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Watershed is a ‘small giant’, known in the South West for our expertise, energy and forward-thinking approach. We offer London-level service at realistic prices. Our down-to-earth approach and personal service mean that our clients don’t feel as though they’re working with a typical public relations agency.

We began more than ten years ago as a traditional public relations company specialising in media relations and brand building. We won many awards and worked with clients as varied as St John’s College, Oxford, WHSmith PLC and Arts Council England.

In recent years, we have led the way in West Dorset for digital practices and evolved into a digital communications agency, with PR as one aspect of our work. We build websites, run social media campaigns, make videos, take photographs and write stories. Our Facebook page, Bridport Notice, has over 12,000 ‘likes’ and regularly reaches in excess of 50,000 people in the area and beyond.

who we are

Anne King - Director at Watershed PR

Anne King
Director

Anne has a wealth of experience in public relations, corporate communications and journalism.

She headed the public relations team at Dorset Police where she coordinated 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 southwest 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 manages social media feeds and campaigns for clients as well as copywriting for print and digital media, media liaison and promotion, reputation management and PR campaigns.

She likes walking on the Jurassic Coast and loves living in West Dorset.

Stephen Banks - Director at Watershed PR

Stephen Banks
Director

Stephen takes photographs, films online video, builds websites, supplies graphic design services and runs the Bridport Notice Facebook page.

He joined Watershed in 2011 in his first full-time job after leaving university. Stephen’s brief is to provide the range of digital services that make Watershed’s campaigns happen. He films and edits videos, designs leaflets, takes photographs for press use and fixes clients’ website issues. He is also a ‘digital native’, with highly successful social media profiles, and can be found all over the web.

Originally from Liverpool, Stephen attended the Liverpool Blue Coat school before attaining a high 2:1 BA (Hons) degree in Graphic Design at the University of Wales, Newport. Since moving to Dorset, his Twitter account @dorsetscouser, website and Facebook page have built a large following. Much of this attention was sparked by his time-lapse video project ‘Bridport by Night’, which has had over 30,000 views to date on YouTube, and broadened into ‘Dorset by Night‘, commissioned by the Spirit of Bridport group for the Cultural Olympiad in 2012.

His photographs of Dorset’s night skies have been widely featured in national newspapers and shortlisted for international photography competitions. He featured in the ITV series Harbour Lives in the summer of 2014, The One Show in October 2015, and has just produced his third calendar of Dorset night sky images, with the majority selling through his personal website and DorsetScouser Photography Facebook page.