Stirling Media Ltd
Stirling Media Ltd. is led by Will Stirling, a writer, conference producer and moderator and media all-rounder with 20 years’ experience in journalism and publishing and 12 years experience in manufacturing writing and media. Jennifer Farrell is Will’s assistant. We work regularly with partners including Matt Chilton at Zenoot, writer Ruari McCallion and PR agent Crawford Warnock.
2001-2003 IPC Media, Journalist
2003-2006 Start-up: Fineline Films, marine training and promotional films
2006-2009 EuroWeek, part of Euromoney plc. Journalist and sub-editor
2009-2013 Editor and managing editor, The Manufacturer
2013 – present Stirling Media Ltd. Writer, publisher and events producer
I joined The Manufacturer magazine in December 2008 and was editor and managing editor for five years. I supported the company’s busy event programme. During this time I was non-executive director of a colourants and tinting systems manufacturer, KREATE, from 2003 until it was sold in 2016.
I left The Manufacturer in 2013 to produce conferences and events and write copy for companies and magazines.
My first conference – Meet the Mittelstand at JCB in 2014 – secured 220 delegates and 200 pages of media and social media citations for a PR budget of £500. The conference was cited on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, BBC West Midlands, and reported in The Financial Times and Daily Mail among other media.
Since then I have produced seven conferences, numerous round tables and business dinners, several factory tours and events across the UK with keynote speakers including Germany’s finance minister Dr. Wolfgang Schauble, Chuka Umunna MP, Dieter Geus, general manager at BMW Hams Hall plant, Mike Hawes CEO of the SMMT, Dr. Peter Ammon the former German Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Dick Elsy CEO of the HVM Catapult, Juergen Maier formerly CEO of Siemens in the UK and more.
After university, I worked in the West End as a runner and production assistant for commercial TV production companies for 2 years then did 3-years as deck crew on superyachts, finishing as a First Mate with several certificates including RYA Yachtmaster Ocean.
I was a sub-editor and reporter for a yachting magazine and marine business magazine and then worked for Euromoney plc as supplements editor and corporate bond reporter on the weekly paper, Global Capital (then EuroWeek) for 3.5 years. In one year I edited and helped publish 37 supplements and handbooks, while also writing for the weekly newspaper.
I joined The Manufacturer magazine as editor in December 2008 and was editor and managing editor for five years. The job included regular help in supporting the company’s busy event programme.
I left The Manufacturer in 2013 to go freelance and produce conferences and events. The first – Meet the Mittelstand at JCB in 2014 – secured 220 delegates and 200 pages of media and social media citations for a PR budget of £500. The conference was cited on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, BBC West Midlands, and reported in The Financial Times and Daily Mail among other media.
The type of work I do
I am an all-rounder who can write, edit, publish, produce events, moderate conferences, interview, edit video, produce reports, use InDesign, host and publish webinars and social media. You’ll find examples of my work on the ‘What we do’ pages of this website.
How long have you been in business as an independent?
Stirling Media Ltd. was incorporated in October 2013 and has traded profitably since then.
Why work with Stirling Media?
Expertise in manufacturing subjects as a writer, editor and networker. I have visited many factories and speak to manufacturing people day-in day-out
Professional and personable
Good value service
Small nimble team
I never stop working