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RESULTS: Citigate Dewe Rogerson parent Incepta Group this week unveiled a three per cent decrease in gross revenues for its financial and corporate communications division. The group, which also includes The Red Consultancy, said PR turned in gross revenues of £39.8m for the first half of this year. Incepta’s full-year results for 2002 revealed a 31 per cent slump in PR profits (PRWeek, 9 May).

HEALTHCARE: Manning Selvage & Lee has appointed Sally Bradford to head its healthcare practice. Bradford, who has been promoted internally from within the 23-strong team, replaces Charlotte Ersboell, who quit four months ago to join BioSector 2 as London office MD (PRWeek, 6 June).

PHARMA LOBBYING: Ruder Finn has been hired by pharmaceutical firm Lundbeck for a parliamentary lobbying brief. The agency aims to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and highlight the ‘difficult’ access to treatments such as Lundbeck drug Ebixa.

TOURISM: The Namibia Tourism Board has hired BGB & Associates to handle a consumer campaign in the UK and Ireland. BGB board director Fiona Reece leads a team reporting to NTB marketing manager Shareen Thude.

EVENT: Revolver Communications is to launch a consumer PR campaign to promote the Max Power car show in London. It takes place at ExCeL from 28 to 30 November, with Revolver handling PR and guerrilla marketing, and acting as event press office.

APPOINTMENT: Emma Harvey has been named as PR manager for ITV2 and ITV Interactive. A former account director at MacLaurin, she joined this week and reports to ITV head of press and publicity Ruth Settle and corporate affairs director Nicola Howson.

ACQUISITION: Marcoms firm Ware Anthony Rust (WAR) has acquired Cambridge-based PR start-up Sprite Communications. Sprite MD and founder Theresa Prevost becomes head of PR. Sprite’s other staffer, Natalie Yates, joins WAR as an account manager.

PUBLIC AFFAIRS: africapractice last week launched a public affairs campaign for drinks giant Diageo to raise the profile of Diageo’s investment in Africa.

CLARIFICATION: The Campaign of the Year award at the forthcoming PRWeek Awards is the Foresight Award, not The Profile Group Award as reported last week (PRWeek, 3 October).

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