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3 Monkeys benefits as United Biscuits ends Publicasity relationship

3 Monkeys benefits as United Biscuits ends Publicasity relationship

United Biscuits has consolidated its comms arrangements, ending a long-term relationship with Publicasity by shifting its trade PR work to 3 Monkeys Communications.

Good Relations profits plunge but sports helps Chime achieve overall growth

Good Relations profits plunge but sports helps Chime achieve overall growth

The PR businesses of former Bell Pottinger parent group Chime Communications have reported a drop in profits in the first half of 2014.

Ecover hands Lexis European work ahead of major relaunch

Ecover hands Lexis European work ahead of major relaunch

Cleaning brand Ecover has handed Lexis a new European brief as it prepares a relaunch focused on convincing consumers its eco-friendliness does not compromise on quality.

Burger King's response to angry customers: Canada relocation not tax-driven

Burger King's response to angry customers: Canada relocation not tax-driven

Burger King and Tim Hortons emphasized their commitment to communities in both Canada and the US on Tuesday, after claims that their combination's primary goal is to avoid American taxes.

Pension Protection Fund seeks first agency

Pension Protection Fund seeks first agency

The multibillion-pound company pension safety net launched by the government nearly ten years ago is hunting for external PR support for the first time.

WPP PR operating profits climb 8.3% in H1 2014

WPP PR operating profits climb 8.3% in H1 2014

The holding company behind Burson-Marsteller and Finsbury has put its underperformance in PR behind it with a substantial increase in operating profit for the first six months of the year.

Brunswick aiding Burger King with PR for Tim Hortons deal

Brunswick aiding Burger King with PR for Tim Hortons deal

The deal would create a fast-food conglomerate with approximately $22 billion in sales and more than 18,000 restaurants in 100 countries worldwide.

GM promotes Morrissey to oversee corporate media relations

GM promotes Morrissey to oversee corporate media relations

Reporting to Randy Arickx, executive director of financial comms and IR, Pat Morrissey will oversee GM's corporate media relations.

E.On invites agencies to compete for six-figure comms account

E.On invites agencies to compete for six-figure comms account

One of the 'big six' energy firms has begun approaching PR agencies to gauge their interest in pitching for consumer-led work currently held by 3 Monkeys and Tangerine PR.

Tesco-owned Dunnhumby appoints W to corporate PR brief

Tesco-owned Dunnhumby appoints W to corporate PR brief

Tesco's customer insight company Dunnhumby has appointed W to handle its corporate PR.

Flybe in corporate and financial PR review

Flybe in corporate and financial PR review

UK-based domestic and European airline Flybe is in talks with agencies about its corporate and financial PR after a decade with Instinctif Partners.

Berkeley PR wins Yodel parcel delivery account

Berkeley PR wins Yodel parcel delivery account

Parcel delivery company Yodel has appointed Berkeley PR to handle a comms brief aimed at consumers, retailers and stakeholders.

Reputation management agency owners set up reputation insurance broker

Reputation management agency owners set up reputation insurance broker

Paul Baverstock and Robert Nuttall, the founders of reputation management consultancy Fortitude Partners, have set up a reputation insurance broker called Reputation Risk Solutions.

Uber hires former top Obama aide Plouffe to oversee comms, policy

Uber hires former top Obama aide Plouffe to oversee comms, policy

David Plouffe "will be managing all global policy and political activities, communications, and Uber branding efforts," the company's CEO, Travis Kalanick, wrote in a blog post on the hire.

Charles Begley to join The Westminster & City Property Associations

Charles Begley to join The Westminster & City Property Associations

The Westminster & City Property Associations has hired TTA Property senior partner Charles Begley as executive director.

Max Clifford's PR firm wound up with debts of almost half a million pounds

Max Clifford's PR firm wound up with debts of almost half a million pounds

Max Clifford's PR firm is to be wound up owing £473,000 to 19 creditors including the taxman, Channel 4 and the Newspaper Licensing Agency, records at Companies House show.

Opinion and features

Four rules to consider before commenting on a celebrity's death

Four rules to consider before commenting on a celebrity's death

The morality of news management is in the spotlight once again after Gawker slammed Edelman as a "soulless PR conglomerate" for its 'Carpe Diem' blog on Robin Williams.

Do Huntsworth and Engine Group intend to merge?

Do Huntsworth and Engine Group intend to merge?

As Huntsworth's half-year results were looming last week, and as the share price continued to flatline, one suspected the group would pull yet another rabbit from its top hat; few predicted that rabbit would be Lord Chadlington himself.

Challenging the flexi-working stereotype

Challenging the flexi-working stereotype

Let's stop being apologetic about wanting to reduce our hours, says founder of LMC PR Lara Molins Caplin. Project work is the future of comms and is perfectly suited to flexi-workers.

Institutional investors have a valuable voice

Institutional investors have a valuable voice

Fund managers' refreshing willingness to speak at key times is now a handy weapon in our PR armoury.

Hit or Miss? Tesco focuses on turnaround story amid CEO change

Hit or Miss? Tesco focuses on turnaround story amid CEO change

Tesco announced this week that its CEO Philip Clarke is to be replaced by Unilever's head of personal care, Dave Lewis.

Taking the fear out of networking

Taking the fear out of networking

Ex-european director of external communications at Coca-Cola Enterprises, Debbie Spitz, shares her tips on how to get the best from, and even enjoy, networking.

Hit or Miss? Airbnb reveals new branding to the world

Hit or Miss? Airbnb reveals new branding to the world

Airbnb, the short-term accommodation businesss, updated its brand identity this week and introduced a new logo that it named the Bélo, "the universal symbol of belonging".

Know your value

Know your value

Women are often paid less than men but it's our responsibility to make our case, says Hotwire director and member of the PRWeek Mentoring Project, Kate Hamilton.

FIFA's resilience shows the media's diminishing impact

FIFA's resilience shows the media's diminishing impact

It is almost impossible to grab attention through all the noise. The truth has become invisible.

The comms world: where will growth come from?

The comms world: where will growth come from?

The future is bright for the global PR industry. But it will only maximise growth by ceasing to be the PR industry as we know it.

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Recent City & corporate people moves

Quidco calls in Lansons' Victoria Leyton amid PR reshuffle

Quidco calls in Lansons' Victoria Leyton amid PR reshuffle

Cashback site Quidco has hired Victoria Leyton from financial PR agency Lansons as part of a shake-up splitting its top comms role.

Zoe Sobol joins concierge business Ten as head of PR

Zoe Sobol joins concierge business Ten as head of PR

Corporate concierge company Ten Group has hired Fever PR board director Zoe Sobol to help it attract consumers to its services.

Alibaba taps former Times Co. comms leader Christie as it expands team before IPO

Alibaba taps former Times Co. comms leader Christie as it expands team before IPO

Christie will serve as VP of international media. He will manage media relations for Alibaba outside of Greater China. Meanwhile, Kuperman will be responsible for leading international strategic comms initiatives for Alibaba.

Coca-Cola ups Busk to group digital director role

Coca-Cola ups Busk to group digital director role

Doug Busk has succeeded Ashley Brown, who left Coca-Cola in June to join technology startup Spredfast as VP of social strategy.

Finn hires ASOS Magazine editor as head of creative and content

Finn hires ASOS Magazine editor as head of creative and content

Emma Sibbles, the editor of the magazine published by online clothing retailer ASOS, is to join the Leeds-based agency Finn as head of creative and content.

Tavistock promotes Matt Ridsdale and Jos Simson as John West departs

Tavistock promotes Matt Ridsdale and Jos Simson as John West departs

John West has left financial and corporate PR agency Tavistock Communications after seven years as chief executive and has been replaced by board directors Matt Ridsdale and Jos Simson.

Centrica hires Edelman director Sarah Richardson for top public affairs role

Centrica hires Edelman director Sarah Richardson for top public affairs role

Sarah Richardson, a director at Edelman and former Lord Mayor of Westminster, is to join Centrica Energy in the newly created role of director of public affairs.