NUT looks for lobby firm advisers
The National Union of Teachers is looking for a lobbying firm to provide
political advice and monitoring on education issues. The union has
approached at least two firms asking for written proposals. Former NUT
parliamentary affairs adviser Jonathan Hopkins joined lobbyist Ian Greer
Associates in November. The union has used Lowe Bell Political for
project work in the past.
Novotel approaches PR for initiative
Novotel, the French-owned hotel chain, is looking for PR support for
what could be a major new marketing initiative in Europe later this
year. The group is known to have approached at least one PR company -
Edelman - as well as advertising and direct marketing agencies. Novotel
runs 116 hotels in Europe. Last year it unveiled plans to overhaul the
chain in a pounds 195 million six-year programme.
Mobil’s public affairs plans hindered
News of the planned partnership between Mobil and BP has disrupted
Mobil’s plans to create a centralised public affairs unit. Ex-Mobil Oil
Company chairman John Banfield was brought in to oversee public affairs
for Europe, Africa and the Middle East, with his former human resources
chief David Bailey heading up UK public affairs. Previously Mobil North
Sea, Mobil Europe and the Mobil Oil Company had their own dedicated
units. Banfield said the new shared services unit would still be rolled
out but would have to be modified in the light of the joint venture.
Merricks replaces Lockley at Law Society
Andrew Lockley, who has resigned as director of corporate and regional
affairs at The Law Society, is to be temporarily replaced by Walter
Merricks, the Society’s director of professional and legal policy. A
permanent successor will be named by a new secretary general in June.
Lockley quit the society this week amid rumours of a bust up with
president Martin Mears.
Firefly goes to Notting Hill
Firefly has been appointed to handle PR for Notting Hill, the electronic
publishing firm founded by former Independent editor Andreas Whittam
Smith. Firefly displaces Powerhouse which was initially hired to handle
PR for the company, which launches this week.
Goldman leaves Wall Street for B-M
Burson-Marsteller has hired Wall Street Journal advertising columnist
Kevin Goldman as MD of its global media and community relations
practice. He will provide a ‘a global resource’ to clients worldwide and
assist with staff development.
SFO denies PR agency plans
The Serious Fraud Office has insisted it has no immediate plans to
recruit a PR agency despite its recent meeting with Profile Corporate
Communications. James O’Donoghue, SFO head of press and information,
said he met the agency, which initiated contact, because he was ‘always
open to ideas’.
Edelman to launch global Renitek drive
US pharmaceutical company Merck Sharp Dohme has hired Edelman to manage
a global PR campaign for its cardiovascular drug Renitek. Led out of
Edelman’s New York branch, the programme will role out across Europe,
America and Asia Pacific. At least three other agencies pitched for the