26 May 2011 newsletter

26 May 2011

At our recent committee meeting, the success of the recent programme was highlighted and much other positive progress including increased membership and attendance at our events.  The visits to The Telegraph in April and the Olympic Park this month were very successful and informative.  We are planning more visits for the autumn so, if you have any ideas, do let us know.  Because of the limited numbers that can be accommodated, visits tend to be for members only, reinforcing the value of being part of the Group. 

We now have a committee member who is looking at providing activities for those members new to the industry – please let us know if you would like to be involved.

We have launched the new Group website and on-line booking and payment are also being tested – do try this out. 

Book your place for the summer party on 15 June (sponsored by Precise and Ellwood & Atfield) on Olswang’s roof terrace. It is looking as though we will have a good turnout again this year. Members are welcome at the AGM at 5.45pm before the party – please email sueowen@corporate-financial.com if you wish to attend the AGM. 

Book here for the next lunchtime meeting on 14 June with Andrew Oxlade from This is Money.

Newscast's photos  from our most recent meeting, at which Tracy Corrigan spoke, are now on the website.

On-line booking and payment

As mentioned, we are currently testing online payment via Eventbrite and PayPal as you will see the links in this newsletter. (At last, we hear you cry!) Hopefully this will make things much easier for everybody. Please do let Sue Owen know if you have any problems rather than giving up and do give us any feedback, critical or positive, trivial or major.

Our new website

We have at last launched the newly refreshed Corporate and Financial Group website. Do take a look. As well as details of forthcoming events, there are reports and photos of our lunchtime meetings, visits, of the different events. We have also added a best practice section which we will be building on in the coming months. If you would like to contribute to this, please get in touch with Jill Pearcy who is co-ordinating this exercise. The next piece in the jigsaw will be to integrate the online booking and payment system into the new site. Many thanks to all those who helped with the new design of the site.

Again, any feedback – brickbats and bouquets alike – much appreciated.

The CIPR benevolent fund is helping members

In the last two years, the benevolent fund, Iprovision, has assisted 18 CIPR members, who have hit hard times, often as a result of serious illness, disability, or an accident that has drastically affected their income and their wellbeing. Iprovision was set up by members over 45 years ago “to provide assistance in cash or kind or in any other appropriate manner for the relief of hardship to any CIPR member, close dependent of any member or dependent of any deceased member”. Iprovision is a registered charity and depends almost totally on support from members. 

If you know of any CIPR members who face real hardship because of the current recession or because of illness or disability, please encourage them or their relatives to make an application. Forms are available for download on the CIPR website www.cipr.co.uk/iprovision or from Jane Wharam on 020 8144 5536 or by email administrator@iprovision.org.

Please also contribute to the fund. You can do this via gift-aid £10 (the voluntary “levy”) when you renew your annual CIPR membership. 

And, if you are having a fund raising event, please consider giving some of the proceeds to Iprovision.

2011 dates for the diary               

Tuesday 14 June 2011, lunchtime                              Andrew Oxlade, This is Money

Wednesday 15 June 2011, 18.30pm                         Summer party (preceded by the AGM)

Tuesday 12 July 2011, lunchtime                                Richard Fletcher, Daily Telegraph

Tuesday 13 September 2011, lunchtime                                Mark Gilbert, Bloomberg (please note change of speaker)

Tuesday 11 October 2011, lunchtime                       John Authers, Head of Lex

Thursday 3 November 2011, annual dinner          Peter Barron, Google

Tuesday 8 November 2011, lunchtime                    speaker to be advised  

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 2011 speaker programme.

Priority booking for members

In view of the heavy demand for some of the more popular lunchtime meetings, we have decided to restrict places to one guest per member. Additional guests will go on the waiting list with places released two weeks before the meetings. Members will be given priority for the visits. To avoid disappointment, I encourage you to join the group either through the CIPR or directly – please contact sueowen@corporate-financial.com for details.

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.

Members between jobs  

Members between jobs can attend meetings free of charge – it is a great way of networking and keeping in touch and members have found jobs though the group network.

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 sueowen@corporate-financial.com  Cost £15 with discounts for larger quantities.

Are you responsible for safeguarding your organisation's or your clients’ reputation?

The CIPR is hosting a full-day conference on Wednesday 22nd June to help senior professionals navigate the reputation management landscape. The conference will offer practical advice on maintaining, enhancing and measuring corporate reputation, and provide clear guidance on how to get this important issue into the boardroom. The Corporate and Financial Group's Deputy Chairman, Annette Spencer, will be giving the keynote address on "Reputation as a board issue", so it should be highly relevant for any CFG members.

Other expert speakers from companies including Blue Rubicon, Bell Pottinger, Echo Research and Transport for London will discuss different aspects of managing reputation effectively, such as:

• The role of citizenship and social responsibility

• The importance of identifying risks when times are good

• Employees as brand ambassadors

• The key influencers behind reputation.

Find the conference programme and booking information online at www.cipr.co.uk/reputation. The conference will be held at the CIPR's offices at 52-53 Russell Square, London, WC1B 4HP.

Best wishes

Caroline Cecil




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