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Mental illness in PR ignored or treated as a performance issue, says new report

Mental illness in PR ignored or treated as a performance issue, says new report

Mental illness in the PR and comms industry is frequently ignored or treated as a performance issue, with huge costs in lost working hours and staff turnover, according to the latest #FuturePRoof report for the PRCA.

Instinctif Partners and Schroders among winners at PRCA City and Financial Awards

Instinctif Partners and Schroders among winners at PRCA City and Financial Awards

Instinctif Partners was named City Agency of the Year at last night's PRCA City and Financial Awards, with Schroders picking up the award for the In-house Team of the Year.

In brief: PRCA City and Financial Awards winners, Fever hires social media chief, Spark's six-figure Bromium win

Who won at last night's PRCA City and Financial Awards? Plus Fever appoints social media chief, Bromium hands Spark six-figure brief, Beattie opens Cornwall office, House PR retain London Art Week, Cult's food festival win, and more from PRWeek UK.

Shazam's James Pearson departs for photo-sharing app Membit

Shazam's James Pearson departs for photo-sharing app Membit

Membit is an AR photo-sharing app that allows "pictures to be placed and viewed in the exact location they were captured."

IBM chief communications officer Andy Whitehouse exits

IBM chief communications officer Andy Whitehouse exits

Whitehouse joined the company last April as VP and chief communications officer.

Reputation shaped more by 'how good' products are for consumers than by ethical perceptions

Reputation shaped more by 'how good' products are for consumers than by ethical perceptions

Corporate reputation is being shaped among consumers by "how good" or "how healthy" a company's products are for them, more so than by how ethical or honest they are perceived to be.

Confessions of a social media manager: TfL on helping passengers and 'being human'

Confessions of a social media manager: TfL on helping passengers and 'being human'

PRWeek's new series on social media managers profiles the people at the online coalface of some of Britain's biggest brands and organisations. First up, Transport for London...

Who has overtaken BP as the best user of social media on the FTSE 100?

Who has overtaken BP as the best user of social media on the FTSE 100?

FTI Consulting's annual report on FTSE 100 companies' use of social media has found that while firms are achieving increased engagement on posts about their financial results, there are still plenty of laggards.

Paul Cohen resigns from PayPal, boomerangs back to Visa

Paul Cohen resigns from PayPal, boomerangs back to Visa

Cohen served as PayPal's VP and head of global corporate communications for about two years.

Omnicom shifts Cone Communications under Porter Novelli

Omnicom shifts Cone Communications under Porter Novelli

Cone will keep its brand, and CEO Bill Fleishman will stay in his role as Cone CEO.

In brief: Hotwire and Frank 'trading well', Omnicom's new health training, Threepipe's Google offer

Enero says Hotwire and Frank 'trading well', Omnicom's health training, Lewis convenes advisory board and more from PRWeek UK

Standard Chartered gets ex-FCA chief Tracey McDermott to lead comms and public affairs

Standard Chartered gets ex-FCA chief Tracey McDermott to lead comms and public affairs

FTSE 100 banking group Standard Chartered has hired Tracey McDermott, former acting CEO of the UK's Financial Conduct Authority, to a new role overseeing public affairs, comms and sustainability.

Atomic PR founders Andy Getsey, James Hannon found Employera

Atomic PR founders Andy Getsey, James Hannon found Employera

The San Francisco-based firm has five staffers at launch, including Getsey and Hannon, the founders of Atomic PR.

'Normal bloke' Bradley Wiggins a perfect fit as our brand shifts gear, says Skoda boss

'Normal bloke' Bradley Wiggins a perfect fit as our brand shifts gear, says Skoda boss

Cycling legend Sir Bradley Wiggins has been appointed a brand ambassador for car manufacturer Skoda because "he is a great communicator and a normal bloke", according to the company's UK marketing chief.

Finsbury, Ogilvy and Burson get PR nod in WPP's Walgreens Boots Alliance mega-deal

Finsbury, Ogilvy and Burson get PR nod in WPP's Walgreens Boots Alliance mega-deal

Finsbury, Ogilvy and Burson-Marsteller will handle PR for WPP's global comms partnership with pharmacy giant Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA).

Alcatel calls in FleishmanHillard Fishburn as its new European creative lead

Alcatel calls in FleishmanHillard Fishburn as its new European creative lead

Mobile phone brand Alcatel has appointed FleishmanHillard Fishburn (FHF) as its European creative lead following a competitive pitch, PRWeek understands.

Opinion and features

Flop of the Month: Kraft Heinz looks less than crafty in failed Unilever bid

Flop of the Month: Kraft Heinz looks less than crafty in failed Unilever bid

Unilever got the better of US food giant Kraft Heinz after the latter's unsuccessful takeover attempt.

PR in the age of Tinder - are clients and agencies afraid of commitment?

PR in the age of Tinder - are clients and agencies afraid of commitment?

Having breakfast the other morning with the director of a content agency, he commented that he thought the marketing and PR industry had commitment issues.

Do you send unsolicited emails to journalists? You could have a big problem

Do you send unsolicited emails to journalists? You could have a big problem

The EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is not a subject that will get hearts racing, but the PR industry had better take notice.

Do you speak human? The best corporate comms in the post-truth world will be B2H

Do you speak human? The best corporate comms in the post-truth world will be B2H

In this period of political and societal turbulence, the only certainty is uncertainty - that's where 'business to human' communications comes in.

Can businesses adapt their comms to the rise of nationalism?

Can businesses adapt their comms to the rise of nationalism?

As some of the world's superpowers take a more nationalistic approach and their societies become more divided, global businesses are facing entirely new comms challenges.

On mindlessness: The PR industry needs to switch off to switch on creativity

On mindlessness: The PR industry needs to switch off to switch on creativity

'Always on' working culture is great for productivity, but is it killing our creativity? Here's a theory on how we can reinvigorate our imagination - and let the ideas come to us.

Is UK Sport facing a PR disaster with its wheelchair rugby funding cut?

Is UK Sport facing a PR disaster with its wheelchair rugby funding cut?

For many, 2016 was a terrible year with just one bright spot - Britain's sporting achievement in the Olympics and Paralympics. But has this come at a cost to the spirit of the games?

We need to be global citizens in order to be successful in PR

We need to be global citizens in order to be successful in PR

There's a lot of talk around our industry these days about diversity, and it is good and right that we are collectively trying hard to force ourselves out of our British, white, middle-class straitjacket.

Flop of the month: Uber stalls in response to Trump-related backlash

Flop of the month: Uber stalls in response to Trump-related backlash

Uber's response to criticism and protest over its CEO's association with Donald Trump and its actions over a New York taxi strike failed to halt the negative coverage.

Cyber security: why comms teams can't afford to bury their head in the sand

Cyber security: why comms teams can't afford to bury their head in the sand

What do Tesco Bank, the US Democratic National Committee and England's largest NHS Trust have in common? They have all fallen prey to high-profile cyber attacks recently.

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Recent City & corporate people moves

In brief: Save the Children's Nick Jones joins Action for Children, plus wins for PRCO, Redtorch, Flint

In brief: Save the Children's Nick Jones joins Action for Children, plus wins for PRCO, Redtorch, Flint

Action for Children has hired Save the Children's Nick Jones in a senior role that includes comms. Plus Redtorch to publicise Detriot, Flint hired for Mayfair Art Weekend, The PRCO wins Pure Salt Luxury Hotels account, and more from PRWeek UK.

Edelman names Apple, Twitter veteran Natalie Kerris as global tech chair

Edelman names Apple, Twitter veteran Natalie Kerris as global tech chair

Kerris is set to join the agency on March 6, reporting to Kym White.

Hanover hires ex-BT corporate affairs chief Michael Prescott as 2016 revenue tops £11m

Hanover hires ex-BT corporate affairs chief Michael Prescott as 2016 revenue tops £11m

Hanover has hired former BT director of corporate affairs Michael Prescott to a new senior corporate and political role, as the agency reports 25 per cent revenue growth to £11.4m in 2016.

Edelman veteran and APACMEA boss David Brain to step down

Edelman veteran and APACMEA boss David Brain to step down

David Brain, president and CEO of Edelman Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, is to leave the agency after 13 years.

Chris Calland departs Freuds after eight months to re-join Hanover

Chris Calland departs Freuds after eight months to re-join Hanover

Chris Calland has left Freuds after eight months to re-join Hanover as an associate director.

In brief: Grayling's Chris Rogers to Pagefield, H+K wins tennis brief, Nava Finance hires MRM

Pagefield hires Grayling's Chris Rogers as partner, 'distruptive' finance company Nava Finance appoints MRM, H+K to service Lawn Tennis Association campaign and more from PRWeek.

Weber Shandwick appoints Heather Blundell as Manchester MD

Weber Shandwick appoints Heather Blundell as Manchester MD

Weber Shandwick has appointed Heather Blundell as managing director of its Manchester office, following 12 months as acting MD.