Archive for December, 2010


Newport-based specialist contractor, Dudley’s, has gone the extra mile by volunteering its services for the not-for-profit healing education centre, EcoDysgu-EcoLearn which is located near Tondu in Bridgend.  EcoDysgu is a unique community-driven centre offering a wide range of services. These include bunkhouse accommodation, volunteering opportunities and education, in addition to rehabilitation and healing programmes for people with social difficulties such as children and young people struggling in mainstream education and adults suffering from drug and alcohol addictions as well as mental health issues.

Set in 42 acres of beautiful countryside, EcoDysgu helps people dealing with social difficulties and bereavement, in addition to catering for those with serious addictions. The centre addresses such issues through specialist workshops and complementary therapies, where EcoDysgu’s unique model of education, encouraging personal creativity and communication, is put into practice. The picturesque 16-acre woodland, where many of these workshops take place, is beautifully complimented by hand crafted bridges and sculptures and unique furniture which are all produced on site by participants, using renewable materials. Hidden amongst the trees lie specially carved fairies, dragons and other mythical creatures creating a magical ambiance like no other.   The site also currently offers a charming café and an extraordinary meeting room which aims to encourage creativity and communication within business.

Simon Johnson, Sainbury’s Key Account Manager at Dudley’s says,

“After visiting EcoDysgu-EcoLearn we instantly wanted to help. The magnificent scenery makes it the perfect destination for holiday makers, yet we could instantly see areas that needed work in order for the centre to be a success. Unlike many tourist attractions, EcoDysgu has a unique ingredient, in that all profits go towards supporting people with social and physiological problems.  We have committed to help the project and hope that the work we complete on site will be a great advantage to the centre and, ultimately, to all those who benefit from the unique education and healing processes that are delivered there.”

The specialist contractor is currently undergoing work on a local Sainsbury’s store and is planning to contribute to EcoDysgu by transforming Ministry of Defence buildings, originally used for war-time bomb production, into art studios, fixing the roof of the farmhouse cottage and fitting ovens and sinks into the bunk house so that the organisation can offer weekend break accommodation. In addition, with the help of Dudley’s, EcoDysgu hopes to develop its tourism function by creating self-catering accommodation and a shop and gallery to display and sell the products made by the people who attend the unique workshops that take place on site.

Dudley’s started work at Eco Dysgu Week commencing 22nd November.

Julie Lyddon, founder of EcoDysgu says:

“The support that Dudley’s is offering has amazed us, we are so very grateful.  EcoDysgu has a magic of its own, over 5,000 participants have benefitted from our ‘Learning to Heal – Healing to Learn’ model of education, lives have been transformed.  As a voluntary sector organisation with insufficient funding, it takes time to reach our planned self sustainability. We have therefore kept a low profile as the need for our services is high.  The day Simon Johnson arrived at EcoDysgu it was obvious that he understood the need, the benefits and the huge amount we have already achieved.  The contractor’s skills and expertise are invaluable and we hope that, with their help, we can gain the financial aid we require in order to continue to provide our unique model of education to those who greatly need our support. With Dudley’s help, Bridgend’s best kept secret can now be shared, we  feel it is time to let others experience the magic and benefits the centre and its surroundings has to offer.  Thank you Dudley’s!”


For further information, please contact:

Cerys Palmer

Senior PR Account Manager


02920 549597

Please watch the clip below to reveal Bridgend’s Best kept Secret…

Caerphilly-based GKR Maintenance and Building Co. Ltd. has won the National Award for Leadership and People Development at the 2010 National Constructing Excellence Awards, held at the Grand Connaught Rooms, Covent Garden, London. Despite strong competition, the company was announced as the winner of the Leadership and People Development Award over ten other hopefuls including national contractors Willmott Dixon and Carillion.

Following their success in the Constructing Excellence in Wales (CEW) Awards in July 2010, GKR was pleased to be invited to attend the National Awards in London. The awards were extremely competitive as the national judges were looking for improvements resulting from leadership and training interventions. Each entry had to show a great level of respect for their workforce and local communities, whilst simultaneously gaining respect from them through workforce development, skills and training, benchmarking, equality and diversity, health and safety and working environment. GKR faced intense competition from nationally renowned companies and standards were extremely high. However, the South Wales maintenance providers had the winning formula due to the company’s ongoing support towards its workforce and development of innovative customer service programmes.

As one of the fastest growing maintenance service providers in South Wales, GKR understands clearly the importance of people development and has been delivering great customer service across South Wales for over twelve years.  In early 2010 GKR was accredited with Investors in People (IiP) as recognition for its ongoing commitment to, and development of, its workforce.  GKR’s success at the National Constructing Excellence Awards is proof that the company is en-par with, if not ahead of, its national competitors in the fieldof Leadership and People Development.

Chris Dennis, Director of GKR Maintenance and Building Co. Ltd, comments:

“We are extremely proud to have been recognised for such a prestigious, national award and fully appreciate the support of our workforce, customers and clients whose continued commitment has allowed us to achieve such impressive results.   We are incredibly thankful to the Constructing Excellence judges for recognising all our hard work and we will continue to provide high-quality maintenance and building services to our customers and clients in the future.”


For more information regarding GKR please contact:

Cerys Palmer at Petersens PR on 02920 549597 or

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Rob’s Fitness Tip of the Week…

Posted: December 8, 2010 in Uncategorized
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…Walk Yourself to Health!


I have a very good friend who, whilst leading an active life, was getting concerned about his weight and overall fitness as he had retired from full-time employment.  Other friends had suggested joining a gym and crash dieting. My advice was simple…start walking for your paper every morning. So initially he got a lift to the shop and walked back (about a 10 minute walk). After a few weeks he walked there and back. He also made an effort to reduce alcohol intake but still enjoying a glass or two at the weekend. He was on a collection of drugs to improve his fitness and felt unwell. Now, 12 months later, he walks for an hour every day, has lost 2 stone in weight, has thrown away all his pills, looks great and can finally fit back into his Armani suits which he last wore 15 years ago! Moral of the story – do not join a gym, do not crash diet, start very slowly walking, enjoy the outdoors, reduce your tipple and walk yourself to health!


Famous Last words…

Posted: December 7, 2010 in Uncategorized




The stereotype of work experience is to make tea and to be a general dog’s body. Well, I can say with confidence that this was not the case for my work taster (thank god!!). Over the past five weeks, I have undertook a number of tasks such as uploading blogs, working on creative press releases and putting together media evaluations.

The friendly people and relaxed environment helped me to fit in and despite the initial stereotypes of what work experience consists of, I have felt very welcome and not completely useless.

I would consider it a priceless experience and a great insight into the PR industry.

Thank you Petersens!

The Poppy Day Great Escape…

Posted: December 2, 2010 in Uncategorized

Operatives from Caerphilly-based GKR Maintenance and Building Co. Ltd had a lucky escape as they paid their respects to the armed forces at 11 am on Thursday 11th November.

On the morning of 11th November the Contracts Manager for GKR bathrooms advised the team, which is currently completing a bathroom upgrade scheme for Resident Social Landlord in Tuscan Close, Llandough, Cardiff, to change the time of their break so they could pay their respects at the 11 am silence. At 10am a tree fell and crushed the Welfare unit, where the staff usually would have been taking their break.

Adrian Jarman, a GKR Contracts Manager explains; “Some of our operatives have family members serving in the armed forces, so I wanted to give them the opportunity to pay their respect

s by changing the usual break time. We also wanted to give local residents the chance to pay their respects in silence without the team creating noise associated with building work. I changed the break time to 10.55 and the tree fell at 10am, which is when the team would have ordinarily been in and around the Welfare unit. People would have almost certainly been seriously injured or even worse had we not changed the time to pay our respects with the rest of the country”.

Chris Dennis, GKR Director Comments; “This is very much a case of divine intervention on Adrian’s behalf. GKR is currently upgrading 600 kitchens and 400 bathrooms a year for this Residential Social Landlord; therefore we are extremely busy and work to a structured schedule. Had it not have been Memorial Day, our staff could have themselves, been in Peril.”