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News and news analysis

Visa Europe launches video to celebrate workers and volunteers on Christmas Day

Visa Europe launches video to celebrate workers and volunteers on Christmas Day

Visa Europe worked with content creation agency The 10 Group to create a video that shows Christmas day workers and volunteers being surprised with gifts.

ABB establishes public affairs team and boosts media relations

ABB establishes public affairs team and boosts media relations

Global power giant ABB Group has recruited a new public affairs team and strengthened its media relations team, with the changes effective from 1 January.

Government defends increase in spend on PRs and special advisers

Government defends increase in spend on PRs and special advisers

The Cabinet Office has dismissed opposition party criticism over the rising cost of ministers' special advisers, claiming that their "average salary is 8% lower than under the previous Government".

Portland targets new business units as Oliver Pauley becomes UK MD

Portland targets new business units as Oliver Pauley becomes UK MD

Portland is to launch dedicated financial, internal comms and digital/creative business units in 2015 as it announces the promotion of Oliver Pauley to UK MD and 13 new partners to its UK and international businesses.

MHP Communications hired by pension scheme administrator RPMI

MHP Communications has won an account with pension scheme administrator RPMI to handle comms for its investment arm, Railpen Investments.

Grayling wins pitch for Gatwick Airport PR brief

Grayling wins pitch for Gatwick Airport PR brief

Gatwick Airport has appointed Grayling as its communications partner for the next two years, after a competitive pitch.

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.

Opinion and features

PR Winners and Losers of 2014

PR Winners and Losers of 2014

From the slick 'Yes' campaign that almost delivered a sensational victory in the Scottish independence referendum to the embarrassing spectacle of Ed Miliband's attempt to eat a bacon sandwich, 2014 has demonstrated the increasing importance of presenting the right image. But who were the biggest PR winners and losers of the year? Here are my top five in each category:

Flack: the best of 2014

Flack: the best of 2014

Flack has seen some weird and wonderful things this year and we've rounded up the best of the bunch. And remember, if you're out and about at an industry event, make sure that you're on your best behaviour, because the mysterious Flack is watching you...

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.

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Recent City & corporate people moves

The Big Partnership appoints Jessica McAndrew and Alice Ritchie

The Big Partnership appoints Jessica McAndrew and Alice Ritchie

The Big Partnership, the Glasgow-based PR and digital marketing agency, has announced two new appointments "designed to meet rising demand for digital services".

APCO's Staples formalizes global team

APCO's Staples formalizes global team

New CEO Brad Staples names leadership team, including wider roles for Nelson Fernandez and Nicolas Bouvier.

Headland doubles firm's headcount with senior hires

Headland doubles firm's headcount with senior hires

Headland has made a raft of new hires, including Paul Griffin who joins from Citigate as a director.

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.

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.