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Rise in members for Scottish PR group

THE boss of the Institute of Public Relations (IPR) in Scotland says the organisation is “healthy and vibrant”.

In an upbeat annual report, Jane Cumming – the outgoing chair of IPR Scotland – said she was “proud” of the Institute’s achievements north of the border during the past year.

She pointed to a 10 per cent increase in membership in Scotland over the past year and said it was “no mean feat”, given the recession. The IPR in Scotland now has just under 600 members.

“We have bucked the trend nationally and regionally by increasing membership dramatically at a time of recession,” said Jane. “We have worked hard to make the Institute relevant to more people.

“The IPR in Scotland is healthy and vibrant and I am sure it will continue to grow and develop in the coming years.”

She added: “We have held 16 events in the last fifteen months, including the Scottish PR Awards, run in conjunction with the Drum magazine. Many of these were specifically designed to appeal to different sectors such as the public sector, particularly health and local government, students and independent practitioners.”

She added: “An electronic members’ survey took place in Spring 2003 and has provided a wealth of material on a variety of issues which should help inform the work of the committee in future years.”

Ms Cumming was speaking ahead of the Institute’s Scottish AGM which will take place in Malmaison, Edinburgh, on September 11. Sunday Herald business editor Kenny Kemp will be the guest speaker.

The Institute of Public Relations has around 7000 members, involved in all aspects of the public relations industry. It is the largest professional body of its type in Europe, with rigorous qualifications for membership (based on educational qualifications and/or multi-disciplinary experience) ensuring that standards are high and maintained.

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Please note that almost all IPR events and training workshops are open to non-members.
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Jane Cumming, Chair, IPR Scotland,
T: 01463 783018
M: 07900 917142

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