Live in Bangkok – VIV Asia 2017

Bangkok was the venue for our latest project with the world wide animal health company, Ceva Santé Animale.


Experts led the summit presentations.

The international convention VIV Asia 2017 was the backdrop for two major summits held by Ceva as part of their growing profile in Asia. Good Call Media’s Nik Wood acted as MC for the summits and led an on stage debate about the issue of antibiotic use in animals and humans.

The week began with Ceva’s Poultry Innovation Summit Asia and the Swine Innovation Summit Asia which were both held at the Centara Grand Hotel in Bangkok immediately before the VIV Asia convention. The summits were attended by Ceva customers and a series of expert speakers who highlighted issues around international demand from consumers and governments to reduce the use of antibiotics in humans and animals.


Bangkok provided the backdrop for the Ceva events.

Ceva CEO Dr Marc Prikazsky recently signed a new joint venture agreement in the presence of the Chinese Prime Minister, Li Keqiang and French Prime Minister, Bernard Cazeneuve. The agreement was signed in the Great Hall of the People, Beijing, China between Ceva and EBVAC, which is focused on the swine sector. China is by far the largest global producer of pork with half of the world’s pigs being raised in the country, underlining the importance of the new partnership for both companies.

Speaking about the Ceva summits, Ruud Aerdts, Ceva’s Asia Zone Director, said:”Growing resistance to antimicrobials is perhaps the greatest threat to all our lives and, as a result, in many Asian countries, the health authorities, livestock producers and other stakeholders are working hand in hand to address this threat by reducing the use of antibiotics in livestock production as much as possible.”

70th Anniversary Video For AC Goatham & Son

Our latest video for AC Goatham & Son, the leading British apple and pear grower, based in Kent, has gone ‘live’.

The video celebrates the company’s 70th anniversary but also outlines AC Gotham’s 20 year plan for the future, to grow their business and establish more orchards in the Medway area of Kent and beyond.


Celebrating 70 years in business.

Click here to see the video report.


Overall winner of the Medway Business Awards

The filming project was completed in partnership with Coast Communications, led by co-owner, Alison Baldwin who, together with her team, are based in Kent providing public relations and communications services for AC Goatham & Son as they continue to invest in growing their business in the Kent and Medway area. In 2016, AC Goatham & Son was voted overall winner of the Medway Business Awards and now sell their apples and pears to many of the UK’s leading supermarkets.

The project follows the production of a video for school pupils and younger visitors to the AC Goatham & Son business which we produced, featuring our own young presenter, Jasmine Molloy. Click here to see that film.

“With so much competition from fruit growers from all around the world, including the current European Union, it’s fantastic to see companies like AC Goatham not only growing apples and pears but investing heavily in new facilities and acquiring new orchards in the Kent and Medway area,” said Goof Call Media’s Nik Wood who fronted the new video report.


Young presenter, Jasmine Molloy.

“We have worked with Coast Communications and AC Goatham & Son on several previous projects, including debates on Brexit at major farming exhibitions so it was a great progression for us to be involved in producing these video reports,” he added.

AC Goatham & Son is estimated to contribute over £12 million annually in ‘gross value added’ (a measure of goods and services returned by a company into the local economy) to the Medway region and that is expected to rise to over £28 million a year in the later stages of their 20 year investment plan.

Changes due to Brexit mean that British growers like AC Goatham & Son have new opportunities to compete with foreign producers in the future. Most of the company’s profits are being ploughed back into the business and they are looking for opportunities to acquire new farms and orchards in the Kent area. When the business was founded in 1947 by Arthur Goatham, the family were fruit contractors and did not own their own farms. Today the modern business is managed by Arthur’s son, Clive Goatham and grandson Ross Goatham.


Revolutionizing Cancer Diagnosis

Volition_Primary_Logo_RGBAs part of the Edison Group’s offering, giving their clients greater exposure to the investor community, Good Call Media was asked to interview the CEO and President of International Life Science company Volition Rx (VNRX) about their financial results and performance in 2016. The company develop simple, easy-to-use blood based cancer tests to accurately diagnose a range of cancers. It was fascinating to learn that one day cancer could be detected as part of a routine blood test. This type of testing is still in its nascent stages but analysts believe the tests have great potential serving an unmet medical need.

Cameron Reynolds said “Volition had a year of remarkable success. We reached a series of significant clinical and operational milestones, enabling the Company’s transition into its commercial phase.”

To learn more about their financial results and the most recent product developments watch our video on Edison Investment TV or on Volition Rx’s website.

Strong Growth for XP

XP squareIt has been another great year for XP Power and in our six monthly video, keeping investors and shareholders abreast of their developments, there was a lot to talk about.  Our business correspondent Nik Wood was joined by Chief Executive Duncan Penny and Financial Director Jonathan Rhodes and they reported that general trading figures were very strong again. “We seem to be firing on all cylinders” said Duncan “each geography was up year on year and each sector was up year on year.”

Despite the uncertainty of Brexit and currency fluctuations XP are not seeing customers going away. One of the biggest challenges now is managing the manufacturing capacity but with expansion plans for the factory in Vietnam and an increase in the number and line of products, as just part of a larger strategic plan, the company are managing their growth.

To find out more detail about the last years performance and future exciting plans across the company for the year ahead please  click here.

Saving the Wensleydale Flyer

When leading UK manufacturer, Acorn Stairlifts, stepped in to save the iconic Wensleydale Flyer, they asked Good Call Media to help them tell the story of the campaign to save the iconic bus service.

See our video report on the story by clicking here.

The ‘Flyer’ operates on a route between Northallerton and Gayle in the world famous Yorkshire Dales National Park and is a lifeline for many local people including elderly residents who rely on the service to move around the Dales.


The company stepped in the save the bus.

When cutbacks in funding meant it faced termination, Acorn Stairlifts of Steeton near Bradford, agreed to top up a crowd funded campaign and allow the bus to carry on running for over a year. The company wanted to use our experience as TV journalists to explain the story.

Simon Webster of Acorn Stairlifts, which has been a winner of the Made in the UK business awards and was voted Yorkshire Post Exporter of the Year in 2016, said: “The problem was that the bus faced closing down and many people relied on the service. Our company ethos is to help people to get from A to B on a daily basis, whether it is up and down the stairs or using a rural bus route, the parallels were there and that’s why we stepped in.”


Acorn Stairlifts corporate branding

The importance of rural bus services in national parks was also highlighted by Sir Gary Verity, the Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire and the man credited with masterminding the successful campaign to bring the Tour de France to Yorkshire in 2014 – a move that helped to make the Yorkshire Dales internationally famous.


Sir Gary Verity of Welcome to Yorkshire

“Rural economies and particularly upland rural economies like the Yorkshire Dales are pretty fragile economically,” said Sir Gary, who owns a remote sheep farm in Coverdale, close to the route of the Wensleydale Flyer, which has now been renamed the Acorn Wensleydale Flyer after Acorn’s intervention.
“Buses are often the threads that hold those national park economies together and allow people who don’t have access to a car to move around the parks,” he added.
Some campaigners have labelled the threat to rural transport as the ‘Beeching of the Buses’, claiming the threat is as potentially devastating as the plan developed by Dr. Richard Beeching that saw the UK’s railway network decimated in the 1960s.
Buses are overseen by the Department for Transport in England and the Welsh Assembly in Wales but decisions on funding for services are made by local authorities.