Celebration of all things Somerset for a ‘plum’ business

Karen Morledge, Managing Director of Plum Communications & PR (second from right on front row) with colleagues and Somerset clients at their seventh business birthday celebration on Somerset Day 2017, in Avalon Vineyard, Shepton Mallet with organic wine producer, Hugh Tripp (right) and his dog, Mika.

Somerset businesses were invited to help celebrate Weston-super-Mare based Plum Communications & PR’s seventh birthday with a vineyard tour and wine tasting event that also marked the occasion of Somerset Day 2017.

The marketing and PR agency, based in Bleadon, near Weston-super-Mare invited clients to join them at the Avalon vineyard in Shepton Mallet, the home of Pennard organic wines and ciders, for an exclusive tour of the vineyard.

Plum’s guests included new client Exelin, the sister company of SWMAS. Exelin joined with other Somerset-based businesses at the event in May to share special Somerset Day cakes and sample some of the plum wine produced by Hugh Trip, who has been growing organically growing wines, mead and cider at Avalon vineyard since 1981.

Karen Morledge, Managing Director of Plum, Laura Lismore, Marketing Manager at Exelin Ltd., Simon Lassam, Digital Strategist at Plum and Victoria Madine, Account Manager at Plum.

Karen Morledge, Managing Director of Plum, Laura Lismore, Marketing Manager at Exelin Ltd., Simon Lassam, Digital Strategist at Plum and Victoria Madine, Account Manager at Plum.

Karen Morledge, Managing Director of Plum, explained the significance of the event: “I think that successfully running a business should be celebrated every year, but the last 12 months have been a particularly challenging time so this milestone meant a lot to me. I wanted to say not only thank you to my fantastic clients and my colleagues, but also to celebrate just what a wonderful place Somerset is to work and all that our beautiful county has to offer.

“I’m thrilled to be going in to our eighth year of trading in Somerset in really great shape; Plum is taking on new clients and continues to receive over 85% of new business as a result of recommendations and referrals. I have some exiting plans for the future and very much look forward to growing the business over the longer term.”

Laura Lismore, Marketing Manager at Exelin which has recently appointed Plum as its PR consultancy, had this to say of the celebration: “Having appointed Plum just this month, it was wonderful to be invited to join them in a really beautiful part of our county and to enjoy the afternoon with them and other clients, discussing the thriving condition of Somerset’s economy. I’m very much looking forward to working with Plum over the next 12 months.”

Plum was founded in 2010 and specialises in: property and housing; leisure and tourism; and professional services sectors in Somerset and the wider South West. Karen was recently appointed by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations as judge for the Excellence Awards 2017, the industry’s most prestigious awards in the UK, being hosted in London on the 6th June.