News from the South West Group.

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Bristol 5 February – A Social Media Evaluation Masterclass

Friday 5 February 2016 from 08:30 to 10:30, McCann Bristol Ltd, Bristol

Social media is now a day to day part of many PR roles, but do we really know how to demonstrate the value in our hard work?

Evaluation in PR is a much talked about topic and Andrew Smith, MD of escherman and co-author of two bestselling social media books, Share This and Share This Too, is going to show us the insights and measurement tools available to us to help answer questions like 'so what did that really achieve?'

It was all about follower numbers, then we moved to engagement, but where next? Andrew helps us answer what should we be measuring and how?

We might just throw in a fresh croissant and a cup of coffee, well, we wouldn't want you to miss breakfast!

Tickets are £13.30 + booking fee for members (non-member tickets now sold out) from our Eventbrite booking page.

Cornwall 17 March – Thrive Third Sector: Resilience, Risk & Reputation

Thursday, 17 March 2016 from 09:00 to 16:30, Wadebridge, Cornwall.

At a time when charities are under increasing scrutiny from the media, the fundraising public, how do you support and protect your organisation in 2016? How can we work together to maintain the support, hearts and minds of the public?

Organised by Chartered Institute of PR, Mackerel Sky Events and MPAD, in partnership with the Institute of Fundraising South West, Thrive Third Sector 2016 aims to bring together senior decision makers, fundraisers, communicators, executives and trustees to tackle those difficult subjects.

Speakers include William Shawcross, CVO, Chairman of the Charity Commission for England and Wales. Full details of the event, and to book.

Tickets are £36 members, £45 non-members (booking fees apply) available now from the Eventbrite ticket page.

CIPR South West AGM 2016

The AGM took place on Tuesday 12 January 2016, 18:00 to 19:30 at the Mariott Royal Hotel, Bristol.

Members elected the new Chair, Julie Jupe; Treasurer, Oliva Burrow; Chair Elect, Rachel Picken; and Secretary, Laura Boxall. Full details of all Committee Members for 2016 are on the Committee pages.

The CIPR's President Elect Jason MacKenzie discussed plans for continuing to offer members benefits in the coming year. Members also heard short talks from CIPR SW&CI PRIDE winners, Bristol City Council and McCann, detailing the reasons behind their success and sharing tips with attendees.

New Chair, Julie Jupe, outlined her priorities for the Region over the next 12 months:

Our focus is all about networking and training opportunities, in particular to

  • Provide opportunities to network with PR professionals across the region
  • Provide members with access to 30 CPD points
  • Signpost other training and professional development opportunities that can be used for CPD.
  • Aim to deliver two one day conference events spring and autumn
  • Work collaboratively with other professionals across the region and across sectors.

PRIDE SCI 2015 – South West Winners

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