NEWS IN BRIEF

CONSUMER The Outside Organisation – which promoted the Spice Girls before their 2001 split –  has been retained to promote the group’s upcoming reunion tour. Director Stuart Bell leads the account. Individual band members also retain their personal PR advisers.

CORPORATE Unilever’s 12-strong communications department will be among a raft of marketing and sales teams under review as the firm plans to axe around 350 jobs from its UK operation. The job cull is part of the company’s restructuring programme.

CORPORATE The latest Bellwether Report, which measures business confidence among UK marketers, has found the proportion of clients reporting an increase in their budgets in the second quarter of the year exceeded those registering a decrease by the highest margin since the beginning of 2004.

AGENCY Colman Getty has launched Scotland’s first luxury PR division. Former Ketchum account director Emma Miller has moved from London to Edinburgh to head up the new office. 

B2B The Institute of Directors has brought in agency MC2 to help it become the ‘voice’ of the North West business community.

CONSUMER Brand and communications consultancy Clownfish will promote ethical jeweller Ingle & Rhode – a new brand launching in September, which uses gold that is mined without the use of cyanide or mercury.

CONSUMER RumFest, the UK’s first rum festival, has appointed Clarion Communications to handle media relations and in-bar promotions during the run up to the event.

CORPORATE Head of media and PR at National Savings and Investments Mark Brooks is moving to the National Association of Pensions, where he will be head of press. A replacement is currently being sought.

CORRECTION LPPR has been handed a 12-month contract with Vox Pops Intl, not a two-month contract as reported in PRWeek, 13 July.

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