The founder of West Yorkshire-based PR and marketing firm, MacComms, will go back to school this month to inspire the region’s next generation of professionals.

Ellie MacDonald, who founded MacComms in 2015, spoke to students at Kirklees College on 7 March 2017 as part of National Employability Week. Kirklees College hosted National Employability Week in a bid to improve student’s awareness of the working world following further education.

Ellie will also return to her old high school, Lawnswood School, Leeds, on the 21 March 2017 as part of a Year 9 discovery day. Ellie will be on hand to offer advice on what employers are looking for.

Originally from Leeds, Ellie launched MacComms following an eight-year career in marketing and public relations. Having studied Psychology at The University of Huddersfield, Ellie went on to pursue post-graduate qualifications in marketing at Kirklees College prior to setting up her own successful start-up business.

Ellie said:

“I am incredibly excited to be returning to school to speak about my own journey. It’s so exciting so see the enthusiasm of young people and to be able to engage with them as they make their own decisions for the future. I thoroughly enjoy sharing industry knowledge and my experiences of PR and marketing with those who wish to embark upon a career in this sector. Hiring is one of the toughest elements of running your own a business so to be able to help students in this area and equip them for the future is incredibly rewarding.”

Kirklees College Progress Coach, Prue Greenwood comments:

"We were thrilled to have Ellie, one of our success stories, visit and engage with our students during National Employability Week. As a college were committed to encouraging our students to develop a range of skills that extend beyond the classroom and we are keen to ensure they are well prepared for their future careers."

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About MacComms

Formed in April 2015, MacComms is founded and run by leading West Yorkshire businesswoman Ellie MacDonald who has 10 years’ PR and marketing experience.

Three years on since forming, MacComms has helped almost 100 firms to raise their profile. The firm has supported a number fellow start-up’s and SMEs across a range of sectors with a particular focus on tech and food and drink. Clients include The Car Buying Group, Cooper King Distillery and Vanacci.

Ellie is supported by finance director, Martin Mellor, HR director Sarah Darbyshire and sales director Chris Rabbitt. As well as experienced account manager Jennifer Ogden, senior account executive Emily Docherty and digital PR executive, Sophie Nightingale.

For more information about MacComms visit and follow on Twitter @MacCommsYorks.