OCEAN swimmer Anna Wardley officially opened her communications firm’s new premises yesterday.
The 38-year-old has swum around five islands, including the Isle of Wight, and raised £58,000 for charities.
But now she has returned to her business Seagrass Communications, set up in 2012.
It is now based at The Old Railway, off Spring Garden Lane, Gosport. She said: ‘We’ve chosen Gosport to base Seagrass Communications because it’s where I live.
‘It’s a great place to base a business from our perspective – there are a lot of marine businesses here.
‘A lot of our clients are international marine clients. It’s great to be on the coast and it’s great to be in such a historic building.’
Anna was formerly an economics correspondent for the French news agency Agence France-Presse in London and New York, before working at race firm Clipper Ventures and freelancing.
She studied journalism and philosophy at City University in London.
Anna has a team of international PR practitioners with her, including Heather Ewing, Gaby McCall and Sybilla Pearce.
Anna added: ‘There are lots of similarities in what I’m doing now in running Seagrass and what I’ve been doing swimming – it’s a huge challenge.’
People in the maritime industry were at the opening yesterday, along with the Mayor of Gosport, Councillor John Beavis, who opened the premises.