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"I worked closely with Joanne for 15 years in my role as Portakabin Group Marketing Director. Joanne produced some very powerful PR that built Brand awareness and also generated significant commercial leads. Joanne has the ability to quickly grasp the essentials of complex detailed projects and effectively promote a brand's competitive advantage. She also builds a good relationship with clients and their respective marketing teams based upon key elements of trust, professionalism and reliability. Joanne is someone who constructively challenges you in order to get the best return from your PR investment."

I would recommend that Joanne is seriously considered by any company that wants to improve the fire power of PR within their marketing armory."

David Shaw, Group Marketing Director, Portakabin


"Joanne consistently demonstrates invaluable industry knowledge especially in the offsite construction industry. Since we started working together, The McAvoy Group's PR and marketing activities have improved immensely. Every press release circulated is always picked up by our main target publications and covered widely, largely down to the excellent writing skills Joanne displays."

"All work has been completed to an exceptional standard and has helped inform our marketing strategy and effective communication plans. With a great appetite for improvement, Joanne never sits still, always looking for innovation to improve both herself and The McAvoy Group. I look forward to working with Joanne for many years to come."

Lindsay McCrudden, Marketing Manager, The McAvoy Group

"Bridges Communications have played a key role in helping to keep Portakabin centre stage over the last two decades - from our presence at conferences, winning major industry awards to managing our reputation in the media and beyond. Joanne has been committed to building invaluable relationships with our customers, which has enabled us to benefit from the best case studies, photography and testimonials in the industry. And the feedback we receive from the media about the quality of our PR material reinforces this."

"The quality of Bridges Communications' copywriting is unrivalled in our sector and Joanne ensures we are fully briefed and prepared for any media opportunities and interviews. Bridges Communications are proactive and have consistently delivered against our business objectives."

Simon Ambler, Director, Portakabin


Joanne is a highly knowledgeable individual with an incredible work ethic. She has provided two excellent, high-level speakers for the Offsite Construction stage at UK Construction Week 2018, assisted with brokering contra-deals with her clients, and provided written content for the showguide, website, and event newspaper. I've found her to be hugely helpful and professional, with content always being submitted flawlessly and well before deadline; I would recommend Joanne and hope to work with her again in the future.

Jenny Rust, Conference Organiser, UK Construction Week

"Joanne is a first class marketing consultant who has had a positive impact on our business. Since engaging the services of Bridges Communications to support our marketing activities, we have increased our visibility in our industry and have been given a voice through appropriate channels to support our causes. She is an excellent communicator, extremely professional and personable. I am impressed by the way she has taken the time to understand our business and got to know the people, and I can honestly say it is a real pleasure to work with Joanne and Bridges Communications."


Jamie Barrett, Managing Director, Evolution5

"Joanne is a consummate communications professional who is reliable, efficient and effective. She sets and achieves high standards, offering a first class service which captures and represents the values of her clients. Joanne is a pleasure to work with and will always deliver."

Kurt Calder, Group Corporate Communications Manager, Shepherd Group


"It has been a delight to work with Joanne. Having worked with Bridges Communications during the past year, the experience which Joanne brings within the offsite construction market in particular, has opened the door to several project opportunities and introductions to new contacts as well as invitations to speak at key events. The timing and quality of content that has been released by Bridges Communications has been excellent and Joanne is always more happy to share her invaluable industry knowledge."

Roly Ward, Specification Manager, Offsite Solutions

"We collaborated with Joanne for one of our Education Construction Network talks on 'Disaster recovery for schools'. Joanne not only organised a speaker on behalf of her client, a national construction company, but also arranged for one of their key clients to speak alongside them. She made sure that both speakers were fully briefed on the subject matter and the format of the discussion. She arranged for biographies and images to be provided in a timely manner to ensure maximum exposure in the run up to the event. This resulted in a successful event for both ourselves and the companies she was representing. I would have no hesitation in recommending Joanne and Bridges Communications."

Marcel Hendricks, Chairman, Alliance of Construction Networks

"I would like to thank Bridges Communications for many years of excellent service, your commitment and passion for our business and to take this opportunity to formally recognise the valuable contribution you have made to building and protecting the reputation of our brands."

Evelyn Hodgson, Head of Brand, Portakabin

“Joanne and her team have provided Evolution5 with fantastic marketing and PR services. Her understanding of the construction industry, together with a strategic approach to planning and a thorough understanding of how to achieve maximum value and exposure from our marketing budget, has been vital in developing our marketing strategy. Joanne has also produced excellent articles and case studies on our behalf which have been widely published in industry publications.”

“Professional, challenging and expert in her field, Joanne is a pleasure to work with and can be relied upon to exceed expectations. I would not hesitate to recommend Joanne's services.”

Liz Clark, Marketing Manager, Evolution5

"Joanne is a passionate and dedicated PR professional who takes the time to understand both client needs and best industry practices in order maximise the success of each PR campaign. It's great to collaborate with a consultancy which understands the sector so well but is still open to exploring new ideas. I have no hesitation in recommending Joanne and Bridges Communications to anyone looking for a PR consultancy."

Fiona Pryce, Marketing Manager, Portakabin

“Bridges Communications has an in-depth understanding of our industry and the needs of our market sectors. They are able to provide us with informed, practical solutions that are realistic, well thought-out and reflect the culture and values of the Technal brand. We also appreciate how they keep up-to-date with new trends and developments both in media and marketing techniques, and in the industry as a whole.”

Christine Simms, Marketing Manager, Sapa Building Systems

"Build Offsite has worked with Joanne Bridges for more than 10 years. She has an impressive talent for innovative, informed and effective marketing to deliver real value to her clients."

"Throughout our time working together, Joanne has gone out of her way to get under the skin of her clients' projects in order to be able to really understand and promote the technical achievements and to make use of the opportunities enabled by Build Offsite's knowledge transfer activities as a core element of commercial marketing and long-term client engagement."

"Joanne's unstinting efforts to work to present her clients' achievements and to support their business strategies have been invaluable to us in sharing these achievements widely across the UK construction industry and to deliver mutual benefits. She has been an absolute delight to work with."

Ian Pannell, Director, Build Offsite

"Many thanks to you for your determination to keep Portakabin centre stage. This award was a proud moment and testament to the efforts of our employees over many years."

Derek Carter, Chief Executive, Portakabin

"Having recently worked with Joanne on a number of projects the thing that is always most notable is her amazing attention to detail. She carefully tailors the content of any material to suit the appropriate audience - achieving the perfect combination of informative content with 'wow' factor. A recent presentation I gave, written by Joanne, has received huge amounts of positive feedback for which I owe Joanne a big thank you!"

Emily King, Pre-construction Manager, Portakabin

"I have worked with Joanne for several years and her commitment, attention to detail and ability to react immediately is outstanding. I hope we can do business again and would happily recommend her to any organisation."

Phil Martin, Business Development Manager - Education, Portakabin

"Joanne has been exceptionally supportive. This has enabled us to increase awareness to the market with MMC through key note speaker slots. Joanne has also given essential support with PR across some of the most complex projects we have delivered."

Sarah Denton, Business Development Manager - Health, Portakabin

"I had worked with Joanne and Bridges Communications for many years at Yorkon and Portakabin and I found her to be an extremely competent public relations consultant. When I took over as Managing Director at Foremans, PR had not been used by the company. Because I wanted to raise the profile I asked Joanne to help in that task. Her knowledge of the press and media enabled me to achieve that. She is highly respected by members of the press for her professionalism and reliability particularly in meeting deadlines and providing copy that can be used with minimal if any amendment. I have no hesitation in recommending her."

David Johnson, Managing Director Yorkon Ltd / Managing Director, Foremans Relocatable Building Systems

“It has been an absolute pleasure working with Joanne and I have really appreciated her help, support and advice over the years. We have had some fantastic projects to shout about. Her professionalism and commitment have always been very much appreciated. Good luck for the future and I hope our paths cross again sometime soon.”

Andrew Simpkin, Head of Project Delivery, Portakabin


"Foremans Relocatable Building Systems have had a strong and successful relationship with Bridges Communications for a number of years. PR was one of our businesses major enquiry generation tools and Joanne and her team were successful in raising our profile through the strategic promotion of our services with excellent written and image presentation. In addition, Joanne was always prepared to be an integral part of the team planning the business marketing strategy. She was happy to give valued advice on a number of areas outside her official remit."

"Joanne and her team have played a significantly important part in improving our market position in the last few years."

Mike Williams, Managing Director, Foremans Relocatable Building Systems

"In my time working with Joanne she has shown real passion in helping to change the perceptions of what offsite construction can offer clients. Joanne's in depth knowledge of the offsite sector and the construction market in general has been built up over many years and I would have no hesitation in recommending her to anyone looking for a PR and marketing agency."

Martin Irvine, Business Manager, Yorkon/Portakabin

"It has been a real pleasure working with you and your team - you have brought some real energy and impact to the Portakabin side of the business."

David Shaw, Marketing Director, Portakabin

"You are the best PR consultant I have ever met. I love your sense of fun - you really get the job done in a fair and friendly way."

Chris Langley, Commercial Manager, Yorkon

"I worked with Joanne and the team at Bridges Communications during my time at the Portakabin Group. Joanne is a highly skilled PR practitioner with great skills in core PR as well as other areas such as speech writing and case studies. Joanne has an in-depth knowledge of construction in general and modular construction in particular and is very proactive in identifying and developing PR opportunities as part of a wider, strategic marketing strategy.

She is particularly adept at the planning, management and execution of PR programmes for large construction projects so that all opportunities for positive exposure in key online and offline media are taken and that messaging is carefully managed. I have no hesitation in recommending Joanne to anyone looking for a PR and marketing agency"

Nigel Fitzhenry, Marketing Manager, Portakabin

"Joanne has an impressive talent for original and effective marketing which deliver real value to both her clients and Build Offsite as promoters of the industry. Throughout our time working together Joanne has gone out of her way to convey the importance and technical innovations within each project and works tirelessly to showcase her client's achievements. I can attest to the fact she is absolutely proactive and I can always rely on her to give me the fastest and highest quality response."

Networking and Communications Manager, Build Offsite

"Joanne was a pleasure to work with and was able to improve the profile of our business through her knowledge of our requirements even with ever present budgetary constraints. She is a creative professional able to deliver results and I'm happy to recommend her."

Graham Clarke, Sales Manager, Foremans Relocatable Building Systems

"Joanne is an expert in her field whose passion and sheer determination to deliver the very best results for Bridges Communications' clients is commendable. I do hope our paths cross again in the future."

Emma Phillips, Marketing Officer, Portakabin

"The publicity material you prepared certainly has successfully penetrated the construction trade literature!  Your client must be delighted. It was a pleasure collaborating with you - we will certainly be in touch in the future."

Associate, Bond Bryan Architects

"We are part of a great news story today. Well done. Great site and great shots too."

Communications Manager, Tesco

"Thank you for all the work that you did to make sure we were so well briefed and prepared for our media interviews."

Steve Newell, General Manager, Portakabin

"Joanne is an expert in her field whose passion and sheer determination to deliver the very best results for Bridges Communications' clients is commendable. I do hope our paths cross again in the future."

Giles Ranyell, Senior Marketing Officer, Portakabin Group

"Thanks to you and the team for your help and support with the Prime Minister's visit today. You were invaluable. Portakabin are very lucky to have you!"

Kurt Calder, Corporate Relations Manager, Shepherd Group

"Thank you for all your help with getting Schindler onto the front cover of the magazine. Seeing it in print brings the whole thing to life!"

Richard Clarke, Sales and Marketing Director, Schindler

"It has been pleasure to work with such a hardworking, reliable and friendly set of people!"

Ian Turpin, Marketing Assistant, Technal

"Thank you for the work you and your team have done in getting our message out - it is refreshing to work with you."

Nick Griffin, Deputy General Manager, Portakabin Hire Division

"This press release really does show us in a positive light. Rarely have we got this level of coverage."

Mike Fedin, Regional Manager, Portakabin

"We prefer to use Bridges Communications' photography services - their skill, expertise and customer care has served us exceptionally well for many years. They know Technal and always goes that extra mile to get the shots - and I have no worries that they are 'Technal's photographer'. When on site, their professionalism is great for our image!"

Christine Simms, Marketing Manager, Technal

"Well done to you and your team! Last month we took 15 sales enquiries from press releases. I am certain that the leads are down to your excellent PR work for Foremans."

Sales and Marketing Co-ordinator, Foremans Relocatable Building Systems

"The award is brilliant news! Well done with the submission and for making the deadline which I know was tight."

Edward Ward, Production Manager, Portakabin