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Aspectus names Jibe's Jed Hamilton as North America MD

London-based PR agency Aspectus has appointed Jed Hamilton, former head of corporate comms at New York tech firm Jibe, as its North America MD.

Cicero Group to help Novantas launch services in UK

Cicero Group to help Novantas launch services in UK

Novantas, a US-based provider of analytical advisory services and technology, has appointed Cicero Group to support its launch in the UK and Ireland.

Red Consultancy hires Nick Edell from H+K Strategies while Steph Bailey pops up at Fleishman

Red Consultancy hires Nick Edell from H+K Strategies while Steph Bailey pops up at Fleishman

Red Consultancy has hired Nick Edell from Hill+Knowlton Strategies as its head of digital, while former Red Consultancy managing director Steph Bailey has become a director of FleishmanHillard's London office as a director, PRWeek has learnt.

Six more industry pros throw their hat in the ring for seat in Parliament

Six more industry pros throw their hat in the ring for seat in Parliament

Six more industry professionals are running as parliamentary candidates in the general election, PRWeek has learned.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Opinion and features

Marketing has become PR

Marketing has become PR

Digital and social media have made marketing communications virtually synonymous with PR, according to speakers at the PRWeek PR360 summit in central London this week.

Video: PR360 insights from MSLGroup, Coral, Discovery Communications and PRCA

Video: PR360 insights from MSLGroup, Coral, Discovery Communications and PRCA

Valuable insights into the latest trends and thinking in global PR were gleaned during PRWeek's PR360 event in London. We interview four expert contributors about making the right video, comms in the marketing mix, culture versus strategy, and the growth of PR across the world.

PRWeek Global Awards 2015: In pictures

PRWeek Global Awards 2015: In pictures

Check out our gallery from the PRWeek Global Awards 2015, hosted at the Park Lane Hotel.

Should companies get involved in general elections?

Should companies get involved in general elections?

A few weeks ago, I was with the head of a medium-sized firm when he was asked to sign a letter to a national newspaper in support of a political party.

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.

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Recent City & corporate people moves

MSLGroup makes hire for corporate practice in Singapore

MSLGroup makes hire for corporate practice in Singapore

Wendy Loh, most recently vice president at Weber Shandwick Singapore, will be charged with developing communications strategies in several sectors

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.

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.

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.