A WORCESTER-based marketing boss has landed a fifth creative design award for a brochure promoting his own company.

Former Evening News journalist Bob Blandford picked up the award in the Royal Mail's Winning Post competition for Most Creative Mailshot in the west territory.

The 53-year-old's briefcase brochure for Bob Blandford Press and Publications was singled out from hundreds of entries.

Mr Blandford, of Addison Road, Beechwood Park, Barbourne, now produces corporate identity, brochures, press, videos and multi-media marketing and sales promotions campaigns in Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

During a varied career, the former Royal Grammar School pupil has worked on newspapers and handled PR accounts for companies like Kawasaki, Bovis, Tarmac and Ansells Brewery.

He won another award from the Royal Mail in 1985 for writing a feature on 71-year-old disabled Bromyard postman Jack Challen and Don, the postie who doubled as landlord of the Live and Let Live, at Bringsty.

He says he also has a TV play and a radio play "with the BBC" and has been talking to five times Olympic champion Sir Stephen Redgrave about a part in a possible screenplay based on a true-life event at Worcester Rowing Club.

"I've done the local and national newspaper scene, and the big agencies and the corporate publicity campaigns, but give me Worcestershire any time," he said.

"There's no need for companies of any size to look towards Birmingham, or beyond, for top-flight sales promotion on a local or national scale.

"It's right here on the doorstep, it costs half the price and it really works. This award proves it.

"Put it this way, if I couldn't produce a sales-generating campaign for myself, I couldn't claim the right to do it for others," he added.