Next local branch, virtual branch and regional events

As we have not been able to attract enough members to some of our local events, CIM Northamptonshire's committee has created a CIM Virtual Branch on LinkedIn. If you are a member of LinkedIn, please join the group here

Following a break, CIM Northamptonshire's next two events are shown in the posting below and on the CIM Events Pages.

The first will be in Northampton on 22ndMay 2013, helping you to "Find out where social media fits in the new customer-driven marketing mix"

The second will be a "Survive and thrive" afternoon event on 6th June 2013 at the University of Northampton, Sunley Management Centre.

If you have any questions, please post them on this blog or on the CIM Virtual Branch on LinkedIn.




As marketers increase their activity for their Christmas campaigns, off-the-job training can often be overlooked as the pressure mounts. But to do so can be to the detriment of the business, The Chartered Institute of Marketing is warning businesses in the East Midlands.

Research has shown that there is a significant link between training and the chances of a business closing. Of the companies that did not provide training for employees, over one in four of (27%) closed between 1998 and 2004, while only one in nine companies that did provide training failed during the same period.*

“This is a significant statistic and one that businesses in the East Midlands can learn from,” explains Jill Wells, regional chair of The Chartered Institute of Marketing in the East Midlands. “Marketers are front line when it comes to driving growth and if they don’t have the qualifications or training that keeps them up-to-date then their employer’s business could unintentionally suffer.”

And yet research also shows that 11% of employees feel they are under-skilled for their current role.** If marketers are to work at their optimal level then active and targeted training by employers is vital.

“Those that are under-skilled are less likely to take advantage of marketing opportunities as they arise and are less likely to understand how strategic marketing can best position the business for growth,” concludes Jill.

There is a full events schedule available in the East Midlands as well as professional courses available at the local study centres, details of which may be found at In addition, The Chartered Institute of Marketing provides both professional qualifications and short courses that promote excellence in marketing. These are based on detailed research and feedback from employers, industry leaders, academics and The Institute’s students.


* Training and Establishment Survival, Skills for Business Research Report 22, March 2007, Sector Skills Development Agency,
** Job Matching in the UK and Europe, Skills for Business Research Report 25, July 2007, Sector Skills Development Agency,

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About The Chartered Institute of Marketing:
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