The festive period at VMA Group, as it is every year, has been a blur of activity. Seemingly immune to the holiday wind-down, the last month has probably been our busiest period of the year so far.
In just the last few weeks we have: expanded a number of practices and offices; launched three industry-wide surveys; sponsored two communications industry awards ceremonies and hosted almost 20 events, including, of course, our own Christmas party.
The largest of our events was the launch of our Professional Development in Internal Communications Survey 2012-13, attended by over 100 IC professionals at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. On the same evening we also launched our Investor Relations Report for 2012/13, which was received with similarly favourable feedback, although we did attempt to influence our attendees with liberal helpings of mulled wine and mince pies.
In November, we also revived our popular Masterclass events, including a lunch hosted by Paul Barron, former CEO of NATS (National Air Traffic Services) and a fantastic panel breakfast around Olympic communications planning, delivery and legacy. You can read about all of our events online, as well as access all of our surveys, reports and thought leadership.
Beyond our own events programme, VMA Group was also a sponsor of the annual CorpComms Awards, attended by over 500 in-house communications professionals, where Julia Meighan, Executive Chairman VMA Group, presented the award for the Best International Campaign. In Manchester, we sponsored the UK Public Sector Communications Awards, and VMA Group Director, Vicki Jay, gave a presentation on “The Top Five Competencies Demonstrated by Communications Directors” at the half-day conference.
The Group has also grown in key areas over the last couple of months. We have hired two consultants for our Birmingham office, Leanne Corrigan and Fiona Broomfield, in response to a sharp rise in requirements across the Midlands in 2012.
In addition to this UK activity, we recently launched our Asia-Pacific Communications Career Report which was rolled out over a series of roundtables and breakfasts via our offices in Hong Kong and Sydney. We are also in the process of developing a report on the Communications Labour Market across Mainland Europe which has had 150 respondents so far, with some interesting trends emerging from the data which should form the basis of an intriguing report.
I hope that you have a happy and peaceful holiday season and, as always, we welcome your comments on VMA Group.