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Orchid blooms into Bristol as business gears up for growth

17 October 2022
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Design, PR and marketing agency Orchid Communications has appointed three key personnel to its Bristol office.

Vicki Edwards and Steph Brown have joined the company as account directors, and Kevin Hamersley has been appointed as a web developer.

Orchid is an independent and award-winning full service creative communications agency headquartered in Jersey, Channel Islands. In March, the company moved from its Somerset base in Frome to a larger office in central Bristol.

Both the move and the senior appointments mark an exciting time of growth for company, which aims to further increase its headcount over the next 12 months as new clients are acquired.

Founded in Jersey by Sam Watts, a highly experienced marketing communications professional, the company has grown from offering solely PR services to Channel Island clients into a full-service communication and brand agency.

It delivers PR, communications, media relations, content creation, web development, SEO and PPC for SMEs and public and charitable organisations across a broad range of sectors in the South West.

This month, Orchid celebrates its 18th birthday.

The business is now co-owned by Sam and her husband Allan, an experienced senior broadcast journalist, both who have close ties in the South West and a love for the bustling, vibrant scene of Bristol.

The move to One Temple Quay, near Temple Meads, is a strategic move for the business as it pursues its ambitious growth plans.

Vicki and Steph, both experienced PR and communications officers, have been brought into the business to service the company’s growing roster of UK clients and to provide additional senior support for clients based in Jersey and Guernsey.

Kevin adds in-depth skill and more than 12 years of experience in web development to the company’s digital arm.

Sam Watts, managing director of Orchid, said: “This year we achieve a significant milestone for the company as we celebrate our 18th birthday.

"We are committed to delivering industry leading campaigns for our clients that create change for their business. Steph, Vicki, and Kevin are key hires as part of our strategy to build our brand and business in the South West.”

Allan Watts, who is responsible for the company’s UK strategy, said: “Bristol has become a significant creative hub in the UK and with our knowledge and connections in the South West was the obvious choice for establishing our UK arm.

"Since we decided to move from Frome, we have been helped enormously by the Somerset Chamber of Commerce, Bristol Chamber of Commerce and Bristol Creative Industries and we are looking forward to building a successful and profitable business.”


Peter Davison is deputy editor of The Business Magazine. He has spent his life in journalism – doing work experience in newsrooms in and around Bristol while still at school, and landing his first job on a local newspaper aged 19. By 28 he was the youngest newspaper editor in the country.

An early advocate of online news, he spent the first years of the 2000s telling his bosses that the internet posed both the biggest opportunity and greatest threat to the newspaper industry and the art of journalism. He was right on both counts.

Since 2006 he has enjoyed a career as a freelance journalist. He lives in rural Wiltshire with one wife, two children, and three cats.

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