The Constituency Management Group unit, which includes IPG's PR agencies, saw 1.6% organic revenue growth in Q1.
Notwithstanding a sudden surge in the fortunes of one of the major parties, the general election is likely to result in either a slim Parliamentary majority of the kind not seen since Sir John Major's ill-fated 1992-1997 administration nearly 20 years ago, or a minority government. This in turn presages a radical change in the tactics employed by public affairs agencies to influence the Government's legislative programme. PRWeek speaks to three public affairs professionals to get their insight on the opportunities and challenges presented by the composition of the next government.
Troubled coal producer Asia Resource Minerals (ARMS) has stopped working with Finsbury and will not replace the agency as two competing takeover bids battle it out for control of the London-listed company, PRWeek has learnt.
WPP has reported a 1.2 per cent rise in like-for-like sales in its PR and public affairs group in the first quarter of 2015, with growth in all regions except the UK and continental Europe. Net sales in the division grew 1.6 per cent.
Berkeley PR has opened an office in New York as it looks to expand outside the UK.
Patel has enlisted Curzon PR to help her promote equality and diversity in the workplace, following a non-competitive pitch.
Mothercare is holding a pitch with four agencies as it looks to expand its financial PR account into a more integrated brief, including corporate and consumer brand comms.
Hitachi Capital UK has appointed Smarts Illuminate to handle PR for its invoice finance branch, following a competitive pitch.
Grayling has won the National Casino Forum (NCF) account after a competitive five-way pitch.
Dragon Associates has formed a Special Situations Division, headed up by new hire Patrick Elliot.
Healthcare company Bupa is looking for one or two UK agencies that have a global network, for a two-way brief involving reputation building and financial comms.
Dunlop Tyres has appointed KINC to support its new brand positioning strategy, following a competitive pitch.
The technology giant dropped the "interim" from Dowling's title this week.
Heathrow Airport has appointed Red Consultancy, Hope & Glory and Cow PR to its new consumer agency roster, replacing Mischief and Surname & Surname.
Cohn & Wolfe (C&W) has announced a reshuffle to its senior corporate team, with UK corporate MD Andrew Escott appointed to head the agency's global corporate practice.
Keene Communications, the corporate and public affairs agency, has merged with specialist agency Adrian Graves Organisation (AGO).
When I read the PR Week/PRCA survey on Mental Wellbeing, I did so with a sense of relief.
The fear factor is never far away, leading us to distract and comfort ourselves when we should be comforting each other.
The historian Simon Schama said in The Guardian recently that we have become the "look down" generation.
Gosh, what a load of hand-wringing fuss about Robert Phillips' book Trust Me, PR is Dead.
"When Will Your Data Breach Happen? Not a question of if but when." This is a March 2015 headline from a well-read security news site.
Trust is earned when reputation becomes central to every business decision, but it is a job that requires constant refinement and evolution.
I recently did some research for the Public Relations Consultants Association to determine best practice models for international comms teams. There were a number of insights:
A sure fire way to a strong public profile is being recognised as influential. I've been thinking a lot about the nature of influence lately, mostly through my involvement in putting together a list of the 50 most influential people when it comes to higher education policy.
According to the BBC's Lab UK Project with Cambridge University, I would be happiest if I lived in Fylde, Lancashire.
A week ago the airline Lufthansa was hobbled by a third consecutive day of strike action by its pilots. Aircraft were grounded, flights cancelled and the travel plans of thousands of air travellers disrupted.
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Former director of media at Barclays Bank, Giles Croot, has moved to Balfour Beatty to head up its comms and investor relations team, PRWeek has learned.
Weber Shandwick has hired political consultant and strategist David Skelton to lead its UK public affairs offering.
Golley Slater has appointed Cat Jennings, former brand marketing director at Ketchum, as managing director of its London office.
UK Music has appointed James Murtagh-Hopkins as director of comms, a role he takes up on a full-time basis from today.
James Lundie has been appointed as MD and head of corporate comms, personal and corporate banking at Barclays.
Andrew McConnell has left his role as director of communications and public affairs at regional airline group Flybe, a year after he was hired from easyJet to turn the company around.
CNC has hired Oliver Mann as managing director following its recent merger with sister agency Capital MSL.