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
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
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.