Images of the Mayor of Gosport, John Beavis MBE and Anna Wardley planting seagrass and the Seagrass team with the Mayor and Lady Mayoress are attached. Higher resolution files are available on request.
Gosport-based public relations, marketing and event management company, Seagrass Communications Limited, celebrated the official opening of their new premises today by inviting the Mayor of Gosport to sow a planter of seeds.
The ceremonial sprinkling of seeds signalled the start of an exciting new chapter in the growing company’s story.
Seagrass is owned by endurance swimmer, Anna Wardley, who last year became the first person in almost three decades to successfully complete a solo swim around the Isle of Wight as part of her Five Island Swim Challenge. Having raised almost £60,000 for charity through her swims, she is turning her razor-sharp focus on her business and an array of UK and international projects that will keep her and her team busy in 2014 and beyond.
Anna, 38, who was formerly head of communications at Gosport-based international marine events company Clipper Ventures PLC, has also managed marketing, media and communications projects on behalf of Portsmouth City Council, NHS Portsmouth, the RNLI and also reported on the sailing events at London 2012 for the Olympic and Paralympic News Service.
She said, “Seagrass has been steadily growing since I launched it in 2012 and I am thrilled that we have been able to move into our new office in one of Gosport’s most historic buildings, The Old Railway. It is a fantastic base from which to work on an increasing number of interesting and varied projects.
“It’s great to be able focus on running my business now that I have completed my marathon swimming challenges – it’s amazing how much you can get done in a day when you don’t have to swim for eight hours! I have a really strong team with a wealth of experience in international public relations, marine events and sponsorship activation and will be lending that expertise to some exciting projects this year. We already have a couple of international sailing projects and global voyages on our books and next month we will be announcing a swimming event in aid of a national charity.”
Anna added, “It would be fair to say no two days in the Seagrass office are ever the same; amongst our other projects we are assisting with PR for a prospective US tour of the hit new British musical, Miss Nightingale, which had a hugely successful three-month UK nationwide and West End tour last year and is touring again in the UK this spring, as well as working with a yoga retreat in France.”
At the official opening of the new Seagrass HQ Gosport’s Mayor, John Beavis MBE, symbolically sowed the seeds of success in a planter in front of invited clients and VIP guests.
He said, “Seagrass is a great example of the green shoots of growth in Gosport and with a growing list of clients locally, nationally and internationally, we’re proud that they have decided to base themselves in our town where there is so much energy and vibrancy.
“Anna is a truly down-to-earth, gritty, unassumingly inspirational woman and with such an incredible team behind her they cannot fail to succeed as an ambitious, forward thinking company in Gosport.”