Former Sales & Marketing Manager for the Vital Earth and Growise UK brands, Maryanne (Maz) Stokes has launched a PR, marketing and training services company aimed at the garden sector. The company offers monthly fixed price sales, marketing and training packages suitable for any size of operation from start up to blue chip.
The new company, called simply Maryanne Stokes offers PR taster packages that start from as little as £199 through to more comprehensive ongoing programmes that are more in depth, but which are also on a fixed monthly price at Silver, Platinum and Diamond levels. Maz explains, “We understand our clients’ business and their objectives and write powerful newsworthy copy to raise the profile of the business or product, keeping it simple but making it powerful”. In a similar vein, the Maryanne Stokes marketing services are kept simple and focused and include design, print and production, brand building, product support, product catalogues, leaflets and flyers, exhibition support and design, web design, management and optimisation, POS, direct marketing and corporate gifts. The company’s sales and marketing services also include outsourced resources for staffing shows, events and exhibitions, the Assist package of interim cover for sickness, holidays or maternity / paternity leave and an outsourced telesales service all on a straightforward hourly rate.
Maryanne Stokes business training services are based around Maz’s passion for people and belief in investing in staff to get the best from them. She explains, “There are few if any good solid commercial courses or trainers in our industry with specific garden experience, know- how and execution. Leadership and management development is so sadly neglected and this is one of the major causes of businesses’ not achieving their goals. The result is stress, absenteeism, staff turnover and poor customer care.” Maz is offering a diverse range of training packages covering wide and varied levels of delegate competence.
From her garden industry start as a part time till operator at Wyevale Galton, through roles as till supervisor, admin manager, department manager, assistant manager, assistant buyer, Group buyers role for horticultural and then indoor garden sundries, Maz is one of the most experienced operators in the market in terms of hands on knowledge of what makes the garden sector tick. After a stint as senior buyer for sundries and pets at Haskins Garden Centre, Maz became sales and marketing manager at Vital Earth, making waves with the building of that peat-free, fit for purpose brand – fun, colourful and quirky.
The Maryanne Stokes company is based in Somerset just off the A303 in between Wincanton and Yeovil, with associate offices north and south of Birmingham. For more details or just an informal chat please call, txt or email Maz on:
Mobile/text 07747 676 833
Telephone 01963 441433