London,
10
August
2020
|
18:47
Europe/London

CIPR responds to claims of being "virtually bust"

On 10 August Guido Fawkes published a story on the Order-Order website claiming that the CIPR is "virtually bust". It isn’t.

Like many organisations the CIPR has had to adapt rapidly to the changes of the last few months. As the report says, we’re giving up our office and going virtual, we’ve been obliged - with regret - to reduce our staff, and we’re not running some of our awards this year.   

We forecast an operating loss in 2020, but as a result of the changes we’ve made we will be in much better shape next year. We have a solid cashflow and we will be able to continue supporting our members and meeting our charter obligations for the rest of this year and in the future.

Our membership numbers remain healthy. We’ve recruited more members this year than last year, we have bookings for our training for every week through to the end of the year, and our qualifications are doing significantly better than forecast.

As far as other specifics in the story are concerned, they relate to confidential matters and we won’t be commenting on them.   

Notes to editors

About the Chartered Institute of Public Relations

Founded in 1948, the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) is the world's only Royal Chartered professional body for public relations practitioners with nearly 10,000 members.

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).