The latest corporate and financial PR news, opinion and features.
Got a story? Contact John Harrington on 020 8267 4901 or john.harrington@haymarket.com.

News and news analysis

Interpublic Group's PR Q1 revenue sees high single-digit increase

Interpublic Group's PR Q1 revenue sees high single-digit increase

The Constituency Management Group unit, which includes IPG's PR agencies, saw 1.6% organic revenue growth in Q1.

Public affairs tactics will need to change radically after the general election

Public affairs tactics will need to change radically after the general election

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.

Asia Resource Minerals and Finsbury cease relationship amid Rothschild-linked takeover bids

Asia Resource Minerals and Finsbury cease relationship amid Rothschild-linked takeover bids

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 PR and public affairs Q1 growth held back by UK and continental Europe

WPP PR and public affairs Q1 growth held back by UK and continental Europe

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 touches down in the Big Apple

Berkeley PR touches down in the Big Apple

Berkeley PR has opened an office in New York as it looks to expand outside the UK.

Curzon PR to advise digital entrepreneur Lopa Patel

Curzon PR to advise digital entrepreneur Lopa Patel

Patel has enlisted Curzon PR to help her promote equality and diversity in the workplace, following a non-competitive pitch.

Mothercare parts company with Tulchan as integrated comms brief up for grabs

Mothercare parts company with Tulchan as integrated comms brief up for grabs

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.

Smarts Illuminate cashes in with brief for Hitachi Capital Invoice Finance

Smarts Illuminate cashes in with brief for Hitachi Capital Invoice Finance

Hitachi Capital UK has appointed Smarts Illuminate to handle PR for its invoice finance branch, following a competitive pitch.

Grayling hits the jackpot with National Casino Forum account win

Grayling hits the jackpot with National Casino Forum account win

Grayling has won the National Casino Forum (NCF) account after a competitive five-way pitch.

Dragon Associates creates Special Situations Division

Dragon Associates creates Special Situations Division

Dragon Associates has formed a Special Situations Division, headed up by new hire Patrick Elliot.

Bupa reviews contract with Brunswick as it puts out reputation building and financial comms brief

Bupa reviews contract with Brunswick as it puts out reputation building and financial comms brief

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.

KINC called in to steer Dunlop Tyres rebrand

KINC called in to steer Dunlop Tyres rebrand

Dunlop Tyres has appointed KINC to support its new brand positioning strategy, following a competitive pitch.

It's official: Steve Dowling succeeds Katie Cotton as Apple's comms leader

It's official: Steve Dowling succeeds Katie Cotton as Apple's comms leader

The technology giant dropped the "interim" from Dowling's title this week.

Heathrow appoints Red, Hope & Glory and Cow to consumer roster

Heathrow appoints Red, Hope & Glory and Cow to consumer roster

Heathrow Airport has appointed Red Consultancy, Hope & Glory and Cow PR to its new consumer agency roster, replacing Mischief and Surname & Surname.

Cohn & Wolfe promotes Andrew Escott to head global corporate practice

Cohn & Wolfe promotes Andrew Escott to head global corporate practice

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.

Adrian Graves Organisation merges with Keene Communications

Adrian Graves Organisation merges with Keene Communications

Keene Communications, the corporate and public affairs agency, has merged with specialist agency Adrian Graves Organisation (AGO).

Opinion and features

Mental ill-health: It's time for us to grow up and talk about this problem in PR

Mental ill-health: It's time for us to grow up and talk about this problem in PR

When I read the PR Week/PRCA survey on Mental Wellbeing, I did so with a sense of relief.

Mental wealth: Physical contact is critical to curing life's stresses

Mental wealth: Physical contact is critical to curing life's stresses

The fear factor is never far away, leading us to distract and comfort ourselves when we should be comforting each other.

Why looking down is killing creativity in PR

Why looking down is killing creativity in PR

The historian Simon Schama said in The Guardian recently that we have become the "look down" generation.

No, no, trust me: the purpose of PR is dead

No, no, trust me: the purpose of PR is dead

Gosh, what a load of hand-wringing fuss about Robert Phillips' book Trust Me, PR is Dead.

Do brands think data breaches have lost their 'PR disaster' factor?

Do brands think data breaches have lost their 'PR disaster' factor?

"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.

How and why to campaign on your organisation's reputation

How and why to campaign on your organisation's reputation

Trust is earned when reputation becomes central to every business decision, but it is a job that requires constant refinement and evolution.

Six tips for better global communications

Six tips for better global communications

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:

Under the influence

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.

Do you have the Fylde factor?

Do you have the Fylde factor?

According to the BBC's Lab UK Project with Cambridge University, I would be happiest if I lived in Fylde, Lancashire.

Germanwings has been forced to operate beyond the standard crisis comms manual

Germanwings has been forced to operate beyond the standard crisis comms manual

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.

Strategic Internal Communications

27 November, London

The definitive IC event on driving staff motivation and engagement, aligning employee with your core values and purposes, and ensuring IC remains at the top of the business agenda.

www.internalcommsconference.com

Latest Jobs

Recent City & corporate people moves

Barclays head of media Giles Croot moves to Balfour Beatty

Barclays head of media Giles Croot moves to Balfour Beatty

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 recruits David Skelton to helm UK public affairs

Weber Shandwick recruits David Skelton to helm UK public affairs

Weber Shandwick has hired political consultant and strategist David Skelton to lead its UK public affairs offering.

Golley Slater hires Cat Jennings from Ketchum as London MD

Golley Slater hires Cat Jennings from Ketchum as London MD

Golley Slater has appointed Cat Jennings, former brand marketing director at Ketchum, as managing director of its London office.

UK Music hires 18-year veteran as director of comms

UK Music hires 18-year veteran as director of comms

UK Music has appointed James Murtagh-Hopkins as director of comms, a role he takes up on a full-time basis from today.

Barclays poaches Edelman's MD to head up corporate comms team

Barclays poaches Edelman's MD to head up corporate comms team

James Lundie has been appointed as MD and head of corporate comms, personal and corporate banking at Barclays.

Flybe comms director Andrew McConnell leaves after one year in role

Flybe comms director Andrew McConnell leaves after one year in role

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 appoints Oliver Mann as MD following merger with Capital MSL

CNC appoints Oliver Mann as MD following merger with Capital MSL

CNC has hired Oliver Mann as managing director following its recent merger with sister agency Capital MSL.