The winning formula!

It’s been a busy start to the autumn here at LLPR HQ. We are proud to announce a series of new retained and project-based clients, adding to our existing diverse client portfolio.

–          Law firm, Humphries Kirk

–          Independent preparatory school and nursery, Buckholme Towers

–          The UK’s fastest growing private retirement housebuilder, Churchill Retirement Living

–          Penn Hill’s newest coffee shop, bar and restaurant, Jenkins & Sons

–          Specialist providers of live GPS tracking solutions, business mobile solutions, two-way radio hire and sales, and event communication management, Fore Solutions

Other new clients for 2013 include Paultons Park, Nuffield Health, Hamworthy Heating, and the introduction of social media support for Mazars, one of our many longstanding clients. A big thank you to all our clients who have stayed with us for many years.

Liz comments: “We are thrilled to welcome our new clients from across such a wide range of business sectors. Times are tough out there and people are still (and rightly so) maintaining a certain amount of caution when it comes to PR and marketing services. These companies recognise the importance of working with a PR agency to ensure they maintain an edge against competitors helping them to thrive in this difficult climate.

“The team has already started rolling out strategic PR campaigns and in some cases marketing plans for our new clients. It’s great to have all of these businesses on board and we’re looking forward to establishing relationships, and hopefully working together for many years to come.”

Diamond partnership for Sandbanks PR firm

Dorset’s internationally recognised jewellers, WHY Jewellers, has selected Sandbanks-based public relations agency, Liz Lean PR (LLPR) to develop a proactive public relations campaign affirming  the company’s position as a leading authority in the diamond trade.

WHY Jewellers, established in 1987, is home to one of the finest natural colour diamond collections in Europe, including rare pink and yellow diamonds and also specialises in bespoke jewellery design and creation.

Roderick Harris, director of WHY Jewellers, said: “We appointed Liz Lean PR to raise awareness of the truly personal service we offer at WHY and to highlight our wide ranging brands of jewellery which are accessible for every budget.”

Liz Willingham, managing director for LLPR said: “We are thrilled to partner with such an innovative and highly regarded brand. Rod and his team invest a huge amount of time with their customers. They support them through their journey from selecting their favourite jewels to producing their own design.”

The Liz Lean PR team

Liz Lean PR shortlisted for two top industry awards

Liz Lean PR ladies - July 2013

Sandbanks-based public relations and event management company, Liz Lean PR (LLPR) has done the double and been shortlisted for not one but two prestigious Wessex CIPR PRide awards, which showcase the best PR work being carried out across the region.

LLPR, which celebrates its 15th anniversary this year, is one of only a handful of agencies shortlisted for the ‘Outstanding Small Consultancy’ and ‘Best Use of Social Media’ categories after the agency’s award nominations caught the eye of the panel of top industry judges.

LLPR managing director, Liz Willingham, said: It is a morale boosting exercise for the entire team to have got this far and I thank them for all their hard work which has enabled us to achieve this. After 15 years of supporting businesses across the region it is an excellent accolade. We are really looking forward to the awards ceremony in November.”

For more information about Liz Lean PR contact 01202 701828 or visit

Destination Dorset

-Firms that help put Dorset on the tourist map encouraged to enter Dorset Business Awards –

With the Olympics, Paralympics and Diamond Jubilee improving the UK’s reputation overseas and creating new interest in the country as a place to visit in 2013 *, Dorset’s tourism industry is set to up its game to attract overseas visitors to the region following the extensive international exposure generated by the success of 2012 events.

To recognise the important role this industry plays in the region’s economy, firms are being encouraged to enter for the Dorset Tourism Award, part of the Dorset Business Awards in association with the Daily Echo and Dorset Echo, and join The Harbour Hotels group and Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre on the winners’ list.

Sponsored by the Dorset Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Liz Lean PR, the Dorset Tourism Award is open to any business with a BH or DT postcode, which is accessible on a seasonal or year-round basis, and can demonstrate that excellence in service, customer care, hospitality and marketing are regarded as core business objectives.

The current holder of this award category, the Harbour Hotels group in Christchurch which consists of three properties, The Christchurch Harbour Hotel and Spa, the award-winning restaurant The Jetty, and The Kings Arms, attracts more than 100,000 visitors every year and its targeted marketing and PR activity ensures that the county is featured in some of the UK’s leading travel press.  Talking about entering and winning, Victoria Rose of the hotel group says: “We were delighted to have been awarded the Dorset Tourism Award at last year’s ceremony. Our Award is displayed very proudly in our Christchurch Harbour Hotel, as we continue to promote this wonderful region and all that it has to offer. The Award has provided a further platform to communicate our dedication in driving awareness for the community and county.”

Dorset Tourism Award checklist

Entrants should include:

  • Key objectives, including any details of strategic planning for 2013 through to 2015
  • How customer feedback is obtained and responded to, and how performance has improved and customer satisfaction      has increased as a result
  • How the business is promoted and marketed to attract visitors
  • Evidence of initiatives that have been introduced to enhance visitor experience
  • Commitment to staff training and development

Liz Willingham, managing director of Liz Lean PR, says: “Introduced to the Awards competition in 2011, the Dorset Tourism Award is a fantastic opportunity for tourism businesses to showcase the best of what the county has to offer.   Dorset is a fabulous tourist destination and this category aims to acknowledge those firms which make it such a great destination.”

Peter Scott, chief executive of Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry, adds: “Tourism makes a substantial contribution to the county’s economy and we believe it is important to recognise this within the Dorset Business Awards competition.  We’re looking forward to receiving an outstanding array of entries in 2013.”

The Awards are also backed by the south’s leading radio station Wave 105, and are free to enter.  Entrants can submit an entry via or print off an entry form and submit a paper-based entry. The closing date for entry is Tuesday September 10. Entrants do not need to be a member of Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

For further information about the Awards, sponsorship opportunities or to reserve tickets for the Gala Dinner which will take place at the Lighthouse, Poole, on Thursday November 28, please contact Shirley Ewart on 01202 714812.

Sponsor profiles

Dorset Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Dorset Chamber of Commerce & Industry is Dorset’s leading private sector business support organisation.

Building on more than six decades of serving the county’s business community, both at home and abroad, Dorset Chamber works to further the interests of its 850-plus member businesses of all sizes and sectors, delivering the very best services, business information and advice.

Liz Lean PR

Sandbanks-based Liz Lean PR is a proactive public relations consultancy.  Founded in 1998, the consultancy work with a strong portfolio of clients across a range of sectors including professional services, tourism, retail, leisure, healthcare and hospitality.

The team forges close links with clients, becoming an extension of the team, to deliver effective campaigns on both a national and regional level, using both online and offline media.

A Tribute to Neal Butterworth

Written by Liz Willingham:

“I can’t remember a time working in this area, since 1993, without Neal being a part of our day-to-day. He was always a fantastic ambassador for the business since it started 15 years ago; my team and I have a lot to thank him for.

“Working with him (and learning from him) was always a joy and I have so many happy, fun memories, particularly as editor of the Echo. Moments like the spoof Beckham/Dolphin Quays front page back in circa 1999 and when I got stuck in the Echo lift. He joked about reassuring the newsroom that he’d keep me in there for a week! Neal also made some pretty boring evening events a lot more fun with his company, along with his beautiful wife Julie.

“I am so pleased that we had chance to work together since his return from Spain, he was the ultimate words smith and to have his copywriting skills and advice around us was a real honour.

“He was a public speaking genius and captivated everyone in the room every time he presented, whether it was the Dorset Business Awards some years ago, the Bournemouth Tourism Awards or Top of the Shops, Poole’s Retail Awards. His warmth and charm trickled into everyone, being such a caring family man, yet harnessing the edge of a respected journalist and editor.

“Neal is going to be sadly missed by so many, but his impact on the wider community is a legacy and that should be a little reassurance to Julie and his family at this awful time. Our love from us all at Liz Lean PR goes out to them, it is such a terrible loss of a wonderful young man.”

Liz Lean ladies, Liz and Carol with Neal Butterworth at the 2006 Dorset Business Awards