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“Joanne represented one of our more high-profile projects, ‘The Seismic Consortium’. Not your usual scheme, it was a complex R&D project involving five partners and all quite rightly wanting their say on the PR aspect of the project. Joanne managed the people and process very effectively and professionally and ensured a balanced and well thought through outcome for us all. A great launch event and huge press uptake. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her for a similar role. We look forward to using her services again shortly.”

Richard Crosby, Director, Blacc

“I have worked with Joanne now for the last number of years at The McAvoy Group, and she has always provided excellent advice and assistance with all things PR. Whether it be preparing press releases, or securing top quality speaker opportunities, Joanne has excelled in providing a top quality service! I look forward to continuing to work with Joanne in the future.”

David Clark, Manufacturing Director, The McAvoy Group

“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 provides an exemplary service to our business at Deanestor. Providing highly polished client testimonials certainly adds value for us and our customer base. Being able to provide that service level within often challenging deadlines, with complex communication channels, allows us to focus on running the business. Having a PR service with expert knowledge of our sectors and of the construction industry generally, means we get brand enhancing outputs in a consistent manner.”

Ramsay McDonald, Managing Director, Deanestor Scotland

“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

“Working to launch the McAvoy offsite housing system with Joanne was a pleasure. Her knowledge of marketing and expertise in public relations provided the opportunity to see at first hand, how a considerably higher value of strategic enquiries can be generated. Her personal attributes lend themselves perfectly to developing professional relationships with key stakeholders. Joanne's ability to think and act strategically coupled with her enthusiasm were a joy to observe. As a professional public relations consultant, Joanne earns my highest recommendation.”

Graeme O’Doherty, Offsite Housing Specialist and Senior Business Development Manager, The McAvoy Group

“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

"I worked with Joanne on Seismic, an Innovate-UK funded project which I project managed on behalf of blacc. We approached Joanne to lead on PR given her knowledge and understanding of the offsite construction sector, and the in-depth expertise she brought to the table was invaluable, as was her eagerness to get things done. She managed to see through the project's challenges attributed to the complex innovation output and to its multi-partner/stakeholder nature. She helped usto  establish a solid communication strategy around the project launch, achieving buy-in from all interested parties. Joanne's services came recommended by one of our partners, and I would not hesitate to recommend her onwards to others."

Aphrodite Barmarousi, Project Manager, Blacc


“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

“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, Buildoffsite

"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

“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

“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, General Manager, Yorkon

“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

"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

“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

“It has been an absolute pleasure working with you and I have really appreciated your help, support and advice over the years. We have had some fantastic projects to shout about. Your 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 business’s 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

“Bridges Communications has worked hard to publicise our learning and development, and CSR initiatives alongside other priorities for the business. This has reinforced our position as a major employer in the region and a market leading manufacturer. Joanne has been instrumental in identifying and putting together extremely strong award entries and promoting our successes, to help us raise our profile locally, regionally and nationally. These PR activities are hugely valuable in helping us to attract new talent into the business and to communicate our values both within the company and to prospective customers. We have valued Joanne’s input and knowledge at every stage.”

HR Manager, 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 show guide, 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

"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

“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.”

Jamie Barrett, Managing Director, Evolution5

"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."

Christine Simms, Marketing Manager, Sapa Building Systems

“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