Meakins/Mersea Week Full Article

Meakins and Mersea Island: Business & Community

The name MEAKINS is probably new to most of you reading this booklet. We are therefore delighted to have been given the opportunity by the Mersea Week Committee to print this and wanted to take this great opportunity to tell you a little more about who we are and what we do - both in terms of business and our involvement in Mersea Island life.


In simple terms, Meakins is a family owned and run business focused on printing, office supplies/stationery and promotional goods. Established in Maldon over 30 years ago, our customers range from Colchester to Chelmsford, Witham, Braintree and the Dengie Peninsula. We have a fierce reputation for customer care, quality and the capacity to work to the tightest of deadlines. To many of our customers we are known as specialists in what we like to call “The Art of the Odd” – identifying solutions wherever they are faced with sourcing bespoke or out of the ordinary requirements. On Mersea Island we are proud to include the likes of Marfleet Construction, The Victory, Art Café, JWB Mersea Ltd and Brennan Group among our customers and would be delighted to have the opportunity to talk to many more of you about how we might add value to your respective businesses.


But, as I said at the top of the page, Meakins is also very much about giving back to the community. Jenny Meakin, the founder of Meakins, has lived on the Island for over 12 years and is an active member of numerous clubs, including Hula Hooping and Belly Dancing, and has participated regularly in performances at the Mersea Food, Drink and Leisure Festival. As Jenny’s partner I have been on the Island 6 years and am a very keen rugby man. Last year I joined Steve Daniels and his band of volunteers in setting up the Juniors (“Foxes”) section of Mersea Island Rugby Club and you will hopefully have begun to notice my regular articles in both Mersea Life Magazine and the Mersea Island Courier on the Club’s behalf. I have taken the role with the “Islanders” for development of the Club’s already generous crop of sponsors and, as a part of both the Juniors and Seniors committees, commit a significant amount of my time each week in that direction. There is a good chance that I have already come knocking on your door for support in terms of pitch side advertising boards – if not then rest assured your time is still to come! In parallel with this relationship Meakins has been very happy to provide a wide range of its services to the Rugby Club, including the pitch side signage and banners at the Glebe, training and first aid equipment and, of course, printing services. It should be said that Meakins has an equally strong relationship with Heybridge Swifts football club as part of its commitment to support of the community there also. It would be great to think that through our involvement this time we might get to meet some of you in the Mersea Island sailing community and begin hopefully, to become even further engaged.


Andrew Meakin (one of Meakins’ two main Directors), along with myself , is also involved in an events and promotions company called ARC Promotions. Through this company we look to stage events such as boxing dinners, golf days, themed nights etc on behalf of local sports clubs and small to medium sized companies. Mersea RFC have recently sampled one such event at Crowne Plaza Five Lakes and, as a result, have asked us through ARC to look at staging a boxing dinner on their behalf at Five Lakes later this year which will raise a considerable amount of money for the Club. We are also looking possibly to stage a Halloween Casino Night – again on behalf of Mersea RFC, but with invitations open to everyone on the Island. If you or an organisation with which you are connected would like to hear more about ARC capabilities please call me at the number below.


Finally Jenny, Andrew, I and all at Meakins would like to thank the Mersea Week Committee for this opportunity to support one of the Island’s major annual calendar fixtures and wish everyone a safe and enjoyable week’s sailing…….


Like the man said……....


“a bad day’s sailing is a helluva lot better than the best day at work.....”


Colin Morgan

Meakins Limited Mob: 07850 313817