24 May 2012 newsletter

24 May 2012

In this newsletter

Social media case studies

Financial regulation update

Special offer: IoD membership and room hire

Event details 


2012 dates for the diary

In this newsletter

There’s a lot to
report this month. We have just added a really interesting set of best practice guides on social media to our website and also an update on financial regulation following the publication of the Financial Services Bill.

Tickets for our next lunchtime meeting on Tuesday, 12 June with Laura Kuenssberg, Business Editor, ITV News, and for the summer party on Tuesday 26 June are very popular so please book soon to reserve a place. 

The lunchtime meeting report and photos for the lively meeting with Mrs Moneypenny / Dr Heather McGregor of Taylor Bennett, are now up on the website

Our annual dinner will be held on Thursday,15 November with Nick Hewer, a former public relations consultant turned television personality (The Apprentice/Countdown), as our guest of honour and speaker.

And we have negotiated two special deals for our members with the Institute of Directors, one of which is a 15 per cent discount on hire of their function suites which are suitable for press conferences and analyst meetings as well as seminars and dinners.

Financial regulation update

Rupert Pittman writes: financial regulation is forever evolving and we are regularly asked what the implications are for our members. Through the Thicket – the Corporate and Financial Group’s handbook to help financial communicators find their way through the maze of regulations and guidelines relating to the disclosure of financial information and the prevention of insider dealing and market abuse – remains an extremely valuable aid to those practitioners wishing to ensure best practice.

The third edition was published in November 2010 and since then there have been a number of significant developments within the market. Most significant has been the Government’s publication of the Financial Services Bill in January of this year. This is not expected to come into operation until 2013, at which point a fourth edition of Through the Thicket is planned. In the meantime however we hope that Rupert Pittman’s update is of interest, and once again we thank Miranda Lane, Managing Director of FinanceTalking Ltd, for her invaluable help and guidance.

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.

Social media – best practice and working examples from the corporate and financial arena

Every company needs to consider the impact, opportunity and risks of new communication channels like social media and mobile applications. To help members developing social media strategies, we have put together some case studies examining how corporates are using these new channels. Standard Chartered’s approach is the subject of one and PwC’s mobile app features in another. The third looks at how the law currently views social media activity.

The case studies were compiled by Jill Pearcy and Steve Smith. If you would like to add a case study please contact steve.smith@cwc.com. We are planning to hold a forum by way of follow up over the next few months. More details to follow.

Have a look at best practice guides on a variety of other subjects including writing annual reports and bank terminology.

Special offer: IoD membership and room hire

We are pleased to announce that we have negotiated two special offers for CIPR Corporate and Financial Group members: discounted membership of the Institute
 of Directors and discounts on IoD room hire.

Special IoD joining offer – save £215

Established in 1903, the IoD is the longest standing membership organisation for professional leaders. Membership is designed to support organisations and the people that run them, providing business expertise and resources, enabling its members to fulfil their leadership responsibilities, benefiting them, their organisations, and society as a whole. Members can enjoy a host of valuable and time-saving benefits from free business information and advice, to access to premises across the UK. Full details of membership benefits can be found at www.iod.com/benefits.

Membership normally costs £340 per year, with a one-off election fee of £215. As a member of the CIPR Corporate and Financial Group you are eligible for a specially negotiated waived election fee discount of £215, meaning you are able to join for one year for £340. To take advantage of this offer or to find out more about membership, call one the IoD Membership Team on 020 7766 8888, quoting PR001C. This offer is valid until 31 December 2012.

Discounted room hire

We have also negotiated a 15 per cent discount on room hire for CIPR Corporate and Financial Group members when booking meeting rooms in the IoD’s 116 Pall Mall Business Centre. 

The seven IoD function suites based in 116 Pall
 Mall are suitable for a range of events including dinners, press conferences or launch events. The rooms are supported by the in-house IoD production team which fulfil AV requirements, whether it be a simple presentation to clients or a stage set with filter lights. For more information on 116 Pall Mall visit www.116pallmall.com. You need to quote CFG2012 when booking the rooms for this discount to apply.  Normal catering charges will apply.

Meeting reports

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

Forthcoming events

Tuesday 12 June 2012 lunch-time meeting, Laura Kuenssberg, Business Editor, ITV News

Time, 12.30 for 1pm, ends at 2pm

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.  Early booking is advised. 

Laura Kuenssberg, Business Editor, ITV News (@ITVLauraK) leads all business coverage
 or ITV News, providing analysis of the latest business stories, both in the UK and internationally.

Formerly Chief Political Correspondent for the BBC, Laura won acclaim for her coverage of the 2010 General Election and the formation of the Coalition government. Other major stories Laura has covered include Barack Obama's Presidential campaign; the build-up to the Iraq war; and the accession of the Eastern European countries into the EU from Prague, Warsaw and Berlin.

Summer party: Tuesday 26 June

Book your place for the summer party on Tuesday 26 June (sponsored by Precise) on Olswang’s roof terrace. £25 for members and £35 for non-members. You can view previous pictures (courtesy of Newscast) of our summer parties on our website – we
have a mixture of individual and group bookings, but the party is a great opportunity for members of the industry to meet informally over drinks and canapés. Guests will be able to enjoy a complimentary six months temporary membership of the group. We have an excellent cross section of the industry attending 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. 


If you would like to sign up as a member of the group please contact Sue Owen  (link to sueowen@corporate-financial.com).  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 and the Guardian, 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 sueowen@corporate-financial.com for details.

2012 calendar

Tuesday 12 June 2012, lunchtime              Laura Kuenssberg, Business Editor, ITV News

Tuesday 26 June, evening                            Summer Party 6.30pm, Olswang Roof Terrace

Monday 9 July 2012,lunchtime                  Adrian Bailey, MP, Chairman of the Select Committee on Business, Innovation and Skills

Tuesday 11 September 2012, lunchtime                Anthony Hilton, Financial Editor, Evening Standard

Monday 8 October 2012, lunchtime         Clare Harbord, Corporate Affairs Director, BAA

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

Thursday 15 November 2012, evening    annual dinner with guest speaker Nick Hewer

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.

Communication with other members

We now have 540 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.

I do hope the information in this newsletter is helpful and would be delighted to hear from you if you have any comments on any of the issues raised.

Best wishes

Caroline Cecil



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