News from the South West Group.

Coming up this Autumn

The next two events from the CIPR South West Group.

Ethics? Corporate Responsibility? Sustainability? Where does this fit into the role of PR in the 21st Century? - Bristol

CIPR SW will be hosting a Bristol-based ethics event to support CIPR's Ethics Month 2015 on Wednesday 14 October from 18:00 to 20:30.

PR professionals in the South West are being invited to come and join a lively debate about how PR, ethics and corporate responsibility are shaping our profession.

We will hear from three/four speakers, who will all present a different perspective on Ethics, Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility followed by questions from the floor.

Tickets are £18 Members, £24 non-members. Included in the ticket price is a glass of wine upon arrival and attendance equates to 5 CPD points.

For full details and to secure your ticket, visit our Eventbrite page.

HQ Training in the South West: Change Communication Workshop - Swindon

Change Communication Workshop, 10 December, 09:00 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. More details and to book your space.

PRIDE SCI 2015 - South West Shortlisters

Congratulations to all the South West based businesses and indiviuals shortlisted for this year's PRide SCI Awards!
Below are those based in our South West region. The full shortlist is on the main PRide SCI page.

Consumer Relations Campaign

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

Public Sector Campaign

  • Economic and Social Research Council; ESRC Changing World Photographic competition
  • Environment Agency; Sandwich Town Tidal Defences
  • Plymouth City Council; Are you registered to vote?

Community Relations Campaign

  • Grayling; Plan A - because there is no Plan B
  • South West Water; Even Cleaner Seas
  • The Vine; HelloHome Ready for Bed? Campaign

Low Budget Campaign

  • Barefoot Media; Padstow Christmas Festival
  • Good Energy; Good Energy, the National Trust & the 'Green, clean' campaign - vintage spring cleaning tips
  • Grayling; Christmas by St David's

STEM Campaign

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

Arts, Culture or Sport Campaign

  • McCann; Archery GB 2014/15 press office
  • MPAD and Warner Young Management; Bring The Foo Fighters To Cornwall - Crowdfunder Campaign

Regional Campaign of the Year

  • South West Water; Even Cleaner Seas
  • Wild Card; Put your milk where your moustache is - celebrating regional dairy

Best Use of Media Relations

  • Barefoot Media; Padstow Christmas Festival
  • KOR Communications; The Seaton Down Hoard

Best Use of Social Media

  • Highlight PR; 30th Anniversary Strategy for Sylvanian Families

Best Event

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

Outstanding Young Communicator

  • Amber Thomas MCIPR, Avon and Somerset Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner
  • Jessica Beales MCIPR, Midnight Communications
  • Laura Hicks MCIPR, Wild Card

Public Sector Team of the Year

  • Bristol City Council

Outstanding Small Public Relations Consultancy

  • KOR Communications
  • MPAD
  • Pic PR

If you are undecided about attending the Awards Dinner this year, take a look at the video of last year's ceremony night showing the great work the CIPR is doing in the South West and ask yourself - why would I want to miss this?!


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.

Pam Lloyd