The PRofessionals – Scotland’s first PR festival

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We are very excited to be sponsoring The PRofessionals, Scotland’s first festival for public relations. Taking place on 16 and 17 June in Edinburgh, it brings together an impressive line up of speakers to educate and inspire practitioners.

To celebrate the partnership CIPR Scotland members will enjoy a 10% discount for a limited period. Look out for your newsletter on Wednesday 16 March or email 

Read the press release below:

The PRofessionals is delighted to announce a new partner has been secured for Scotland’s first PR festival – CIPR Scotland group.

Driving professional standards, promoting best practice and ensuring an inclusive approach is the aim of the sponsorship.

Over the last few months we’ve been working to ensure transparency, so there is no conflict of interest. Laura Sutherland’s position within the CIPR had previously made this more tricky; formerly a Board Director and currently a Council member.

Laura said: “Working with the CIPR in Scotland will mean we have a 360 approach to reaching and engaging PR practitioners in Scotland, considering the PRCA is also a main sponsor.

“I am delighted both organisations have come on board and we can all work together to achieve better collaboration and share best practice.”

The PRofessionals has also been promoted to members of the Marketing Society in Scotland and to one of the biggest establishments of public relations education in Scotland, Queen Margaret University.

Katrine Pearson, chair of the Scotland group added: “We’re looking forward to supporting Scotland’s first ever PR festival. The exciting line-up reflects the diverse nature of the industry and it’s great to see speakers of this calibre in Scotland. We hope our members will use this as an opportunity to expand their knowledge, network and be inspired. CPD points can be claimed by delegates so it’s an ideal way to boost your professional development plans for this year.”

CIPR Scotland AGM 2016

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CIPR Scotland AGM 2016

The Annual General Meeting of the Scotland Group of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) will be held on Wednesday 30 March 2016 starting at 6.30pm. It will take place at the Radisson Blu, 301 Argyle Street, Glasgow. All members are invited to attend and should RSVP by booking a ticket through our Eventbrite page.

Dr Jim Hamill will be our guest speaker for the evening. Formerly a reader in E-marketing and International Business at the University of Strathclyde, Jim is currently director of Future Digital Leaders, an organisation which helps business transform their digital capabilities.

The AGM will consider the following  agenda (Word doc):

  • To receive apologies for absence
  • To approve the minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on Tuesday 24 March 2015 (CIPR Scotland AGM 2015 Minutes – Draft)
  • To consider and adopt the Annual Accounts (to be tabled)
  • To receive the report from the Chair of CIPR Scotland Group followed by questions
  • Election of Office Bearers. Applications are invited for the position of Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer via the CIPR Scotland Committee Nomination Form (Word doc) before noon on Tuesday 22 March 2016
  • Election of new Committee Members (nominations invited as above)
  • Chair priorities for 2016/17
  • To consider any other business

Doors open at 6pm. The meeting will start promptly at 6.30pm. Following the AGM drinks and refreshments will be served. A copy of the annual report will be made available here ahead of the meeting. Any apologies should be sent to

CIPR Scotland PA Group

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Public affairs

The CIPR Scotland Public Affairs Group is preparing for a second coming! The group is being restarted for 2016 after a short break and we are looking for enthusiastic volunteers with a passion for public affairs and professionalism.

It will operate as a sub-group of the existing CIPR Scotland committee along with our busy events, comms, training and PRide teams with the overarching aims of:

  • Working with CIPR HQ and the Scotland committee to represent members and profession on sector issues such as the Lobbying Bill
  • Growing and engaging membership from public affairs sector
  • Providing public affairs focused events and CPD opportunities

We are looking for a group leader to help coordinate activity and other volunteers who would be happy to work on activity for the coming year. You’ll be expected to attend the committee meetings which take place every six weeks and alternate between Edinburgh and Glasgow. All our sub-groups meet in between informally to progress actions too.

If you would be interested in finding out more contact Katrine Pearson, Scotland chair: kpearson@3×



CIPR’s response to SPPA Committee’s report on Lobbying (Scotland) Bill

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Scottish parliament

The Scottish Parliament’s Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments (SPPA) Committee’s report on the Lobbying (Scotland) Bill provides a chance for a ‘sense check’ on the development of a lobbying register in Scotland.

Committee’s report follows a consultation on the potential impact of the proposed lobbying bill in Scotland. It highlights the possibility of the scope of the legislation being extended to include forms of communication other than face-to-face contact.

The report acknowledges that extending the scope of legislation would mean increasing volume of information registrants would be required to provide. In its
response to the SPPA consultation, the CIPR warned against unduly piling the burden of compliance on lobbyists in Scotland, and the Institute welcomes the committee’s call for the Scottish Government to re-examine the requirements of the register with this in mind.

The CIPR has long maintained its support for a sensible and proportionate lobbying register in Scotland that can help improve public accessibility to information on lobbying in Holyrood

“The findings of the SPPA’s report provide a useful point of reflection and a ‘sense-check’. Efforts to improve transparency should be welcomed but changes to the scope of the legislation need to be sensible and practical, while still collecting information of relevance.

We are also concerned that the Scottish Government’s failure to include unpaid lobbying risks becoming an invitation to avoidance for unethical lobbyists.”

Katrine Pearson MCIPR, Chair of CIPR Scotland


The PRide of Scottish PR

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8 October saw over 350 PR professionals gather in Glasgow to celebrate the best of PR in Scotland.

Smarts were one of the evening’s big winners, picking up two Gold awards for Low Budget campaign and Best Use of Social Media with their ‘We love our gingers’ campaign for Border Biscuits, created to celebrate Border’s best-selling chocolate ginger biscuits and embrace the nation’s love of all things ginger.

Other multiple Gold Award winners on the night included PR agencies, Pagoda Porter Novelli, Holyrood PR and Weber Shandwick, along with the corporate communications team at West Dunbartonshire Council. 3×1 Public Relations took home the award for Outstanding Public Relations Consultancy.

With a record number of entries and campaigns from a diverse range of sectors, this year’s PRide Awards show that the Scottish PR industry is alive and kicking. From our rising PR stars to recognising some of the best practitioners and teams in the business, I’m proud to be involved in the awards. Public relations in its many and ever-evolving disciplines can add real value for businesses and public sector organisations alike and PRide is our chance to shout about this.

Katrine Pearson MCIPR, Chair of CIPR Scotland

For some PRidespiration take a look at all the winners and case studies.