Published: November 5, 2021 | Updated: November 6, 2021

Biz News round-up: Pukka Pads, LLPR, Steele Raymond, EPM Digital and Saffery Champness

By Andrew Diprose, editor

Very Pukka! Stationery company appoints Liz Lean PR

Stationery brand Pukka Pads has appointed communications agency Liz Lean PR (LLPR) to manage its consumer and B2B PR.

Pukka Pads recently launched a consumer facing shopping website – a first for the company in its 23-year history.

As a result, Sandbanks-based LLPR has been tasked with creating dialogue between the brand and consumers and bringing the company’s values and mission to life.

Liz Willingham, LLPR’s Managing Director, pictured left, said: “Pukka Pads is a champion British brand with fantastic credentials and is a commendable success story.

“We’re proud to be representing such a well-loved and respected brand that continues to expand its product offering.

“We’ll be putting Pukka Pads on a stage where it deserves to be with our strategic PR plan that focuses on bringing the brand values to life and building brand affinity with the company’s core audiences.

“The entire LLPR team is buoyed by this exciting client win and we can’t wait to get our teeth stuck into the delivery.”

Since launching in 1999, Pukka Pads has grown to offer hundreds of stationery products and is sold in most major retailers across the UK including Tesco, Asda and WHSmith.

The company operates from its head office in Poole  and manufactures in Lutterworth and Yorkshire.

The ambitious team has also opened operations in the United States and has acquired complementary businesses such as Carpe Diem, to bolster the already extensive Pukka Pad product range.

Chris Stott, CEO at Pukka Pads, said: “LLPR presented a creative, multi-faceted and result-driven proposal which reflects where we see Pukka Pads growing to in the coming years.

“The team is enthusiastic and we’re looking forward to working collaboratively with them on various campaigns to grow Pukka Pads’ brand presence even further.”


Residential Development team welcomes Kayleigh and Sammy

Steele Raymond has made two new appointments to its Residential Development Team.

Kayleigh Ryan joins the Bournemouth-based law firm as a New Homes Coordinator while Sammy Hacklett is recruited as a Legal Assistant.

Kayleigh, pictured above right, previously worked for a Southampton-based law firm and is experienced in residential property development and plot sales.

She acts for developers and individuals on large scale developments, bespoke sites and smaller plot sales.

Sammy, who grew up in the Bournemouth area, joins from a large national law firm based in Reading where she assisted on large scale commercial projects

It included in-house legal support for a large utilities company dealing with property, operations and regulatory work.

She is currently undertaking her Legal Practice Course (LPC) and has ambitions to qualify as a solicitor.

Steele Raymond’s Residential Development Team is led by Partner Emma Stainwright, pictured right.

It regularly acts for property developers and landowners on projects across both England and Wales.

Emma said: “Chris Dolan [Residential Development Partner] and I are thrilled to welcome Kayleigh and Sammy to the team.

“Both bring specialist knowledge and skills which will further strengthen our residential development offering.


Digital agency’s video message urges climate change action from COP26

Poole-based full-service digital agency EPM Digital collaborated with the Tree Council to produce an emotionally-charged special message for the COP26 in Glasgow.

Debuting at the climate change conference in Glasgow, the video – called ‘Force For Nature’ – explained how everyone can make a difference by coming together as one ‘force’.

‘Force For Nature’ features footage of, and narration by, young ambassadors from the Tree Council.

It also includes 3D animation and VFX created by EPM Digital to help promote a greener future.

After launching at COP26, the ‘Force For Nature’ campaign will tour and the video will be shown at hundreds of schools around the country.

To view the full video, click here.


Gemma lands new role at Saffery Champness

Gemma Lashbrook has joined the Landed Estates & Rural Team at Saffery Champness’s Bournemouth office as Director – Accounts.

She has specialised in the rural sector for the past 13 years and joins from a top ten accountancy firm.

David Chismon, Partner at Saffery Champness and Head of the firm’s Land and Rural Business Group. said, “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Gemma onboard.

”Gemma is bolstering our growing Bournemouth office and her experience and skills fit superbly well with our dedicated team.”

Gemma said: “I am excited to be joining such a great team, particularly at a time of significant growth.

“I am really looking forward to getting to know our clients and building local networks and relationships across the southern region.”