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A third of PR people have experienced mental ill health, PRCA survey finds

A third of PR people have experienced mental ill health, PRCA survey finds

A third of people working in PR have experienced mental illness, according to an exclusive survey carried out for PRWeek by the PRCA.

Hudson Sandler hires ex-Macquarie EMEA corporate comms chief Alex Clelland

Hudson Sandler has appointed Alex Clelland, formerly EMEA head of corporate comms for global investing banking and financial services group Macquarie, as a director in its financial services team.

Harvard and Essentially win pitch for Lycamobile for PR and sponsorship brief

Harvard and Essentially win pitch for Lycamobile for PR and sponsorship brief

Lycamobile, the mobile phone virtual network for international calling, has appointed Chime group agencies Essentially and Harvard after a competitive pitch for UK sponsorship strategy, corporate and consumer comms.

A third of PR people have experienced mental ill health so what is the industry going to do about it?

A third of PR people have experienced mental ill health so what is the industry going to do about it?

More than a third of people working in PR and comms have experienced or been diagnosed with mental ill health and a majority would not feel comfortable talking to their boss about it, according to a survey carried out for PRWeek by the PRCA. Meanwhile, a CIPR State of the Profession report this week found that more than half of senior managers in PR are either "extremely stressed" or "very stressed" in their roles.

Holland & Barrett and GNC owner seeks PR agency for consumer and corporate brief

Holland & Barrett and GNC owner seeks PR agency for consumer and corporate brief

NBTY Europe, the owner of health food shop Holland & Barrett and sports nutrition retailer GNC, is looking for a UK agency to manage its consumer and corporate work.

J&J redesigns news center to tell visual stories in real time

J&J redesigns news center to tell visual stories in real time

The visually enhanced J&J News Center is geared at media, consumers, staffers, and stakeholders.

VPC Specialty Lending Investments hires Newgate ahead of IPO

VPC Specialty Lending Investments, the peer-to-peer lending service, has appointed Newgate as its first UK PR agency ahead of a planned IPO to raise £200m for acquisitions.

Mind Candy appoints Fever as retained UK consumer agency, replacing Fishburn

Mind Candy appoints Fever as retained UK consumer agency, replacing Fishburn

Global entertainment company Mind Candy has appointed Fever and sister agency Nelson Bostock to handle its consumer and corporate PR accounts, replacing incumbent Fishburn.

Homestay.com appoints Seven Dials as first UK PR agency

Homestay.com appoints Seven Dials as first UK PR agency

Homestay.com, the online accommodation site where travellers stay with locals, has appointed Seven Dials to manage its UK and international work.

Asda on the hunt for new content marketing agency

Asda on the hunt for new content marketing agency

Asda is looking for a new content marketing agency, PRWeek understands.

Diageo holds pitch for UK corporate comms and public affairs brief

Diageo holds pitch for UK corporate comms and public affairs brief

Diageo GB is holding a pitch for a corporate comms and public affairs joint brief, an account that has been held by Edelman for the past five years.

Heineken comms head Stacey Tank to take the reins at Home Depot

Heineken comms head Stacey Tank to take the reins at Home Depot

Stacey Tank will relocate to Atlanta and report to Home Depot CEO Craig Menear.

Siemens calls in Media Bounty for video campaign

Siemens calls in Media Bounty for video campaign

Siemens Home Appliances has commissioned creative agency Media Bounty to create a series of short films about the future of technology.

Hill+Knowlton hired by oil and gas venture from GE Oil & Gas and McDermott

Hill+Knowlton Strategies (H+K) London has won a competitive pitch to represent IO Oil & Gas Consulting (IO), a new joint initiative from international energy equipment and services provider GE Oil & Gas and global engineering firm McDermott.

Revolution bar operator hires Instinctif as it targets IPO and expansion

Revolution bar operator hires Instinctif as it targets IPO and expansion

The operator of the high street bar brand Revolution has appointed Instinctif to handle its corporate and financial PR, as it announces plans to float on the stock market.

BNY Mellon seeks PR agency for six-figure EMEA corporate comms brief

BNY Mellon seeks PR agency for six-figure EMEA corporate comms brief

Global investment company BNY Mellon is seeking a PR agency to handle corporate comms across EMEA, an account that's believed to be worth around £200,000 in the first year, PRWeek has learned.

Opinion and features

Dos and don'ts of chemistry meetings

Dos and don'ts of chemistry meetings

You suss each other out online. Maybe you have a coy call or two. Then you get together and show off your best side while working out whether the other party would embarrass you in front of your mum. If it wasn't in a business setting, a 'chemistry meeting' would be called what everyone knows it really is: a first date.

Fishburn's guide to the general election: Planning for Uncertainty

Fishburn's guide to the general election: Planning for Uncertainty

The outcome of the next election is one of the most uncertain in living memory.

Risky business: how to use data to save your reputation

Risky business: how to use data to save your reputation

Companies are facing increased risks to their reputation every day, but Schillings partner Chris Scott suggests that looking carefully at their practices and analysing the right data can provide an early warning system to alert them to danger.

Give "content" more than lip service: Q&A with Robert Rose

Give "content" more than lip service: Q&A with Robert Rose

In an exclusive interview with PRWeek, the Content Marketing Institute's chief strategy officer decries the way content has become everyone's job and no one's job, while urging PR agencies to reclaim their strategic position.

Our role is to bring some perspective to the exuberance

Our role is to bring some perspective to the exuberance

The multiple comms challenges faced by Uber only serve to highlight how difficult it is for young companies to grow up in public.

Return on storytelling - how the dynamics of PR have changed

Return on storytelling - how the dynamics of PR have changed

My children are avid fans of Peter Pan.

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.

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Co-op to shake-up PR function with Jon Church named new comms director

Co-op to shake-up PR function with Jon Church named new comms director

The Co-op is to undergo major PR restructure, with the departure of director Nick Folland, who currently heads the corporate comms and public affairs function, and the appointment of former Tesco and Coles PR chief Jon Church as comms director, PRWeek has learnt.

CSM Sport & Entertainment names Bell Pottinger's Prashar as CFO among senior hires

CSM Sport & Entertainment names Bell Pottinger's Prashar as CFO among senior hires

CSM Sport & Entertainment (CSM) has announced three senior appointments, including former Bell Pottinger group chief financial officer Roopesh Prashar who has taken the same role at the Chime Communications-owned agency.

The Press Association hires ex-Thomson Reuters PR Sophie Lister as comms manager

The Press Association (PA) has appointed Sophie Lister, formerly of Hudson Sandler and rival news agency Thomson Reuters, as communications manager.

Bulmer departs Shell for CMO role at Tribal Planet

Bulmer departs Shell for CMO role at Tribal Planet

He started as the technology company's first marketing chief on Wednesday.

Tullett Prebon hires former CNC London MD Stephen Breslin as global comms chief

Global interdealer broker Tullett Prebon has hired Stephen Breslin, former London MD at CNC Communications, as its global head of comms.

Tonic Life makes three hires to boost digital offering

Tonic Life makes three hires to boost digital offering

Tonic Life Communications, part of Huntsworth Health, has made three new hires following the recent appointment of global CEO Mary Smiddy.

Kreab hires ex-Royal Dutch Shell PR chief Björn Edlund

Kreab has appointed Björn Edlund - former head of corporate comms at Royal Dutch Shell, automation tech giant ABB and Novartis - as a senior adviser.