CIPR and FSB join forces

The Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) has joined forces with the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) to champion the interests of small business owners. The partnership will improve understanding of public relations amongst small business owners and entitles CIPR members to discounts on FSB membership.

FSB is the UK’s leading business campaigner for small businesses, focused on delivering change to support them to grow and succeed.

According to State of the Profession research, 12% of the PR workforce – approximately 8,500 PR professionals – describe themselves as independent practitioners.

Sarah Hall Chart.PR, FCIPR, CIPR President
Small businesses are the beating heart of the UK economy. At a time when businesses are faced with uncertainty, it is more crucial than ever for their voice to be heard. The public relations profession consists of a large number of small businesses and we look forward to closely working with and supporting the work of FSB to ensure their interests are represented.
Sarah Hall Chart.PR, FCIPR, CIPR President
Dave Stallon, Commercial Director FSB
As the leading voice of small businesses and the self-employed, FSB represents members from all industries and all professions across the UK. We look forward to welcoming more members from the public relations profession.
Dave Stallon, Commercial Director FSB

The partnership is the latest in a series of announcements from the CIPR aimed at promoting the value of public relations to the business community.

CIPR members that run small businesses are encouraged to take advantage of discounted membership of FSB. This includes an exclusive package of business services including advice, financial products and support covering a wide range of issues such as tax, legal and HR, local network groups, business banking and access to finance. This offer expires on 31 December, 2018. Visit here for more details.

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About the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR)

Founded in 1948, the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) is the Royal Chartered professional body for public relations practitioners in the UK and overseas. The CIPR is the largest membership organisation for PR practitioners outside of North America. By size of turnover and number of individually registered members, we are the leading representative body for the PR profession and industry in Europe.

The CIPR advances professionalism in public relations by making its members accountable to their employers and the public through a code of conduct and searchable public register, setting standards through training, qualifications, awards and the production of best practice and skills guidance, facilitating Continuing Professional Development (CPD), and awarding Chartered Public Relations Practitioner status (Chart.PR).

About the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)

FSB is the UK’s biggest business support group. As experts in business, FSB offers its members a wide range of business services, including advice, financial expertise, support and a powerful voice in Government. Its aim is to help smaller businesses achieve their ambitions. Established over 40 years ago to help its members succeed in business, FSB is a non-profit making and non-party political organisation that’s led by its members, for its members. As the UK’s leading business campaigner, FSB is focused on delivering change which supports smaller businesses to grow and succeed. The FSB team in Westminster focuses on UK and English policy issues. FSB teams in Glasgow, Cardiff and Belfast work with governments, elected members and decision-makers in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Each year FSB runs the Celebrating Small Business Awards. / Twitter: @fsb_policy / Instagram: @fsb_uk