Manchester's Commission for Economic Development, Employment and Skills has appointed Capital MS&L to provide comms support for the Manchester Independent Economic Review, the first ever independent economic study of a city region in Europe. The review aims to provide strategic understanding of the Manchester city region's economy to enable its policymakers to act in a strong and distinctive way to bring long-term sustainable economic growth. Capital MS&L will help publicise findings from the review over the first four months of 2009.
- Tonic, a digital design and branding agency, is to become part of the College Hill Group after the City PR firm bought a stake in the agency. College Hill has made the investment to complement its existing creative business - The College. As well as branding and corporate design, the agency's creative practice is increasingly engaged with online financial reporting, IR websites and digital solutions. Tonic, founded in 1998, employs around 40 people and has built a high-profile client roster of both consumer and corporate brands.
- Eddington Capital Management has turned to wealth management specialists Carte Blanche Communications and Redleaf Communications. Carte Blanche will serve as its retained media adviser with Redleaf taking on a new investor relations remit. The agencies have been given a specific brief to market its London Listed Index Linked Note to UK investors.
- Broadgate will manage European PR for List Group, an Italian technology provider, following a three-way pitch. The PR activity will initially focus on building List Group's profile in the UK, Italian and Spanish financial markets and educating the media on List's trading and compliance systems. List was founded in 1985 in Pisa, and now operates out of offices in London, Madrid, Paris, Milan, Turin, Voghera, Kuala Lumpur and New York.
- Morgan Stanley has appointed Peregrine Communications to handle PR for its structured products division. The agency will be looking after the business' retail, institutional and private client mandates.