About us 

PR and marketing for engineering, energy and science sector companies


We produce and deliver intelligent communications across traditional, digital and social channels with a strategic, informed and proactive approach. 


Clients find our combination of leadership, sector knowledge and hassle-free delivery to be a smarter alternative to setting up an in-house PR and marketing function. By partnering as peers, we allow our customers to focus on what they do best while advancing their businesses.


Complex messages, clearly communicated


Propel Technology provides all the services you would expect from a multi-skilled PR and marketing communications department, with particular focus on developing the most compelling content to help distinguish our clients from the competition. From working with your MD on strategy to making sure your website is kept up-to-date, we take care of everything so you can concentrate on running your business.





The team


Claire Dumbreck MCIPR

Your PR & marketing strategist


Claire grew up in and around race tracks and rally stages. She held public relations roles at General Motors (for Vauxhall, Opel, Cadillac and Chevrolet) managing international vehicle launches, product and motorsport communications and manufacturing PR –- which included a short stint assembling Astra doors! A detour to the world of management consulting saw Claire look after external relations for McKinsey & Co.’s EU manufacturing practice for five years, making her the ideal strategy development partner to Propel Technology clients' CEOs and management. 




Beth Osborne MPRCA, MCIM, Chartered Marketer

Your B2B PR & marketing expert


With a background working for one of the UK's largest highways technology companies, Beth has years of experience marketing complex products with long sales cycles to the B2B market. She has taken on everything from organising AGMs to copy writing press releases, articles and increasing web traffic and sales - in fact all the elements our clients come to us for help with! At Propel, Beth leads our client work in heating and cooling.




Madeleine Bendall

Your PR administrator


Previously working with well-known companies to maintain their brand presence in store and manage their representatives in the field means Madeleine knows how to keep everything running smoothly.




News: Propel is shortlisted for a PRCA DARE award





May, 04, 2016

We’ve been shortlisted for the PRCA DARE “Small Consultancy of the Year” Award.

 Blog: Big dog or little dog?





April, 27, 2016

Why agencies should consider using small PR and marketing agencies

 News: Cataclean Global appoints Propel as its PR agency





April, 21, 2016

Cataclean Global, the manufacturer of a patented fuel system cleaner for diesel, petrol and hybrid engines in cars, vans, motorcycles and specialist industrial/heavy duty machinery, has appointed PR agency, Propel Technology, to handle its media relations

 News: Propel to support the launch of Jacobs' HPD Engine Brake





Jan, 26, 2016

We have been selected by Jacobs Vehicle Systems to lead its UK media relations. Jacobs is the world’s leading supplier of heavy-duty diesel engine retarding solutions and in 2016, we will be supporting the company with communications around its high performance density (HPD) technology.

 News: Propel is snapped up by industrial imaging company 




Jan, 10, 2016

Mikrotron GmbH, a manufacturer of small and especially robust high-speed cameras for industrial and scientific applications, has selected Propel Technology to handle its international, English language media relations.

Nov, 10, 2015

Having worked in Vauxhall’s PR team in the past, I naturally tuned in to chairman and managing director, Rory Harvey’s, video on the company’s decision to recall 220,000 Zafiras because of fires in the heating and ventilation system. It says something about the typical board-level attitude towards corporate communications that we don’t see more refreshing and simple approaches in times of trouble.

Blog: Seven common business video mistakes




June, 7, 2015

We were recently asked by a client for some advice on making a corporate video. It was easier to say what not to do and so, here are our seven common errors made when making a company video….

Blog: The problem with online file sharing

May, 27, 2015

Recently my email account was hacked. We all like to think we are somewhat internet savvy and while you wouldn’t catch me falling for the Nigerian royalty inheritance-type email scams, last month, I did click on a link to a Dropbox file sent by a trusted source who had advised he would be sending me a link to a large image that very afternoon.

Client News: Insite Energy joins as a new client






May 11, 2015

Insite Energy, a metering, billing and payment specialist for communal and district heating systems, has appointed Propel Technology, to handle its media relations and PR.

News: We are shortlisted for a PRCA DARE award




May, 11, 2015

We're really happy to announce our nomination for a PRCA DARE 2015 award. 

We've been shortlisted in the Campaign Challenges category for our work with Viessmann, the leading heating systems manufacturer.

Blog: The perfect brief: AKA, how to get what you want...




Nov, 10, 2015

So, you’ve picked your agency, now it’s over to them to deliver that beautiful and successful campaign they’d promised in their pitch. Or is it? Having worked both in-house and agency side, I’ve seen some brilliant briefs, as well as some awful ones, and sometimes, none at all…

Blog: Writing a winning award entry

Dec, 18, 2014

Winning an award is a superb feeling. The elation I felt on receiving the under 16s supplementary cup as part of the mighty Southam Town FC has rarely been surpassed. Admittedly the skills involved in this sporting highlight from my past are somewhat removed from those I employ in my current capacity at Propel, where I write and rewrite all manner of professional communications for clients.

Blog: Borderland issues

Nov, 10, 2014

For four and a half years, Banbury and Oxfordshire have been home to our growing, specialist PR and marketing agency for energy, engineering and science sector companies, and very happy we were there too.

Blog: What does virtual a PR and marketing department mean? 




Aug, 6, 2014

Cruden is like many of our clients. It is a medium-sized company comprised of engineers that knows it needs to ‘do’ marketing and PR, but would rather its people focus on the core business. This Amsterdam-based simulator manufacturer is also not unique in using Propel Technology as a foothold into the UK from continental Europe or US-located headquarters.

Blog: How Viessmann made a big presence at a major show




Nov, 10, 2015

Trade shows, such as Ecobuild, offer the ideal opportunity for companies to make a noise and get noticed. Working with our international heating systems manufacturer client, Viessmann, we helped demonstrate that this need not e dependent on UK market share. The key ingredients are having a good product, a good story and good marketing.

About us

"Propel understands our business and the markets we are in"

Propel Technology was founded in 2010 to help companies communicate technically-challenging subjects to the outside world. Our focus is on communications strategy, messaging and creating robust, engaging content. Get that right and we find the rest flows easily. We're proud of our long term relationships with clients large and small, fulfilling all the roles of an in-house PR and marketing department without any of the hassle.


Where do we operate? Thanks to our place within a very active international PR agency network, pretty much everywhere!

Who we are: We're a particularly driven bunch, seriously committed to furthering the reputation of our clients and market  acceptance of their technologies. We're compulsive learners. We need to know how everything works. We're not engineers but this job is the next best thing!  

Who we work for: Are you big enough to need a dedicated PR and marketing function but lack the time or expertise to run it? Then let's meet! We have helped companies in automotive, motorsport, commercial vehicles, heating, power, refrigeration and sensory science. Our clients are based all over the world.

Our values (or simply five heartfelt promises to our clients):


  • Collaborate as peers 
  • Operate intelligently 
  • Act with integrity 
  • Work proactively 
  • Treat as family 

"Propel Technology is proactive, taking

care of the agenda without needing to be poked"





Media relations

Technical writing 


Social media




Brochures, flyers, newsletters

Trade shows



Case studies


Propel Technology is a collective of professional communicators, selected by sector expertise. Here are the lynchpins of the company who facilitate your team.

"The pace at which 
Propel Technology is able to work, and the results they have achieved have been phenomenal"


Content development

News: Propel shortlisted for PRCA DARE award Read more


Blog: Big dog or little dog? Read more


News: Cataclean appoints Propel Technology as its PR agency Read more


News: Propel to support the launch of Jacob Vehicle Systems Read more


News: Propel is snapped up by industrial imaging company Read more


Blog: What can be learned from the Zafira recall Read more


Blog: Seven common business video mistakes Read more


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Phillip Bingham

Your technical writer


Phil has worked as a copywriter, staff and freelance writer for high-circulation consumer magazines and their associated websites and held senior roles in PR and marketing communications agencies. He’s also an editor and author of numerous factual books. As an associate of the Propel team, Phil brings a broad and relevant range of industry sector expertise, particularly in automotive, motorsport, and building and engineering services (including sustainability), as well as local government, pensions, manufacturing, trade associations, and skills training.