25 August 2011 newsletter

25 August 2011


September is a busy month for the group starting with Tuesday 13 September, a lunchtime meeting with Mark Gilbert, London Bureau Chief at Bloomberg News.

A new event – Tomorrow’s Talent – will take place on the evening of Monday 19 September 2011. This is for those new to the industry who would like to meet their peers and have a chance to talk to industry experts over drinks. There are just a few spaces left.

You are also invited to the VMA Group’s 2011 Communications in Financial Services Report launch in association with the CIPR Corporate and Financial Group on the evening of Wednesday 28 September. This is a study of communications in the financial services market with some of the initial results highlighting key industry trends.

We have started to receive bookings for our annual dinner on Thursday 3 November with Peter Barron, Head of Communications, Google.  We expect this to be a sell out again so do please book early.


The report and photos  of the lunchtime meeting at which editor of This is Money, Andrew Oxlade, spoke are now online.

2011 dates for the diary

Tuesday 13 September 2011, lunchtime Mark Gilbert, Bloomberg

Monday 19 September 2011, Tomorrow’s Talent evening

Wednesday 28 September 2011 (evening), VMA Group’s 2011 Communications in Financial Services Report launch

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 368 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 for the remainder of the summer and, hopefully, autumn,

Caroline Cecil



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