Media & PR
Here at Coventry Rocks we love to hear from people who've been using our website. Below are a selection of our favourite reviews, plus some interviews and articles from the local press... AND some awards we've won!
If you'd like to give us some feedback, or tell us how Coventry Rocks helps you (or could help you more!) please get in touch
Review from a Local Mum - November 2023
"Absolutely brilliant website for anyone living in or around Coventry with young children. We’ve filled our weekends with activities on here. Whenever we’re at a loss of what to do, we’ll always check what’s going on and always so surprised about how much is going on in Coventry. Find the information is always accurate unlike other directories and the instagram page is really helpful to follow too with real experiences. Thank you for website it’s been a lifeline over the past 3 years." - Gabrielle
Best Days Out Directory - West Midlands - November 2023
In November 2023, Coventry Rocks won the award for Best Days Out Directory 2023 - West Midlands. Organized by SME News, the Midlands Enterprise Awards 2023 is a prestigious awards program that showcases the achievements of businesses operating in the Midlands.
Review from a Local Mum - October 2023
Review from an Advertiser - October 2023
"We would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation a for Coventry Rocks incredible platform that has consistently showcased our venue and activities to the vibrant and diverse Coventry community. One of the standout features of Coventry Rocks is the responsiveness of its owner, Jess. Upon interacting with Jess, we are always met with unwavering enthusiasm and a willingness to go the extra mile. Jess's dedication to helping us promote our offerings is truly commendable. Whether it is answering our queries promptly or providing helpful suggestions, Jess is unwavering in her dedication to go the extra mile.
The platform's primary goal is to bring Coventry audiences closer to the wealth of experiences the city has to offer, and we cannot stress enough how effectively Coventry Rocks accomplishes this mission. By featuring our venue and activities, they have provided us with great visibility and the opportunity to engage with our local audience, many of whom, credit Coventry Rocks for their visit.
Coventry Rocks is undoubtedly, an indispensable asset in the local community. The commitment of Jess to promoting the diverse range of activities and venues available in Coventry has certainly increased the city's cultural visibility to a local audience, and helped many Coventry families make lasting memories, that would otherwise have been impossible. Truly, Coventry Rocks has unquestionably become a reliable and indispensable resource, serving as the ultimate guide for those seeking unforgettable experiences in our beloved city"
- Coventry Transport Museum
Best Local Family Living Guide - West Midlands - June 2023
In June 2023, Coventry Rocks won the award for Best Local Family Living Guide 2023 - West Midlands. Organized by SME News, the Midlands Enterprise Awards 2023 is a prestigious awards program that showcases the achievements of businesses operating in the Midlands.
Best Local Tourism Information Platform - West Midlands - April 2023
In April 2023, Coventry Rocks won the award for Best Local Tourism Information Platform 2023 - West Midlands. The UK Enterprise Awards spotlights the most hard-working companies in the United Kingdom, who go above and beyond to provide customers and clients with outstanding products and services.
The Cov Pod - February 2023
I was delighted to be asked to take part in the latest episode of THE COV POD - a fantastic podcast hosted by Aaron Ashmore from Etch & Pin. In this episode, Aaron explores some of the reasons that make Coventry one of the must-visit destinations in the UK. Listen here.
Finalist for Ladies First Business Awards - January 2023
In January 2023, Jess was shortlisted as a finalist for 2 Ladies First awards:
- Business Woman of the Year
- Woman of Achievement Award
She is looking forward to the judging panel, and the awards dinner on 23rd March!
New Business of the Year - October 2022
In October 2022, Coventry Rocks won “New Business of the Year" at the 2022 Coventry Live Business Awards.
The Coventry Live Business Awards celebrate the city's finest businesses, entrepreneurs and organisations... and we were VERY honoured to be a winner in this Category! You can read all about the awards here.
Family Business of the Year - West Midlands - August 2022
In August 2022, Coventry Rocks won the following awards in the SME News Midlands Enterprise Awards 2022:
- Best Local Tourism Information Platform - West Midlands
- Family Business of the Year - West Midlands
Most Family-Focused Business - Coventry - May 2022
In May 2022, Coventry Rocks won the award for Most Family-Focused Business in Coventry from Acquisition International Business Excellence Awards. You can read the official press release here.
Finalist for Family Business of the Year - March 2022
In March 2022, Coventry Rocks was a finalist for FSB Small Business Awards – Family Business of the Year. The FSB Awards celebrates the achievements and contributions of small businesses and the self-employed across the UK.
Finalist for New Business of the Year - October 2021
In October 2021, Coventry Rocks was shortlisted for “New Business of the Year" at the 2021 Coventry Live Business Awards.
The Coventry Live Business Awards celebrate the city's finest businesses, entrepreneurs and organisations... and we were VERY honoured to be in the final three for this category. You can read all about the awards here.
Review from a Local Mum - October 2021
Coventry Moves Event - June 2021
Owner of Coventry Rocks, Jessica McLish was nominated to be a Godiva for the Coventry Moves Event which was part of Coventry becoming UK City of Culture 2021. The 14 Godivas were chosen by public nomination for their contribution to the Coventry community, and they rode on horseback accompanied by women bearing banners and flags representing their manifesto for the city.
Jess was selected due to the work she does to support local families through the Coventry Rocks website, helping them to find things to do in and around the city. It was an amazing event covered by Coventry Live, The Guardian and BBC News. You can also watch the event finale here!
Review from a Local Mum - June 2021
An Interview with Coeure et Maman - February 2021
Huge thanks to Coeure et Maman for interviewing Jess for their fantastic website! In this interview she talks about Coventry and everything that’s great about it. She talks about the best advice she's received, who she looks up to, and all about Motherhood aswell.
You can read the interview here.
LIVE on BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Radio Breakfast Show - December 2020
To mark Coventry Rocks' first birthday, BBC CWR did a feature on the Breakfast Show including a live interview with Jess McLish. The conversation included why Coventry Rocks was set up, how popular it has been during 2020 lockdown, and the plans for 2021.
You can listen to the interview here.
Coventry Observer - December 2020
The Coventry Observer website published a piece to mark Coventry Rocks' first birthday.
"The Parks and Walks section has proved very popular with local families and the website has been even busier during the pandemic as people search for things to do to stave off lockdown boredom. In its first year Coventry Rocks has had more than 72,000 families visit the website and it has over 5,000 followers on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter."
You can read the full article here.
The Coventry Observer also published the article in print.
My Way of Thinking Podcast - December 2020
MWOT is a new weekly Podcast by Lee Greenhough that looks deep into brilliant individuals that have something to say.
You can listen to the podcast featuring Jess McLish here.
Review from a Local Business - December 2020
“Jess at Coventry Rocks is great to work with and has been a big help to us in promoting all of our family activities. The website is easy to navigate and is the perfect place to see what’s on in Coventry for families of all shapes and sizes.”
Joy Corcec - Culture Coventry
Inside Coventry and Warwickshire Podcast - December 2020
This series of podcasts showcases businesses and entrepreneurs in Coventry and Warwickshire. You can listen to the interview with Jess McLish here.
Review from a Local Mum - November 2020
Review from a Local Mum and user of the website - July 2020
"Only recently had this page recommended to me and so far have had some fab days out. Visited Kenilworth Common last week. 3 generations thoroughly enjoyed it. Many nooks and crannies, dens and swings to be found. Really looking forward to visiting many others. This page has really opened our eyes up to the beauty of what is on our doorstep. Thanks for taking the time to dedicate yourself to this page. Very useful."
Laura A - Local Mum.
Saturday Shout Out from the Belgrade Theatre - June 2020
Every Saturday, the Belgrade Theatre gives a shout out on their website and social media channels to a company doing something particularly inspiring during lockdown. Thank you to the Belgrade Theatre for featuring Coventry Rocks, it was a pleasure to be interviewed for this article.
"For this week's Saturday Shout Out, we'd like to say a huge thank you and well done to Jess at Coventry Rocks for her continued support of local businesses and community groups during the lockdown. Find out more about her one-stop, what's on guide for families in Coventry"...
Review from a Local Mum and user of the website - June 2020
"Quite simply the best guide to Coventry for families!
From classes and events to fields to run in, Coventry Rocks is an excellent source of information. As relative newcomers to Coventry, Coventry Rocks have provided a one stop shop for activities for our three year old and has saved precious time searching on the internet. The guide to outdoor spaces has been invaluable during lockdown and knowing they have been tried and tested by Coventry Rocks is really reassuring. The facebook updates are great for reminding us that there is always more to discover in Coventry. Who knew Coventry had so much to offer, Coventry Rocks did of course!"
Rebecca P - Local Mum.
Review from a Local Mum and user of the website - May 2020
"I am a new mum and just recently moved to the area. Coventry Rocks really helped me to find my way, discover the area and to meet other mums. Baby groups, parks, baby friendly restaurants, family activities for the weekends - I just found everything on there. It's so well maintained (incl. their Insta and Facebook pages) and easy to find what you're looking for. Even now during the covid-19 lock down, I found groups to join online and keep ourselves busy whilst I'm housebound with my little one. Can definitely recommend the page :-) "
Marlene W - Local Mum.
Coventry Observer - December 2019
Huge thanks to the Coventry Observer and columnist Pete Chambers for the fantastic article about Coventry Rocks just two weeks after launch.
"On arriving to the site you are met by a home page that is clean and inviting, it's a site that you want to explore. It is evident that a lot of thought has gone into this, with an emphasis on children and families"...