Benlowndes

a perspective on PR in social housing and regeneration

Twelve months that have passed like a train

In what has been a varied and challenging week at work, I’d forgotten until today that it has been a year since I left my old job at IPB Communications.

Maybe it’s a measure of what has happened in that time (the hectic end to the last financial year, followed by an election, new Government and now moves to create a new agency), but it has barely felt like six weeks since I moved on. I don’t know whether that’s a good or a bad thing. But I remain certain that moving from Manchester to work in Bristol was the right decision.

That’s not to say I don’t miss an agency environment and friends and former colleagues. Having good PR professionals around every day who can look over your shoulder before you send that email informing the recipient of something they are not going to want to read was invaluable, and something I don’t have in the same way now.

I still keep in touch with some of the IPB crew, and it’s good to see them being shortlisted for awards.  Their crisis management work for City West Housing Trust following the recent explosion which wrecked tenants’ homes in Salford was typical of the way they get to grips with tough issues and stick with them until they are dealt with.

I’m looking forward to catching up with them when we visit Manchester in April.

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