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NHS Blood and Transplant in hunt for support, head of media for Manchester City council

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) is seeking an agency to support its work in promoting itself at Freshers' Fairs. The agency will be appointed from NHSBT's roster of agencies. NHSBT is examining opportunities to attend a number of universities across England, with a blood and transplant stand that will aim to draw attention to the need for more blood and organ donors from people of all backgrounds and ethnicities.

Manchester City Council has appointed Smyth Harper as head of media. Harper is currently acting deputy director of communications at Greater Manchester Police (GMP). In last week's PRWeek, Harper responded to criticism from Guardian senior reporter Ian Cobain that GMP had misled him during enquiries about torture. Harper will manage the in-house media team.

VisitBritain is backing an interactive social media campaign that documents a tour of nearly 30 British coastal destinations made by South African Scott Ramsay. The 'Edge of Britain' tour began on Sunday, and will take in Penzance, John O'Groats, Dover and Peacehaven. VisitBritain is encouraging people to recommend places and sights for Scott to enjoy on his trip via his blog edgeofbritain.blogspot.com.

The Central Office of Information (COI) has announced its new market research framework. The roster, which breaks down into five parts such as qualitative research, quantitative research and omnibus, includes Ipsos Mori, YouGov and TNS UK. The expiry date for this framework is June 2013.

CORRECTION In last week's public sector page lead, we stated that the Learning and Skills Council was seeking a PR agency. We have subsequently been informed that this is incorrect.

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