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
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
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
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
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.