’re in the mood for antiquing, spend time on Portobello Road. If coffee or tapas takes your fancy, hit up Borough Market which is conveniently located between Tower Bridge and the Southbank. Otherwise head to East London to pick fresh flowers at Colombia Road Flower market or pastries from Broadway Market.
If the weather isn’t on your side, seek shelter in one of the many galleries and museums London has to offer. You can see an exhibit at the Tate Modern, or pop into our local favourite, The Wellcome Collection, for a number of thought-provoking exhibitions.
You’ll be ready for a rest, so either grab afternoon tea at The Savoy or try a craft beer at Beavertown Brewery. Make sure to fit in a quick wander around Covent Garden to see some of London’s amazing street performers before heading to the Experimental Cocktail Club in Chinatown for a pre-dinner drink. For dinner, mix with the city slickers at Coq D’argent, a rooftop restaurant with fabulous views of the city before heading to a show in the West End or to a live gig in Camden.