24 March 2011 newsletter

24 March 2011

Our 2011 programme so far has been a tremendous success with another record turnout for Andrew Gowers’ recent talk (see photos thanks to Newscast) and we have confirmed more fixtures. Peter Barron, Google’s EMEA director of external relations, is to speak at the annual dinner on 3 November. And, although the visit to The Telegraph next month is oversubscribed, there are places available to visit the Olympic Park and International Broadcast Centre on 4 May – early booking is recommended.

Our lunchtime speaker next month is Hugo Dixon, Editor, Reuters Breakingviews, followed by Tracy Corrigan Editor-in-Chief, The Wall Street Journal Europe in May.

Visit to the 2012 Media Centre – Wednesday 4 May

A visit to the 2012 Media Centre at the Olympic village  will take place on 4 May. The visit will include a tour of the Olympic site. Please book early to ensure a place. Priority will be given to members.

Summer party – Wednesday 15 June – preceded by the AGM

Please note the date of the summer party – the evening of 15 June – in your diary. It will be on the roof terrace at Olswang’s offices again this year. As always, we expect a good crowd from the industry – both in-house and agency people and some of the great and the good. It is a perfect opportunity to enjoy a glass of wine.

The party is preceded by the AGM.  All are welcome to attend – details to follow.

2011 dates for the diary

Friday 1 April 2011 Visit to The Telegraph
Wednesday 4 May 2011 Visit to the Olympic site  and tour of the Media Centre
Tuesday 10 May 2011, lunchtime Tracy Corrigan, Editor-in-chief, Europe, The Wall Street Journal
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 Jeremy Hillman, BBC Business and Economics Unit
Tuesday 11 October 2011, lunchtime  Authers, head of the Lex
Thursday 3 November 2011, annual dinner Peter Barron, Google
Tuesday 8 November 2011, lunchtime speaker to be advised

Click to book  for the lunchtime speaker meetings: £15 for members; guests £20 for 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.

Best wishes

Caroline Cecil



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