Dea Parkin
Specialist writer for business since 1991


Jackie McGarvey, General Manager, Sweet Dreams
Sweet Dreams is a UK furniture manufacturer with a turnover of around £20m.
Dea Parkin of Competitive Edge has worked with Sweet Dreams since 2003 and does an excellent job for us with PR and copywriting, ad campaigns, brochures, exhibition work and general marketing assistance.
She doesn’t miss a trade PR opportunity and knows all the journalists very well. Our own customers soon began commenting about seeing us in the press, which is very useful.
I find the working relationship with Dea much to our advantage as she doesn’t hesitate to go the extra mile. I can leave her to get on with things on my behalf and be confident she will do an excellent job. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Dea and her services.


Mike Barber, Managing Director, NRL Ltd
NRL is a privately owned technical recruitment business, placing people with the country’s foremost companies. In 2012, when the company took their marketing in-house, they had an annual turnover of around £75m and eight UK offices.
Dea Parkin of Competitive Edge helped NRL Group Ltd with copywriting, marketing materials and PR for several years. She is prompt, conscientious and trustworthy, and adapted easily to our ways of working. I would recommend her services to businesses looking for an affordable and effective marketing solution.

Hilary Beaumont, Director, Bill Beaumont Textiles
Bill Beaumont Textiles is the very successful fabric company run by the ex-England rugby player.
Competitive Edge is very resourceful, creative and reliable. It was a pleasure to work with Dea whose personal approach and integrity are highly recommended.


David W. Hardman, formerly Director at Curtina and Style Furnishings
Now a textile marketing consultant, David was sales director of ready-made curtain giant Curtina and fabric house Style Furnishings for many years.
When I was sales director at Curtina Ltd, Dea was responsible for all of the company’s marketing communications. During the nine years she worked with us, our presence in both trade and consumer press was exceptional.
As a result, when I bought Style Furnishings with two partners, we immediately appointed Dea to look after our PR. Again she did a first class job for us.
Now employed as an independent textile consultant, I have no hesitation in recommending Dea to clients looking for marketing materials. They are always delighted with the outcome.
Dea is hardworking, honest and reliable. She is highly thought of and liked by press and clients alike. I shall certainly use and recommend her services in future, and gladly provide references to any of her potential clients if required.