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Six women promoted to senior roles at Lansons

Six women promoted to senior roles at Lansons

Lansons has promoted two associates to the board and raised four other team members to associate directors, bolstering its senior team.

Cardew's James Clark to shift into automotive comms with Toyota and Lexus

Cardew's James Clark to shift into automotive comms with Toyota and Lexus

James Clark, a director at corporate, financial and public affairs agency The Cardew Group, will move into automotive PR in August when he takes a role for Toyota and Lexus in the UK.

Comms director Barry Gardner leaves banking group CYBG after senior staff cull

Comms director Barry Gardner leaves banking group CYBG after senior staff cull

Barry Gardner has ended a six-year tenure as corporate comms director at CYBG, the holding company of Clydesdale Bank and Yorkshire Bank, PRWeek has learned.

Weber CEO: IPG PR firms maintain Q1 growth in Q2

Weber CEO: IPG PR firms maintain Q1 growth in Q2

Interpublic's CMG unit, which includes most of its PR firms, reported 2.8% organic year-over-year revenue growth in Q2 2016, to $369.4 million - Weber's Andy Polansky says organic growth at his firm was in high single digits.

Jane Lawrie to join Tesco as comms chief from Coca-Cola

Jane Lawrie to join Tesco as comms chief from Coca-Cola

Jane Lawrie will join retail giant Tesco on 10 October as group comms director.

Steinreich acquires fashion PR agency

Steinreich acquires fashion PR agency

Kenwerks is the third agency Steinreich Communications Group has acquired in the past 12 months.

SoftBank brings Finsbury on board ahead of £24.3bn ARM acquisition

SoftBank brings Finsbury on board ahead of £24.3bn ARM acquisition

Japanese technology giant SoftBank has hired Finsbury to provide comms support for its £24.3bn ($32.2bn) acquisition of UK tech company ARM Holdings.

Half of PRCA members expect client budgets to drop, survey says

Half of PRCA members expect client budgets to drop, survey says

Almost half of PR professionals believe client budgets will be reduced in the next 12 months following the EU referendum result, according to an exclusive PRWeek/PRCA survey.

ICAEW comms chief hired by Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

ICAEW comms chief hired by Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) will welcome a new director of brand and corporate reputation in October, joining from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).

Euro Car Parts seeks PR support for wide-ranging brief

Euro Car Parts seeks PR support for wide-ranging brief

Euro Car Parts, the UK's largest car parts and accessories retailer, is reviewing its PR support with a view to appointing a lead agency for the first time, PRWeek has learned.

McColl's and Brunswick part company as Headland wins financial and corporate brief

McColl's and Brunswick part company as Headland wins financial and corporate brief

Convenience store and newsagent firm McColl's Retail Group has hired Headland as its financial and corporate comms agency, replacing Brunswick in the role.

MHP adds to global operations with Dukas Linden partnership and German base

MHP adds to global operations with Dukas Linden partnership and German base

London-headquartered agency MHP has announced a new strategic partnership with New-York based Dukas Linden Public Relations (DLPR), and a new office in Germany.

AMO re-enters Germany with new partner Deekeling Arndt Advisors

AMO re-enters Germany with new partner Deekeling Arndt Advisors

The partnership also includes Abernathy MacGregor in the U.S., Maitland in the U.K., and National Public Relations in Canada.

Watch: SMEs channel Adele in 'Chasing Payments' music video for accounting firm

Watch: SMEs channel Adele in 'Chasing Payments' music video for accounting firm

Cloud accounting software firm Xero and its PR partner Shine have recorded Chasing Payments, a parody of Adele's 2008 hit Chasing Pavements, to highlight the stress caused for SMEs when clients take their time in stumping up payment.

Mixed results for UK and French holding firms' share prices since EU vote

Mixed results for UK and French holding firms' share prices since EU vote

Fears that PR firms would suffer catastrophic economic effects from Britain's decision to leave the EU are largely unfounded so far, an analysis by PRWeek of the share price of quoted marcoms groups listed in London and Paris shows.

LG sticks with WPP's LG-One for global corp comms work

LG sticks with WPP's LG-One for global corp comms work

The group is made up of staffers from Ogilvy PR and Hill+Knowlton Strategies.

Opinion and features

Purpose is not old news - it has just evolved

Purpose is not old news - it has just evolved

There was talk of 'cause fatigue' at Cannes this year, but that doesn't mean the industry should move on - it's simply that purpose has evolved.

What happens after the reshuffle dust has settled?

What happens after the reshuffle dust has settled?

It is only three weeks after the EU referendum, but more has happened politically than we might see in three normal years.

How Vitality uses sponsorship and data to insure against a low profile

How Vitality uses sponsorship and data to insure against a low profile

From the boardroom: Neville Koopowitz, CEO of health and life insurer Vitality, says PR is key to building consumer trust and consistent brand messaging

Pokémon GO is more popular than sex on the internet

Pokémon GO is more popular than sex on the internet

Pokémon GO has become a cultural phenomenon in a matter of days since its launch, eclipsing Twitter, Snapchat and Tinder users. Two writers give their views on how PR-land can capitalise on its features and talkability.

Cannes entries show that PR has some big ideas and even bigger balls

Cannes entries show that PR has some big ideas and even bigger balls

Hello from the midway point of jury duty at Cannes - we've seen pretty much everything we're here to judge, but we're yet to get to the pointy end of shortlist and silverware selection.

Inspiring creativity within PR campaigns

Inspiring creativity within PR campaigns

A recent study revealed that the public relations industry is finally, after years of oversight, embracing creativity as a central driving force, with 88 per cent of PR practitioners citing it as fundamental to what they do.

Jeff Weiner: 'The LinkedIn you know is only getting better'

Jeff Weiner: 'The LinkedIn you know is only getting better'

The LinkedIn chief executive worked to put users' and employees' minds at ease on Monday morning about its impending acquisition by Microsoft.

Sharapova's masterful comms performance was not enough to escape a ban

Sharapova's masterful comms performance was not enough to escape a ban

Maria Sharapova has been handed a two-year ban for using meldonium, a drug that treats heart disease.

The way you manage your online reputation says a lot about you

The way you manage your online reputation says a lot about you

Astute boardroom leaders are realising that managing reputations online brings a new set of threats.

Dodging the question: smart or dumb?

Dodging the question: smart or dumb?

Politicians are famous for dodging journalists' questions, and it is happening all too often.

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Latest Jobs

Recent City & corporate people moves

In brief: Lewis launches Observa, Sompo appoints Newgate, Westco's Ogilvy partnership and Rayner launches PRInABox.com

Lewis launches analytics service Observa, Japanese insurance firm Sompo appoints Newgate and Máquina Cohn & Wolfe's Vestas victory.

May assembles Downing Street comms and advice team including Perrior and Hill

May assembles Downing Street comms and advice team including Perrior and Hill

Prime Minister Theresa May's Downing Street comms and special adviser team began to take shape last night with several key appointments, including head of comms Katie Perrior and PRWeek UK Power Book entrant John Godfrey.

In brief: Michael Murphy joins Interel, Brandnation wins American Golf, John Doe hires, Olaogun launches Walex

Michael Murphy joins Interel, new business for Honda's Olawale Olaogun, John Doe hires Rik Salmon, American Golf tees up Brandnation and more from PRWeek UK.

Finsbury names new public affairs chief as Will Tanner departs

Finsbury names new public affairs chief as Will Tanner departs

Finsbury partner and former BAA public affairs chief Scott Colvin has been appointed to oversee the London-based agency's public affairs arm, following the departure of longstanding head of public affairs Will Tanner.

In brief: Harvard hires Clark, Byrne leaves PRCA board, HSS Hire brings in Havas

Chime-owned Harvard hires Gareth Clark, Manc Frank's new base, Colin Byrne leaves PRCA board and more from PRWeek UK.

Pittham succeeds Ridgway as CEO of WPP tech agency AxiCom

Pittham succeeds Ridgway as CEO of WPP tech agency AxiCom

WPP-owned tech agency AxiCom has chosen former Racepoint executive Cathy Pittham to succeed Helen Ridgway at the tech agency.

Threepipe co-founder launches Hanover creative offering after Furlong departs

Threepipe co-founder launches Hanover creative offering after Furlong departs

Eddie May, the co-founder of the agency Threepipe, has joined Hanover to lead a new creative comms offering, which its group CEO says signals the start of life as a full-service agency.