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Bernadette John

Freelance Journalist and Editor

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Available for news and feature writing, editing, online content and advertorial writing.

Sectors covered include: education, special needs, family travel, UK travel, business, retailing, marketing, food and drink, restaurants, wine, legal sector, luxury sector, conference and incentive travel, consumer and human interest.

My work has been published in The Telegraph, The Guardian, Absolutely Education, Chalk and Chat, SEN magazine, Harper's Wine and Spirit magazine, The Grocer, The Global Legal Post, Luxury Legal Post, The Good Schools Guide, travelsupermarket.com, familytraveller.com, Checkout, Brand News, What's new in Marketing, Kent and Sussex Courier, Solihull News and Time Out.


Latest pieces

The Good Schools Guide
Let's move to Tunbridge Wells | The Good Schools Guide

A hangover cure first put Tunbridge Wells on the map. Young buck Lord North had been living it up at the Abergavenny Estate, and was a little worse for wear. He supped the iron rich water from the Chalybeate Spring and found himself miraculously rejuvenated.

The Good Schools Guide
Travel: Zanzibar | The Good Schools Guide

Zanzibar, the African island with Middle Eastern mercantile heritage, is temptingly tropical and full of culture. Bernadette John reports on why it's the ultimate holiday destination. It has everything going for it - white sands; turquoise seas bloated with tropical fish, coral, and dolphins to spot; wonderful food based around the island's bounty of spices, coconut and seafood.

Absolutely Education UK
A Guide to SEN by Specialist Educational Needs expert Bernadette John

Absolutely Education talk to Special Educational Needs expert Bernadette John on what to do if you are concerned about your child Maybe you notice that your child seems to have a great number of tummy aches on school mornings. Or the class teacher seems to be frequently asking you for a word.

SEN Magazine

Bernadette John outlines some of the key considerations when looking at a special school for your child "We want him to have the influence of mainstream children around him". "We don't want to close down her opportunities". "We don't want him shut away from the rest of the world".

SEN Magazine

Bernadette John outlines key things to consider when choosing a school for a child with SEN Trying to find a school for a child with SEN is an enormous project; information on provision can be hard to track down and you can't rely on the same local word of mouth as you might when placing a child without any identified additional learning needs.

The Good Schools Guide
Fussy Eating | The Good Schools Guide

'We must be the only parents in the world who wish our child would eat a burger,' says Philip Painter, whose 18-year-old son Charlie has Arfid (avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder) alongside autism. Arfid was only recognised as a diagnosis in 2013 - some children with the condition have previously been diagnosed as anorexic.

Wearable tech: Watch what you're doing

By Bernadette John Santa's sleigh is likely to be laden with wearable tech devices. As the Apple Watch hits the shelves, Microsoft is unveiling a fitness band with smartwatch functions. LMVH is in talks with a technology company and may launch a smartwatch in the coming months.

Keep the twit out of twitter

By Bernadette John UK politician Emily Thornberry's career-costing tweet came as a shocking reminder of the pervading naievety around social media. Bernadette John reports on how cautious luxury companies are embracing social media. Luxury companies are not rushing to tweet Many companies with sophisticated marketing machines have also made themselves a laughing stock through ill-advised social media.

Nine of Britain's best curry houses | The TravelSupermarket blog

As a Brummie girl, I was weaned on balti curry, writes Bernadette John . Nights out in Birmingham , a city with one of the largest British Asian populations in the UK, would end up with everyone piling into a balti house for a no-frills spice hit.


Harper's Wine and Spirit magazine
A little kindness pays off

Companies are using random acts of kindness as a marketing tool


1,000 backlog beaters for Indian patent office

26 September 2014 at 08:32 BST The backlog of patent applications in India will be cleared within 18 months, the Government has vowed. India is looking to clear its patent applications backlog Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also promised a revamped IP rights policy - full details of which will be announced by New Year, when public comment will be invited - and the introduction of a think-tank on global IP issues.

Sniffing out the top performers

19 December 2014 at 15:55 BST Luxury company Estee Lauder has been on the mergers and acquisitions trail. Estee Lauder is on a buying spree Estee Lauder has been on a shopping spree for high end grooming brands in a bid to expand its luxury perfumes and skin care business.

Trial for car makers in China

By Bernadette John Mercedes-Benz is the latest foreign investor to come under the spotlight of China's anti-monopoly laws. Mercedes-Benz is under pressure from Chinese regulators Following raids on its dealerships in Shanghai and the eastern province of Jiangsu, the National Development and Reform Commission declared that the car maker had "controlled prices of spare parts and repair and maintenance in downstream markets".

The wine business


Folkestone for all the family - Family Traveller

If you were last in the Kent town of Folkestone to catch a ferry, you probably wouldn't think of returning. But the ferries have gone, and with them the tatty B&Bs that catered for ghost-hour arrivals from the port.

Get active in Eastbourne - Family Traveller

With its manicured Italian gardens and pristine sea front, Eastbourne is a grand dame among English seaside resorts. There are plenty of attractions for the kids and plenty of space on the beaches to soak up the rays - Eastbourne claims to be the sunniest spot in the UK and its Grand Parade beach stretches for three miles and shelves gently into the sea.

What's new in Marketing
Island life

My report on a cruise around the Caribbean (someone had to do it)

What's New in Marketing
African contrasts

Sierra Leone, a destination report for the daring

Messinia, Greece - Family Traveller

If you're looking for a school holiday destination that's not overrun with British holidaymakers then this is your spot. Hire a villa here.

Food and drink industry

The Grocer
Halloween bites

Halloween is a big business opportunity

The Grocer
La Dolca Vita

Unravelling the pasta market


The List: The Ambrette

Ambrette head chef Dev Biswal explains to Bernadette John why wine only works with fine Indian cuisine - not high street curry Where? 44 King Street, Margate, Kent CT9 1QE; 01843 231504; and 24 High Street, Rye, East Sussex TN31 7JF; 01797 222043; theambrette.co.uk. Who?

The List: Enoteca Turi

Owner Guiseppe Turi tells Bernadette John why Italian wines triumph over all on the list at Puglia specialist Enoteca Turi Where? 28 Putney High Street, LondonSW15 1SQ; 020 8785 4449; enotecaturi.com Who? Guiseppe Turi brings the flavours and produce of his native Puglia to the kitchen, and experience as a sommelier at the Connaught and Athen aeum hotels in London to the wine list.

Harper's Wine and Spirit magazine
Home for local heroes

Profile of The Curlew restaurant which won a Michelin star 18 months after opening

Human interest/Consumer


Harper's Wine and Spirit magazine
Can you keep a secret

Profile of wine merchants The Secret Cellar


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