PR and communications consultancy Clarke Associates has appointed two new members of staff.

David Sheppard has joined the company to further develop the consultancy’s web work as a graphic designer while Katie Allsopp has joined as account executive.

Mr Sheppard graduated from Birmingham City University with a first class degree in visual communication and Ms Allsopp graduated from the University of Birmingham with a 2:1 degree in English.

Mr Sheppard, who takes on responsibility for website development and has already produced two websites for clients, will also support head of design Clare Godson on publications from annual reports to newsletters and corporate literature.

Ms Allsopp is working within the PR team on health and community work – including the production of one of the consultancy’s publications.

Clarke Associates managing director David Clarke said: “It’s important, even in tough times, that we continue to invest in people.

“All research shows that companies which continue to market and promote themselves in a recession are best prepared when the recession ends.

“Taking on two new graduates allows us to tap into the high calibre of students graduating in Birmingham.”