Biz update with McKenna Townsend, Coles Miller Solicitors, Superior and Julia's House

Sarah Townsend and Matt McKenna, Co-Founders, McKenna Townsend.

By Staff Reporter [email protected]

Published: December 20, 2020 | Updated: 20th December 2020

Top marks for McKenna Townsend from The Drum Recommends

A full-service marketing and PR agency which counts Sunseeker International, Dorset Windows, Condor Ferries and Subway among its Dorset clients has ended the year on a high.

McKenna Townsend has achieved an average score of 9 out of 10 across all of its 20 services in the latest ratings from The Drum Recommends.

The score is based on feedback from its clients.

The 20 services include PR strategy, social media content, campaign planning and lead generation.

The Drum Recommends exists to help clients find an agency that best suits them.

Having access to the unbiased information held on the register is vital for potential clients as they make informed decisions when it comes to finding a quality, reputable and trustworthy agency.

Matt McKenna, Co-Managing Director, McKenna Townsend, said: “There’s no better reward for the hard work that the whole McKenna Townsend team puts in, than receiving positive feedback from our clients.

“Our relentless pursuit of achieving fantastic results for all our clients has enabled us to generate such a great score.”

The Drum Recommends profile can be seen here.


Coles Miller helps the homeless and families in poverty

Staff at Coles Miller Solicitors are again donating food and household essentials to help homeless people and families in poverty this Christmas.

They have set up four collection points at their Poole (x2), Bournemouth and Broadstone offices.

Everything collected will go to local charity Hope for Food, which was launched in Bournemouth in 2012.

The charity originally ran a soup kitchen in the Winter Gardens car park.

Volunteers then teamed up with local churches after the death of a 42-year-old homeless man in the doorway of Richmond Hill St Andrew’s United Reformed Church.

Hope for Food continues to feed the homeless but there is an increasing need to help families in poverty.

Local schools and agencies refer these families who are then supported with food parcels.

Nick Balchin, Coles Miller Marketing Manager, pictured left, said: “The pandemic has meant many families locally find themselves in a very difficult financial situation.

“There has also been the emergence of the ‘newly hungry’.

“Typically, they are middle-income families who have been plunged into crisis by Covid-related job losses.

“Use of local food banks is at an all-time high.

“Charities like Hope for Food are so important to the local community.”

Hope for Food is staffed entirely by volunteers.

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Superior hits £200k fundraising milestone for Julia’s House

Superior is celebrating a milestone after raising £200,000 for its charity partner, Julia’s House.

The Ferndownt-based manufacturer has supported the children’s hospices since 2008.

In this year, alone, and despite not being able to fundraise in the usual manner due to the pandemic, the business has donated just under £27,000 to ensure it hits the £200k milestone before the end of the year.

Martin Edwards, Chief Executive of Julia’s House, pictured left, said: “It has been a year like no other, particularly for the children and families Julia’s House supports, who have often felt fearful and isolated during lockdown.

“We’ve been caring throughout the pandemic and this has only been possible because our supporters have been with us, still fundraising and still donating.

“We could not be more grateful to Tim and all the team at Superior for their huge support this year.

“The team has made a huge difference to the families that need us now more than ever – they have all changed lives in 2020.”

The Superior team has taken on a range of fundraising challenges over the years including charity bike rides, Tough Mudder, hikes and Katie Bodman, Head of Academy at Superior, trekked the Great Wall of China.

More recently, Tim Brown, Managing Director of Superior, completed two hours of High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) back in March, alongside other business leaders from across the region.

Tim, pictured right, said: “We have remained committed to supporting Julia’s House as a company through a difficult and challenging year for many.

“We are proud to have been there for the team when they needed it most, and are continually amazed by their hard work and determination to still deliver their vital services across the county.”

Superior is a family-owned, Dorset-based manufacturer of high integrity o-rings and seals, with its own company-run apprenticeship training academy and engineering workshop.

In addition to the business’ fundraising for Julia’s House, Superior has also recently donated £3,050 to the Dorset Community Foundation through ‘The Big Give’ match funding initiative.

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