10 tips from 10 years running my own pr agency

July 13, 2020

It’s now ten years since I started my own Pr and marketing agency and, even in the current circumstances, things continue to go from strength to strength.

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Crisis comms for public sector

July 13, 2020

Our NHS, social care and key worker colleagues deserve all the plaudits for their dedication, professionalism and bravery throughout this pandemic.

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Meeting industry heroes and upskilling during covid-19

June 30, 2020

I heard an interesting stat the other day. Kids ask their parents 300+ questions a day. Love a stat. But it got me thinking, ‘When does our curiosity for the world around us emerge?’

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Business as unusual

June 4, 2020

Guest blog written by Barney Brown, Head of Digital Communications at the University of Cambridge about how the need for a new digital strategy for the University of Cambridge is more critical than ever in these unusual times.


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Let's "nail this puppy to the floor" * freelancers!

May 20, 2020

I’ve been a freelance PR consultant for the best part of two decades, so I’ve seen a few ups and downs. When the 2008 crash hit, my client list was dominated by commercial property companies; a year later it had quite a different focus....

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When the black dog bites

May 18, 2020

This week (18-24 May) has been designated as Mental Health Week and – now more than ever – we’re aware of the importance of maintaining mental health, and recognising when we ...

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Coronavirus - stay alert to the risks of vague guidance

May 12, 2020

The long-anticipated announcement from the Prime Minister regarding the next stage of the coronavirus outbreak has left nobody feeling any more certain. In fact it raised uncomfortable memories..

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The reality of furlough

April 30, 2020

Last month, along with a few other colleagues, I was furloughed and found myself in a similar situation to many across the UK. It has been a rollercoaster of emotions, ranging from uncertainty and feeling I have lost my job...

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Professional Pr is at a premium

April 29, 2020
The need for a professional PR has never been greater as we face the challenges of COVID-19. No matter which sector we work in the communications challenges have and will be great.

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Get ready to move forward

April 22, 2020

For some, the social interaction of networking is an opportunity to thrive, but for others it is akin to an annual dental check-up. Regardless of your profession, industry or background, the power of professional networking on your career cannot be overstated.

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Remote networking: relationship building in the time of coronavirus

April 17, 2020

For some, the social interaction of networking is an opportunity to thrive, but for others it is akin to an annual dental check-up. Regardless of your profession, industry or background, the power of professional networking on your career cannot be overstated. 

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coronavirus: how can you best work remotely?

March 9, 2020

Ahead of any potential coronavirus outbreak restrictions, many organisations are making contingency plans to encourage staff to work from home. Thousands of people already do this on a regular or occasional basis, but what if it’s something you have never done before?

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how to make twitter rows a storm in a teacup

February 29, 2020

It seems somewhat ironic that one of the very staples of British civility and relaxation is generating so much, well, hot water

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Why get chartered?

February 26, 2020

I’m frequently asked if it’s worth doing the assessment to achieve Chartered status, to which I always answer yes. The supplementary question is inevitably about how difficult it is...

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CPD: Invest in yourself

January 29, 2020

“I’ve completed my CPD for the year!” I exclaimed to my colleagues, only a few months after the annual process had started. As I told more people at local CIPR events, I was always greeted with the same remark: “How have you managed to complete the 60 points already?!

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value and support: this is your CIPR east Anglia

January 14, 2020

Our voluntary East Anglian committee has been continuously evolving, with a few great champions of comms in the region stepping down after many years of service (you know who you are!), some moving back to....

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what happens when you get comms pros and project managers in a room to talk about change?

28 November, 2019

One in three projects do not achieve the intended goals (PMI). If comms pros and project managers, with their qualifications, charterships and experience, know the principles



Ten reasons to choose an agency outside of london

27 November, 2019
It’s easy to get distracted by the ‘London factor’ when choosing an agency but the truth is, there are top PR consultancies based outside London across the country. Thanks to technology...



Winning hearts and minds for a brand update

25 November, 2019
If you’re preparing for a brand launch for a SME – either a new brand from scratch or an update like the one I project-managed for Cambridge Enterprise recently – your big question will be: “What is ..



what 18 years as a freelancer has taught me

 3 October, 2019
This month marks 18 years since I became an independent consultant; a sort of coming of age you could say. So to celebrate freelance maturity I thought I’d share 18 observations I’ve made during this time.




"Let's be loud and proud about our commitment to continuous learning" - Chair's reflections on 2018-9

4 September, 2019
 It has been a lively and memorable eighteen months for CIPR East Anglia. As we congratulate and welcome in the newly elected committee who will lead activities for 2020...

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why we need to take better care of our mental health

22 August, 2019 

This week the CIPR has launched resources to help PRs with their mental health. A new skills guide and a webinar, developed with the mental health charity Mind, has been...




Inspirational and practical insight at #bestpractice19

 5 June, 2019
A few weeks on from the sixth Best PRactice conference, this time in sunny Norwich, and I’m adding a different perspective to Jon Wilcox’s blog.

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"It boosted my confidence and opened up opportunities"

May 3, 2019

Last year, I was named Outstanding Young Communicator of the Year for the Anglia, Thames and Chiltern Region. 

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It's all in the research

March 12,  2019

Any business owner will have made decisions based purely on a feeling or intuition. We are all guilty at times of....

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How to get  CIPR chartered

November 2, 2018

Last month I took the plunge to become Chartered. It was one of the most tiring, yet utterly rewarding days of professional development I have ever experienced.

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A look back - in numbers

September 20, 2018

As autumn sets in I thought it was a good time to take a look back at everything we’ve been up to in the last six months.

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10 things I learnt at my first CIPR East Anglia Conference

May 23, 2018

Last week I attended the Best Practice Conference delivered by CIPR East Anglia. It was the first conference I’d gone to since becoming a CIPR member.

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AI in PR: what do we need to consider now?

May 11, 2018

The CIPR has introduced a new #AIinPR panel, which is being led by Ketchum’s Stephen Waddington.

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CIPR EA Annual meeting

May 11, 2017

CIPR members from across the East Anglia attended the CIPR East Anglia Annual General Meeting, which followed the regional conference on 23rd May in Cambridge.

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CIPR East Anglia: 2017 PR Predictions

December  14, 2016

Whether it’s the automation of tasks, the shift towards contributor marketing, greater levels of knowledge-sharing or the advances in measurement practices

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