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Golley Slater wins four-way pitch for Poundstretcher account

Golley Slater wins four-way pitch for Poundstretcher account

Discount retailer Poundstretcher has appointed Golley Slater's northern office to manage its consumer and corporate comms, as the discount retailer targets expansion under new MD Ian York.

MSLGroup's Capital MSL and CNC unveil new identity as merger completes

MSLGroup's Capital MSL and CNC unveil new identity as merger completes

MSLGroup has completed the merger of its Capital MSL and Communications Networking Consulting (CNC) companies and unveiled a corporate logo for the new entity, now known as CNC.

HotelPlanner books Burson-Marsteller as first PR agency partner

HotelPlanner books Burson-Marsteller as first PR agency partner

Burson is helping HotelPlanner boost brand awareness and starting to advise it on social media.

Cosworth hires Sine Qua Non for global brief

Cosworth hires Sine Qua Non for global brief

Cosworth, the engineering and manufacturing group, has appointed Sine Qua Non International (SQN) to support its global PR activities in 2015.

Almost half of FTSE 100 corporate comms directors are female, survey finds

The gender split of corporate comms directors across the FTSE 100 was almost equal in 2014, according to a survey by headhunters Watson Helsby.

Publicis Groupe extends deadline for Sapient deal again

Publicis Groupe extends deadline for Sapient deal again

Publicis Groupe has extended the deadline for Sapient shareholders to accept its $3.7 billion offer for a fourth time.

Telefónica hires Citigate Dewe Rogerson as Hutchison targets O2 acquisition

Telefónica hires Citigate Dewe Rogerson as Hutchison targets O2 acquisition

Financial and corporate comms agency Citigate Dewe Rogerson is understood to be working with Telefónica around industry consolidation as Hutchison Whampoa (HW), the Hong Kong-based owner of UK network Three, targets a £9.25bn acquisition of its UK business O2.

Charles Watson leaves Karma Communications

Charles Watson leaves Karma Communications

Charles Watson, the group chairman at Karma Communications, has stepped down.

Donky appoints Liberty Communications to raise UK profile

Donky appoints Liberty Communications to raise UK profile

Liberty Communications has won a three-way pitch for Donky, a mobile engagement platform, to support its launch into the UK and US markets and grow brand awareness.

PRWeek's PR360 global industry extravaganza set for April

PRWeek's PR360 global industry extravaganza set for April

Tickets are now available for the inaugural PR360 event in London, a must-attend gathering of PR professionals from across the globe featuring insights from some of the world's leading comms figures.

Pagefield joins global network ECCO International Public Relations

Corporate comms agency Pagefield has joined ECCO International Public Relations, a global public relations and marketing services network that operates across 40 countries.

Lexis restructures team and names Ruth Kieran deputy MD as three directors leave

Lexis restructures team and names Ruth Kieran deputy MD as three directors leave

Lexis is to undergo a management restructure with the imminent departure of three directors and the appointment of Kindred managing partner Ruth Kieran as its first deputy MD, PRWeek has learned.

Médard Schoenmaeckers joins HSBC in comms shake-up

Médard Schoenmaeckers joins HSBC in comms shake-up

HSBC has announced a shake-up at the top of its global PR team with the appointment of Médard Schoenmaeckers as global head of communications, working under current comms chief Pierre Goad whose remit has been extended to human resources.

Buchanan picks up stockbroker clients Panmure Gordon and FirstEnergy

Financial PR consultancy Buchanan has won accounts with two prominent stockbrokers: City of London-based Panmure Gordon and FirstEnergy, the Canadian oil and gas markets specialist.

How do you solve a problem like Tesco?

How do you solve a problem like Tesco?

Tesco's recent troubles read like a horror story: an accounting scandal that has forced huge changes at the top, a plummeting share price, falling sales and lost consumer confidence as shoppers turn to discount retailers such as Lidl and Aldi.

Carlsberg UK restructures corporate affairs team

Carlsberg UK restructures corporate affairs team

Carlsberg UK has restructured its corporate affairs team with two senior internal appointments.

Opinion and features

Davos: A comms opportunity or hot air from the magic mountain?

Davos: A comms opportunity or hot air from the magic mountain?

The annual gathering for the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, brings together a heady mix of politicians, corporations, scientists and philanthropists to address the key challenges of the day. Two writers give PRWeek their perspective from inside the conference.

Fifteen steps to great communications in 2015

The PRCA has launched recommendations for great comms in 2015, following an in-depth consultation with the PRCA's senior members and PR Council.

Six reasons PR shouldn't ignore radio

Six reasons PR shouldn't ignore radio

Imagine getting your message out to 21 million people in just three hits. Sounds impossible, doesn't it? Here are six reasons to embrace radio.

The best 'showcases' from 2014

The best 'showcases' from 2014

Every month we look at the most interesting campaigns in our 'showcase' section. We've rounded up the best showcases from our 2014 editions, including the Playstation 4 launch and the world's largest underground trampoline.

Interviews and features: 2014 in review

Interviews and features: 2014 in review

PRWeek looks back at some of the best in-depth pieces from 2014, including interviews with Sir Martin Sorrell, Harold Burson and Mary Portas, as well as features on subjects ranging from climate change and ISIS to the industry's maternity practices and supermarket Christmas campaigns.

Predictions for 2015: A year of pitfalls or possibilities?

Predictions for 2015: A year of pitfalls or possibilities?

What does 2015 have in store for the PR and comms industry? Will any party hold the balance of power following the general election and what impact will the Lobbying Act have on the voluntary sector's ability to communicate with the public? Has SEO come of age in the PR sphere and what opportunities are there within the greater convergence of channels? Is the industry on the brink of diversifying its ranks and will one firm fall victim to a major scandal? We asked some of the brightest brains in the business to give us their predictions for the year ahead. Happy New Year from everyone at PRWeek!

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.

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Latest Jobs

Recent City & corporate people moves

Weber Shandwick's Mary Whenman named Women in PR president

Weber Shandwick's Mary Whenman named Women in PR president

Mary Whenman, MD of corporate, financial & public affairs at Weber Shandwick, has been named the new present of Women in PR, the all-female networking group.

Karma's Charles Watson to chair Teneo International and eyeing major London expansion

Karma's Charles Watson to chair Teneo International and eyeing major London expansion

Former Karma Communications chairman Charles Watson has been appointed to chair Teneo International, the international division of Teneo Holdings, and is targeting major growth in London as a priority.

Charlotte Street Partners hires Robert Ballantyne as associate partner

Charlotte Street Partners hires Robert Ballantyne as associate partner

Robert Ballantyne, former deputy chairman at financial PR agency Cardew Group, is to join Charlotte Street Partners as associate partner, starting immediately

Ollie Wilson leaves CLA to launch Brighton-based agency MatchFit Media

Ollie Wilson has left his role as director of comms at the Country Landowners of England and Wales (CLA) to launch MatchFit Media, a PR and contract publishing agency in Brighton.

Burson-Marsteller appoints Bell Pottinger's Ruci Fixter

Burson-Marsteller has further strengthened its UK corporate and brands team with the appointment of Ruci Fixter from Bell Pottinger as a senior manager in the division.

Civil Aviation Authority hires ex-Centrica comms director Richard Stephenson

Civil Aviation Authority hires ex-Centrica comms director Richard Stephenson

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has appointed Richard Stephenson from Centrica as its new comms director.

Greenbrook hires Sunday Times journalist Matthew Goodman as a consultant

Financial comms agency Greenbrook has appointed former Sunday Times journalist Matthew Goodman as a consultant.