Mayor and musician open new office for Plum

The Mayor of Weston-super-Mare officially opened the new offices of award-winning PR and marketing agency, Plum Communications & PR, in a lively launch event that was attended by local businesses and renowned local musician, Ryan Inglis.

Director Karen Morledge and The Mayor of Weston official open the Plum office-WEB

The Mayor of Weston-super-Mare, Cllr Keith Morris, cut the ribbon as Plum welcomed a host of clients and suppliers to their newly converted offices at Purn House Farm, Bleadon on Thursday 19 December, to celebrate their expansion with a festive event. Following the ceremony, Ryan Inglis, singer/songwriter, national finalist of Live and Unsigned and client of Plum, entertained guests by performing classic Christmas hits and tracks from his album, while Plum team members served guests with warm mulled cider and mince pies.

The event was very well supported by a number of local businesses, including Cupcake Cassidy who provided special plum pudding cupcakes and a celebration cake, and award-winning Hewish-based Crossman’s Cider who provided delicious mulled cider.

Attendees at the Plum office opening-WEB

Karen Morledge, managing director of Plum Communications & PR, said:

“I’m still amazed that I founded Plum from home in 2010 and it’s grown from a standing-start to the point where I’m opening a new office.

“I remember starting with just a laptop, mobile phone and contacts book in my spare-bedroom-come-office and, with a little luck and a lot of hard work, it wasn’t long before companies were approaching me to ask for help. It soon became clear that Plum was going to grow much quicker than the lovely looking graph in my weighty business plan had predicted!

“Over the last three years, we have worked with a wonderfully diverse range of clients, from a property developer, Summerfield, to training companies such as Matthew Cabot, and from large scale public sector bodies including North Somerset Council to ambitious start-ups such as Cognition Learning & Development, not to mention hugely gifted musicians like Ryan Inglis; Plum wouldn’t be here without them.

“I’m also thankful to everyone who’s helped behind the scenes: my team and business partners such as North Somerset Enterprise Agency, who were a huge help when I was starting the business, the developers of Purn House Farm, Alistair and Rob House, and the companies who provided the cupcakes and cider.”

The Mayor commented:

“Many congratulations to Karen. It’s clear this business is a success because of all of the hard work that’s gone into it. It should also be noted that Plum’s growth is good news for the area; the office move has helped create jobs locally, and Plum supports a variety businesses across Weston-super-Mare and surrounding areas. I know that Karen continues to have ambitious expansion plans, so I’m sure that this is only the start.”

The expansion is part of the company’s ‘2020 vision’ for business growth in its continued endeavours to provide a range of effective marketing, communications and PR services in Somerset and throughout the South West.

The team at Plum offer a range of services to local businesses, including PR strategy, social media marketing, crisis communications planning, design, website development, and copywriting for print and web. To find out more, visit www.plum-communications.co.uk.

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Photo caption:

Image 1: The Mayor of Weston-super-Mare, Cllr Keith Morris and Karen Morledge, managing director of Plum Communications & PR, cutting the ribbon.

Image 2: Guests gathered outside the new Plum office at the official opening.

For more information, please contact:
David Bebbington, Account Manager, Plum Communications & PR
01934 812323 / 07925 815 196 / david@plum-communications.co.uk

About Plum Communications and PR

Plum is based outside Weston-super-Mare and was established in May 2010. The agency helps a variety of clients, from sole traders to large public sector organisations, with professional services, all delivered with exceptional service and attention to detail. These include public relations and marketing, launches and events, copywriting, design and branding.

About Cupcake Cassidy

Cupcake Cassidy is an online bakery based in Somerset, making bespoke creative cakes and cupcakes. Find out more at: www.cupcakecassidy.co.uk

About Crossman’s Cider

Crossman’s Cider is a family business started in 1977. The cider farm has two orchards and the cider they produce is stored in oak barrels aged between 80 and 100 years. Crossman’s cider take pride in making good, clean, traditional farmhouse ciders. Find out more at: www.crossmanscider.co.uk