Pebble International was formed in 2004 with an aim to provide a business-to-business, Pan European and North American communications and consultancy service to the textile and sports industries. In 2011 the company evolved, to allow for extension into providing more research consultancy alongside existing services.
Pebble’s founder Vanessa Knowles has over 20 years experience in consultancy, international PR, marketing, and event management within the textile and sports industries. Formerly the manager of one of the largest trade magazines for the sports industry, she was instrumental in setting up and organising an associated international conference and was the driving force behind one of the most widely referred to industry websites. She has also worked for the largest international membership organisation for the textile industry, where she worked with the General Secretary on recruitment drives, dealing with many senior directors within blue chip companies, as well as general public relations and marketing for the various services the institute offered. More recently, Vanessa has been involved in project management for a series of European Sustainability Working Groups, where she is required to ensure smooth running of international groups, this role also involves providing representation at wider global industry initiatives which are challenging existing practice to kick-start change.
Recently, Pebble has also been working on various projects with a UK government agency in the development of two new industry working groups, bringing together the relevant parties who will work towards addressing sustainability issues in the clothing sector.