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WATERSHED PR

DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS

Digital, social media, photography, design, video, PR, brand development

WRITING

Get your message across clearly and persuasively with deft copywriting.

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Say what you mean and mean what you say - good writing will get your message across. At Watershed we are adept in writing copy for a variety of purposes. As trained journalists, we know how to make a news article leap off the page, when it comes to sales we can tempt your customers with irresistible descriptions and if you want to tell a story, well, sit down and we’ll begin.

Sometimes you need simple words that explain how to do things clearly. Other times you’ll have something more complicated, subtle or playful to convey. Whatever you need, we can write it for you.

VIDEO

Show people what you have to offer and inspire them with your world.

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SOCIAL MEDIA

Talk direct to people, raise your reputation, improve your website SEO.

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Just some of the social media platforms with which Watershed works

WEBSITES

Make sure your website works for everyone by putting mobile first.

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We build responsive-width websites that work beautifully on all devices

Who are Watershed PR?

We are creative, brainy and really, really good at promoting businesses and organisations. We raise sales, solve communication problems and develop brands.

Sara Hudston

Principal


Founder, author and former national journalist, corporate PR and brand identity specialist.
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Sara set-up Watershed in 2005 after nearly 10 years in PR at a senior level after a career as a national print and radio journalist. At Watershed she worked with WHSmith PLC on the demerger and formation of Smiths News PLC, with St John’s College, Oxford, on its 450th anniversary celebrations, set the PR strategy for the European tour of the 1933 Double Eagle coin, led the PR launch for the opening of the Kilver Court designer emporium in Somerset, ran the media announcement for the Bath & West showground redevelopment plan and worked to influence public opinion in the run up to planning for a £500m project to build gas storage facilities in Dorset.

Sara originally trained as a journalist, taking an NCTJ National Certificate in Journalism and then working for a host of newspapers and magazines including The Observer, The Sunday Times and The Times Literary Supplement, as well as BBC local radio. Sara has written a number of books and is a member of the Society of Authors as well as the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.

Jonathan Hudston

Director


Watershed’s online and video specialist, former BBC Spotlight reporter.
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Jonathan joined Watershed in 2010 after 13 years at BBC South West. At the BBC he was one of the first journalists to be trained to film and edit his own reports by the US video guru Michael Rosenblum. At Watershed he leads our in-house video unit, filming and editing pieces primarily intended for online viewing. He has made many videos for clients, including Palmers Brewery, Plankbridge Shepherd’s Huts, Unwin Safety Systems, Arts Council England South West, Glastonbury Abbey and Abbotsbury Swannery. He leads our on-camera media training sessions and has delivered very successful training days for Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service. Examples of his work are available on the Watershed YouTube channel.

Jonathan enjoys cycling, especially round the leafy lanes of West Dorset. He runs a blog, Real West Dorset, about stories of interest in the area.

Stephen Banks

Digital Executive


Stephen is Watershed’s digital whizz kid.
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He joined us in 2011, his first full-time job since leaving university to provide the range of digital services that make campaigns happen. He films and edits videos, designs leaflets, takes photographs for press use and designs websites. He’s an intrinsic part of all Watershed’s social media campaigns - his various social media accounts have earned him a Klout score of nearly 70.

Stephen also curates and creates content for bridport n0tice, a hyperlocal news and events platform set up by the Guardian Media Group.

Originally from Liverpool, Stephen attended the Liverpool Blue Coat School before taking a BA degree in graphic design at the University of Wales, Newport. Since moving to Dorset, his Twitter account, website, YouTube account and his Facebook Page have gained a host of followers.

Stephen enjoys landscape astrophotography, restoring and converting a VW T4 van and making films.

Anne King

Account Manager


Anne has a wealth of experience in PR, corporate communications and journalism.
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She headed the public relations team at Dorset Police where she co-ordinated media relations, developed communications strategies for major incidents and operations, organised events and delivered media training to police officers and support staff.

Anne has worked as a freelance consultant with both the private and public sector specialising in communicating complex ideas simply and effectively.

An NCTJ-qualified journalist, she has worked as assistant editor at the Daily Echo in Southampton, women’s editor at The News, Portsmouth and deputy news editor for the Press Association in London.

She lived in south-west France for ten years, renovating an old railway station and returned to her West Dorset roots to run the editorial department of the Bridport and Lyme Regis News before joining the Watershed team.

She likes walking her dog, West Bay and Dorset Blue Vinny cheese.

Nick Gilbey

Cameraman


Nick has worked for the BBC, ITV and many independent production companies for over three decades; first as a producer/director and more recently as a cameraman.
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Nick started his career in stage lighting, touring with bands including T-Rex, David Bowie, Mott The Hoople and Roxy Music. He was the lighting designer on David Bowie’s first ‘Ziggy Stardust’ tour in 1972.

After spending three years studying film and television production at Bournemouth and Poole College of Art, Nick’s graduation documentary “Drag Mad’ was runner up in the Mobil/Association of Independent Producers Student Film Awards. This led to directing documentaries for Thames TV, BBC’s ‘Forty Minutes’ series and YTV’s ‘First Tuesday’.

Through his company, Dashwood Productions, Nick directed a number of art programmes and documentaries for regional ITV. As well as filming news, people and events for BBC South West, he has worked as a lighting cameraman on network documentaries for ITV, BBC, CH4 and CH5.

Nick Gilbey is a member of the Swiss Railway Society and enjoys writing articles for Zerb magazine about the history of television broadcasting.

Acorn Bendicott

Office Dog


Acorn has extensive experience in running around, document shredding, barking at the phone and passers-by and howling at emergency vehicle sirens.

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TESTIMONIALS

“Watershed PR are our Marketing Department. We enjoy working with every member of the team. Their collective knowledge and skills cover a wide range of specialties and allow us to compete more effectively as a small business in a marketplace dominated by bigger businesses.”

BETSY WEST, THE WAYFARERS WALKING VACATIONS
“ Watershed are very good at devising PR strategies, influencing perceptions and communicating with many different audiences. I recommend them wholeheartedly.”

NIGEL JONES, CHESTERS COMMERCIAL
“Watershed are an essential part of our marketing team at Abbotsbury. They’re a good outfit; knowledgeable, responsive, experienced and they charge a fair rate.”

JOHN HOUSTON, ABBOTSBURY TOURISM
'A *HUGE* #ff to @watershedPR who are absolutely brilliant. Total opposite of 'Eh? What? Can't help, naff off' PRs. Go and employ them.'

@FLEETSTREETFOX ON TWITTER
“Watershed understood what we needed implicitly. These beautiful films received thousands of YouTube viewings within 48 hours - as well as requests from dozens of websites promoting the area for their own use. Having the talent to distill so much into so little so effectively is a unique skill.”

ROS KAYES, CO-CHAIR OF SPIRIT OF BRIDPORT
“Watershed have been great to work with. They are patient, always responsive with good ideas, and never phased by getting the technical side of things absolutely right for the website.”

ADRIAN COOPER, OWNER, LITTLE TOLLER BOOKS
“We have been working with Watershed PR for more than three years and over that time they have proven a valuable asset to our company. They are friendly, professional, efficient and always full of good advice. They provide us with a flexible and reliable service to suit our need and our budget.”

FLORENCE VAUGHAN-FRANCE, MARKETING MANAGER, UNWIN SAFETY SYSTEMS
“The whole team at Palmers Brewery hugely value the excellent working relationship that we enjoy with Watershed PR. Their experienced team is of considerable importance to all at Palmers Brewery, they advise and guide us on many areas of our business that include PR, marketing, issues management, social media, website design and charitable giving.”

CLEEVES PALMER, SALES & MARKETING DIRECTOR, PALMERS BREWERY

Videos made by Watershed

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Contact Us

Watershed PR
200 St Andrew's Road
Bridport
Dorset
DT6 3BW
01308 420785
info@watershedpr.co.uk


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