CSR: Department of Trade and Industry minister Stephen Timms has indicated the government is against regulations on corporate social responsibility because they would prevent companies determining their own CSR strategy. He was speaking at a conference run by pressure group Green Alliance.
CONSUMER: Frank PR has launched a UK consumer PR campaign to promote online casino and poker room 888.com. The agency, which won a competitive pitch that culminated in a three-way shootout against icas PR and hatch-group, reports to marketing manager Matt Robinson.
MEDIA BOSS AWARDS: Weber Shandwick deputy chief executive Sally Ward and Fuse PR managing partner Jay O’Connor are two of the seven nominees for this year’s Pathfinders Media Boss of the Year awards, which will be presented on 19 November.
CONSUMER: Universal Studios has hired The Red
Consultancy to handle a consumer PR campaign to promote Boo!, a pre-school brand from Tell-Tale Productions. Boo!, a programme for under-fives, has been screened on the BBC and CBeebies since June.
CONSUMER: GMTV and The Clothes Show presenter Caryn Franklin has appointed KUDOS@LBA to handle the launch of her website howtolookgood.com and her How to Look Good on Your Wedding Day video series. Kudos starts work on the £35,000 account for an initial six months in December .
TRAVEL: Hills Balfour has been appointed to handle PR, sales and marketing of Hawaii by the Hawaii Tourism Authority in the UK and Sweden. The firm takes over from 1 January and will be working alongside its affiliated partner The Magnum Group, which has been appointed on a similar brief in French, Italian and German-speaking markets.
AWARDS: Brahm PR and Yorkshire Water won the IPR PRide teams of the year awards at last week’s IPR Yorkshire and Lincolnshire awards. Brahm PR landed three other awards, including the Grand Prix for best entry for its work for regeneration body Yorkshire Forward.