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WPP celebrates nine month revenue leap

WPP celebrates nine month revenue leap



The WPP Group, parent company of PR firms Hill and Knowlton and Ogilvy

Adams and Rinehart, has reported a year-on-year rise in revenue of over

eight per cent for the third quarter of 1996, making a total nine month

leap of more than 11 per cent. Public relations revenue grew by nine per

cent.



Sunderland FC brings on Buchanan



Sunderland Football Club has picked Buchanan Communications as its

financial PR adviser to work on its forthcoming flotation - exclusively

revealed by PR Week last week. Financial Dynamics, Dewe Rogerson and one

other agency also pitched.



Kakston makes a deal with creditors



Kakston Holdings, owner of cuttings agencies Standard Press Analysts and

Personality Profiles, has entered company voluntary arrangements, it has

emerged. The deal, agreed by creditors in August, gives Kakston, which

is continuing to operate normally, an 18-month period to repay its

debts.



North West Water drops agency plan



North West Water has decided not to appoint a PR agency for

environmental work, despite seeing presentations from five regional

agencies. Instead, it will expand its press office and employ agencies

on an ad-hoc basis.



Asda hires Agarwal from N&P



Asda has hired its third PR person from National and Provincial’s now

defunct press division. Nick Agarwal joins Asda next month as PR

manager. PR head Christine Watts and manager Phil Reed also left N&P

before Abbey National bought it and dissolved the PR office in August.



Quebec crash claims life of PR’s Toombs



Helen Toombs, a Jubilee Line Extension Project PR information officer,

died as a result of the Quebec cable car crash. Toombs, 46, was with

colleague Peter Hampshire who suffered broken limbs.



Rentoul takes part-time post at NLA



Anthony Rentoul has been named new part-time chief executive of the

Newspaper Licensing Agency. He succeeds Andrew Hughes.



Manchester Airport clears B-M for take off



Burson-Marsteller was appointed, without a pitch, by Manchester Airport

to handle PR for its new advertising-based marketing campaign.



Mitson joins Richard Mulcaster food group



Former Catering magazine editor, Jane Mitson, has joined drinks PR

specialist Richard Mulcaster & Associates to head its new food division.



NACAB renews call for public affairs head



The National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux is to re-advertise

the post of head of public affairs. Carrying a salary of up to pounds

27,000, the job was originally advertised in July. A NACAB spokesman

said it had failed to find an appropriate candidate.



Coleman takes associate post at APCO



Ben Coleman, senior European affairs consultant for BDO Stoy Hayward,

has joined APCO as an associate. Also joining are Chris Wainwright from

Profile and David Mills from Waterfront.



Larkspur to launch Private Eye beer



Larkspur Communications has been signed by Whitbread Inns to launch Lord

Gnome Bitter, a cask beer created to mark the 35th anniversary of

satirical magazine Private Eye.



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