News and Releases

Last month we issued a press release on behalf of our client, Vufold, the Cheshire based leading manufacturer and retailer of bi-fold doors.Inside two weeks the story has appeared in two different media outlets - the cutting below is taken from the on-line version of The Door Industry Journal - and it is due to appear in another one very soon. If Vufold had taken the alternative of spending its money on buying advertising space it would have only had one piece of promotional copy to look at rather than three that will hit a much bigger combined target market.

Door industry journal

How are you doing with your promotional budget? Are you spending it wisely and getting good ROI? Are you hitting the targets and potential customers you want? If not, maybe you should consider giving us a call and getting your strategy right. 

Getting the right message to your customers is essential if you want them to take the right action when it comes to buying your service or product. One of my clients, Vufold, the leading UK manufacturer and retailer of bi-fold doors, has found that using mutliple media and marketing channels is certainly paying dividends. 

It's sustained committment to obtaining and using customer feedback and case studies is reaping rewards, as more and more new customers tell the company of how valuable they found it being able to read about existing customer experiences - to see how powerful they can be, take a look at the lastest case study by clicking here and see for yourself how influential they can be. 

In addition to its direct communication with customers, Vufold is working with a host of media partners to reach out to even more potential customers - as can be seen from the media cutting below.

Building News

The above article is featured on the Building News website and will also appear in the October edition of the magazine. A similar artcile will be appearing in the Door Industry Journal in October and in Real Homes Magazine in January. The importance of maintaining your visual presence in front of potential customers must never be overlooked. 

A major expansion project into neighbouring premises and the redesign of existing office space has seen Mansfield based interior fit-out specialists Jephsons Shopfitters, substantially increase its manufacturing floor space and dramatically alter the working connection between offices and workshop.

Jephsons recently transformed the interior of its ground floor to maximise and optimise existing space between the offices and its original almost 8,000 square foot workshop.

That change complemented the award-winning company taking possession of a neighbouring unit on Maun Way to house a new manufacturing and storage unit of over 4,000 square feet.

Operations Director, Nigel Schofield says the company is already reaping the benefits of the developments. “The new office-to-workshop layout gives us designated work zones and a much better flow-through from the offices to the workshop. It feels like a much smoother workplace with a transition from developing clients’ project ideas to having them manufactured in the workshops. From a customer point of view it means we have greater capacity to complete jobs on time and to budget – which is a winner for all concerned.

“The new manufacturing unit was a necessity to keep up with customer demand and it is already reaping dividends. We’ve been able to transform the way deliveries and dispatches are handled as vehicles can now enter between the two buildings with ease. ” 

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Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, Veronica Pickering will be presenting certificates of recognition to volunteers and ambassadors of Rhubarb Farm at a special celebration event taking place at the Farm on Tuesday 28th of August.

The celebration is taking place to recognise the contribution of people who come to Rhubarb Farm to make improvements in their own lives. The volunteers will be presented with a Certificate of Appreciation by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant.

The three Ambassadors, all of whom support the Farm by promoting it at events and speak to people about the work that takes place at the Farm.

The volunteers and ambassadors will be supported by many family and friends as well as several of the organisations that Rhubarb Farm works with on a daily basis.

The celebration will conclude with a barbecue and cakes provided by The Limes Hospital in Langwith which has been a long-term supporter of the Farm.

Rhubarb Farm is a community-run enterprise that works with a wide range of young people and adults facing serious personal challenges. It offers training and volunteering opportunities to ex-offenders, drug and alcohol misusers, people with mental ill health, learning disabilities and teenagers struggling with behaviour problems, to increase their self-esteem, improve their lives and make a positive contribution to their community.

Media representatives are welcome to attend the celebration event.

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Notes to editors:

Contact details: Rhubarb Farm CIC, Hardwick Street, Langwith, NG20 9DR

Website www.rhubarbfarm.org.uk

For further information or to book interviews in respect of the above, please call Graham Parker at Parker PR Ltd on 01543 500 420 or 07977 448 306

Gardening author, businesswoman and National Gardens Scheme (NGS) member Sarah Wint visited Rhubarb Farm in Langwith, on the Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire border and was left awe inspired by the people she met there. 
Sarah Wint post visit web
Sarah visited the Farm as part of her two-year tour of gardens which feature in the NGS Yellow Book of Gardens to Visit in England and Wales, in preparation for writing her new book on the restorative and therapeutic effects of gardening. 
 
“I found the place totally amazing,” said Sarah, who spent most of a day talking to volunteers at the Farm; “Some of the journeys that people have completed since coming to the Farm are just incredible. I met Luke Kelly, a reformed prisoner and drug user who now works with convicts from Hatfield Prison that are on day-release to the Farm. Luke started out as a volunteer on the Fram and is now a paid full-time supervisor. He told me about his former problems and how the Farm had given him purpose in life, how he now wants to do nothing but help others who are in his previous position. He inspired me with his story of his granddad telling him that he should see life like a tool box, and how it’s up to him what tools he puts in it to get the job done. He has gained so much from working on the Farm and now wants to use his experience and skills to help others.”
 
Rhubarb Farm is a community-run enterprise that works with a wide range of young people and adults facing serious personal challenges. It offers training and volunteering opportunities to ex-offenders, drug and alcohol misusers, people with mental ill health, learning disabilities and teenagers struggling with behaviour problems, to increase their self-esteem, improve their lives and make a positive contribution to their community.
 
Jennie Street is Managing Director of Rhubarb Farm and says Sarah is just one of many people to have left Rhubarb Farm feeling inspired.
“We were delighted to share our experiences with Sarah and talk to her about the life-changing effects and positive outcomes experienced by the volunteers. We had a front-line child care social worker here recently who said everyone should have a Rhubarb Farm in their community,” said Jennie.
 
Rhubarb Farm was opened in 2011 with the aim of providing work placements, training and volunteering opportunities for people with long-term needs, through the medium of growing fruit and vegetables for market, which in turn generates income to support Rhubarb Farm’s work. From its humble beginnings in clearing a huge bramble patch, Rhubarb Farm now cultivates eight acres of land on which it grows over 35 different varieties of fruit and vegetables as well as rearing 100 hens which produce eggs for sale. Over 300 volunteers have come to the farm, of which 70 have gone on to gain employment or further education through the support they received from the skilled staff team.  
Horticultural therapy stretches back some 5,000 years and is known to have been used by ancient Egyptian physicians who were said to have suggested walks in gardens for their patients, while in the 14th century Irish monks prescribed time in the garden for those who were “troubled”. In 1798 the American professor of medicine Dr Benjamin Rush noted that “digging the soil has a curative effect on troubled souls”.
 
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Notes to editors:
 
Photo caption - Luke Kelly in conversation with Sarah Wint at Rhubarb Farm
 
Contact details: Rhubarb Farm CIC, Hardwick Street, Langwith, NG20 9DR 
TWITTER:  @RHUBARBFARM1
Website www.rhubarbfarm.org.uk
 
For further information or to book interviews in respect of the above, please call Graham Parker at Parker PR Ltd on 01543 500 420 or 07977 448 306
 
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