News from the South West Group.

Coming up

Effective Blogger Engagement – Cornwall

Friday 20 February 9.30am to 12.30pm
Blue Bar, Beach Road, Porthtowan TR4 8AW, United Kingdom

Led by award-winning blogger and marketing consultant Jo Middleton (otherwise known as Slummy Single Mummy) this half-day session is a great opportunity for anyone using digital and social tactics as part of their campaigns. Tickets are £50 + VAT.

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So, you think you know social? Spring Conference – Cornwall

Friday 20 March 9am to 2pm
Cornwall Innovation: The Health & Wellbeing Innovation Centre

Social media has become a dominant force in our everyday lives. It has condensed the global conversation into a 7cm by 5cm window with ability to connect, unite, inspire and influence. It has also provided a platform for instability, fear, corruption and destruction.

As communicators we can't ignore the conversation, we need to drive it.

How can we make sure that we are comunicating in the right arenas and with the right tools in what is a rapidly changing market?

For our Spring mini-conference we are hoping to challenge what you may already 'know' about social media and open up the discussion for the future of communications and communicators alike.

Tickets are £45 + VAT for members and £60 + VAT for non-members.

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Social Media: Advanced – Swindon

Wednesday 18 March 2015

CIPR HQ training is coming to our region!

This workshop on social media will provide insight into the most cost-effective tools and techniques to use to plan, manage and evaluate social media activity and teach how it can be incorporated into broader public relations and communication activity.

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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


CIPR PRide 2014 SCI awards photos

Official photos of the hugely successful first PRide South of England and Channel Islands awards are now available.

Go to our photo gallery then follow these instructions:

  1. Click on 'Batch Download' (right-hand side of page)
  2. Enter password: Bristol
  3. Select which images you want to download

If you took part in the photo booth on the night, you can also download those images.

Don't forget to share your images with the hashtag #PRideSCI!

And if you missed our video on the night showing the great work the CIPR is doing in the South West, watch it again below.