Mischief wins consumer PR brief for TransPennine Express

British transport group FirstGroup has extended its relationship with Mischief PR by handing the agency a consumer PR brief for its TransPennine Express franchise.

In December, Mischief supported FirstGroup’s announcement of its successful bid for the TransPennine franchise, which links major urban areas including Newcastle, York, Leeds, Sheffield, Manchester and Liverpool.

The agency provided a “NOWSROOM” real-time newsroom service, media strategy, editorial packaging and message delivery.

Mischief had also provided strategic consultancy to FirstGroup in 2014. The team will now cover all consumer PR activity for TransPennine Express, which plans to deliver £500 million of investment over the next few years.

The campaign is part of a wider integrated launch being led by Mischief’s parent company, Engine, which has offices in London and Manchester.

Mischief is also working with sister agencies WCRS and PAA to deliver a campaign, which will include print, digital and OOH advertising, social media, CRM and website content. The work, is all linked by the phrase “Where Next?”

The agency will report to Victoria Tomlinson, head of marketing for First Group’s Rail Bid team, who said Mischief had: “Great media and strategic understanding, exciting creative ideas and a proven ability to react at the speed of life.”

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