So, why do we have a spring in our step?
The improving conditions across the economy and communications market have been reflected at VMA Group during March. We have facilitated some fantastic appointments, developed two of our key practices and continued the programme of community events and thought leadership that we are increasingly renowned for.
In London, VMA Direct, our entry to mid-level offering is going from strength to strength and we are about to host our second workshop on interview techniques, particularly aimed at helping those early on in their career. We have just hired four new members to the team: Harriet Baverstock, Alice Wisbey, Hayley Thaxton and Laura Jones who will focus on appointments under £35k. The previous intake of VMA Direct consultants has flourished and successfully progressed to other areas of VMA Group – their development is something we are very proud of.
Oleta Hambleton has moved to the Internal Communications practice to handle interim briefs, Roberta Hall is now an External Communications Consultant also focusing on interim, Yating Wang has relocated to VMA Asia-Pacific with our Hong Kong office, and Maaike Schröder is now working for VMA Europe, dividing her time between our Amsterdam and Brussels offices.
Other exciting news from the IC practice is the confirmation of this year’s IC Showcase on 18th September at the Montcalm Hotel, London. The Showcase is Internal Communication’s only peer-to-peer, best practice sharing event and last year’s was our most successful yet. In fact it was so well received that we are now rolling the concept out in Hong Kong and currently talking to our External Communications network about an “EC Showcase” with a digital focus.
As well as a potential Asia-Pacific Showcase later in the year, Katrina Andrews, Director of VMA Group and Head of Asia-Pacific, is visiting the UK in April and will be hosting a breakfast for senior communicators on Tuesday 15th April. The event will focus on the findings from our recent report, “The Pulse” – an in-depth look at the Corporate Communications market in the Asia-Pacific region.
Finally, VMA Enhance has continued to help our clients train and develop their communications teams – both through in-house programmes, for clients such as The Post Office, and through our public courses, with two planned in May – Strategic Communication Planning on 1st May and Impact and Influence on 8th May, both in London.
With positive news continuing to emerge on an economic and an industry level, we are looking forward to the Spring and Summer months. Not only because we have a number of exciting projects on the horizon, but also because the general air of optimism is infectious!
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