29 September 2011 newsletter

29 September 2011


We had some great feedback from our first Tomorrow’s Talent, held at Rocket on Monday 19 September.  There was plenty of lively conversation and the attendees found it a very useful networking event. 

On Wednesday night VMA Group’s 2011 Communications in Financial Services Report was launched in association with the CIPR Corporate and Financial Group. This is a study of communications in the financial services market with some of the initial results highlighting key industry trends.

For a copy of the report please click here

To read the full article click here

Our next speaker meeting is on Tuesday 11 October with John Authers, Head of Lex

Please book now for our annual dinner on Thursday 3 November with Peter Barron, Head of Communications, Google.  Tickets are £85 each - the evening is a great opportunity to meet fellow practitioners and we have many individual bookings so don’t feel that you need to make a group booking.  The price includes a half bottle of wine per head; further bottles of wine can be purchased. We are delighted that Precise are sponsoring this event again.

2011 dates for the diary

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

Thursday 3 November 2011, annual dinner Peter Barron, Google

Tuesday 8 November 2011, lunchtime    Dafydd Rees, Sky News

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.



Please take a look at our Corporate and Financial Group website  As well as details of forthcoming events, there are reports and photos of our lunchtime meetings, and reports of visits, 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 (via sueowen@corporate-financial.com). Our online booking and payment system can be accessed currently by the links on the calendar below. Any feedback is very welcome.

Communication with other members

We now have 381 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.

Best wishes

Caroline Cecil



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