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Neil Jagger

07 Nov 18

Neil Jagger is Chief Operating Officer, Reach National.  Experienced Director and Chief Operating Officer with a demonstrated history of working across allaspects of the news media industry. Skilled in Strategy, Transformational Change management,Print andDigital Advertising and Circulation. Strong sales professional educated at Bradford Grammar School.  Click @neiljaggs

About Reach 
We are the largest national and regional news publisher in the UK, with influential and iconic brands such as the Daily Mirror, Daily Express, Sunday People, Daily Record, Daily Star, OK! and market leading regional titles including the Manchester Evening News, Liverpool Echo, Birmingham Mail and Bristol Post.
Our brands have a long heritage of being trusted sources of news and information, with our editorial conviction and high standards of journalism providing audiences with timely information and opinion across multiple platforms.
Last year we sold 540 million newspapers, and we have a bigger online monthly audience than all our competitors including Mail Online and News UK.
Our network of over 70 websites provide 24/7 coverage of news, sport and showbiz stories, viewed by 110m unique browsers every month.
Click here to visit their website.

Lyndon Lomax

27 Apr 18

Lyndon is experienced within media and digital advertising and marketing activity at the biggest and best UK Media Owners and agencies -  Channel 4, Global Radio, Zest The Agency here in Kent and now with KM Media - working within the TV, Radio, Online, Press and Creative platforms for over 21 years. 

From London's sexy Soho to now by the sea in sunny Kent Lyndon is passionate about working on successful B2B and B2C campaign activities both for agency and direct clients.  

He is currently Commercial Manager of KMTV, a unique partnership between KM Media Group and the University of Kent.

The KM's editorial team consists of more than 90 journalists across Kent while the university has state-of-the-art facilities and television expertise. KMTV broadcast from a purpose-built studio at the university's Medway campus. 

Programmes began broadcasting on Monday July 10th 2017 and are via Freeview Channel 7  across the Maidstone, Medway, Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells areas as well as across the county on Virgin Media 159. Find out more at kmtv.co.uk. 

 

Beverly Jarvis

21 Mar 18

Kent-based Beverley Jarvis is the original domestic goddess, having written more than twenty-three cookbooks over the past forty-five years for leading publishers such as Headline, Octopus, Penguin and BBC Books, including the UK’s first microwave cookery book. Beverley originally trained in Croydon in the swinging sixties and was a presenter on BBC Pebble Mill at One at a time when microwave cookery was first introduced to home cooks. She is now a cookery teacher, regularly hosting ‘cook-ins’ from her beautiful home in Ashford. Beverley is also currently working on two new cookbooks – one to encourage ‘Teens in the Kitchen’ and another provisionally entitled ‘Let’s Party’. Beverley has a lot of experience that is being used to create both books; her and her husband Malcolm have seven children and nineteen grandchildren (aged between two and twenty-three) between them! They regularly host parties, meals and gatherings at their home for friends and family. Beverley is passionate about helping young people gain confidence in the kitchen and understand the importance of cooking from scratch, provenance of ingredients, seasonal recipes and nutrition, particularly as home economics is not often taught in schools - yet it is a vital life skill. With rising childhood obesity levels, it seems more important than ever before to ingrain a strong understanding of cooking and nutrition from an early age. There are plenty of cookery books aimed at children, particularly cooking with parents, but very little out there for teenagers who want to be more independent but are lacking vital life skills.
 
Beverley, who has also been published under the name Beverley Piper, has written books on juicing, entertaining, quick and easy family cookery, healthy eating and microwave recipes. She is constantly creating new recipes in her country kitchen, relying on local and seasonal produce, and with a focus on healthy, wholesome and delicious ingredients.
 
Beverley has been ‘in food’ all her working life. She has extensive media experience, not just live television presenting, but radio, and writing for national newspapers and magazines. As a home economist, she has demonstrated recipes for household brands such as Nestle, Gastrolux pans and Siemens microwaves. She was Head of Home Economics for the Nestle company for some years and worked for Philips on microwave oven recipe formulation and product demonstrations for over six years.

For more information please visit beverleyjarvis.co.uk or follow Beverley on twitter.com/BeverleyCooks
 

Jules Quested-Williams

31 Jan 18

The brains and driving force behind Built for Marketing, Jules Quested-Williams has over two decades of experience within the built environment sector and across the wider local industry. Her passion, energy, and personality are just some of her attributes that ensures Built for Marketing and the team are constantly moving forwards and striving to do more.

Jules is a director, developing new business and overseeing all client accounts. Focusing on developing each client’s strategy to be bespoke to them, Jules is always involved in the initial planning process and scope of work.

With board level experience in Sales and Marketing, Jules often develops and implements sales strategies for our clients in addition to developing organisational strategies, structures, and processes for improving the effectiveness of an organisation.
She has a love for the island of Madeira (and the occasional gin and tonic), but Built for Marketing is Jules’ baby, which means she rarely switches off.

Find out more at builtformarketing.co.uk.
 

Juliet Owen

24 Jan 18

Having worked in media for almost 30 years it is a way of life not a job! Passionate about ensuring I deliver the best results for the clients and agencies I work with through initial questioning of expectations to creative exciting delivery of an integrated campaign.

Very much a problem solver, who loves the challenge from the start of any project I undertake. Looking at ROI and delivery as the campaign runs, and ensuring that objectives are met to the standard the client or agency require. 

I lead by example and deliver what is expected from, and for, any team or group that I work with.

kmmediagroup.co.uk

Nina & Lucy

04 Dec 17

Allteks

 

We are an IT Managed Service provider specialising in Technical support, Business Continuity and Cloud services. 

We partner with our clients to ensure technology is leveraged to enhance their organisation, allowing them to grow and provide a much needed return on investment.

 

Our clients vary in size and industry, we work with single and multi-site businesses across the UK ranging from law firms, to engineering and nonprofit organisation. Many of our clients are surprised by the tangible results they experience when engaging with our wide range of managed services, such as:

 

  • 24 hour proactive management, monitoring and support of their network
  • Remote and onsite end user and infrastructure support
  • Fully managed disaster recovery and backup solution to avoid costly business outage
  • Fully managed hosted infrastructure and desktop services
  • Microsoft Office 365 migration, management and support
  • Infrastructure and network design and implementation
  • Strategic reviews of your IT solutions including security to ensure compliance as well as productivity.

 

About Nina:

As Head of Operations for Allteks, I am a member of the senior management team alongside the CEO, CFO and CIO, providing strategic and operational leadership for the organisation.
My focus is to ensure the integrity of our services and most importantly the client and staff experience & environment. Currently I am leading Allteks to achieving ISO 9001, SO 27001, 14001 and OHAS 18001 accreditation spanning quality management, information security, environmental management and health and Safety. These certifications result in better performance and delivery for our clients.


I am responsible for the Sales and Marketing teams and activities.  I am a hands-on business developer and marketer. I am currently managing the redesign of the Allteks brand including a new logo and new website, focusing on the client journey, SEO and call to actions.  This new site will be built to better serve our clients and potential clients with a cleaner more informative look and feel.

 

I have worked in the SaaS and Tech field for over 10 years working across the UK, Europe and South Africa.  Prior to joining Allteks nearly 5 years ago, I worked for 6 years at Meltwater Group.  Starting as a Client Relations Manager, I worked my way up the ranks to Strategic account manager on to the Managing Director of client services.  With Meltwater I was part of the team to open up the South African operations before returning to London and taking over as the MD of client services.  I moved on to work with Allteks in 2013 as Head of Sales and stepping  up to Head of Operations in June this year.

 

I’m also a mum of two, I have a 5 year old daughter who’s recently started school and is a keen dancer and a 2 year old train obsessed son.  Outside of work my time is spent running after these two with the odd moment for a glass of wine.

 

About Lucy:

I am a Senior Manager in the Account Management, Business Development and Sales team at Allteks working closely with the CEO, CTO and the Head of Operations. I develop new client relationships and energise clients to rethink the way IT services can be delivered.

With over ten years’ experience working within a sales and business development environment, my focus is on identifying and working closely with prospective clients to evaluate how they could be managing the technical aspects of their business more effectively/efficiently to reduce overall costs, minimise risk, accelerate business continuity and thereby revenue.

Prior to moving into a sales role, I worked in the legal field. I graduated from the University of Kent LLB (hons) Law Degree. I went on to complete the Bar Professional Training Course at the Inns of Court School of Law and was called to the Bar of England and Wales (Lincoln's Inn).
 

Website allteks.co.uk

Twitter is: @allteksit

Facebook: facebook.com/Allteks-Ltd/

 

Jon Spree

17 Nov 17

Jon set up Pingala Media with Andy Vinnicombe in 2009.  They have over 26 years customer service experience and 14 years business development and Marketing both agency and client side.

Jon is part of a local running club and attends circuit training and boxing every week. He's also a Community First Responder and volunteers at The Royal British Legion Village.  Jon's just got a place in the London Marathon, coaches White Collar boxing at PWA in Medway.  Jon takes part in Cancer Research fund raising events ran 3-4 times a year, so far raising 10million for this great charity! 

Find out more at pingalamedia.co.uk.

Rik Scott

25 Oct 17

Rik Scott is a British voice-over artist and radio presenter. Born and raised in Eastbourne, East Sussex, he started volunteering at the local hospital radio station, Radio DGH, at the age of 15.

After his mother spotted an advert for a part time radio producer at a Christian radio ministry in Eastbourne he left college. His role at the Hour of Revival included recording and editing programmes for broadcast on Trans World Radio, Monte Carlo. In April 1989 he joined Radio HMV, the in-store radio station operating from both HMV record stores on Oxford Street, London.

Rik hosted breakfast on Galaxy Radio Bristol, 603 Radio Cheltenham and elevenSEVENTY High Wycombe before joining the Capital Radio Group as station producer for Invicta FM in 1995.

From there he joined Southern FM to host the afternoon show before producing Danny & Nicky In The Morning. He left in 1999 to host Drive on 103.2 Power FM where he remained until 2004, before joining kmfm in Kent and then Media Sound Holdings in Sussex, spending 4 years there as Head of Commercial Production.

Best known as a voice-over artist, especially imaging for radio and TV stations, his work is heard most notably in the UK as well as South Africa, the Middle East and Europe through his production company, Rik Scott Creative. Clients included Bauer, BBC, Wireless Group, M&S and NATS.

w: www.rikscott.com  t: @rikscottvo

Anthony Masters

23 Oct 17

Anthony Masters is Communications and Engagement Manager at Kent Fire and Rescue Service.

He's a qualified and experienced communications professional with MCIPR status; who trained as a broadcast journalist and multi-media content producer.  He's also a team leader and performance coach.

Expertise includes multi-media journalism, public relations, digital and social media communications, internal communications and reputation management. 

Ant's focus is to work in organisations to increase brand awareness, drive revenue growth and manage reputation. 

His ambition has always been "to secure a role that enables me to continue to make the most of my energy, passion, creativity and strategic expertise to connect with people and brands in delivering and championing sustainable engagement."
@kentfirerescue   

Jules Quested-Williams

12 Oct 17

The brains and driving force behind Built for Marketing, Jules Quested-Williams has over two decades of experience within the built environment sector and at Board level across wider industry. Her passion, energy, and personality are just some of her attributes that ensures Built for Marketing and the team are constantly moving forwards and striving to do more.

Jules is a director, developing new business and overseeing all client accounts. Focusing on developing each client’s strategy to be bespoke to them, Jules is always involved in the initial planning process and scope of work.

With board level experience in Sales and Marketing, Jules often develops and implements sales strategies for our clients in addition to developing organisational strategies, structures, and processes for improving the effectiveness of an organisation.

She has a love for the island of Madeira (and the occasional gin and tonic), but Built for Marketing is Jules’ baby, which means she rarely switches off.

Find out more by clicking builtformarketing.co.uk.
 

Lizzie Earl

10 Oct 17

Lizzie Earl is the founder of Munch, a boutique PR agency working with consumer and entertainment brands, start-ups and talents. Munch is focussed on delivering tangible results for its clients, and offers big agency thinking delivered with a boutique approach.
 
With a decade of experience behind her, she’s delivered PR campaigns for some of the world’s largest brands both at agencies and in house, including Disney, Stella Artois, Magnum, npower, Huawei, The Economist, Starwood Hotels, Cadbury, Persil and many more.

Find out more at:

munchpr.com 
Twitter @lizziejearl

 

Helen Lewis

27 Sep 17

Helen Lewis is the Director of Literally Public Relations Ltd based in Kent, as well as the co-director of The Author School and co-publisher at Hashtag Press, an independent publishing house.

She was a finalist in the Great British Entrepreneur Awards 2015 and 2016 Awards, a finalist in the PR & Marketing category and runner-up winner for the Inspired Achievement Award at the Kent Women In Business Awards 2017! Literally PR also made it to the finals in The Guardian's Small Business Network (Marketing & PR).

Helen is passionate about giving a voice to small businesses, writers/authors, entrepreneurs and loves working with chefs, wine producers and authors of fabulous fiction in particular.

Find out more: 

literallypr.com
theauthorschool.com
hashtagpress.co.uk

Twitter: @literallypr @theauthorschool @hashtag_press 

Ben Fitter

26 Sep 17

A word from Ben... 

My first business was built from the bedrooms of my business partner and I, after (and during) college. 14 years later, age 30, I sold the business, and have since become involved in various business and non-business activities. These include property, escape rooms, local government and, of course, our collaborative studio Dodgems & Floss.

Find out more about Ben & Dodgems and Floss at:

Twitter @benfitter or the studio is @dodgemsandfloss
Click dodgemsandfloss.com

Luke Quilter

05 Sep 17

Co-founder of Sleeping Giant Media, Giant Campus, and Pocket Giant, and CEO of all, Luke Quilter has found something that he enjoys and excels at. With an excess of 15 years' worth of experience, he runs three businesses and regularly lectures, coaches and teaches in his expertise; namely - search engine optimisation, pay per click advertising, social media and business start ups. Luke was chosen to carry the Olympic torch in 2012, and was recently recognised for his achievements as England's Digital Leader of the Year at the Wirehive 100 Awards, as well as Entrepreneur of the year at the 2017 KEiBA Awards.

He has a wealth of experience in search marketing and brand management, coupled with an entrepreneurial spirit that propels him to use his knowledge and experience to further himself, his businesses and others.

Sleeping Giant Media operates as an award-winning Digital Marketing Agency in Kent, recently being recognised as the Chartered Institute of Marketing’s Agency of the Year, with an accolade from the same institute for the Best use of Data and Insight. With over 40 full time staff, they are the largest specialist Search and Social Marketing Agency in Kent.

Recently, Pocket Giant has seen quick growth in its infancy, providing white label solutions for a number of agencies up and down the country. Simultaneously, Giant Campus was developed to facilitate specialist training in all areas of Digital Marketing, providing this niche service to individuals, businesses, and corporations. Giant Campus were chosen to provide the content for Google’s Digital Garage Workshop, working closely with the global giant to build a host of courses for Google customers.

Working closely with Sleeping Giant Media, in its first year of operation, Giant Campus has trained businesses locally, nationally, and globally. Luke Quilter has developed a fully comprehensive CEO course for the Giant Campus offerings, providing keen insight into the necessities, trials, and successes of being a strong CEO.
With all Giant Things, Luke Quilter has fervently involved himself in the development of all service offerings, leading to ensure the success of each business.

Find out more about Sleeping Giant here:

To find out more about the courses please visit giantcampus.co.uk
 

Mark Gaisford

05 Sep 17

This week listen in at 10am on Wednesday, when Penny will be talking with our sponsor Mark Gaisford about building a personal #brando.

Find out more here: www.redsprout.co
 

Tom Chown

17 May 17

Tom Chown is founder and creative director of Digitom, a multi-award winning video content agency based out of Tunbridge Wells, Kent. Microbusiness of the Year for South East England in the FSB & Worldpay UK Small Business Awards 2017 Digitom was founded in 2010 and has built itself on producing high quality video, animation and 360 video content. Digitom works with local clients such as Eurotunnel, Shepherd Neame, AXA-PPP Healthcare, University of Kent and local government organisations as well as nationwide and multinational brands such as Sainsbury’s, Citi Group, ABB, H+H. Tom is also a Digital Envoy for Digital Connects, a Kent County Council initiative to drive digital engagement across the county.

Find out more here: digitom.tv
Twitter: @digitomtv

Mike Thomson

19 Apr 17

Mike Thompson founded Sample Surveys research group in 1973 which grew to become one of the largest independent market research companies in the UK.  With 40+ years experience in market research Mike has extensive knowledge of the industry and holds a strong belief in introducing new technologies whilst retaining old standards.  Mike often becomes involved in high end client accounts and with extensive questionnaire design, statistical and analysis experience he is able to offer considerable advice and recommendation at all stages of the research project.  After a brief break, Mike established a new agency called Lake Market Research which he set up in 2008 and runs from the Kent countryside.

For more details please visit lake-research.com 

Darren Caveney

11 Apr 17

Darren is a communications specialist and consultant, creator of comms2point0, and owner of Creative Communicators Ltd.

His 20-year career in communications, marketing and PR spans 10 years as Head of Communications within local government, a director level role in the NHS and five years in private sector marketing.

A graduate in PR, and a multiple award-winner, Darren was named in the prestigious 'Digital Leaders 100' in both 2014 and 2016.

He has hosted and spoken at more than 100 events across the UK, Europe and the Middle East, on integrating social media for business, building communications and engagement strategies, and communicating in a digital world.
Darren created the communications strategy for the multi award-winning Come Back to Nursing campaign, which attracted over 1,500 nurses back to the profession and saving the NHS £90million in the process. The campaign pulled off ‘Best Social Media Campaign’ at the UK Public Sector Communications Awards 2015 amongst others.

Darren provides communications consultancy and support to organisations, team and individuals across the UK, organises and delivers tailored in-house training and development, skills workshops, themed masterclasses and the highly popular annual UnAwards.

A mentor to several communications managers in the UK he is passionate about sharing knowledge and learning as well as supporting communications colleagues across the industry. He is an associate member of LGcommunications. Say hello to him

@darrencaveney and @comms2point0
Email: darrencaveney@gmail.com web: comms2point0.co.uk

Neil Webster

04 Apr 17

Neil is commercial director and a board director of KM Media Group Limited.  The company is privately owned and operates newspapers including the UK regional newspaper of the year, "Kent Messenger", KentOnline - the UK's fastest growing regional digital news network and the award winning kmfm network of commercial radio stations.  The business reaches over 1 million people across Kent and Medway each week.  Neil manages a team of 60 sales and marketing staff and revenues of around £15 million.  Neil is also a founding trustee of Turner Conremporary in Margate
 
Prior to joining KM Media Group 6 years ago, Neil was Managing Director of Heart Kent.  He has previously run the UK's largest independent radio sales house, run sports newspapers, was part of the launch team for Classic FM and started his career in media as a graduate trainee with Yorkshire TV ! 
 
Neil is a graduate of UCL and Cranfield Business School and is based in Whitstable. 

kmmediagroup.co.uk

Adam Ready

04 Apr 17

Adam Ready is Sales & Publishing Director at Sideways Media publishers of insideKENT a luxury lifestyle publication covering the whole of Kent. Each monthly edition features the county's best events, fashion, dining, accommodation, businesses, travel, days out, entertainment, celebrities, interviews and more.

insideKENT is distributed free to more than 350 high-traffic venues, reaching all Waitrose, hotels, restaurants, spas, motor dealers, salons, visitor's centres, cafés and retailers. You can also read each issue of insideKENT for free online. Read the lastest issue at www.insidekentmagazine.co.uk

The magazine covers all areas of Kent including; Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge, Sevenoaks, Sidcup, Chislehurst, Bromley, Beckenham, West Wickham, Dartford, Bluewater, Maidstone, West Malling, Kings Hill, The Weald, Gravesend, Rochester, Canterbury, Folkestone, Hythe, Ashford, Thanet, Tenterden, Faversham, Whitstable, Deal & Sandwich.

* www.insidekentmagazine.co.uk / www.sidewaysmedia.co.uk

* @insideKENT @hellosideways

James Colton

14 Mar 17

James is Head of Direct Sales UK for JCDecaux and manages the direct sales team from Scotland down to Portsmouth and across to Wales his team look after SME’s and the Public Sector.
  
JCDecaux is the number 1 Outdoor advertising company in the world, playing a major part in transforming urban landscapes across the world. As the premium broadcast supplier in Out-of-Home media; JCDecaux is the only pure-play Outdoor media owner worldwide, delivering high-quality and innovative advertising solutions.
 
It all started in 1964 when Jean-Claude Decaux - JCDecaux’s founder and today Chairman of JCDecaux’s Supervisory Board - installed the first advertising bus shelters in Lyon, driven by his vision of city beautification financed through advertising revenues at no cost to the municipalities and taxpayers.
 
A new advertising medium was born and, since then, the JCDecaux team has successfully transformed a French local Outdoor media company into one of the few global media owners, now in over 55 countries around the world. In the UK, JCDecaux is the number one supplier of advertising opportunities across Rail, Retail, Roadside and Airport environments, placing media where it matters.
 
JCDecaux’s expertise and quality portfolios are industry-recognised as the company continues to invest and evolve the Out-of-Home market. At the forefront of Digital Out-of-Home, JCDecaux’s expanding portfolio provides advertisers with enormous creative opportunities and greater flexibility, allowing campaigns to be tailored and topical.
 
Our handpicked locations and extensive consumer research and insight gives us the ability to target audiences with pinpoint accuracy – from specific audience groups across the UK to targeting individuals in niche geographical locations.
 
We follow their journey, our sites are on the streets they walk, the city centres where they socialise, the roads they drive, the stations they use, the supermarkets where they shop and malls where they visit. We engage with consumers at the right time in the right place.
 
Whether you’re looking to engage your local community with a site at your local station or all adults across the UK, we will work with you to create a tailored campaign to reach your relevant audience.

Click here for more information 

 

Si Root

13 Mar 17

The Hideout is a studio of designers, developers and content makers based in the Garden of England. We’re tucked away in the Kent countryside, but don’t be fooled, over half of our clients are London based and we can be in the big smoke within the hour. We’re not tied down to any one specific sector either, and we like it that way. It gives us a broader range of work to flex our creative muscles! After all, being creative is about solving a problem.

We offer a full range of services and can help you from the very creation of an idea through to delivery and on-going support. So whether it’s a brand and a campaign roll out, or a website design and build, we can work with you to create it.
We produce great design that achieves your objectives, all while having some fun along the way.
 
About Si Root
Owner of The Hideout, Si inspires and leads the team to strive for best in class execution through all our work. With a 30-year background in graphic design, digital and marketing across multiple sectors, Si brings a unique blend of insights and expertise to clients’ work. Key skills include:

  • Owned and managed various marketing, design and digital agencies since 1998 including Tangerine UK Ltd
  • Started The Hideout in 2012 which has grown to a team of 15 and is an established, award-winning agency in Kent
  • Adapted with new technologies as they have evolved from 1998 to present day
  • Previous IOD member and part of the Kent committee team
  • Key Account Manager for various high-profile clients for over a decade including the Caprice Group and Wentworth Club
  • Reprographics planner
  • Creative and forward thinking, passionate and determined
  • Key knowledge in video production and photography.
Visit the website here
Twitter: @hideoutuk

Steve Miller

13 Mar 17

Steve Miller is PRCA & ICCO Membership & Partnerships Director.

About PRCA
Who we are: Founded in 1969, the Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) is a UK-based PR and communications membership body, operating in 48 countries around the world. We represent in excess of 20,000 people across the whole range of the PR and communications industry. The PRCA promotes all aspects of public relations and communications work, helping teams and individuals maximise the value they deliver to clients and organisations.

What we do: The Association exists to raise standards in PR and communications, providing members with industry data, facilitating the sharing of communications best practice and creating networking opportunities.

How we do it and make a difference: All PRCA members are bound by a professional charter and codes of conduct, and benefit from exceptional training. The Association also works for the greater benefit of the industry, sharing best practice and lobbying on the industry's behalf e.g. fighting the NLA's digital licence.
  
To find out more about the PRCA please click here to visit the website
Twitter: @PRCA_UK
Steve's twitter: @harderworking.

Dominic Deeson

24 Feb 17

Publisher at Deeson Group in Canterbury, Dominic has worked in print and digital communications for more than 40 years.
 

The business provides ‘traditional’ marketing communications services as well as building open source platform websites and providing social media services for large organisations and corporations.

Clients include ITV, The Scout Association, Robbie Williams, the National Crime Agency, Jimmy Page, Shepherd Neame, Johnson & Johnson, the Equality and Human Rights Commission, and the Royal Collections Trust.  

@Dominic1000

Tabitha Beasley

16 Feb 17

An award-winning Marketing professional, Tabitha returned to Kent with ten years London agency experience across Marketing, Advertising, Loyalty and the Social Media sector, as well as a degree in PR & Marketing amongst other qualifications. Since starting The Marketing Assistant in 2015, she has gone on to win ‘Marketing & PR Business of the Year’ at the Kent Independent Traders Award 2016 after just 20 months of business!

Having worked on some of the world’s biggest brands such as Virgin, McDonalds, Dove, Oxfam and Avis, Tabitha has experience in a wealth of different marketing disciplines, including Integrated Marketing, Consumer Loyalty, Direct and Digital to name but a few. Tabitha brings a large agency attitude to small businesses and start-ups alike, offering a holistic 360 approach from a strategic mindset. Her experience with such a variety of sectors and sizes of business makes her knowledge second to none, which she continues to develop within the fast paced ever-evolving industry that is the modern-day Marketing sector. Tabitha’s passion for Marketing is obvious in all that she does, something that her clients truly appreciate!

Neil Lakeland

13 Feb 17

With over 15 years’ experience in marketing, Neil is a former Chair of the Kent Branch of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and South-East Regional Board Member.  He has worked across a variety of sectors, including charities and not-for-profit, and is currently the Group Head of Marketing and Communications for the Hadlow Group. Here, he helped launch two new educational brands for the county, as well as position Hadlow College as one of the leading rural colleges in the country.

Chris Pollard

06 Feb 17

I spent 30 years in Fashion Textile Industry where I learnt how to market myself, a product, a service. I learnt and benefited from the importance of building relationships and bringing people together to create business opportunities.

I continue to support businesses of all sizes and from any country to reach global markets through clear and concise communications and marketing.                      

The formula for success is a balancing act and in today's media hungry world, we need to know how to Speak, Broadcast our message, publish blogs, possibly a book(s) and be Social Media savvy.

Today, I am Brand Manager for Miriam McGuirk - Author, Storyteller, Blogger and Speaker and am soon to start speaking about "My Success" and "My experience of marketing with Social Media"

@ChrisJ_Pollard

Miriam McGuirk

06 Feb 17

Born in Dublin to Irish parents, her mother from Cork, father from Dublin – Miriam remembers the sweetness of her childhood summers spent at her grandmother’s house in the small, picturesque town of Kinsale, County Cork famous for its food, fish and sailing.  Her grandmother was her mentor, encouraging and supportive. In Kinsale Miriam loved the freedom from the imposed restrictions of a convent education.

Growing up Miriam was sporty - playing netball, tennis, volleyball and she excelled at swimming and gymnastics.  It was her dream to study Gymnastics (now called Sports Science) and in her small world Miriam’s love of the theatre and drama conjured up visions of having her name in lights, after all her icon was Marilyn Monroe!

Miriam knew she was different and was never going to go down the ‘normal route’ her parents or teachers hoped for.  In 1976 Miriam moved to the UK with just a suitcase and a lot of hope.  She grafted, working long hours, which resulted in a successful career in the Restaurant, Hospitality and Service Industry.  It was rare to find women at Management level back then but Miriam helped to break that mould.  Life became all about work, with little fun, social life or time to enjoy her passions of sport, health, wellbeing, nutrition and her love to be creative through writing, interior design and fashion.

Miriam, on returning for a while to Dublin, worked with two partners on an Irish lifestyle magazine in addition to her full time job. This ignited Miriam’s passion for the written word, an interest that was put on hold while she carved out a successful career back in London working again in hospitality followed by the Health and Fitness Industry until the mid-nineties.

Then Miriam’s life changed forever. Miriam’s husband, Chris Pollard explains how: “In 1997, just six months after we were married, Miriam collapsed at home shortly after returning from work. Her GP was called and our lives changed overnight.  ‘You are grounded’ were the words her GP spoke - one of the few who at that time was able to diagnose full blown M.E (Myalgia Encephalopathy) and subsequently Fibromyalgia.

Chris continued: “She visited a well-known private clinic in London where - without her prior knowledge – she was given a drug for anti-depression.”   Little did she know the drug was a trial and she was a guinea pig. The drug gave her suicidal symptoms but she never told Chris until years later.

In late 2000, Miriam took a courageous step and threw all of her chemical drugs down the toilet. Nutrition, well-being  and exercise has been a big part of her life for over twenty five years and she decided that going forward she would use only natural supplements to support her immune system and adjust her organic way of eating which has always been healthy”.

In August 2001 on meeting a Turkish friend  who holidayed for many years  in south west  Turkey, Chris went to a travel agent and booked a holiday for  Miriam and himself   due to fly  on September 13th – which proved to be just two days after the fateful event in New York.

For over four years Miriam was not mentally or physically strong enough to  travel but never the less, on the evening of September 13th Miriam arrived at Gatwick - with an out of date passport!  With the help of a taxi driver and a friend with keys to their house, they arranged for the correct passport to arrive in time. They boarded their flight at 9.00pm.  That two week holiday proved to be a first positive step in her recovery. Miriam’s energy slowly improved. Smiling, happy, more relaxed not so totally exhausted. She only rested for 3 or 4 hours every afternoon as opposed to resting and sleeping for up to17 hours out of every 24.  No doubt that 1st Trip was a breakthrough.  To this day Miriam continues to pace and manage a strict daily routine that includes 3 hours of rest each afternoon. 

In Turkey Chris had an epiphany moment ‘we could live here’ he realised.  In 2002, Miriam spent 6 weeks in Turkey with Chris joining her for the last two.  On the last day they looked at a simple concrete and wooden house, built some 10 years earlier.  It was 5oo meters from the beach in what seemed a calm and quiet location. It needed complete modernisation but they made the decision to buy the house.

At Christmas they visited staying in the main town at the only Hotel open at that time of the year. On that same visit they made the decision to live by the sea for 5 or 6 months of the year. In May 2003, Miriam and Chris took that step and set up a home from home in Turkey.  14 months later Miriam’s tranquil surroundings had changed.  Builders had moved in next door and the constant noise caused Miriam great anxiety, sleepless nights and a major energy relapse. Something had to change.  Thanks to Chris locating a small hotel 2,000 feet up a mountain Miriam sought refuge with a 10 day break in a nurturing, silent environment.   Miriam felt she finally found her piece of paradise amongst the natural pine tree forest.

Three months later, Miriam and Chris moved to the mountains in a house Miriam renamed ‘Pink Pines’.  The air and climate is ideal for people who live with ME and Fybromyalgia.  After writing poetry short stories and health articles, Miriam was inspired to become a full time writer.
 
Miriam explains: “Fifteen years ago I started writing poetry and loved the fact that it flowed so easily.  I enjoyed the process.  I could see the finished results quickly without it sapping my energy levels. That gave me the confidence to expand and develop my writing.  We Irish are famous for our storytelling.” 

Now Miriam lives a different life, one that works for her and she feels compelled to write each day – what a turnaround.  Miriam managed to complete her first book of short stories ‘Tales from Turkey’ published in November 2013, written under her pen name.   
Since then her life has changed irrevocably. With renewed confidence and self-esteem Miriam is now writing under her own name.

‘Shattered Dreams and Scorpions at Midnight – a search for sanctuary’ was published on 4th June 2015 followed by her first pocket book ‘Shattered Dreams and Scorpions at Midnight – A Pocketful of Inspiration’ published in December 2015.

Miriam’s brand is growing and she is seen as a storyteller and sometimes commentator (Miriam is a regular contributor on BBC Radio and continues to develop her natural talent for public speaking).  Both of her latest book titles are being stocked in Waterstones and online with Amazon, iTunes and are available on Kindle. 

Miriam’s new found confidence has also led to successful public speaking engagements and with her fiery Irish character, zest for life and passionate messages to tell, Miriam is a natural commentator.  People who have listened to Miriam speaking in public find her inspiring – giving proof that with courage, strength, love and support we can achieve what we set out to accomplish.

Miriam currently divides her time between Maidstone in the Garden of England, Kent, and the south west mountains of Turkey where, in a village that has remained unchanged for centuries, Miriam is writing in a peaceful, healing environment surrounded by pine trees with Chris who she has re-named her “Superhero”.

Follow Miriam via her Blogs, Media and Events Pages on www.miriammcguirk.com 

Facebook Page - Miriam McGuirk or through Twitter @Miriam_McGuirk and Instagram.

Hetty Rackham

31 Jan 17

My name is Hetty Rackham and I’m a Freelance marketing consultant based in Kent, I’m fully CIM qualified with 20 years of dedicated marketing experience.  I create bespoke marketing solutions depending on your objectives, offering you a completely objective view on your marketing and digital marketing strategy. With this experience (both client and agency side) I can offer you something completely unique as my skills are broad and varied; from traditional marketing such as advertising, PR and booking full media campaigns to analysing your digital strategy (Linkedin, Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat!).  Is your mind boggling with working out what’s best for you?  Then just get in touch!  

Lucy Hall

30 Jan 17

Lucy Hall is Director of Avviso Media Ltd and an award winning social media strategist, media company director and founder of the UK''s biggest and best social media event for SMEs (social Day). She teaches businesses in a jargon free way to understand social media and how to use the various platforms and tools for business.

Find out more at: @LucysHall

Darren Caveney

30 Jan 17

Darren Caveney is the creator of unique communications industry business, website and network, comms2point0, and the owner of Creative Communicators Ltd

Creates award-winning strategies and campaigns, delivers comms and digital reviews, and offers specialist communications consultancy, support, training and development for both public and private sector clients.

Named in 'Digital Leaders 100' in both 2014 and 2016, he is a communications leader committed to creative excellence and innovation. His 20-year career in communications, marketing and PR spans 10 years as Head of Communications within local government, a director-level role in the NHS, 4 years as domestic marketing lead at a UK utility, and 2 years in consultancy, providing communications services for private sector clients and high profile events such as the Euro 96 football tournament.

A graduate in PR, he has a track record of creating and leading award-winning marketing and communications teams winning over a dozen industry awards in the process. He has hosted and spoken at over 50 events across the UK, Europe and the Middle East.

He created the communications strategy for the multi award-winning Come Back to Nursing campaign, which attracted over 1,500 nurses back to the profession and saving the NHS £90million in the process. The campaign pulled off ‘Best Social Media Campaign’ at the UK Public Sector Communications Awards 2015 amongst others.

A mentor to half a dozen communications managers in the UK-  he is passionate about sharing knowledge and learning as well as supporting communications colleagues across the industry.

He also creates and deliver training and development workshops and themed masterclasses as well as the highly popular annual industry awards - The UnAwards.

Find out more at: @darrencaveney  @comms2point0

Roger Custsforth

30 Jan 17

Last week Roger Cutsforth joined us on the show.  Roger is Managing Director of the Radio Academy.

He's an accomplished MD with extensive commercial management experience with a proven track record of delivering exception revenue growth, leading change management and business transformation.  Roger establishes high performance creative environments within which individuals and teams thrive.  He's results driven, determined, loyal and passionate.

Specialities include:

  • Strategic Leadership
  • Obsessive about details
  • Talen Management & Development
  • Coaching & Mentoring
  • Change Management
  • Business Transformation
  • building and Inspiring successful Sales teams
  • Creative Excellence

Dan Knowlton

17 Jan 17

Dan is a contributor for a variety of key marketing publications including Social Media Examiner, Content Marketing Institute and Jeff Bullas’ Blog.

He is also a keen speaker and has spoken at events across the country for a variety of organisations including NatWest and The Royal institute of Chartered Surveyors.

Dan has a passion for helping others learn how to get to grips with Digital Marketing and is obsessed with providing value for his community.  

His success hasn’t gone unnoticed by other influencers, he was recently featured on Chris Ducker’s Podcast and has been listed as a top Influencer by Content Marketing Institute.

Links

Twitter: https://twitter.com/dknowlton1
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DanielKnowltonUK/
Website: http://kpsdigitalmarketing.co.uk/ 

Amy Mcmanus

09 Jan 17

Amy McManus is MD and founder of AM Marketing, Kent Marketing and PR Agency of the Year 2015. Number 8 in Kent’s Top 30 Under 30 List. Runner-Up Kent Business Woman of the Year 2015. Runner-Up UK Young Digital Entrepreneur of the Year 2016.

Amy is a digital marketing expert who specialises in enhancing the presence of brands online and cost-effective marketing for companies. From independent micro-businesses to large multi-nationals, Amy and her team provide bespoke digital services to get you in front of the people that are looking for your products.

She has worked on projects with Harrods, Amazon, Holland & Barrett; rebranded ferries in Poland and created 6/7 figure businesses with a laptop and wifi connection. 

For more information please click here to visit Amy's website.

Twitter: @marketing_am
Instagram: @marketing_am
Facebook: /ammarketingkent

Graham Williams

03 Jan 17

I have been working in research for over 20 years, and in that time I have helped a varied of organisations make better decisions ranging from Capital Radio, Radio 1, IPC Media, as well as EMI, Pinsent Mason, AMEX GSK, Hachette and William Grant.  I am particularly proud of the work I did in the launch of Nuts magazine - the world’s first men’s weekly magazine.

In 2004 I left NOP to set Media Lab Research and grew the business to a turnover of over £½ million. In 2008 M-Lab was sold to Munro Global and I won the MRS Applications of Research Award for a project commissioned by Channel Four. In Feb 2011. I joined BDRC Continental and then joined LRW in 2015.
I have always believed in developing long term relationships with clients and conduct higher margin work. I have a track record in business development as well as desire to conduct the best quality research possible.

Although media research has been my major revenue generator, I have looked to other work including financial services and professional services clients including law and accountancy firms.

Jo Dodds

16 Dec 16

After eighteen years in the 'corporate world' in senior level Retail HR with companies such as B&Q, Staples and First Choice, Jo Dodds started her own business in August 2005 publishing eight local community magazines. She extended her offering by helping the small businesses to market online including specialising in social media marketing since 2009.
 
In these days of portfolio careers, she now has two main areas that Jo focuses on in her work.
 
She works with home-based business owners improve their productivity, organisation, wellbeing, energy and resilience so that they can 'live more'.
 
She is also a consultant, speaker and trainer on Social HR and Employee Engagement, including working within the core team at Engage for Success.

Find out more jododdssocialmedia.com.

Jobspot

14 Dec 16

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Maidstone Business Owner Shares Book-Writing Secrets

12 Dec 16

Many people say they want to write a book to help promote their business but never get round to it. Anwen Cooper, Director of Maidstone-based Get Fruitful Marketing, and author of Get Fruitful – The Playbook has discovered the secret.
 
She says: ‘there are five things you need to find to write a book that will help build your business and time is not one of them’.
 
Anwen is a marketing strategist who grew up in Kent and returned to her home county back in January 2013 to start her own business. Having worked with over 70 different organisations in the past 15 years, achieving record-breaking sales through the height of the Great Recession, Anwen now works with ambitious people in Kent who want expert support to grow their businesses.
 
‘It’s very easy to procrastinate writing when you’re busy running your own business– whether it’s a book, a blog or anything else’ says Anwen. ‘But what is really holding most people back is not a packed diary and the distractions of daily life. It’s more likely that they don’t have a clear and compelling enough reason to motivate them to make a start and keep going. Together with the fact that they may not have established a strong enough sense of their own voice, a clear structure for their content may also be lacking. And so often people struggle to find the best way to actually make their book a reality.’
 
Anwen has now recorded a video in which she outlines how she went about creating Get Fruitful – The Playbook to help other aspiring business book authors, or anyone who wants to write more to promote their work.
 
Get Fruitful – The Playbook was published by Kent-based Herkimer Publishing on 29 November and is available via Amazon and bookshops – RRP £15.
 
Anwen’s Top 5 Tips To Get You Writing To Promote Your Business

  1. Find your ‘why’ and your ‘who’
  2. Find a structure for your content
  3. Find a clear and distinct tone of voice and your key messages
  4. Find the writing method that works for you
  5. Find a way to make your book real
  Anwen’s Top 5 Tips Video can be viewed here 
 
 

Blog from Jules Quested-Williams

08 Dec 16

The brains and driving force behind Built for Markerting, Jules Quested-Williams has over two decades of experience both within the built environment sector and across the wider local industry. Her passion, energy, and personality are just some of her attributes that ensures Built for: and the team are constantly moving forwards and striving to do more.

Jules is the account director, developing new business and overseeing all client accounts. Focusing on developing each client’s strategy to be bespoke to them, Jules is always involved in the initial planning process and scope of work.

With board level experience in Sales and Marketing, Jules often develops and implements sales strategies for our clients in addition to developing organisational strategies, structures, and processes for improving the effectiveness of an organisation.

A love for Madeira and the occasional Gin and Tonic, Built for Marketing is Jules’ baby, which means she rarely switches off.

Jules wil be joining us on the show on Wednesday 14th December.

Internships are a path to success

06 Dec 16

Internships are a path to success

Many agencies and other businesses may be wondering if taking on an intern is the right thing to do? To help, I thought it would useful to write about our experience at Zest The Agency.

To date, we have had six interns working across our creative, client service and business admin teams since 2010 and their placements have been for a minimum of one year. Sometimes their placements have stretched to 14 months where some of them have joined as soon as they finished University in the summer and then worked through to the following September.

Over the years we have worked with a number of universities and through trial and error we have found some are very reliable, and we are particularly impressed with Bournemouth as they repeatedly provide us with high calibre interns.

Learning

What is important is that we as a business have learned from the experience and each year our training offer has got stronger and stronger. We now work with the student to plan their placement, making sure it is bespoke to their modules of interest and ensure that they get a real and true experience of working within an agency.

During their time with Zest The Agency the interns not only receive on-the-job training, they also receive out-of-house training from our strategic partners. In addition to this, our suppliers are also fundamental in providing real experiences in print factories and tours, animation and AR studios etc. So you can see that they get plenty of insight in how our industry works and interacts with other services and businesses.

Why interns?

Taking on an intern over other arrangements really suits our business. In the year they spend with us, we are fully committed to the intern getting the best from their time and vice versa. It also means we are able to rotate our interns each year with new and fresh talent joining the team across all our departments.

Another benefit is that the interns we take on are generally in their 2nd or 3rd year. After their final year we’re in constant communication with them to see whether securing them a full time position with us works for both the business and the intern. Of the six interns we have had at Zest The Agency, we have offered two of them full time positions since they’ve finished university.

Reading this you may be wondering why we as a business place such an importance on interns? Well, we love nurturing and shaping future talent and interns provide us with that opportunity, leading to a mutually beneficial scenario where we commit to each other for the placement period.

They also give us their best raw talent and we give them an opportunity to hone their skills on real business and project experiences. Importantly, we don’t hide them away as they are fundamentally integrated into our teams and given real experiences.

At the same time they understand what it means to come in to work, learning how to interact with colleagues and clients and building their confidence. This leaves them in a great position when seeking future employment.

Team effort

For many businesses they find it difficult sparing the time to take on and develop interns. For us it's a great opportunity for our teams, who are fully involved in our intern programme and support it. The team leaders of the relevant departments get involved in the advertising, shortlisting and interviewing of the interns and they own the selection process. They fully understand what the impact of an intern in the team has - as it is a core investment of staff’s time to coach, train and nurture them. However, having seen over the years how much we gain from our interns, we believe it is a worthwhile business investment.

Belinda Collins, MD, Zest the Agency

Christmas TV Adverts...

15 Nov 16

This week we discussed all the fabulous Christmas adverts that are on our TV's at the moment. Missed them? Then you can view them all here. Hetty Rackham joined us and shared her  6 top actionable Market Research Activities you can consider for your business to define your strategy for 2017 - find out more here.

Our First Show!

15 Nov 16

We really enjoyed our first show, it was great to be joined by Duncan Larcombe who used to be a journalist with The Sun. Amongst other things we looked at Disaster PR, Prince Harry's & Trumps recent stories and the research M&S carried out which lead to them closing stores across the country.  Read more here

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