It was interesting, and not at all surprising, to see a new venture started by my former colleague John Quinton-Barber win headlines.
John QB has co-founded a new company, Social PR, and already looks to have a great team on board who are well-known in the North West. The new website looks impressive and the offer well polished.
I’m sure it won’t be difficult to follow their progress. I will do so with interest and wish them the best of luck.
I was entertained by former colleague John Quinton-Barber’s tweets from the CIPR’s North West PRide awards last night, with IPB looking like they were having another good night.
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In what has been a varied and challenging week at work, I’d forgotten until today that it has been a year since I left my old job at IPB Communications.
Maybe it’s a measure of what has happened in that time (the hectic end to the last financial year, followed by an election, new Government and now moves to create a new agency), but it has barely felt like six weeks since I moved on. I don’t know whether that’s a good or a bad thing. But I remain certain that moving from Manchester to work in Bristol was the right decision.
That’s not to say I don’t miss an agency environment and friends and former colleagues. Having good PR professionals around every day who can look over your shoulder before you send that email informing the recipient of something they are not going to want to read was invaluable, and something I don’t have in the same way now.
I still keep in touch with some of the IPB crew, and it’s good to see them being shortlisted for awards. Their crisis management work for City West Housing Trust following the recent explosion which wrecked tenants’ homes in Salford was typical of the way they get to grips with tough issues and stick with them until they are dealt with.
I’m looking forward to catching up with them when we visit Manchester in April.
By any measure, 2010 has been a hell of year. On a personal level, it saw me relocate, switch jobs and get to know a new part of the country. For the sectors in which I work and the country at large, it was a year that saw a shift towards a new ‘reality’, sometimes at a bewildering pace.
For me, it can be summed up as a tough but rewarding 12 months. I’ve met some interesting people (a few of whom are detailed below) and worked on plenty of great projects along the way.
Below, in no particular order, are the five things I will remember most about 2010 (from a professional perspective). There are others I would perhaps rather forget, but I dare not blog about them (that’s PR for you).
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