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The DMA Group in the west and Wales


What's on offer for those in the West in the coming months from the DMAIDM and Employability

This month’s top news

We kick off with news of an exciting new initiative which aims to give talented people who are on the autistic spectrum employment opportunities in our industry. 

Working with the Bristol Autism Spectrum Service (BASS) which has successfully developed similar schemes with organisations including GCHQ, HMRC and the MOD, we plan to have a pilot scheme up and running in the region by the end of the year.  

Initially focusing on data and creative roles, we hope to give gifted people who are so often overlooked the opportunity to shine.  If you're interested in finding out more or joining our working party please email me

Also, the newly refurbished DMA House is up, open and running in London. So when you’re next in town book a meeting space or take your team for a day away at 70 Margaret Street – just a short walk from Oxford Circus. Read more and download the brochure here.

On 20th July Ian Atkinson from SunLife will be guest speaker at our Bristol Copywriting Club. He will be talking about how writing engaging copy for financial services is changing and the challenges this presents.

It's also time to start thinking about your entries for this year's DMA Awards. To help you to decide what to enter and why we'll be holding a free morning event in central Bristol on 23rd August.  Awards judges and previous winners from around the region will be among the speakers who will provide you with inspiration along with helpful advice on what makes a winning entry.  

Full details will be announced soon, but in the meantime why not visit DMA Awards to find out how award-winning work impacts your bottom line and get the inside track on this year’s categories.

Then on 19 September we'll be asking the hotly debated question: Is the traditional agency model still fit for purpose?  With retainers increasingly replaced by project work against a backdrop of rapidly evolving technology and a new generation of clients and consumers, what does the agency of the future look like?

To ensure you have a fighting chance of survival join us at Bray Leino Yucca's Bristol offices for this brand new event - full details to follow.

Add to this another Copywriting Club which will explore Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) in copywriting on 19 October and a Legal update at Osborne Clarke's Bristol offices on 2 November your diary should be looking pretty full.

Remember: You can boost your profile by hosting events, leading as a speaker or by sharing your best content with us. 

Drop Andrew Buffrey a line to explore these opportunities further.

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