Corporate and Financial Group December newsletter

16 December 2015

In this newsletter

Comment from your Chairman

2016 dates for the diary


Comment from your Chairman

The year is drawing to a close and it’s a good time to reflect on a successful year in the Corporate and Financial Group.  It’s been a busy year for public relation professionals in business and finance. Not just because, oh yes, we had a general election (remember that?) and have been driving our way through an economic recovery, despite a volatile global economic and political environment. I do hope you’ve got something out of the group this year, whether you’ve added to your CPD, made a new contact at a networking event or put a question to a national journalist at one of our lunchtime briefings.

We end the year on a high. I was delighted to see strong demand for our visit to the BBC as it sold out very quickly. Sorry if you wanted to go but couldn’t get on it – we are looking to run another visit next year.

Our last lunchtime meeting of the year was with David Wighton, City Editor at the Wall Street Journal Europe. The room was packed out and was a great end to a year of really interesting and thought provoking lunches. Our 2016 programme is taking shape.  Our first briefing is with David Smith, Economics Editor at the Sunday Times, on Tuesday 12 January 2016. You can kick start your 2016 CPD and book now. Do keep a look out for events next year so you can spend more lunchtimes tapping into insights of big names in business journalism.  2015 was a special year, as we celebrated our 40th birthday. The House of Lords was a befittingly grand place to celebrate and we were grateful to Baroness Grender, for kindly hosting us and for being such a supporter of our group. 

I was especially thrilled to meet so many past chairmen of the group, and to hear from Sarah Pinch, outgoing president of the CIPR. We are also very grateful to our sponsors, Precise, who are very generous and whose sponsorship helps us to deliver such a great programme to you every year.

As we approach a new year, I would like to thank our hard working committee who have produced a great programme this year. Next year is set to be just as good too.  All of us are keen to hear your thoughts on how you can get the most of the group– get in touch with feedback and ideas at

Finally, I would like to wish you a wonderful Christmas and New Year. Thank you for supporting us this year and I look forward to seeing you all in 2016.

Simon Thompson
Chairman – CIPR Corporate and Financial Group

Lunchtime meeting 2016

Event: David Smith, Economics Editor at the Sunday Times

Date: Tuesday 12 January 2016, lunchtime

Time: 12.30pm for 1 o'clock (sandwich lunch will be served)

Venue: AXA - 5 Old Broad Street, London EC2N 1AD

Cost: £15 for Corporate and Financial Group members; £20 for non-members on the first occasion and £25 for subsequent meetings.

Other group news

The CIPR Marcomms are hosting a seminar on Developments in Social Media Evaluation on 11th February 2016 – if you would like to attend please book here 

CIPR Marcomms event: PR measurement is changing fast. 

By 2018, 20% of business content will be authored by machines (predicts Gartner). But how can this content be measured along with non-automated content?

Neville Hobson has over 25 years' experience in PR and marcomms.  He will discuss where we came from and where we are going.

Stella Bayles, Director of, believes that Search Engine Optimisation-PR can provide financial growth for the PR industry. How?

Social media strategist Paul Sutton advocates brands adopting the PESO approach (Paid, Earned, Shared and Owned media). But how do we measure it? Paul will examine the social communications perspective. Book now

CIPR Corporate and Financial Group 2016 dates (all lunchtime meetings are held at AXA) 

Tuesday 12 January, lunchtime: David Smith, Economics Editor at the Sunday Times, - Book here

Tuesday 9 February, lunchtime: James Ball, formerly of The Guardian and WikiLeaks, and now Special Correspondent at Buzzfeed – Book here

Tuesday 8 March, lunchtime: Christian May, CityAM editor – Book here

Tuesday 12 April, lunchtime: Kirsty Good, Sky News Business Editor – Book here

Tuesday 10 May, lunchtime: Panel on EU – Book here

Tuesday 14 June, lunchtime: Joel Hills, ITV News               - Book here

Tuesday 14 June, evening: Summer Party           

Lunchtime meetings £15 for members; guests £25.  Booking forms can be found on our website.

Early bookings are advised as there are occasions when the events are fully booked. Members have priority for some events.

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.


We welcome new members so please let others in the PR world know about the CIPR Corporate and Financial Group (contact Sue Owen for details).  We continue to offer free attendance at meetings to members who are between jobs.

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, the BBC 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.

You can find out more details of all our events on our website together with pictures from our past events. It is worth checking regularly as we often have new events confirmed, and these can become full very quickly.                

You can also join our LinkedIn group (which currently has over 1,000 members) and follow us on Twitter: @CIPR_CFG.


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