Category Archive: business

Jul 06 2015

CIPR taking more active role in construction

Graham Watts

The Chartered Institute of Public Relations is to take a more active role in the UK construction industry, having joined the Construction Industry Council (CIC) as an associate member. The CIC represents professional bodies, research organisations and specialist business associations in the construction industry in the UK. The CIPR will be represented at CIC meetings …

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May 15 2015

If challenged… engage

DGS letter reponse

Faced with criticism and detailed questions about a female dress code policy change, Dartford Grammar School’s comms strategy has, from a PR perspective, failed …. It may be a storm in a tea-cup, but, as outlined in my previous blog post, a sudden change of policy implemented, with little apparent consultation, by Dartford Grammar School …

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May 11 2015

Be conscientious about diversity

On Wednesday, I introduced the panel at a CIPR construction and property special interest group (CAPSIG) discussion on diversity in construction and PR. It was clear from the contributions (see the Storify stream, watch the YouTube video) that UK construction has a long way to go to build a new reputation as genuinely diverse, equal …

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Apr 29 2015

Diversity: an issue for PR, an even bigger one for construction

If PR professionals are serious about managing reputation, they have to be serious about understanding the reasons for that reputation and helping businesses tackle underpinning issues such as diversity. At a recent group chairs meeting at the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (I represented the CIPR’s construction and property special interest group, CAPSIG), my fellow …

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Mar 02 2015

Tweetchat helps UK SoloPRs set agenda

IP tweetchat wordle

A CIPR tweetchat attracting over 60 participants has helped set a direction for UK independent PR practitioners. I participated in two CIPR tweetchats last week. CIPRSM Hackday The first was run as part of the CIPR Social Media Panel‘s first PR ‘hackday’, in which the panel focused in depth on a social media issue relating …

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Jan 08 2015

#MicroBizMattersDay, 9 January 2015

Coveragebook website

MicroBizMattersDay is promoting self-help among the self-employed and micro-SME owners, from marketing to construction and beyond. Last year, I mentioned National Freelancers Day, and I visited several small businesses in my south-east London locality participating in Small Business Saturday in December. Today, I have been reading about another initiative aimed at SMEs and sole traders: …

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Dec 22 2014

“The poor image of UK construction”

The UK construction industry’s reputation is the result of what it does, what it says and what others say about it. It can’t control the latter – it can only control its own behaviour and communications. The CIPR has been running a 12 days of Christmas CPD campaign highlighting some of the information, guidance and …

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Dec 18 2014

Moving the UK SoloPRs forward

A new CIPR skills guide for Solo PRs, an office party, a podcast, and some event ideas … It can be tempting to wind-down towards the year-end, but a year-end can also work as a deadline by which you aim to achieve something. One of the objectives set by the CIPR independent practitioners (CIPR-IPs) or …

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Nov 25 2014

It will take more than an app to improve the image of construction

Tim Fitch

“Leaders in construction who are either ignorant of or scornful of social media are failing the younger generation.” This is an updated and expanded version of a post – Could an app improve the image of construction? – which first appeared on my ExtranetEvolution.com blog last week. The recent Constructing Excellence 2014 national members convention attracted about …

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Sep 01 2014

Technopop offers AEC STEM learning opportunity

Technopop London is a new four-week, pop-up festival that will be bringing cutting-edge science, technology, design and innovation to schools, students and families in London this autumn. Run by a newly created social enterprise, Technopop Ltd, it aims to educate children about science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), encourage and support the diversity agenda, and work with local community groups …

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