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.
Leading West Midland based Chartered Accountants Clement Keys has boosted its international business portfolio with a new client that will be in the UK for the duration of the Olympics.
Ceska Olympijska, the official marketing agency of Czech Olympic committee has appointed Clement Keys to advise the company on its obligations under the relevant UK tax rules which includes registration for VAT and preparing and submitting quarterly VAT returns. The company will be operating from Czech House during the period of the Games and will be located in the Business Design Centre, London. It will host political, public, economic, business and cultural events as well as sports-related functions and will be a centre for interaction between the Czech Republic, the UK, the EU and the Olympic movement.
Steven Simmonds, Director of VAT Services at Clement Keys commented: “We are delighted to be acting for Ceska Olympijska and hope that their experience of being in the UK during the Olympics proves to be both successful and enjoyable.
“We were selected for this work because of our extensive experience in this complex and ever changing area of UK corporate legislation via our association with IGAF Polaris.
IGAF Polaris is the 3rd largest association of accounting firms in the world with over 350 member firms in 85 countries and more than 800 offices”
Established in 1885, chartered accountants Clement Keys offer a range of general accountancy, auditing and business advice services. Specialist services include taxation planning, property service charges, pension schemes, charities and not for profit organisations, entertainment and sport, fully listed, AIM and PLUS Markets businesses and European and Local Authority auditing.
Accountancy Firm of the Year 2009 (6-25 partners), Medium Accountancy Firm of the Year 2008 (6-15 partners) and Accountancy firm of the Year (up to 10 partners) in 2003 and 2005 – as voted for by members of the West Midlands region of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) – Clement Keys now has 10 partners and is a member of IGAF Polaris, one of the world’s largest international accounting affiliations for independent professional accounting services.
Lack of awareness of the latest treatment for a benign and treatable condition is preventing patients coming forward so physicians can’t rule out more serious bowel conditions.
Haemorrhoids are a common affliction which will affect 1 in 2 of the general population before the age of 50 and yet many put up with the symptoms of discomfort and bleeding for months or even years before seeking medical advice.
The National Trainer for Minimally Invasive Colorectal Surgery and Colorectal Consultant Mr Arif Khan based at Mid Cheshire Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and BMI Hospitals explains how a new treatment, THD is helping to overcome this reluctance. NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) have issued their guidance in 2010 and current evidence on haemorrhoidal artery ligation and states that the procedure is an efficacious alternative to conventional haemorrhoidectomy and there are no major concerns.
“I am always surprised by the number of patients who have coped with their symptoms for so long. Mainly patients are put off by the thought of painful surgery and not being able to take time off work. THD however is a minimally invasive treatment that is relatively pain free and often can be carried out as a day case with the patient returning home the same day and back to work the following day.”
THD or Transanal Haemorrhoidal Dearterialisation uses ultrasound Doppler to target and stitch the haemorrhoidal arteries to reduce the blood flow to the haemorrhoids and achieve shrinkage. This minimises bleeding, prolapse and discomfort. Because it does not require scalpel surgery pain is much less and recovery much faster.
“It is important that more patients and GPs are aware of the treatment because as a referral centre for bowel disease, when we work up haemorrhoid cases, our primary aim is to exclude more sinister pathology such as polyps or bowel cancer.”
“We can also assess suitability for THD, providing other lines of treatment such as shrinking ointments, high fibre diets and banding have not resolved the issue, before taking the surgical option. Having said that figures show that the THD procedure produces excellent medium term results in 85 – 90 % of cases and where the problem recurs, THD is safe enough to repeat without side-effects.”
Don’t Ignore the five main symptoms of haemorrhoids:
- Painless bleeding from the bottom
- Mucus discharge
- Itching around the anus
- Fleshy lumps which protrude or prolapse from the bottom
- Anaemia (caused by long term bleeds)
“If patients are experiencing any of the five main symptoms of haemorrhoids, they should consult their GP and rid themselves of an uncomfortable and embarrassing problem while ruling out more serious bowel conditions.”
For further information: www.thehaemorrhoidcentre.co.uk