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Kevin Craig is an accomplished business-person, philanthropist and political campaigner. Having been brought up by Irish immigrant parents on a south London council estate, Kevin went on to found PLMR, one of the country's most successful communications agencies. In addition to his ongoing role at PLMR, he is also an investor and shareholder in innovative start-ups, as well as being (2017 to 2021) a Non Executive Director for AIM-listed tech business, Eleco PLC and Director at ATR Investments. He was a proud early stage Angel Investor in The Big Deal, owning 2.5% of the company that subsequently saw the biggest cash for equity investment in the history of BBC’s Dragon’s Den before being sold for over £12 million. From 2015 until 2021 he was a Non Executive Director of the £40 million turnover Company Shop Group and then Community Shop, its social enterprise that uses surplus food to improve lives and tackle food waste.
At the heart of all of Kevin's work is a strong sense of philanthropy and giving. Since PLMR was founded in 2006, Kevin committed it to giving 5% of annual profits each year to charity. He is a former trustee of Elizabeth's Legacy of Hope (ELOH), a charity supporting child amputees across the world and to which Kevin has contributed over £50,000 of support since its inception. In 2012, Kevin was nominated to carry the Olympic Torch through London, in recognition of his work with ELOH. Kevin has also raised thousands of pounds for Trinity Hospice, the hospice that cared for his mother before her passing in 2012. Kevin is also a Trustee of the Bright Future Trust, the Charitable Trust of Dr Chai Patel CBE and his family, helping children in the UK and around the world.
Kevin has broad experience in politics, working at the Labour Party National HQ in the 2001 General Election, standing for Parliament in 2005 and making significant political donations, including prior to the 2017 General Election as one of the largest personal donors to the Labour Party at that time. Kevin also financially supported the campaign for Britain to remain in the European Union and for Scotland to remain as part of the United Kingdom. Throughout his career, Kevin has worked at a high level in both business and politics, providing strategic counsel and campaign advice.
Kevin regularly appears in the media, using his political and business experience to provide unique insight into the major news stories of the day. He has appeared on a number of platforms including the Financial Times, Irish Times, Sky News, BBC News, LBC, Al-Jazeera and GB News. Links to a number of Kevin's media appearances are below.
Throughout his life, Kevin has campaigned on a number of key issues that are close to his heart. From fighting for equality as far back as 1994, highlighting the flawed housing market, championing social mobility, to advocating for the NHS during General Election campaigns as a Parliamentary Candidate. He is passionate about the role of business and commerce in creating a better society.
KEVIN : AT A GLANCE
Grew up on a south London council estate, raised by Irish immigrant parents
CEO & Founder of multi-million pound communications agency, PLMR
Served more than a decade as a Labour councillor
Trustee of charity supporting child amputees, Elizabeth's Legacy of Hope
Investor and Non-Executive Director of listed-company, Elecosoft