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DR gets New Look with financial account

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

initiatives unit.



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

media relations.



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.



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