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Lowe Bell continues for Christian Salvesen

Lowe Bell continues for Christian Salvesen



Lowe Bell Communications will continue working for business services

group Christian Salvesen after rival Hays withdrew its takeover offer

this week. Both companies retained Brunswick for financial PR but

brought in new advisers for the bid at the end of last month. Hays,

which called in Financial Dynamics for the bid, will revert to

Brunswick.



Cordiant profits good news for Rowland



The Rowland Company parent Cordiant plc has unveiled pre-tax profits of

pounds 15.5 million for the first half of 1996. This compares with a

loss of pounds 29.6 million for the first half of 1995. Underlying

revenue was up by 1.7 per cent. Chief executive Bob Seelert reiterated

the group’s commitment to Rowland, which he said was now ‘growing and

profitable’.



M&S hires Bulletin for media image boost



Marks and Spencer has signed up broadcast consultancy Bulletin

International to promote an international image of ‘quality, value and

exceptional service’ to the broadcast media.



IMRO drops Market Access for BNW



The Investment Management Regulatory Organisation (IMRO), the City

watchdog for fund managers, has ended its relationship with lobbyist

Market Access and hired Bruce Naughton Wade to advise on the

implications of a future Labour government. BNW won the account

following a review of public affairs in April (PR Week, 3 May).



Shell International retains Shandwick



Shell International has retained Shandwick for financial PR and public

affairs advice following the agency’s project work tackling criticism of

the oil giant’s operations in Nigeria.



No date yet for Anson to quit the Palace



Buckingham Palace press office has said that no leaving date has been

discussed with Charles Anson, the Queen’s press secretary, and that the

Palace is ‘definitely not’ seeking a replacement for him. Anson, who

joined the Palace in 1990, returns from holiday at the end of this

month.



America Online takes PR in-house



On-line service provider America Online (AOL) has stopped using Leading

Edge Communications and taken PR in-house. Jonathan Buckley, AOL’s

managing director, explained that the move conformed with company

practice in the US, where PR is also handled in-house.



Asda confirms Sundial for consumer PR Asda has confirmed the appointment

of Sundial Communications as its consumer PR adviser. The supermarket

ended its pounds 250,000-fee contract with Lynne Franks two months ago

(PR Week, 7 June). Sundial has been handling projects for Asda such as

the fight against Re-sale Price Maintenance for over the counter

medicines.



Syltevik moves up at Miller Shandwick



Miller Shandwick Technologies has named account director Kristin

Syltevik as MD of the agency’s London office. She replaces Katherine

Leavenworth who returns to the firm’s Boston headquarters as senior vice

president to concentrate on developing international business.



IPR launches Internet site



The IPR has launched an Internet site. Designed and sponsored by Two-Ten

Communications it can be found at: http://www.ipr.press.net.



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