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Beth Whittaker is a communications consultant with more than 30 years' experience, specialising in learning, rural & urban regeneration and ethical businesses. She is increasingly working with social enterprises, charities and small businesses in and around Stroud and Gloucestershire.
Beth trained and worked as a newspaper journalist for ten years before moving into PR in the mid 1980s as an Account Director on consumer and business-to-business clients for one of the UK's most successful regional PR agencies. In the early 1990s, she launched her own business.
She takes great pride in developing creative, long-term working relationships with her clients, helping them develop confidence in their own ability to communicate more effectively, both externally and internally.
This sharing of skills not only takes place during day to day client contact but also, more specifically, through a series of Viva Communications training workshops.
Beth is an active committee member of one of Gloucestershire's fastest growing business networking groups, the Stroud Businesswomen's Network and is also a Gloucestershire Ambassador
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Martin Whittaker is a journalist with a wealth of experience. He started his career in 1984 on local and regional newspapers, and since 1991 he has worked as a successful freelance feature writer, contributing to national publications ranging from weekly women's magazines to the Independent and the Mail on Sunday's Night & Day magazine.
For over a decade he specialised in education and became one of the Times Educational Supplement's most prolific freelance contributors, covering topics from further education to school leadership. He also contributed to the Guardian's education section as well as a range of specialist education publications.
Martin has been commissioned to carry out research projects and write reports on subjects including media literacy, careers advice and guidance and the impact of the recession on market towns.
In 2010 he gained a Post-Graduate Certificate in Social Research Skills after studying part-time with the Open University, and is happy turning the most complex, jargon-ridden research report into flowing plain English.
In his spare time Martin helps victims of crime as a volunteer with the charity Victim Support and has been an active member of the National Union of Journalists. He is also a musician - he plays guitar in a band and is learning the piano.