Public Affairs Board announces unified Code following industry consultation

The Public Affairs Board has published a new, unified Public Affairs Code for the industry, following an industry-wide consultation. The Public Affairs Code and its independent Complaints, Determination, and Disciplinary Rules and Procedures will apply to all Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) members that conduct public affairs. The Code comes into effect from Thursday, 28th February, 2019, when the Public Affairs Register next opens for updated transparency and disclosure returns. It is near-identical to the PRCA Public Affairs and Lobbying Code of Conduct and the Association of Professional Political…

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PR agency heads positive for industry; overwhelmingly negative for UK economy in 2019

The PRCA has revealed the findings of the Consultancy Barometer Q4 2018 survey, in which PR agency heads are surveyed on business confidence, client budgets, and staff recruitment. In the last quarter, agency heads were positive about the industry’s outlook for 2019, but were overwhelmingly negative about the state of the UK economy. The key findings are: 34% of agency heads reported that clients had marginally or significantly increased their budgets. 44% of respondents said that budgets had stayed the same, and only 3% said that budgets had decreased significantly.…

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PRCA once again supports PRFest

The PRCA has once again been confirmed as headline sponsor for PRFest, now in its fourth year. The much-loved festival, dedicated to helping public relations and communication practitioners get ahead in professional development, will take place on 13th and 14th June at Whitespace, in Edinburgh. Some 350 practitioners have attended since the first event in 2016. The event is purposely limited in numbers, to maximise two-way engagement and learning. Laura Sutherland, who runs Scottish-based consultancy, Aura, is the founder and talks about what to expect in 2019: “I’m excited once…

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Omar Qirem announced as new PRCA MENA Chairman and ICCO Middle East President

Omar Qirem, Chief Executive Officer, Edelman Middle East, will succeed Loretta Ahmed FPRCA, CEO Middle East, Turkey, and Africa, Grayling, at the head of the Public Relations and Communications Association Middle East and North Africa (PRCA MENA), the leading PR association for the region. Upon assuming this role, Omar will also take over from Loretta as the region’s champion at the International Communications Consultancy Organisation (ICCO), the global PR association. Omar will be one of five Regional Presidents at ICCO, led by overall President Elise Mitchell and Chief Executive Francis…

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CIPR & PRCA on BBC Radio 4’s Art of Public Relations: “shockingly inaccurate”

BBC Radio 4 broadcast The Art of Public Relations on The Media Show last week, billed as ‘Top PR practitioners reveal the secrets of their trade’, which received criticism from the PR and communications industry. This has lead to comments from various bodies. Francis Ingham MPRCA, Director General, PRCA, said: “BBC Radio 4’s show, The Art of Public Relations, was shockingly inaccurate in its representation of the PR and communications industry as we know it today. The fact that the BBC failed to contact the PRCA, the CIPR, or any…

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