The Week

WPP announced a 6.7 per cent like-for-like revenue drop in the first four months of 2009 at its annual general meeting in Dublin on Tuesday.

Waggener Edstrom head of digital Paul Armstrong has left the agency after two months, without a job to go to.

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the world's biggest arts festival, has brought in Scottish agency Hot Tin Roof to handle online PR.

Mantra PR founder Lawrence Dore has left the role of interim head of corporate PR at Marks & Spencer.

Torque PR, a specialist automotive agency, has been launched by Peter Haynes, PR director at UKIP Media & Events, and Phil Hale, head of PR at PRISM UK.

Tulchan Communications has announced David Shriver, ex-director of group financial comms at retail giant Carrefour, is to join as consultant. Separately, consultant David Trenchard is leaving to join asset manager Knight Vinke.

A VMA Selection survey of 1,000 PR professionals in the not-for-profit and public sectors has revealed two-thirds expect budgets to be cut next year.

Redleaf Communications has been hired by Chris and Jeff Galvin to launch a London restaurant this year.

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