PRCA plans a year of celebrations to mark 50 years of raising standards as world’s largest PR professional body

The Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) is announcing a raft of celebrations to mark its 50th year. The PRCA is also announcing that after an unparalleled year of growth in 2018 -including the APPC merger, and the launch of PRCA Southeast Asia- it now represents well over 30,000 practitioners, making it the world’s largest PR professional body.

The anniversary begins with a special 50th anniversary logo which will be used throughout 2019. Other activities will include a 50th anniversary celebratory book, a major birthday party celebration in November, numerous Regional and National activities, a PRCA Fellows debate, social media campaigns, video coverage, and a few surprises

The PRCA was founded on 5th November, 1969, as a membership body for PR consultancies. It began accepting in-house members in 2009, and in 2011 broadened its remit to include individuals. Over the past 50 years, it has helped launch PR associations all around the world, and operates its own offices in Singapore and Dubai. It also manages ICCO, the umbrella body for 41 PR associations.

The PRCA operates in 66 countries around the world and represents well over 30,000 people across the whole range of the PR and communications industry.

Francis Ingham MPRCA, Director General, PRCA, said:

“The PR and communications industry has changed fundamentally since the PRCA launched in 1969. But our mission remains the same -to be its voice. And now that the PRCA is the largest PR professional body not just in the UK, or indeed in Europe, but in the world,  that voice has never been louder or clearer.

“The professionalisation of the industry, combined with the proliferation of new skills, means that we face the next 50 years with enormous opportunities. We’re celebrating our 50th anniversary with pride and optimism, and look forward to a year of reflection, celebration, and discussion.”

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