Berners Marketing MD wins recognition for voluntary work

Sue Bramall, director of Eccleshall-based Berners Marketing has won the 2006 Jaguar Award for Arts & Business Adviser of the Year.

This award, presented by The Rt Hon Clare Short MP, on 25 May, marks the most outstanding contribution made by a business person to the arts in the West Midlands over the past year.

Sue was presented with the award following her voluntary work as a Skills Bank Adviser with Sally Coleman of Gladstone Pottery Museum. The objective of the project was to produce a marketing strategy for the three branch museums.

Ed Doolan, on announcing the shortlist, commented that 'The judges were impressed by the way Sue energised key people within the organisation, brought out Sally’s potential and left a solid legacy for both Sally and the museum service to build upon. The transference of skills in both directions delivered a perfect outcome.'

As winner, Sue receives a beautiful trophy and a cheque for £1,000. The trophy is to keep for one year and the money includes £750 to present to an arts organisation of her choice and £250 to commission a piece of art for herself. In addition, Jaguar Cars has also offered a Jaguar for a weekend.

'Naturally, I am thrilled' says Sue. 'The project was very rewarding in itself, but it is wonderful to be recognised like this. I think much of the success was down to the fact that Sally Coleman was very keen to take on board good commercial practices and put them to use at the museum. She worked very hard and the strategy that she has produced is first class, so it is no surprise to hear that visitor numbers are already increasing.'

Sue will donate the £750 to Gladstone Pottery Museum where the money will be used to commission a new ceramic mould to go into production at the historic pottery factory. The commission will be unique to the Museum and visitors will be able to watch the new ceramic piece being cast and decorated in the original workshops of the former Gladstone China Works.

'I am looking forward to seeing the new mould in production, and also commissioning my own piece of art and I hope to find a Staffordshire artist or sculptor to support.' explained Sue. 'As a mad-keen gardener, I would like something to put in the garden. However, my husband, two sons and I are rather excited about the prospect of the Jaguar for the weekend too!'

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