PR Professionals defend the value of PR after criticism of London Mayor’s comms spend

The PRCA and CIPR have defended the value of public relations after an article in City AM criticised London Mayor Sadiq Khan for increasing spend on communications. The article follows a freedom of information act revealing the Mayor increased spending on communications by 26% since he was elected. The Mayor’s Office claim the statistics have been taken out of context. PRCA Head of Communications and Marketing, Koray Camgoz commented: “The article suggests Khan is ‘more concerned about PR than policy’, but what many fail to grasp is that you cannot…

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PRCA launches Public Affairs Code Consultation

The PRCA has launched a consultation on its Public Affairs Code to ensure it remains the benchmark for ethical and transparent lobbying. Members are invited to read the consultation document and share their views on how the code is applied. Recent questions about the employment of Peers and other legislators, as well as former parliamentarians, have raised issues about the current restrictions on these groups and about the definition of ‘public affairs’. Members are encouraged to share their views on these and other issues.  A recent Code of Conduct consultation conducted…

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PRCA launches new Gibraltar Group

The Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) has officially launched its new Gibraltar Group. The new group will deliver networking and professional development opportunities for public relations practitioners across Gibraltar. The PRCA Gibraltar group, which held its inaugural event last week, will be chaired by Alex Witham CMPRCA, PR consultant, Gibraltar PR. Alex relocated to Gibraltar in 2018 to set up a Gibraltar PR. Before making the move, he worked in-house at Harrogate-based De Vere Hotels, and previously at Golley Slater and Manifest Communications, working with brands including Principal Hotels,…

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‘PR industry can’t fulfil its potential until the talent pool is broadened’ – PRCA launches Schools Outreach Programme

The Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) announced a School Outreach Programme at its 50th anniversary celebrations. Developed by the PRCA’s Diversity Network, led by Co-chairs Pema Seely CMPRCA and Rax Lakhani CMPRCA, the School Outreach Programme will provide practitioners with the assets and resources they need to visit schools, introduce students to PR, and drive awareness of PR as a career option. The initiative also comes with a rallying cry from the PRCA to its corporate members, with an announcement that the association will name and praise all those…

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PRCA relaunches Communication Management Standard (CMS) for the modern workplace

The Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) has announced a range of measures to modernise its Communication Management Standard – the industry’s flagship accreditation scheme for PR businesses and in-house teams. CMS, globally recognised as the kite mark of excellence for communications teams, will now be available to virtual agencies to reflect the growing number of PR agencies operating remotely. As part of the changes, accreditation will operate on a one-year renewal process, as opposed to its existing bi-annual cycle, to ensure CMS-accredited teams remain committed to the highest standards…

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