60-second summary: last week's PR news (18 March)

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Confused.com: repitching consumer PR work
Confused.com: repitching consumer PR work

Account reviews

Sport England started building a roster of PR and sponsorship agencies to encourage the public to engage with grassroots sport over the next four years.

Confused.com repitched its consumer PR work as it attempts to create a more integrated marcoms offer.

Kopparberg was searching for comms support as it looks to move into the mainstream.

Celgene was poised to appoint an agency to its six-figure UK and Ireland comms business.

People moves

Abby Guthkelch is leaving Royal Mail in April to join Ketchum.

Susie Tempest, head of PR and communications at travel comms agency Hills Balfour, is to leave next month.

Simon Rothwell was hired as a director in Weber Shandwick's UK technology practice.

Client wins

Weber Shandwick scooped a retained brief to handle comms for a newly merged top ten global law firm.

Fishburn Hedges won a brief for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).

Frank was charged with promoting Tough Mudder, a 10 to 12 mile run incorporating military-style obstacles, in the UK.

Unity was awarded a six-figure brief by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) to give its flu remedies 'personality'.

Smithfield was brought in by Deloitte to manage comms around the high profile administration process of video rental firm Blockbuster.

PLMR was engaged to run The Horse Comes First campaign on behalf of six leading organisations in British horse racing.

M&C Saatchi PR was appointed to Club Med's consumer account.

M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment was appointed as boutique denim brand Trilogy's retained agency.

Communications Management was drafted in by Aston University to promote its pioneering bioenergy work.

Agency investments and restructures

Steve Chisholm, Fast Track's former Olympic PR lead, started his own agency.

Ogilvy PR struck a global strategic partnership with The National Social Marketing Centre (NSMC).

Other news

PRWeek's Top 150 PR Consultancies opened for entries, with a closing date of 28 March.

Betfair's head of corporate comms Leonie Foster was set to leave amid deep cuts to the betting exchange's PR team.

Ontario Teachers Pension Plan was in discussions with Bell Pottinger Public Affairs about a new brief to engage with Westminster with regard to infrastructure spending.

The Alcohol Health Alliance lashed out at the drinks industry's 'high profile and well resourced' comms campaigns against minimum unit pricing (MUP) for alcohol.


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