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This year’s KBSA AGM, national meeting and networking dinner has been a sell-out with some delegates having to take rooms in a nearby hotel because demand has been so high.

“We are delighted that this year’s event has proved to be so popular with our members”, says KBSA CEO Graham Ball. “We are expecting around 80 people to attend the three events and looking forward to a very successful day and evening.

“We have a great line-up of speakers that includes Nigel Botterill the award winning entrepreneur and business mentor, which is proving to be huge draw. We recognise that times are still tough and our theme of Survive and Prosper is designed to offer useful and informative advice on how to improve business success via improved customer service, mentoring, up-skilling and embracing social media.

“The hotel is also a very popular venue and provides the perfect backdrop for the chance to relax and network in the evening over dinner.”

The KBSA AGM and national meeting will take place at the Billesley Manor Hotel in Warwickshire on Tuesday 11th September. The event begins at 4.00pm and will be followed by a networking dinner, which will also host the presentation of the winners of the KBSA Designer Awards.

A few last places may still be available contact the KBSA on 01623 818808, or visit for more information.


National property and construction consultancy Wakemans has successfully completed four new Travelodge developments with a construction value of around £16 million. The hotels are located in Woolwich, Ipswich, Teddington and Hemel Hempstead.

The Woolwich hotel is one of four that Travelodge completed in London in the three months before the Olympic Games, strengthening the budget hotel chain’s position as the largest hotelier in the capital with 54 hotels. Wakemans acted as Tenant’s Agent for Travelodge on the development, which saw the transformation of a former office building with a grade two listed façade replica of Harrods into a 120 bedroom hotel, with Travelodge’s own brand Bar Café and ground floor retail space.

The Hemel Hempstead Travelodge is a new eight-storey tower, a distinctive building that features a projecting triangular window. As well as a 108 bedroom hotel, the development also features a Toby Carvery and additional retail space. Wakemans also acted as Tenant’s Agent for Travelodge on this development.

At Teddington, Wakemans acted as Quantity Surveyor, Employers Agent and Planning Supervisor on behalf of the developer, one of the Longford Securities and Equities Limited group of companies. This development includes a 113 bedroom hotel, along with nine luxury apartments and a 350m2 restaurant.

Before the hotel in Ipswich was built, important archaeological Second World War bomb shelters had to be recorded. Wakemans acted as Tenant’s Agent for Travelodge on this 108 bedroom hotel on the waterfront, that also includes a Travelodge Bar Café and car parking.


West Midlands based PRCA Member Downing Dunmore PR is celebrating in style with champagne and strawberries, having achieved their Consultancy Management Standard – the gold standard of service for the PR industry.
Downing Dunmore PR is one of only 200 PRCA members based throughout the UK that can now offer this internationally recognised Consultancy Management Standard (CMS), the industry’s quality certification system for public relations firms. The Standard is an assurance to clients that Downing Dunmore PR adheres to strict quality standards in management, communication and service delivery.
Commenting on the achievement, Joint Managing Director Megan Dunmore said, “We are delighted to have achieved the CMS award and join the elite PR agencies across the UK able to demonstrate service excellence. We believe this will create a clear competitive edge for us locally and will also put us on the map at a national level as a result of being included on the PRCA approved list for new business referrals.”
The CMS is an independently audited set of eight tests which a consultancy must pass as a member of the Public Relations Consultants Association. It combines elements of ISO 9000 and Investors in People with criteria specific to the public relations industry.
Francis Ingham, Chief Executive PRCA says: “Well run businesses consistently deliver the results clients are looking for. The Consultancy Management Standard was developed specifically to ensure that PRCA members have the systems and structures in place to meet and exceed clients’ expectations. The Standard has been so successful that is has now been adopted in 11 countries around the world.”
Despite challenging market conditions, Downing Dunmore PR has secured a series of new contract wins over the last quarter, including health and social care provider Kare Plus, Locksbridge Developments, THD Labs and SPAL Automotive.



About the PRCA

  • The Public Relations Consultants Association (PRCA) is the trade association for the UK PR consultancy industry.
  • The Association exists to raise standards in PR and to help members be better organisations.
  • The Association has grown by over 30% since the start of 2008.
  • Founded in 1969 the PRCA promotes all aspects of public relations consultancy.
  • PRCA members differentiate themselves from other PR consultancies by achieving the Consultancy Management Standard (CMS), a professional accreditation that has been around the world.
  • All PRCA member organisations are bound by a Professional Charter and Code of Conduct.

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