Annual dinner date now 28 November - guest speaker Margaret Hodge. James Quinn to speak on 12 November

07 October 2013

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2013 dates for the diary

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Last week we held our second annual social media breakfast (“Social Media as Market Maker: does it improve corporate communications or confuse the markets?”), and it was a popular and lively discussion, with over 80 people in the room. The Q&A session could have lasted until lunch if we had not been conscientious about finishing before 10am! I’d like to thank the panellists for their excellent contributions – photos of the event can be found here [insert link].

We have had a change to our autumn lunchtime speaker programme, as Clare Harbord from Heathrow has to fly away (get it!) to an unavoidable overseas meeting on Monday 7 October. We are delighted that Gren Manuel, Executive Editor EMEA Region for the Wall St Journal Europe, will now be our speaker on Monday 7 October instead. In November, we will welcome James Quinn, Deputy Business Editor of the Sunday Telegraph (on Tuesday 12 November). Both meetings will be at our usual venue with AXA in Old Broad St.

Our annual dinner speaker, Margaret Hodge, has a phenomenally busy diary as you can imagine, and unfortunately she has had to change the date she can speak to the CIPR Corporate and Financial Group. She is still keen to join us for the annual dinner, and given the high profile and relevance of her work for so many of us, we have decided to postpone the dinner in order to ensure that Margaret can still join us. We will let you know as soon as we have a new confirmed date. stop press - now the 28 November

You can find out more details of all our events on our website It is worth checking regularly as we often have new events confirmed, and these can become full very quickly. And do remember that our events earn CPD points for CIPR members who are using the CPD programme.

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Lunchtime meeting with Gren Manuel, Executive Editor, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Wall Street Journal Europe

Date: Monday 7 October, lunchtime

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

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

Event: Gren Manuel, Executive Editor, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Wall Street Journal Europe

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

For full details and to book click here

Gren Manuel is a senior journalist with several decades of experience in business news both in the UK and Asia. As Executive Editor for EMEA at the Wall Street Journal, Gren is responsible for leading the integration of news operations in the region, overseeing the workings of the combined Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires newsrooms, as well as developing strategy for the expansion of news platforms in Europe. Prior to his current role, Gren was senior editor of the Dow Jones Newswires operation in Europe.

WSJ, famously, kept its paywall when other sites decided to go free - now it is perhaps the largest paid-for news site in the world. Also bucking the trend, its print circulation in the US, already the highest of any daily newspaper, is continuing to rise when most newspapers in the US and globally are seeing theirs shrink.  In our region it has over 400 reporters and editors and aims to cement its place as a site that Europeans can go to find European news. To broaden its reach last year it launched a site in German and in January this year launched a WSJ site in Turkish. It is also pushing hard into video against established broadcast names. 

Gren will discuss these initiatives and outline how the WSJ sees the future of business news.


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 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.

2013 dates are on our calendar

MONDAY 7 October, lunchtime         Gren Manuel, Executive Editor, Europe, Middle East and
Africa, Wall Street Journal Europe

Tuesday 12 November, lunchtime      James Quinn, Financial Editor of Telegraph Media Group [covering the Daily and Sunday Telegraph and]

Thursday 28 November, evening        Annual dinner with guest speaker Margaret Hodge, MBE MP, Chair of the Public Accounts Committee

Lunchtime meetings £15 for members; guests £20 for the first occasion and £25 for subsequent meetings.  Booking forms can be found on our website.

Early bookings are advised as there are occasions when the events are fully booked.

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.

Annette Spencer

Chairman – CIPR Corporate and Financial Group

MA, MBA, MCIPR (Accredited Practitioner)


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