CIPR publishes annual and financial reports for 2012

The Chartered Institute of Public Relations has today published reports covering its financial and operational performance for the year to 31 December 2012. The Annual Report and the Finance Report are published simultaneously, allowing for a direct comparison between the CIPR’s accounts and its operational aims and objectives for the year.

2012 Annual Report

2012 was a year of increased participation which saw a 28.6% increase in CIPR members completing their annual Continuing Professional Development requirement of 60 points in the year.

To guide and represent members in 2012, CIPR delivered a range of policy activity, from the development and distribution of best practice guidance, to leadership in public debate around diversity in the public relations workforce and issues in lobbying. The Institute also worked to promote the value of reputation and to lead and develop member skills in areas such as digital and social media.

Operational highlights

  • Total membership of the Institute up 13%
  • Membership admissions up 14%
  • Paying members up 4% (non-students)
  • Student membership up 259%
  • CPD completions up 29%
  • Qualifications enrolments up 30%
  • Training workshop delegates up 26%

2012 Finance Report

In 2012, the key financial aims continued to be to rebuild the Institute’s reserves to an appropriate level for future financial security whilst delivering long term economic sustainability for the organisation, to ensure strong financial management of costs and to balance this with appropriate investment in the CIPR’s products and service. The Institute continued to respond to the difficult external economic environment by delivering these services at an appropriate cost to its members and non-members.

Financial highlights

The CIPR has delivered a third successive year of profitability with a retained surplus for the year of £226,000. This surplus takes the Institute’s total reserves to £679,000 in line with its financial objectives.

Jane Wilson MCIPR, CIPR Chief Executive
Against the challenging background of the current economic climate, the Institute has delivered some impressive increases in participation across the board, whilst at the same time delivering a significant third successive year of profitability. These results are evidence of an increased commitment within public relations to the professional development and accountability that we deliver in the spirit of our Royal Charter. I am grateful to the CIPR staff, officers, volunteers and members whose work contributed to these results and another year of vibrant engagement with the Institute.
Jane Wilson MCIPR, CIPR Chief Executive

Members are invited to the CIPR Annual General Meeting which will take place at the Royal College of Physicians 9am on 13 June 2013.

The Guest speaker this year will be Jack Straw.

Notes to editors

Notes to editors

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).

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