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IoIC South West is to be relaunched with a new regional director - Colin Archer, group head of internal communications at Imperial Brands PLC.

He wants the region to be a hub of networking and sharing of experience and knowledge among internal communicators across the area.

“I believe internal communicators are altruistic and tend to be very generous with our knowledge and experience,” says Colin (pictured), who has been based in Bristol for two years.

“It would be great if the network here in the South West were to present as many opportunities as possible for people at all levels to share and learn.”

He is keen to hear from anyone in the region about the kind of activities they’d like to see organised by IoIC South West – and, just as importantly, from those willing to help make the group a success.

“IoIC South West’s activities should be built around what people really want; I’ve seen internal comms networks work extremely well in other parts of the country,” says Colin, who previously worked for the Co-operative Group, Experian, and Centrica.

“There were very active IC networks which supported me in my career and development in the North and the Midlands. I got a lot from them and believe they’re one of the great ways IC professionals can support each other. Particularly if you’re part of a small in-house team, or even working on your own.”

The IoIC South West region has been newly-defined and includes Cornwall, Devon, Cardiff and South Wales, stretching as far east as Southampton and Swindon and also including Gloucester and Cheltenham while being centred on Bristol.

“Of course anyone is welcome to get involved but we needed to create a viable region, as the old IoIC South was unwieldy – especially as many people in the South East look to London,” explains Colin.

The new region’s first event saw 32 communicators gather for a visit by Andrew Harvey, who presented the findings of the bi-annual survey by recruitment experts VMA, Inside Insight 2016.

“We’d really like to breathe life back into the network down here and that was a great start,” adds Colin.

Anyone who would like to get involved or suggest ideas for IoIC South West should contact Colin via LinkedIn.
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