In brief: MHP promotes Ian Kirby, Headland hires from Fishburn, H+K's Canadian acquisition, account wins for Bubble & Squeak and others

MHP promotes Ian Kirby to corporate MD, Fishburn financial lead moves to Headland, BenQ appoints Bubble & Squeak, H+K makes Canadian purchase and more from PRWeek UK.

MHP promotes Ian Kirby to corporate MD

MHP Communications has promoted Ian Kirby to managing director in its corporate affairs division. Kirby joined the agency in September 2013 after 13 years as political editor of the News of the World. Separately, the firm has promoted financial practice associate directors Christian Pickel and Simon Hockridge to director roles.

Fishburn financial lead moves to Headland

Del Jones has joined Headland as an associate director, leaving Fishburn where he led the agency's financial practice. Before Fishburn, he worked for Instinctif Partners and as a researcher for the Conservative Party. Fishburn's UK operations recently merged with FleishmanHillard.

BenQ appoints Bubble & Squeak

Projector, monitor and LED and digital display maker BenQ has taken on Bubble & Squeak as its lead PR agency providing corporate and b2b services. The agency will have a particular focus on "providing key industry connections and aiding promotion of our cutting-edge visual displays", according to BenQ UK executive director Royce Lye.

H+K makes Canadian purchase

H+K Strategies has agreed to buy all the assets of Acertys, a public engagement practice based in Montreal. The Canadian agency employs 13 people and was founded in 2006. "This investment continues WPP's strategy of investing in important regions and sectors such as public relations and public affairs," an investor relations note from the H+K parent firm said.

Kindred taken on by NRICH

Kindred has been taken on by nutritional milk drink NRICH to deliver a new online marketing campaign, following a competitive pitch. The campaign went live yesterday and is designed to tap into New Year’s resolutions.

Camron supports design week

Camron PR has been appointed to provide PR for Clerkenwell Design Week. The Renault-sponsored London event's seventh edition takes place in May.

Ignite becomes marcorichards

Manchester's Ignite PR has rebranded as marcorichards. The agency has also hired Neil Goodwin as a consultant, moving from journalism after a 10-year stint at national publication The Sunday Sport.

Curtin&Co hires Conservative staffers

The agency Curtin&Co has taken on two former Conservative Party staff members as account executives. Lucy Yaqub worked in the office of former health minister Paul Burstow, while Gemma Welch worked in the constituency office of London mayoral candidate Zac Goldsmith, and for successful general election candidate Tania Mathias.

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