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MRM wins SEI Wealth Platform account

MRM has won the UK account for the Wealth Platform of SEI, the global financial firm.

Spectacular gaffes: Sydney debacle adds to Uber's woeful run

Spectacular gaffes: Sydney debacle adds to Uber's woeful run

'Uber' is a prefix denoting an outstanding or supreme example of a particular kind of person or thing. Unfortunately, the company of the same name has been outstanding for all the wrong reasons.

Wholesale giant Palmer & Harvey recruits MHP Communications

Wholesale giant Palmer & Harvey recruits MHP Communications

MHP Communications has been appointed by Palmer & Harvey, the national food, drink and tobacco wholesaling giant with an annual turnover of £4bn, to advise on financial and corporate comms.

Digital Realty appoints Lewis PR for European drive

Digital Realty appoints Lewis PR for European drive

Digital Realty, a data services firm, has extended its relationship with Lewis PR for a European campaign.

GMR Marketing promotes Cameron Parsons to global CEO

GMR Marketing promotes Cameron Parsons to global CEO

Cameron Parsons has been promoted to global CEO at GMR Marketing, replacing Gary Reynolds, GMR founder, who will become chairman.

Gay Collins steps down at MHP Communications

Gay Collins steps down at MHP Communications

Gay Collins is to leave her role as executive chairman of MHP Communications at the end of this year, PRWeek has learned.

Good Relations wins pitch for Samsung UK

Good Relations wins pitch for Samsung UK

Good Relations has won a competitive pitch to handle Samsung UK's corporate PR brief and b2b projects in the UK and Ireland.

Weber Shandwick Manchester makes senior promotions

Weber Shandwick Manchester makes senior promotions

Weber Shandwick Manchester has promoted Jessica Wilkinson and Anna Varley Jones to its senior management team.

Citypress wins Swinton Insurance PR account

Citypress wins Swinton Insurance PR account

Citypress PR has been appointed by high street insurance broker Swinton Insurance, following a competitive pitch.

Volkswagen Financial Services UK seeks external PR representation

Volkswagen Financial Services UK is seeking retained PR agency representation for the first time, PRWeek has learnt.

Haggie Partners acquires Cairn Communications

Haggie Partners acquires Cairn Communications

Haggie Partners has agreed to acquire the corporate and financial PR agency Cairn Communications.

Pagefield appoints London 2012 Olympic bid vice-chair Alan Pascoe

Corporate comms agency Pagefield has appointed Alan Pascoe MBE, former Olympic silver medallist and vice-chairman of London's 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Bid, to its advisory board.

Bubble & Squeak appointed for trade show CABSAT 2015

Trade show CABSAT 2015 has brought in Bubble & Squeak, the broadcasting and media agency, for its international PR.

Hills Balfour wins four-way pitch for Alton Towers corporate account

Travel PR agency Hills Balfour has been appointed by Alton Towers Resort to develop a creative strategy to promote its conferences, events and meetings business, following a four-way pitch.

Claremont to deliver comms for pan-European project led by Design Council

Claremont to deliver comms for pan-European project led by Design Council

Claremont Social Communications has been appointed by the Design Council to promote a pan-European programme, following a three-way pitch.

Outside Organisation appointed by British Armed Forces prosecution service

Outside Organisation appointed by British Armed Forces prosecution service

The Outside Organisation has been appointed to manage communications for the Service Prosecution Authority (SPA), the prosecution service for the British Armed Forces.

Opinion and features

Clifford Chance report has comms chiefs thinking: "There but for the grace of God..."

Clifford Chance report has comms chiefs thinking: "There but for the grace of God..."

The bungled media briefing that wiped billions of pounds off the share prices of leading insurance companies has lifted the lid on the murky world of media relations.

Agency Doctor: actions speak louder than words

Agency Doctor: actions speak louder than words

The launch of the PRWeek Power Book 2015 is the perfect time to review your leadership style.

Content is king but don't forget to plan

Content is king but don't forget to plan

Planning is key and content is king as boardrooms prepare to combat unpredictability in the markets and political arena in 2015.

The top 40: A snapshot of the industry

The top 40: A snapshot of the industry

A study of the top 40 UK-headquartered consultancies' 2013 financials paints a surprisingly gloomy picture of the industry. But things are looking brighter for independent agencies and those that have embraced digital.

From the editor-in-chief: It's a case of power to (and from) the people

From the editor-in-chief: It's a case of power to (and from) the people

Many sectors describe themselves as 'a people business'. But this particular industry can stake a unique claim.

When perception matters in the corporate PR world

When perception matters in the corporate PR world

What happened when my colleague forgot to pay attention to the optics

Corporate, social, responsibility. What do these three words mean?

Corporate, social, responsibility. What do these three words mean?

I raised this question a few weeks ago at a dinner with a handful of industry leaders.

Luxury goods brands enter a brave new world

Luxury goods brands enter a brave new world

As luxury brands reach new markets globally, they must not lose sight of the unique comms hurdles ahead.

Postcard from South Africa

Postcard from South Africa

South Africa presents massive opportunities as well as challenges, says Elian Wiener, founder and CEO of Epic Communications.

Agency Doctor: ensure your objectives are made to measure

Agency Doctor: ensure your objectives are made to measure

There are many tools that can help you evaluate your campaigns, but they will only work if your objectives can be measured.

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Recent City & corporate people moves

Infinite Spada hires ex-Linklaters comms chief Bruce Wraight

Infinite Spada hires ex-Linklaters comms chief Bruce Wraight

Infinite Spada has made its first senior appointment since announcing its formation in October, hiring former Linklaters global head of corporate comms Bruce Wraight as a director.

PFPR appoints Jon Visscher and James Parsons to senior roles

Automotive PR specialist PFPR Communications has recruited two former account managers to its senior management team following the addition of new clients in 2014 including Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.

Porter Novelli hires Debbie Spitz in new role at UK technology practice

Porter Novelli hires Debbie Spitz in new role at UK technology practice

Porter Novelli has appointed Debbie Spitz, formerly director of external communications for Coca-Cola Enterprises, in a new role as director of the agency's UK technology practice.

Ketchum takes majority stake in longtime Brazilian affiliate

Ketchum takes majority stake in longtime Brazilian affiliate

The Omnicom Group agency's longtime partner in Brazil, Ketchum Estratégia, will rebrand as Ketchum.

MRM appoints US campaign specialist Brittney Parker to public affairs arm

The public affairs division of financial specialists MRM has hired Brittney Parker to its ranks ahead of next year's general election.

Sony Music UK appoints the BBC's Indy Vidyalankara as comms director

Sony Music UK appoints the BBC's Indy Vidyalankara as comms director

Sony Music UK has appointed Indy Vidyalankara, who has worked in comms at the BBC for 11 years, as its new director of comms.

FleishmanHillard's EMEA corporate comms head relocates to London

FleishmanHillard's EMEA corporate comms head relocates to London

FleishmanHillard's Nick Andrews is moving to the firm's London office after spending the past 20 years in Brussels.