NUJ Press & PR


NUJ PR & Communications branch
c/o NUJ HQ 72 Acton Street, London, WC1X 8NB.
0207843 3700.

PR & Communications Branch Organiser: Fiona Swarbrick 0208 843 3729

Chair: John Millington

Vice-Chairs: Monica Foot and Mick Holder (job share) 0208 223 0712

Branch Secretary: Mark Whitehead 07906720141

Branch Treasurer: Carmel McHenry

Assistant Secretary: Sian Jones 07793314249

Newsletter Editor: Lisa Browne

Membership and Recruitment/Retention Officer: Mark Whitehead

Branch Equality Officer: Carmel McHenry 0207 226 5501

Welfare Officer and DM Convenor: Debbie Cavaldoro

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Future branch meetings 2016

New Venue until further notice: London Welsh Centre, 157-163 Gray’s Inn Road, London, WC1X 8UE. The building is fully accessible. The nearest tube/station is King's Cross/St Pancras International.

Meetings: Wednesdays 6.30pm 10 May, 14 June and 12 July.

The Welsh Government Has Spent More Than £10m On Pr And Marketing Over The Past Three Years

by hris Pyke, Wales On-Line

But they says it is 'staggeringly naïve' of the Conservative party to use the figures as criticism

More than £10.7m has been spent by the Welsh Government on the services of PR and marketing agencies over a three-year period.

The figures, obtained via a freedom of information request submitted by the Welsh Conservatives, show spending on marketing more than doubled (+109%) between 2014 and 2016, while PR spend more than tripled (+326%) over the same period.

While the majority of the agencies listed are based in Wales, a company in England received the most public money over the three-year period. Between 2013-14 and 2015-16, Northamptonshire-based Event Exhibitions received £2,495,045, having grossed £970,549 in 2015-16 alone.

Welsh Conservative Shadow Finance Secretary, Nick Ramsay AM, said: "When you consider the hundreds of the thousands of pounds spent by the Welsh Government on its own in-house spin machine, this strikes me as a truly profligate use of public money.

"Of course, any good government has a responsibility to keep the public informed about its activities, public health initiatives and new laws. But given that the Labour administration’s spend on PR and marketing agencies is marked by a meteoric rise in the same year as the Assembly election, it does suggest a government desperately trying to disguise its appalling record at any cost.

"The best kind of PR is free, which is to deliver good public services and a strong economy – something which Welsh Labour has singularly failed to do after nearly two decades in government.

"Instead of spending millions of pounds outsourcing their spin, the Welsh Government would do better to redirect this money at our struggling schools and overstretched hospitals where it is desperately needed."

A Welsh Government spokesman hit back at the comments, saying: "These comments are staggeringly naïve. As Nick Ramsay is fully aware, all governments use marketing and advertising to support the delivery of their priorities, including promoting tourism, attracting inward investment or countering domestic violence.

"As a result, we are now seeing record levels of inward investment coming to Wales, a 15% increase in overall volume of tourism over the past year, and a 16% increase in the number of GP training places filled in Wales during the last 12 months."

Item uploaded: Monday, June 26 2017
Last modified: Monday, June 26, 2017

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