DR gets New Look with financial account
Dewe Rogerson has been hired to handle financial PR for discount fashion
retailer New Look. The company, which halted its flotation plans two
years ago and was bought by venture capital funds in January, is tipped
to make a second attempt to float later this year.
Brook Wilkinson explains Railtrack changes
Railtrack has hired Brook Wilkinson, following a four-way pitch, to
handle an internal communications campaign explaining the cultural
change involved in privatisation to its 11,500 employees. Agency
principal Rosemary Brook has been advising Railtrack on internal and
external communications since last October.
LGA shortlist for communications post
The Local Government Association, which supersedes the three existing
local authority bodies next April, has shortlisted three candidates for
the post of communications director. They are: Carol Grant, a freelance
housing consultant, Peter Kendall, former director of public affairs for
Eurostar, and Nick Gammage, head of the Department of Health’s media
Met Office sticks with Murray & Co
The Meteorological Office has handed an expanded PR brief to Murray &
Co, its agency of nine years, after holding pitches last week (PR Week,
12 July). The pounds 75,000-fee contract will focus on promoting the Met
Office’s information services.
H&K powers to Battersea development
Hill and Knowlton has been hired by the Power Production consortium to
manage media relations for the Battersea Power Station redevelopment
project (PR Week, 10 May). Burson-Marsteller, Scope and Freud
Communications were shortlisted.
Manchester Airport seeks corporate head
Manchester Airport is hunting for a director of corporate affairs to
replace David Teale, who is becoming customer services director. The
pounds 75,000 salary job brief includes government affairs, corporate
strategy and human resources.
Lewis to put Prestel On-line on the map
Prestel On-line has hired Lewis Communications for support in the
increasingly crowded Internet market, following a three-way pitch. The
account, which is worth around pounds 50,000 in fees, will focus on
Sandpiper gets a taste of Cathedral City
Mendip Dairy Crest has appointed Sandpiper Communications to boost
awareness of its Cathedral City mature cheddar brand. The four month PR
project, which will focus on consumer sampling and media relations, has
a budget of between pounds 50,000 and pounds 100,000.
Hambrecht & Quist hires Focus for projects
Hambrecht and Quist, the San Francisco-based investment bank has hired
Focus Communications on a project by project basis. The bank, which is
keen to tap into the European smaller companies market, opened its first
London office last month.
Reeves Green wins Holland & Barrett’s PR
Midlands-based agency Reeves Green has won a nationwide PR account with
high street health food chain Holland and Barrett. The agency was
appointed without a pitch.