News in brief

DEPARTURE: Beatwax CEO Mark Robinson has quit the firm to start up an as yet unnamed agency. Beatwax is to focus more on student activity as part of a realignment of businesses within Beatwax parent company Miracle Media Group.

APPOINTMENT: Mantra PR has poached Hill & Knowlton marketing communications board director Matt Fearnley. Fearnley has taken up the post of marketing communications director with a brief to expand Mantra’s consumer business.

LEGAL ACTION: It emerged this week that Neil and Christine Hamilton are suing publicist Max Clifford over comments he made after the couple were falsely accused of rape. Clifford confirmed that his lawyers were in talks with the Hamiltons’ legal advisers.

CONSUMER : The Banglatown International Curry Festival has hired Sinclair Mason to promote its two-week food event in East London’s Brick Lane. The 12-26 September festival will see Indian, Bangladeshi and Pakistani cooks vie to become Britain’s top curry chef.

ACQUISITION: The Golly Slater Group has acquired marketing and advertising agency RM Partnership. Led by founder Mike Reilly, RM’s three-strong team is to move into Golly Slater’s Twickenham offices.

MEDIA RELATIONS: The National Union of Students has launched a two-month campaign to promote the relaunch of its website on 6 September. Cohn & Wolfe and Theresa Simon Communications are jointly running the campaign.

CONSUMER: Children’s food company Organix has drafted in The Forster Company on a six-month contract to promote it as an ethical brand. It will target consumers and health and food professionals.

ISSUE BREAK: There will be no issue of PRWeek next week (27 August). Normal service will resume the following week (3 September).

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