The week

Finsbury is working on both sides of the deal that should see Alexander Lebedev buy the Evening Standard from the Daily Mail and General Trust for £1.

Contrary to reports, Freud Comms claims no professional relationship with the Russian.

Pitch PR
has appointed Jon Teeman as non-executive chairman. He joins from London and Continental Railways where he oversaw the St Pancras Station relaunch.

ING Direct
, the savings bank, is seeking a fresh consumer PR agency. The bank has shortlisted five, including incumbent Band & Brown Comms.

Geronimo Comms
has rebranded as Kindred. The news follows the agency’s merger with advertising agency Mustoes last year.

The PRCA Leaders’ Panel
survey has found that 49 per cent of industry bosses saw an increase in PR budgets during 2008 as a percentage of clients’ marketing spend.

3 Monkeys Communications
has taken on a six-figure CSR brief from UK local search company Thomson Local.

The CIPR has launched its chartered practitioner scheme and is inviting members to apply online before 31 March 2009 at chartered.cipr.co.uk.

The Launch Group
is to promote a new spa hotel for Butlins in Bognor Regis. It won the account following a four-way pitch.

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