At CIJ Group, we know and understand the power of collaboration. We live and breathe it through all our events and strive to help our clients build the best relationships possible.
Connecting is at the heart of everything we do with our 19 Virtual Power Pitching Events, The Big Christmas Press Show at the Business Design Centre and our thought leadership designed webinars.
So, inspired by Emma Cooke, the PR Manager at Homebase, who approached us following The Big Christmas Press Show, saying she missed the mingling and schmoozing that used to come with regular in-person PR events and that she loved at the show, we launched CIJ Group Inspired.
CIJ Group Inspired, is a series of networking events, designed to bring together PRs and industry peers to connect, share best practices, learn and generally talk as a PR community.
Challenging ourselves to plan the event (with a very tight turnaround) we began sorting the venue, sourcing refreshments and composing an invite list. The response we received from our clients was fantastic with so many people excited at the prospect of an in-person networking event as nothing can beat the fun, ease and naturalness that comes with socialising in real life!
So, on Thursday the 17th of March, the team headed to the Hideaway at Sloane Place, our venue for the event. The beautiful, cosy location, tucked away underground, with contemporary furniture, colourful flowers and bespoke lighting, created the perfect warm atmosphere for our celebration.
Enhanced even further by live music and a photographer, we couldn’t believe that we were finally back socialising, dancing and enjoying London nights again. We welcomed a range of PR guests, some arriving in teams, some attending as individuals, some working for an agency, some working in-house. Whilst drinking champagne and munching on shared plates and nibbles cooked by Bernhard Mayer, we introduced all our clients to their fellow PRs and loved watching them find similar interests and ways of helping each other.
Not only was it a great way to find like-minded industry professionals and to discuss business relationships, but genuine friendships began to be established - all in one evening! Losing track of time, our clients left smiling and glancing with surprise at their watches, not believing how fast the time had flown!
Thank you so much to all of our clients who attended our first CIJ Inspired Event - we’re grateful for your support and it was such a success, that we have already planned our next one!
We’re delighted to announce that on Thursday 28th of April, we will be hosting the second in our series of networking events: CIJ Group Inspired at the Hideaway.
If you are looking to form more industry connections, to discuss ideas with fellow PRs or even if you just miss the networking element of business lost in our virtual world then please email firstname.lastname@example.org to express your interest in our event.
We can’t wait to see even more of you than before, celebrating everything PR and connecting and collaborating in person!CIJ Team