Many will know Scott Thomas from his stint on hit ITV show Love Island, or as part of Manchester’s showbiz dynasty of Thomas brothers.
But Scott is now forging ahead in the business world as the director of his own company Social PR.
Scott, 31, from Cheadle, has seen his PR firm go from strength to strength over the past four years, with current clients including fashion giant PrettyLittleThing, hotel group Edwardian Hotels and a raft of popular restaurants and bars.
Here, Scott tells us about his business inspirations, how he made it to where he is today, and why he’ll never leave Manchester.
What first got you started in your field of work?
My background is in events and parties in the city – I did that for around seven years in and around Manchester. From that I built up really strong contacts, with a good base of celebrities and influencers. I wanted to move away from the parties but still use those contacts – and that’s how Social PR was born about four years ago.
I had the agency before I went on Love Island (in 2016) and I am lucky to have an amazing business partner in Francesca Britton who kept things ticking over while I was in there, and it’s in the past two years that things have really taken off for us.
Now we’ve just gone from strength to strength and we have some amazing clients, the likes of the Edwardian Hotels, we work with Foot Asylum and have just signed PrettyLittleThing, as well as a lot of the top restaurants and bars in the city like Rosso, Peter Street Kitchen and Impossible night-club. This year we’ve moved into management as well having signed Molly-Mae Hague after her appearance on Love Island.
Who have been your biggest influences?
What is your proudest achievement?
It’s got to be setting up my own business and the growth we’ve seen over the last year, and the clients we’ve secured it’s been amazing.
Nothing is easy, me and Fran have been close to giving things up, but we always had a vision and that’s got us to where we are now.
What does a typical day involve?
Absolute madness! It can vary. We try to have as many office days as possible, so I touch base with the team in the morning, and then I’m very much in charge of liaison and driving new business, I’m back and forth to London, and then it could be attending a launch event. We are constantly on the move.
I’m big into the gym just for clearing my mind, so when I wake up at 7am I go in the gym to start the day off then straight off to the office from there. I do try to get back to the gym again in the evening – my only time to chill out is when I go into the spa with steam and sauna because you can’t take your phone in there. I actually have a bad neck from being on my phone all the time.
How do you relax on your days off?
This shows how old I’m getting, because now I really look forward to a Friday night in! I get a load of healthy food out of the fridge and chill.
I like to go out with my family, but I go out to events a lot less these days. I like to make the most of chilling out.
What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
If things hadn’t worked out, what could you have seen yourself doing?
Tell us one thing about yourself that people might be surprised to hear.
Red or blue?
Name your three favourite places in Manchester
I also love the new Dakota Hotel as I think it’s a great addition to the city centre. And Old Trafford of course. I don’t get to go to the matches very often but when I do go it’s always so exciting for me as a fan.