News from the South West Group.

Next events:

Devon, 21 April - CIPR SW Interactive Crisis Communications Workshop: cyber security

Thursday, 21 April 2016 from 13:00 to 18:00, Sandy Park, Exeter

Scenario: 'We just lost our customer data'

Learn the latest best practice in crisis communications from experts Dan Pritchard and Mandy Pearse. This workshop will include a real-time cyber security and social media senario, where delegates can take part in an interactive in an interactive crisis situation - 'We just lost our customer data'.

Pick a role, work as a team and help implement a crisis communications strategy. Then see the results, reviewing and learning from the experience. The half-day workshop will include an initial best practice overview, before the scenario, followed by a wrap up feedback and learning session.

Running the session are:

  • Dan Pritchard - 20 years' experience in media and public relations, including a decade's experience of crisis communications for the public sector, corporates and smaller regional businesses);
  • Mandy Pearse - CIPR Accredited Practitioner and Approved Trainer with 20 years experience of PR and marketing and has managed crisis communications around deaths, flooding, fires, bombs, shipwrecks and health scares); and
  • Phil Sampson of Sampson Hall - a development company that works with business leaders and people within organisations on areas including strategy, leadership, teamwork and cultural change, including helping them to understand and successfully manage crisis situations.

Attending will earn you 10 CPD points.

Tickets are £30 CIPR members, £40 non-members (VAT and booking fees apply) avaliable now.

Bristol, 28 April - One Tweet from Disaster

Thursday, 28 April 2016 from 18:00 to 20:00, Hargreaves Lansdown - Anchor Road BS1 5HL

It only takes one tweet to derail reputation management plans with the ultimate impact landing on the bottom line. Employee and customer use of social media is hard to control but often lands with the PR team to deal with when it all goes wrong. We'll hear from 3 speakers about their experiences and there will be a chance for questions from the audience.

Hosted at Hargreaves Lansdown in Bristol; Danny Cox, Head of communications at the FTSE 100, Bristol based investment company discusses how social media (or any other) policy is only ever good as the people who use it. Danny looks at how one employee's tweet led to 24 hours of media frenzy, how they dealt with this, and other reputational issues.

Attending will earn you 5 CPD points.

Tickets are £11.45 – £16.68 available now on our booking site

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