CIPR Wessex Freelance Network: PR and a Pint

The CIPR Wessex Freelance Network meets once a month in a pub in the region to talk about all things related to being a PR freelancer or a small agency. It is friendly and informal, and a chance to share experiences and sound out ideas for your business. The event is free, you just pay for what you drink and eat.

What do we talk about?

All things that affect the working life of the PR freelancer, be that whether to operate as a sole trader or set up a limited company, how to find work, getting paid, training, legal requirements and so on.

In the last year some guest speakers also joined us. They talked us through using social media as a PR tool and growing a freelance business into an agency. We also had a session focusing on crisis management presented by one of our members who was fresh from assisting a client in a global crisis.

What will you get from attending?

Being a freelancer can be quite isolating and the group provides support and advice and a great sounding board. We also share ideas for best practice, recommend each other for jobs or help each other out if over capacity. We all have our own list of preferred suppliers and media contacts, so whatever the issue, between us we know someone who can help.

Who is it for?

It's not just for freelancers. We welcome small agency professionals too and interim contractors. We also welcome those who are thinking of making the move to become a freelancer and who want to find out from others how they did it.

Who goes?

The regular members of the group, built up over the last three years, come from all areas of the region. The group is designed as a forum for sharing in a relaxed and confidential atmosphere.

If you are looking to recruit a PR professional this is not the forum for you. However, please contact Miranda Rock if you are looking to hire and she will forward your request on to the group or alternatively contact the members directly.

Join us

We meet every second Wednesday of the month at The Bridge, Shawford Rd, Winchester, Hampshire SO21 2BP.

We start at 7.30pm and there will be food available from the bar for those who wish to eat (most of us do!)

We will move around the region during the year so watch this space for the date and location of future meetings.

If you would like to join us, please contact the Chair of the Freelance Network, Miranda Rock – phone 07957 391 498 or email