News: CIPR and TAF launch new network

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THE Trade Association Forum in partnership with the Chartered Institute for Public Relations (CIPR) have launched a new networking group for PR and PA professionals working in trade associations. 

The TAF PR and Public Affairs Best Practice Forum (TAF PUBCOM) held its first meeting on 22nd September and agreed a remit to provide a professional network for PR and PA staff working in trade associations. It will support trade association PR and public affairs staff to develop their skills and professional careers, including through the provision of tailored training and development and CPD learning opportunities; share best practice, discuss challenges and initiate benchmarking and research into the challenges faced by PR and public affairs in trade associations; and provide mentoring and support to those looking to grow and develop their career in PR and public affairs within trade associations.

CIPR CEO, Alastair McCapra (pictured) said, “We are delighted to collaborate with TAF to launch this new network to help support public relations and public affairs professionals to meet their peers working in similar organizations and learn from each other.

In times of turbulence and change, the role of trade associations to communicate with and on behalf of their members is crucial. This new initiative will help us develop and build collectively and undoubtedly be a valuable resource.”

Tom Reynolds, CEO of the Bathroom Manufacturers Association and chair of the new TAF PUBCOM said, “This is a fantastic initiative, which I am delighted to be part of.  I am looking forward to developing a community of professionals and delivering a useful and engaging program which supports our professional and personal development.”