4CM was originally founded as Brooks Gould Associates in 1981, a B2B PR agency based in a converted stable block in what had once been part of the Rothschild manor in the village of Mentmore.
Our offices were in the former grain store, which still retained beneath the floorboards many years of grain husks – excellent for insulation in the winter months but also conducive to the occasional invasion of field mice! Many famous and successful race horses had been bred in the stables, which had also been used to store the royal coaches during the second world war.
We remained in these offices for almost ten years, steadily building up the business and taking on more office space and members of staff as the number of clients grew; clients included Sanyo, IGEC, SD-Scicon, Volvo and Lipton Teas, as well as many smaller but equally successful local enterprises.
By the early nineties, we had built a robust B2B PR and marketing agency, successfully weathered two major UK recessions and developed an integrated and proven range of services that worked effectively for client organisations of all sizes.
Continued growth meant a move to new offices in Tring, Hertfordshire in 1993. Although not as full of character as our old offices they nevertheless had a charm of their own, being based in what had once, in Victorian and Edwardian times, been a substantial coaching inn, the George Hotel.
During our time in Tring we also established an office in France, with the objective of building business opportunities with French clients that wanted to penetrate the UK market and with UK clients that wanted to sell into France. Although this venture gave us valuable insight into the French market, we ultimately decided that our interests and those of our clients were best served by handling all marketing activities from the UK, partnering with local specialists as required. This partnership subsequently evolved into the EVOKE international PR network, with offices across the globe.
In 1996 we moved to and subsequently purchased a modern, self contained and detached office building on the Triangle Business Park in Aylesbury. This coincided with a change of company name to Brooks Randall Marketing Communications and provided an ideal base from which to support both our growing team of marketing professionals and expanding client base.
Early in 2003 we had again rebranded – to 4CM – and had refocused on our core skills and services. This coincided with a move to back to Mentmore, but this time in new, purpose built offices, just 400m from where we originally established the business in 1981 and conveniently located just two minutes walk from the famous Stag restaurant, partly owned by famous F1 racing driver Mark Webber.
In 2012, after ten years in Mentmore, we moved to our current location in Milton Keynes, just half a mile from the famous wartime base of Bletchley Park, home of the Codebreakers. This was followed in 2015 with the opening of a new office in Stockport, giving us the ability easily to support our clients throughout the UK.
Today, after more than 35 years in business, working with some of the world’s smallest and largest companies in engineering, scientific and manufacturing technology, we’ve amassed a wealth of knowledge and experience.
If you’d like to learn how to put this to your advantage, and bring new life to your B2B marketing, PR or digital communications, then contact us today; you won’t be disappointed.