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
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
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.