News from the South West Group.

Next events:

Exeter, 9 June - Facebook Messenger - how will it impact your organisation?

Thursday 9 June 2016 from 14:00 - 17:00, The Conference Suite - Plumer House Tailyour Road, Plymouth, PL6 5DH

At their recent F8 conference, Facebook revealed how they're moving further into the world of business, making themselves central to the experience of its users – your customers.

So what does this mean for your organisation?

Join Jess Smith (@JLSmith88) from Great Western Railway, who worked with Facebook to become one of the first companies to use Messenger for business.

At this event, you'll be able to hear from Jess the pros and cons of speaking directly to customers through Messenger and get tips to prepare your organisation for this new communication channel.

Tea and coffee will be provided, and there will be time for networking at the end of the event.

This event is worth 5 CPD points for CIPR members.

Tickets are £15-20 - available now

Bristol, 14 June - Inside BBC Bristol Tour

Tuesday 14 June 2016 from 18:30 to 20:30, B B C Broadcasting House - Whiteladies Road, Bristol, BS8 2LR

A unique opportunity to visit the BBC on a bespoke tour, seeing behind the scenes at BBC Radio and TV, visiting studios and the newsroom; ending with a panel discussion on how to pitch and secure coverage and some insider tips from BBC programme makers and journalists. Confirmed speakers include: Stephanie Marshall, Head of Regional and Local Programmes BBC West and Joanna Brame, Series Producer of Countryfile, more to be announced.

Ticket price includes tour of the studios, panel discussion, wine/beer/soft drink and nibbles.

If you purchase a CIPR member ticket, your details will be checked against the CIPR member database.

Tickets available now - £21.99 – £32.49

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