News of our September events and future events..

27 September 2012

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2012 dates for the diary

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Your committee are working hard to provide the events and networking that will be of interest
to you and we have a few more events in the pipeline this autumn.  We are delighted to have received offers of help from volunteers – or as we call them “committee associates”.  We are always appreciative of offers of help – please contact me  if you
are interested in helping the committee.

September has been a busy month with 3 popular events. The social media breakfast last Friday (21st September) was extremely popular and was sold out with a wait list.  There were a broad range of topics and issues reviewed and interesting commentary on Twitter.  You can see the tweets on #CFGsocialmedia and you can join the discussion on our LinkedIn Group.

The September lunchtime meeting with Anthony Hilton, Financial Editor of the Evening Standard was very popular and the pictures are now on our website – please click here to view them.

And finally those who were lucky enough to go on the Sky News visit earlier in the month had a really interesting time with Sky News’s James Sillars, who showed them the CMS system (content management system) and how their journalists now have to juggle writing for Twitter, the website, radio and TV bulletins.

The momentum is picking up for bookings for our annual dinner, with guest speaker Nick Hewer, at St Stephen’s Club on 28 November. It is a great event for catching up with industry contacts.  Please let us have any seating preferences, or book a table with some colleagues and friends and catch up. Or come as an individual and extend your network meeting new peers. It is always an enjoyable evening, and this year’s guest speaker should be both informative and entertaining. We are very pleased that Precise are sponsoring the event again this year. 


CIPR Corporate and Financial Group annual dinner

Nick Hewer, Alan Sugar's right-hand man on The Apprentice and Countdown host. Hewer's PR firm was selected to represent Amstrad in the 1980s and soon became responsible for media relations for all Alan Sugar's business and charitable activities. For over 20 years, Nick played an integral part in Amstrad's management structure. He also built up a long and impressive client list, including the Secretariat of HH the Aga Khan and the wife of the ruler of Dubai, the late Sheikh Maktoum.

After selling the business, Nick retired early to his house in south west France; but having become firm friends with Alan, he was called back to help negotiate with the producers of The Apprentice. The tables were turned when Sugar persuaded Nick to take an onscreen role and promised to negotiate his fees. "I fought hard against it", he says, "but he cajoled me - in a muscular sort of way."

Members and guests are most welcome at £85 each - the evening is a great opportunity to meet fellow practitioners. The price includes dinner and a half bottle of wine per head.

To book please click here

Our next lunchtime meeting will be on Tuesday 13 November 2012 when Jackie Brock-Doyle, Director of Communications & Public Affairs for the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games & Paralympic Games will be our speaker.

Meeting reports and best practice guides

If you are unable to attend the Corporate and Financial Group events, you can read the reports posted on our website after the meetings.  And, if you have attended a meeting, do look at the photos.  More best practice guides will continue to be added.


If you would like to sign up as a member of the group please contact Sue Owen  (link to  The Corporate and Financial Group exists to provide you with:

  • access - to leaders
    in business, the media, and the City, at our events

  • networking - amongst our
    peer group and other senior practitioners

  • guidance on
    best practice
    - particularly on matters which directly support the credibility and
    effectiveness of our profession in delivering value to senior decision makers
    in business and corporate life

  • representation - on
    regulatory issues or other matters affecting our collective licence to operate,
    acting as an authoritative voice for our profession.

Our events include our regular lunchtime meetings (usually the second Tuesday of the month), our annual summer party and annual dinner, visits to places like 10 Downing Street, the Guardian and Sky News, best practice seminars, and events for those new to the industry (Tomorrow’s Talent).

Membership details can be found here . You can join the group either through the CIPR or directly – please contact for details.

Dates for the diary

Tuesday 13 November 2012, lunchtime Jackie Brock-Doyle, Director of Communications & Public Affairs for the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games & Paralympic Games.

Wednesday 28 November 2012, evening Annual dinner with guest speaker Nick Hewer, a former public relations consultant turned television personality (The Apprentice/Countdown)

Lunchtime speaker meetings are £15 for members; and £20 for guests on the first occasion and £25 for subsequent meetings.  We are grateful to AXA for hosting the 2012 speaker programme.

As we expect that some events will be fully booked please book early to avoid disappointment. Members have priority.

Money saving and CPD 

You can buy a book of vouchers for the speaker lunches and make a 10 per cent saving. You are entitled to 5 CPD points for attending the meetings too.

Through the Thicket – a guide to financial PR

If you wish to buy copies of the third edition of Through the Thicket, the Group’s guide to financial PR (a summary of the rules and regulations for those doing PR for listed companies), please email  Cost £15 with discounts for larger quantities.

Communication with other members

We now have over 650 members of the Corporate and Financial Group LinkedIn group and this is growing. People are using it for discussions and to flag up events and jobs. It’s free to join so please get involved and add to the conversation.

Best wishes

Annette Spencer



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