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Autumn news from The PSMG

20 Oct 2016

I am sure by the time you read this column the summer holidays will be in the dim and distant past, but there will be lots going on at the PSMG to brighten up your Autumn and Winter months. 

The only cloud on the PSMG horizon is that our longstanding editor Matt Baldwin has after eight years of holding my hand (and my predecessors before that) has reluctantly decided to step down to concentrate on his own thriving PR consultancy. 

I am sure you will all agree that Matt has, over the years, served us well in the marketing community by helping PSMG to deliver top notch contributors and content to the nagazine. Matt, I would like to publicly thank you for all the support, encouragement and sheer hard work you have given over the years. I could not have done it without you! You will be missed but you will not be forgotten. You will always be part of the PSMG community and I am sure our long standing relationship will surface again in the not too distant future.

As we all know, every cloud has a silver lining so it is with huge relief and pleasure that I can announce Richard Parnham, a legal journalist, copywriter and researcher has very kindly agreed to take over the role. We have known Richard for many years and we know everyone will like him as much as they do Matt. I am sure you will join me in wishing both Matt and Richard a very happy future. 

There will be a chance for those of you joining us at this year’s Annual Conference in London on 16th November to meet Richard face to face and to get to know him better. 

As I am sure you know, this year’s Conference will analyse ‘business of innovation’ within the complex and challenging marketplace in which clients, professional services firms and their marketers now operate, and I hope to welcome you. 

It is not often that we have the opportunity of having so many high profile leaders in our sector in the same room at the same time, so I would urge you to book a place as soon as possible. 

We purposely keep the Conference small, around 135 delegates, to ensure everyone gets the most out of the day. Equally, each workshop is limited to around 20-25 delegates to enable networking and interaction to take place and to gain in-depth insight from experts in their field. You will not be disappointed! 

As I am sure you are aware, priority for booking a place at our Conference, and indeed the whole of our events calendar, is given to members. Non-members are always welcome to our programme, but the attendance fee is much higher. 

I am delighted that so many of you choose to continue to support PSMG by already having renewed this year’s membership and I would like to thank you all for your support. 

If you have not already renewed your subscription, which for many expires on 30th September, we are in the process of sending out renewal letters and hope we can retain you. Your support is invaluable and very much appreciated. 

For those of you who are not yet members of PSMG, I would be delighted to welcome you at any time during the year. The benefits are much enhanced for 2016/17 and I am pleased to announce that we have, for yet another year, kept the membership fees at the same level. 

I very much look forward to welcoming all our old and new friends to participate in the very vibrant and growing PSMG community in the coming year.

 

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