Chaz Brooks is sleeping rough

Chaz Brooks is sleeping rough. They say times are tough at the moment, don’t they? On Saturday January 29th Chaz will be joining other hardy volunteers and sleeping rough OUTSIDE Guildford Cathedral. It will not be pleasant and will probably be raining or snowing. Chaz is doing this to raise funds and attention for the plight of homeless young people in Guildford and the event is organised by the YMCA, Surrey Chamber members.

Chaz is anticipating the night with some trepidation, but says. “I’m really looking forward to the sleepout at the Cathedral. It’s fantastic that the YMCA do this to raise awareness of the problem of youth homelessness in Guildford. I will be spending a winter night under the stars, but YMCA boss Pete Brayne has assured me that it won’t snow, that Girls Aloud will be bringing round hot cocoa, that Gordon Ramsay is doing the breakfast and that Bob Dylan will be coming to sing songs round the campfire.”

We think he is either lying or deluded.

Lots of people have kindly already donated to “keep Chaz on the streets” and you can do so at:

All about Good Teamwork

We are never tired of telling the world how important team work is. And how bonding is the best part of our job, linking with like-minded journalists, for the benefit of our clients, their customers, their prospective customers and of course for ourselves as a team 🙂

Over the past couple of months, Training has very much been on our agenda, and we have been sharing some of thoughts on how to best go about investing in training and how best to implement cost-effective training in these tough times. Also as part of our Investor in People programme we are totally committed to the value of linking Business Outcomes with our Staf Training. Here are some of the articles that we have recently contributed to.

The Director – Skills Agenda

PR Success Monthly – How one PR agency builds a great team

The Director – Learning the Hard Way

On the subject of training, should you need any help with PR, visit our fact Sheet pages for tips for free!


Exclusive …. Home Secretary drinks whilst on duty!

Last Friday saw the launch of an initiative to boost the Town Centre of Maidenhead. The high profile campaign launch was launched by the Home Secretary, Theresa May.

CBC’s newest client, Pig in a Poke, supplied the wine for the event and Enjoyment Executive (wouldn’t we all love to have a job and job title like that!) Alistair Morrell wasted no time in introducing himself to Theresa May and offering her a sample of the current Pig in a Poke vintage. She readily accepted and commented “I’m very pleased to support Pig in a Poke. It’s a great initiative and it’s good to see these ideas from a local business.”

For the record Theresa only had a small sampling glass of wine. But she said that she liked it! We at CBC say we like the wine too. And we should know a good wine when we taste one!!

A big welcome to Carys :-)

Recently graduated with BA (Hons) Communication, Media and Culture degree, Carys has joined the CBC Team as an Account Executive.

Using her strong organisational and communication skills, she will help the Team with a whole range of PR, Marketing and Admin support tasks. Her main focus will be on supporting the Team in delivering on each Client’s PR campaign and Tactics plans, so as to maximise editorial opportunities and to secure maximum press coverage for our Client base.

Having completed a range of work placements during her degree course, including a work placement with us back in 2006, a Business Development & Marketing placement at a local solicitors as well as a placement in the HR department of a famous London Hospital, her strengths lie in her conscientious nature, her drive, her “can do” attitude and team player focus.


Had a great day yesterday at our Dane-Elec launch of the new myDitto product

…A good group of favourite journos came to the Institute of Electronic Engineers for a press briefing. Then we went on the London Duck Tour. Everyone had a good time. I’d been on the Duck Tour of Liverpool before with my kids — and they had enjoyed it. It seemed like all the adult journos enjoyed it too!