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Ketchum’s Drobis eyes UK acquisitions

Ketchum’s Drobis eyes UK acquisitions



Ketchum PR chairman and chief executive David Drobis was in London this

week looking at potential UK acquisitions in its core growth areas of

corporate, healthcare, consumer and technology, following the completion

of Ketchum’s own pounds 32 million sale to Omnicom two weeks ago.



QBO and Molson call time on PR



Molson Canadian Breweries has parted company with its PR agency of eight

years, The Quentin Bell Organisation, and hired consultant Su-Lin Ong.

Huw Pennell, Molson marketing and trade manager, said the change

reflected a decision to reduce spending on consumer public relations in

favour of above-the-line marketing.



Winter is Countrywide’s personal trainer



Countrywide Communications has hired Barry Winter, 36, in the new board-

level role of management development director. Winter, ex-group training

and development manager at the National Grid Company, will head

recruitment, training, personal development and succession planning.



Child-Villiers to leave Tie Rack



Tie Rack press officer Sophia Child-Villiers is to leave the company

next week to travel round the world. She joined Tie Rack two years ago

with a brief to build a press division.



Westminster Healthcare hires Lowe Bell



Lowe Bell Political was hired this week to handle public affairs for

Britain’s biggest nursing home Westminster Healthcare, which recently

launched a pounds 70 million hostile bid for rival nursing facility

Goldsborough. Financial Dynamics, which has worked for the group since

1994, is managing the financial PR campaign.



Edelman to push Apollo Leisure’s profile



Apollo Leisure, the privately-owned theatre and leisure group, has

recruited Edelman PR to raise its corporate profile. Apollo operates 60

units across the UK including cinemas, social and bingo clubs, public

houses, night clubs and theatres.



Beattie Media in Scottish Motor Trade drive



The Scottish Motor Trade Association, which represents manufacturers,

dealers and consumers, is investing pounds 200,000 in a six month PR

drive to raise its profile and has hired Beattie Media to execute the

campaign. Around pounds 50,000 of this total fee and budget figure will

be spent on promoting the Scottish Motor Show, due be staged in

November.



Snook picks up Centaur and Research



Hertz Europe’s former director of public affairs, Jeremy Snook, has

picked up two clients for his new venture, Jeremy Snook PR. The clients

are Centaur Exhibitions for its Business Travel 97 show and US research

company Total Research.



Luchford to promote Bank and Hirst



Luchford GBH Management and PR, the start-up consumer shop run by ex-

Freud Communications consultants Barnaby Levy and Kelly Luchford, has

won pounds 80,000 of business from London restaurant Bank and artist

Damien Hirst. It will promote the launch of Bank by former Quaglino’s

general manager Eric Garnier and Hirst’s first book.



Comfort joins Politics International



Nick Comfort, former political editor of the Daily Record, has joined

lobbying firm Politics International as a political and media

consultant.



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