Tara Tomes

Founder & Managing DirectorEAST VILLAGE.

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Last updated
05 10 2022
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13 05 2018

About Tara Tomes

Award-winning PR expert, agency owner and consultant for small businesses and scale-up brands.

With over 15 years’ experience, both agency and in-house, Tara has worked with independent retailers and e-com start-ups, as well as internationally renowned fashion labels and household brands. Her core expertise lies in helping start-ups and scale ups reach their commercial ambitions through the power of PR in sectors including arts and creative, fashion and retail, and health and wellness. She’s also passionate about supporting charities and grassroots projects with impactful PR and marketing campaigns.

Tara founded EAST VILLAGE PR over eight years ago, as the go-to agency for market disruptors and challenger brands. The award-winning team puts people and purpose at the heart of everything, working with brands who share ‘good values and great stories’.

During Lockdown 1.0, Tara also launched Pocket Sized PR; a platform for small business owners to find and download free PR tips, templates and how-to guides. Keen to support people with their own DIY PR, Tara shares hers and her team’s expertise through the platform, and also offers one-to-one consultancy for those who need a sounding board on their business growth journey.

Determined to right the wrongs of #agencylife, Tara is passionate about putting people front and centre. Building an agency that she would be proud to work for, EAST VILLAGE PR champions flexible working, unlimited training budgets, free mental health support and therapy, and so much more! This approach to fairer and more inclusive business has seen Tara featured on the likes of BBC News, ITV News, Sky News, The Jeremy Vine Show, Times Radio, and many more!

She is also regularly invited to speak at events, both in person and online, as both a guest speaker and panel member. Some of her most recent engagements include the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, Selfridges, TAG Network Midlands, and Birmingham Metropolitan College.

Alongside running the agency and building Pocket Sized PR, Tara is also passionate about making the PR industry more inclusive. She sits on the Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Board Member at The Agency Collective and is a Founding Member of BPFS Black Leaders Network. She’s also a Non-Executive Director for TAG Network Midlands, as well as a founder of homeless charity Let’s Feed Brum; on the maangement committee of Tabor Living, an accommodation provider for the homeless; and Patron of SIFA Fireside, the leading homeless drop-in centre.

Her passions are PR, people and paying it forward, and she’s always the business cheerleader to count on!

Get in touch to find out more: / @taratomes / @eastvillagepr