News from the South West Group.

Coming up in December 2015

Crisis communications – Gloucester

Taking the drama out of a crisis – tips on planning for the unexpected
Tuesday 8 December 2015, 6-9pm, Gloucestershire County Police HQ, 1, Waterwells Drive, Quedgeley, Gloucester, GL2 2AN.

What do you do when something happens that threatens public safety or causes a threat to your organisation's reputation or brand? While crises are, by their very nature, unexpected, you can still plan for them and their consequences.

At this event you can hear how communications professionals in the public sector plan for the unexpected and how colleagues in other sectors get involved. There will also be a discussion around some examples of product recalls. What would you have done in those situations?

After the presentations and discussions, there's an option for a short tour.

Open to members and non-members. Tickets £10.99 members (incl. booking fee and VAT) and get 5 CPD points for attending.

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HQ Training in the South West: Change communication course – Swindon

Change communication course
Thursday 10 December, 9am start, Jurys Inn – Swindon

This workshop provides practical guidance, techniques and real world examples of communicating change to internal audiences. Drawing heavily on psychological research, it challenges the myth that people don't like change and highlights the real sources of resistance and how they can be overcome.

Members: £350 + VAT; non-members: £500 + VAT. Attending will earn you 10 CPD Points.

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Christmas networking drinks – Exeter

CIPR SW are holding a series of networking Christmas drinks events – the first of these is in Exeter on 3 December, 5:30-7:30pm at 14 Mary Arches Street, EX4 3AZ Exeter.

CIPR member: £4 (+VAT); non-member: £7 (+VAT). The ticket price includes a festive welcome drink and nibbles.

Tickets are on sale now on our booking page.

PRIDE SCI 2015 – South West shortlisters

Congratulations to all the South West based businesses and indiviuals winning this year's PRide SCI Awards! Below are the winners based in our South West region. Full details of the region are on the main PRide SCI page and you can read details of winners as they were announced on the @CIPR_SW twitter feed #PRideSCI.

Consumer Relations Campaign

  • GOLD: McCann; Breaking the taboo around women's health for Balance Activ

Public Sector Campaign

  • SILVER: Plymouth City Council; Are you registered to vote?

Community Relations Campaign

  • GOLD: South West Water; Even Cleaner Seas
  • SILVER: Grayling; Plan A - because there is no Plan B

Low Budget Campaign

  • GOLD: Barefoot Media; Padstow Christmas Festival
  • SILVER: Good Energy; Good Energy, the National Trust & the 'Green, clean' campaign - vintage spring cleaning tips

STEM Campaign

  • GOLD: Good Energy; Energy Miles: Where does my energy come from? Why renewables are the answer

Arts, Culture or Sport Campaign

  • SILVER: McCann; Archery GB 2014/15 press office

Regional Campaign of the Year

  • GOLD: South West Water; Even Cleaner Seas

Best Use of Media Relations

  • GOLD: Barefoot Media; Padstow Christmas Festival

Best Use of Social Media

  • GOLD: Highlight PR; 30th Anniversary Strategy for Sylvanian Families

Best Event

  • SILVER: Inside Media; Conti Media Cup: inflating awareness of Continental Tyres' football sponsorship

Outstanding Young Communicator

  • Laura Hicks MCIPR, Wild Card

Public Sector Team of the Year

  • GOLD: Bristol City Council

Outstanding Small Public Relations Consultancy



2016 - Date for Diary

The 2016 CIPR SW AGM will be on Wednesday 12 January 5:30pm. Details TBC


CIPR SW's AGM and look ahead for 2015 was held on Wednesday 28 January in Bristol. After the meeting, presentations from Rich Leigh, Gemma McGratton and Alastair McCapra provided attendees with thoughts on what to expect in the coming year. AGM minutes can be viewed here and speaker presentations can be viewed on our Event reviews page.

Chair Pam Lloyd gives her view on the AGM and the year ahead for the region below:

It was great to see so many familiar faces at our AGM in January. The newly elected committee has a busy year ahead planned and we'll look forward to meeting up with regular attendees to our events and hopefully getting to know some new members. We now have over 620 members in the region, that's an 8% increase within the year, and we hope to welcome more members across the SW as the 2015 program of events gets into full swing. Members really appreciated CIPR CEO Alastair McCapra coming to Bristol to tell us in person about the Institute's plans for the year ahead. It was good to hear how much our regional events, training and networking are appreciated by members who find it difficult to justify the time and expense of traveling to central London to attend CIPR HQ events. CPD is really gathering momentum as more and more members get involved with the CIPR's Continuous Professional Development program and become accredited. The SW committee aims to put on at least ten events in the year so that members can log CPD points close to home.

I'd like to thank, once again, all outgoing members of our committee, particularly our Secretary Gemma Fear and our Events Co-Ordinator Katrina Podlewska, who had served seven years on the committee. We are very grateful to them for all the time they have devoted to the CIPR in the region.