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Grand Met appoints Brunswick

Grand Met appoints Brunswick



Food and drink giant Grand Metropolitan has appointed Brunswick as its

retained financial PR agency from 1 March. The company ended its long-

standing relationship with Lowe Bell Communications at the end of 1995

and has since used a number of agencies on ‘special projects’.



Whitehorn appointed to Virgin board



Virgin corporate affairs director Will Whitehorn has joined the board of

Virgin Group - the holding company responsible for Virgin’s rail

interests. Virgin has a 17 per cent stake in Channel Tunnel rail link

contractor London and Continental and is also bidding for the Gatwick

Express service.



EPR in talks with buyer



The future of the Entertainment Partnership’s PR division, Entertainment

Public Relations, remains unclear after the company revealed this week

it is holding talks with an unnamed buyer. Group MD Murray Harkin, who

is responsible for the PR wing, denied that the division had closed

down, even though three of its four staff have left to work directly for

their client Courage. EPR, established in 1992, handles project work for

clients but has no retained accounts.



Krijgsman to strengthen Merrill Lynch



American bank Merrill Lynch has appointed former Evening Standard

journalist Peter Krijgsman to strengthen its internal communications.



Stephens jailed over printing scam



Alison Stephens, ex-PR manager at Chester-le-Street district council in

County Durham, has been jailed for nine months for a pounds 28,000

fraud. Stephens, who headed the press and publicity team for five years,

was found to have obtained the cash by billing the council for bogus

printing work. She left the council last year.,The PR department has

since been reorganised.



Ernst & Young drops Keene Public Affairs



Ernst and Young’s Energy practice has opted to run PR from its own

central press office, ending its relationship with Keene Public Affairs.

The decision followed a review of its press relations needs.



Harrison Cowley to open in Plymouth



Harrison Cowley is to open its ninth UK agency. Geoff Simms, managing

director of Harrison Cowley Birmingham, will head the new Plymouth

consultancy and work on HC clients The National Lottery and Barclays

personal banking.



Smith Grundon wins Starwriter pitch



Smith Grundon and Partners is to handle PR for the Canon Starwriter

range of portable PCs, following a three-way pitch. The activity, which

was previously carried out in-house, is believed to be worth around

pounds 40,000 in annual fees.



Shortlist for One World Media Awards



The Co-operative Bank, The Body Shop and Cafe Direct have been

shortlisted in the Best Corporate Communications category of the One

World 96 Media Awards taking place at the One World 96 Conference on 20

March in London.



Dunseath Citigate wins Scottish account



Dunseath Citigate Communications has been recruited to handle PR for the

Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland. It won the business

following a three-way pitch.



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