Long-time Aquascot partner Joanne Brogan takes us through the evolution of our beloved in-house newsletter.
Fish Tales is produced quarterly and is a valuable regular round-up of the latest Aquascot news, events, achievements and plans — a publication by and for the partners across the business.
I joined the company in May 2007, and shortly after this I was asked if I would join the Communications Group — with our main objective being to rejuvenate the company newsletter, Fish Tales.
It was already in existence, but I believe only a couple of editions had been issued at that stage and so first of all we had to introduce some consistency along with producing genuinely interesting content. I took on the challenge and became the editor.
"I remember we had a jokes section, which received a few raised eyebrows from some and laughs from others..."
We got to work, creating a booklet format with a new front cover and a structure of what we would include every month. Our first edition was published in June 2007 and at that stage we committed to monthly editions.
We would print lots of copies and put them in the canteen, which people would often take home with them to read. I remember we had a jokes section, which received a few raised eyebrows from some and laughs from others.
Issue 11 of Fish Tales — published in April 2008.
The evolution of the Fish Tales design — 2007, 2018, 2020.
I was editor for two years and then passed the baton over to Sylwia Robertson, who diligently kept it going for a further eight years, making a huge contribution to the flow of information across the business.
In 2018, through the PC, Sandra Craveiro took over the reins and created a Fish Tales Group, taking on the editor role and with the help of Stacey McFarlane, gave Fish Tales a very polished and professional face lift.
We made a joint decision at this point to issue Fish Tales every three months to ensure content was meaningful to avoid 'space filler' content — and this has remained the release schedule ever since.
"A lot of hard work and effort goes into creating the newsletter, and we have a great Fish Tales team who work well together to create an information sharing platform for our partners."
We now have a new editor, Justine Fourny, who has a creative flair and instinct for recognising good ideas and interesting topics. Justine oversaw the design refresh of Fish Tales in 2020, she drives the Fish Tales team and often gives us a wee nudge to submit our articles — which is invaluable when producing a regular publication like this one.
A lot of hard work and effort goes into creating the newsletter, and we have a great Fish Tales team who work well together to create an information sharing platform for our partners.
Written by: Joanne Brogan (HR Advisor & Fish Tales Editor, 2007-2009)
The current Aquascot Fish Tales team: Justine Fourny, John Housego, Rachel Hannah, Tracey Gray, Sylwia Robertson, Patrycja Cisewska and Joanne Brogan.
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