Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Plan your PR for 2017

Have you been promising yourself to make a start on your PR but think you have nothing to say? Are you struggling to find newsworthy stories from within your business? Then this is for you - this is an informal workshop for small business owners who know that PR is for them but don’t have the time or the ideas to get going.

Together, we will help you plan your PR activity for 2017 (which isn’t that far away!).
We’ll discuss various PR ideas and you’ll go home with a calendar of newsworthy stories.

Thursday, 6th October

10am to 11.30am

£15 per person
Address in Hungerford (provided on booking)

BOOK HERE or email me at margaret@margaretmcdonnellpr.co.uk

I am a former journalist with 10 years’ experience of working in PR and now work with small businesses to help them maximise their marketing spend with PR!

Can’t make it?
Ask me about doing a bespoke one-to-one version of the workshop at your office at a time that suits you. (£25)

Saturday, 25 June 2016


The taste of summer has arrived at our coffee shops HonestyInkpen and HonestyKingsclere where customers can treat themselves to a selection of seasonal family favourites like jams, chutneys and cordials.

Sourcing sustainable local products is part of Honesty's ethos and the team has been making the most of the seasonal produce available.
Throughout July, customers can purchase a selection of delicious produce including tomato chutney, gooseberry jam, fennel relish, strawberry and raspberry jam and rhubarb cordial.
For August, the delectable goodies comprise spicy tomato and sweetcorn relish, a range of fruit cordials and greengage chutney.
Customers can take comfort in the knowledge that they know the provenance of everything they are eating with the added bonus that it is healthy. All produce is made using home-grown fruit and vegetables, and is made without the use of colourings with as little sugar as possible – far less than anything that is available in the shops.
Romilla Arber, who runs the Honesty Group, said: “Our range of products can be purchased from our coffee shops and they have proved to be incredibly popular so far!
“Additionally, we’d be delighted to use any spare rhubarb in your garden, so please feel free to bring it in and we’ll happily exchange it for a pint or a treat!”

Athena speakers in July!

Prior to a summer hiatus, West Berkshire businesswomen can once again look forward to a line-up of practical and supportive networking events at the Athena Network throughout July.

The Hungerford group meeting takes place at Audley Inglewood on Friday 8th July where Clare Sheffield from S&T Design will be discussing how great brands use smart thinking and Athena regional director Debbie Miles will be talking about value propositions – encouraging the group to focus on what is unique about their business in terms of the customer benefits.

At the Newbury West meeting at The Red House in Marsh Benham on Thursday 14th July, Dale Campbell of Trademark Tribe will explain trademark terminology and give real life examples of why it is important to protect your brand while Debbie Miles will discuss creating connections in business.

The Thatcham group meeting takes place at the Regency Park Hotel on Tuesday 19th July where Sarah Bromham of Radiance Therapy will be running a practical exercise to help guests get the most from their one-to-one meetings, and Sheila Bond of Living Well Mindfulness will be explaining how mindfulness can boost business performance through enhanced creativity.

Lastly, the Newbury Central group meeting takes place at Donnington Valley Golf Club on Wednesday 20th July where Margaret McDonnell will speak on public relations for small businesses. Debbie Miles will be encouraging visitors and members to help each other find solutions to their business challenges.

Debbie Miles said: “It’s our last meeting before a summer break, so a good time to reflect on the ways that Athena can help small businesses with creating connections and providing support. All meetings take place from 12pm to 2pm and if you’d like to try it out, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.”

Friday, 10 June 2016

Smarter Travel

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Sledge Hammer

I reminisce about a favourite TV comedy that should have been more famous than it was! Perhaps I shouldn't have let LO watch it though!


Monday, 16 May 2016

Driving ahead!

Good news for these guys! Not only did they appear in this news piece, but they also had that there Peter Andre in the back of one of the cars this week too!