About Media Friendly
Media Friendly is one of the UK and Europe’s most respected Communications, Media Training and PR companies and was founded in 1998 by Andrew Carapiet and Moya Fillmore. Media Friendly’s mission is to empower executives, senior managers and other professionals with the media, PR and communication skills that will help them raise their profile whilst enhancing and protecting the reputation of their organisation.
Media Friendly has worked with over five hundred organisations over the last eighteen years and run training courses for over six thousand Chief Executives, Directors, senior Executives and senior Managers from many of the UK’s leading companies and organisations.
We have an impressive track record working for various Government Departments, including The Department of Health, The Home Office and The Department for Communities and Local Government.
Internationally, we have worked with the United Nations and many other global organisations. Within the UK we have a great deal of public sector experience – working with the NHS extensively, The National Assembly of Wales, over seventy Local Authorities, over forty Housing Associations and many charities. In the Private Sector, we have worked with blue chip companies from Financial Services, IT, Pharmaceuticals, Insurance, Healthcare, Construction, Retail and Consumer.
In 2008 Media Friendly moved headquarters from London to Grade II listed Cedar House in Marlow, Buckinghamshire to be in easier of reach clients across the country
- Media Training
- Training for PR Professionals
- Communications Skills Training
- Bespoke Training
- Crisis PR Support
- Proactive PR Campaign Support
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Testimonials from our clients
A fantastic day, much appreciated. A big success factor was Andrew’s experience, skill and style.
Forest of Dean District Council
Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the course delivered by Andrew Carapiet. It was a really useful day, delivered by a trainer who clearly has a lot of knowledge about how the media operates – as well as loads of enthusiasm for sharing this knowledge with others. Really excellent course.
So – big thanks to you guys!
Bracknell Forest Council Consultant in Public Health
The training opened my eyes, I now feel more confident and eager to apply everything that I’ve learnt.
Sahara Foundation Babatomiwa Adesida, Manager,
Wow – what a thoroughly enjoyable day. Andrew was magnificent, very motivating and knowledgeable. The cabinet members were very impressed and both they, and I, are confident that they can now front any interview they are asked to undertake.
Cannock Chase District Council Head of Communications
Absolutely excellent, inspiring and eye opening. Brilliant and enjoyable fun day – worth forfeiting my day off for today.
Brilliantly facilitated by Andrew.
GP Consortia Milton Keynes
Everyone has really enjoyed the recent Media Training and PR Workshops, you are among the most flexible training providers and have the skills to tailor courses to our specific needs.
Just a quick note to say how pleased we all were with the way the media training went yesterday with Andrew, who was absolutely charming and delivered an excellent session.
Nuffield Orthopedic Centre NHS Trust
Very good training from an experienced practitioner. The theoretical background and tips were great but even more valuable were the lessons learnt from the practical sessions. Real life examples were invaluable and reinforced the training.
Sahara Group Ogunwumi Olusegun Managing Director
We had some very good feedback from the members who had the training, and several have told me and others that they have put some of the learning into practice with positive results … do pass on my thanks to Andrew, who was an excellent trainer, as well as being a charming person (and I had that comment from several members, it’s not just my own view!).
London Borough of Hounslow
A very enjoyable and informative session by a very professional facilitator.
Excellent day! It went incredibly fast. Andrew has a very easy style, yet professional and useful.
Stockton Sixth Form College Martin Clinton, Headteacher
Having worked on the other side of the fence in journalism, when I was looking to book some media training for my colleagues in local government, I knew exactly what I was after and Media Friendly more than fulfilled the brief. Andrew Carapiet delivered two superb one day courses which resulted in fantastic feedback from each participant (12 in all). Much was learnt and as well as being extremely valuable, the day was enjoyed by all which is equally important – Andrew Carapiet is a real professional and is able to engage participants throughout every second of the day. I plan to run these courses through Media Friendly every year from now on.
Malvern Hills District Council Corporate Communications Manager
The course was excellent. The trainers breath and depth of knowledge added significant value to the event. I now feel much more confident about going back to the workplace and using these skills.
Department of Work and Pensions
Many thanks to you and to Moya for providing such a stimulating and constructive media workshop on May 13th. It was a very enjoyable and useful day for us all, and your style really was very appropriate in helping us to reflect on our performances and to pick up some good professional tips. Well done!
Wiltshire County Council Dr Ray Jones, Director of Social Services
Andrew reflects my own ethical approach to business and communications, his training style is relaxed, friendly and professional. Thank you for another excellent session.
Thank you Andrew, the best event I have attended on years – much appreciated.
Department of Work and Pensions (DWP)
Andrew is an excellent and knowledgeable trainer. The small group size was just right and gave plenty of time for personalised training and practical exercises.
London Borough of Enfield Councillor
Very relevant course, well paced and perfectly pitched.
Humberside Fire and Rescue Services
We’re very grateful for Andrew’s time – it was very helpful and our staff benefited from it a great deal. Thanks again!
Swanlea School, London Solomon Paul, Media & Communications Manager
Thank you for the excellent media training. The feedback was all extremely positive and we are currently considering similar future training for other staff…I will definitely recommend choosing Media Friendly again.
University of Wolverhampton Media Relations Manager
Professionalism, excellence and commitment are the three words that most spring to mind from the feedback we’ve received from those who have participated in, and benefited, from your highly effective approach to media training.
Association of North East Councils Hilary Knox, Director
The day exceeded my expectations – due in no small measure to your expertise and experience, and your approach.
We are most grateful – thank you.
The Farriers Registration Council
I was a bit apprehensive about the training and being interviewed on camera, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Andrew made us all feel relaxed and I gained confidence in being interviewed. I now know how to prepare and take control of Media Interviews. Thank you.
Gwalia Housing Trust
Please pass on our thanks to Andrew who was excellent, feedback from our Board has all been very positive…..Once again thank you for your assistance in arranging the training and for Andrew who was brilliant.
South East London Doctors Co-operative Derek Witt, Director Of Operations
Excellent course, really enjoyed it.
Novartis Senior Manager
Please pass on my thanks to Andrew for an excellent training day, which seems to have gone down a storm with the staff involved. I look forward to a stampede next time a radio or TV interview opportunity comes up instead of watching everyone running away!
Dorset Wildlife Trust Communications Officer
Thanks to Andrew for a great session last Friday. Really positive feedback from our Councillors.
East Lindsey District Council Communications and Consultation Manager
A very informative day, delivered by a very knowledgeable person. The practical nature made it a valuable learning exercise.
Cleveland Fire and Rescue Services
Just wanted to thank you – and Andrew – for the media training yesterday. It was much appreciated by our exec team, who commented on how much they had learned during the day, and how well it was presented.
Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust Head of Communications
A really thought provoking and interesting day, Great expertise and engagement by Andrew, really personalised the training for each person.
We had a brilliant media training course today , as was expected. Andrew did a great job.
East of England Public Health Training Programme Dr Nora Pashayan
Andrew was absolutely fantastic! The training was just what we needed and all participants were really pleased. They all found it incredibly useful .
Action for Children News and Media Relations Officer
The course was excellent. The trainer’s breath and depth of knowledge added significant value to the event. I now feel much more confident about going back to the workplace and using these skills.
Humberside Fire and Rescue
Fantastic and worthwhile course, which will be useful in my everyday duties at work. I will also use these skills to get my message across in external formal meetings.
Peabody Housing Association
It really was a great pleasure working with you, Andrew and your colleagues. I was very impressed. I certainly learned a lot and I am still digesting the lessons learned. It was certainly a very rewarding experience for me.
United Nations Industrial Development Organisation Dr George Assaf, Director
The course content was fab, a real insight into what needs to be done to improve our SEO.
An outstanding course, very well delivered by Andrew. One of the most enjoyable and rewarding courses I’ve been on in a while.
Health Protection Agency
As I expected, Friday’s course received rave reviews so many thanks to both of you for the organisation and delivery. A special thanks to Andrew for an extremely professionally run course.
The Papworth Trust Organisation Development