In brief: PRCA City and Financial Awards winners, Fever hires social media chief, Spark's six-figure Bromium win

Who won at last night's PRCA City and Financial Awards? Plus Fever appoints social media chief, Bromium hands Spark six-figure brief, Beattie opens Cornwall office, House PR retain London Art Week, Cult's food festival win, and more from PRWeek UK.

Fever appoints social media chief as it looks to break down 'barriers'

Fever PR has appointed Thom James to the newly created role of head of social, as it looks to build its digital offering and break down "organisational barriers". James joins from creative agency Isobar and is Fever's first board-level hire to specialise in social and digital PR. Click here to read more.

Instinctif and Schroders among PRCA City and Financial Awards winners

Instinctif Partners was named City Agency of the Year at last night's PRCA City and Financial Awards, with Schroders picking up the award for the In-house Team of the Year. Click here for a full list of the winners.

Bromium hands Spark six-figure brief

Computer security firm Bromium has handed Spark Communications a six-figure brief to handle its UK PR activity and develop a global comms and content strategy. Bromium approached Spark to become a strategic partner and advisor, and help educate the market on its "innovative approach" to security, the agency said. 

House PR retains London Art Week

House PR has retained London Art Week as a client following a pitch process in which it was supported by parent company W Communications. House has been tasked with supporting London Art Week’s summer and winter events with a consumer PR campaign designed to build its profile and boost gallery sales. London Art Week, which takes place on 30 June and in December, is takes place across 50 of the capital’s private galleries and auction houses.

WA wins National Joint Utilities Group account

WA has been appointed by the National Joint Utilities Group for a strategic public affairs and comms brief. The six-figure contract is to last three years. The agency will work with the trade association - which represents UK-wide utilities including National Grid, Water UK as well as their contractors - to engage with local and national government about how it delivers infrastructure projects.  

Cult wins Evening Standard food festival

Cult PR has been appointed to create online and offline PR campaigns for the month-long, city-wide Evening Standard food festival, taking place in London throughout June. The agency has also been tasked with devising a social media strategy that helps celebrate the capital’s diverse food scene.

Jewish schools partnership hires The PR Office

The Partnership for Jewish Schools (PaJeS) has appointed The PR Office to implement a media relations programme and raise the profile of its executive director Rabbi David Meyer. PaJes was established to identify the areas in which Jewish schools in the UK can work together, providing them with support, services and strategy. Agency chairman Shimon Cohen said: "Our objective is to showcase the important work it is doing for Jewish schools, as well as support it with the current challenges facing the faith schools’ sector."

Finalists announced for Suzy Ferguson awards

Seven finalists of the 2017 Suzy Ferguson Spirit Awards have been announced. The award ceremony, which is designed to recognise people who have made a difference to others in the PR industry, takes place in London on 17 March. The finalists for the 2017 Rising Star Award are: Connor Mahon, account executive, FleishmanHillard Fishburn; Euan Steedman, press officer, BBC; India Smyth, media relations manager, Barclays. The finalists for the 2017 Inspiration Award are: Camilla Swain, PR manager, Girlguiding; Claire Foster, deputy head of news, Directline; Emma Tweedie, director, Teacake Tuesday; Polly Kennedy, director, APCO Worldwide. Gorkana originally launched the award in partnership with Ferguson’s former employer Lewis, after she passed away from bowel cancer in 2012. 

Beattie opens Cornwall office

Beattie Communications has opened a new office in Cornwall. The office, headed up by Beattie veteran Amanda Fry, is the company’s ninth in the UK. Fry has been tasked with winning additional business in the region and growing the team. Earlier this month Beattie reported seven per cent growth across the business in 2016, and recently brought in former PRCA chairman Alison Clarke and ex-Saatchi & Saatchi leader Kevin Roberts.

Greenhouse PR wins environmental certification

Greenhouse PR, which only works with brands and entrepreneurs that work towards a more sustainable future, has gained certification as a B Corporation. To become a B Corporation, companies are evaluated on their business mission, values, and operations, and must achieve the highest standards of social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability, Greenhouse said. Agency founder Anna Guyer said: "It is an endorsement and reward for the great campaigns that we have delivered on behalf of our clients, who all work to accelerate the transition to a low carbon economy, ways that benefit society and the planet."

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