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WPP buys majority stake in German PR agency Nicole Weber Communications

WPP has grown its European PR footprint after buying a majority stake in German PR agency Nicole Weber Communications (NWC).

New West End Company appoints Bell Pottinger on retained basis

New West End Company appoints Bell Pottinger on retained basis

New West End Company, the UK's largest representative group for retail businesses, has hired Bell Pottinger to increase awareness of the contribution made by firms in the West End to the UK economy.

Prosecutors in Japan to decide on Julie Hamp drugs charge

Prosecutors in Japan to decide on Julie Hamp drugs charge

Officials have until the end of the week to indict former Toyota global communications boss after her oxycodone arrest

2 Sisters Food Group hires Newgate for wide-ranging comms and public affairs brief

2 Sisters Food Group hires Newgate for wide-ranging comms and public affairs brief

2 Sisters Food Group, one of the UK's largest food manufacturing firms, has appointed Newgate Communications as its first retained PR agency for a combined corporate and financial comms and public affairs brief.

Consilium hires Chris Gardner from Citigate

Consilium hires Chris Gardner from Citigate

Consilium Strategic Communications has appointed Chris Gardner of Citigate Dewe Rogerson as partner.

Estate agency Hunters hires Smithfield for IPO as it targets rapid UK expansion

Estate agency Hunters hires Smithfield for IPO as it targets rapid UK expansion

Hunters has appointed Smithfield to handle PR for its IPO as it targets rapid expansion to become the UK's largest estate agency brand.

City has 'patchwork' approach to social media, says Bell Pottinger's Greg Wood

City has 'patchwork' approach to social media, says Bell Pottinger's Greg Wood

The City's approach to using social media is a "patchwork" and "less advanced" than the US, according to Bell Pottinger partner and former broadcast journalist Greg Wood.

Greenpeace gives Formula E racing the green light

Greenpeace gives Formula E racing the green light

Greenpeace has produced a new campaign film that celebrates electronic motor sport Formula E.

UKPAC closes and hands responsibility for lobbying register to CIPR

UKPAC closes and hands responsibility for lobbying register to CIPR

The UK Public Affairs Council has announced that it is closing with immediate effect and handing over responsibility for its register of lobbyists to the CIPR.

Sky corporate comms director Alice Macandrew resigns

Sky corporate comms director Alice Macandrew resigns

Alice Macandrew has resigned as director of corporate communications at Sky, PRWeek has learned.

Video: Cannes chair of judges Lynne Anne Davis on PR's "breakout" year at the awards

Video: Cannes chair of judges Lynne Anne Davis on PR's "breakout" year at the awards

Lynne Anne Davis, president Asia Pacific at Fleishman Hillard and chair of this year's judging panel at Cannes, speaks to Steve Barrett about why PR is having a good year at Cannes.

Aldi replaces Weber Shandwick with Citypress for UK corporate PR brief

Aldi replaces Weber Shandwick with Citypress for UK corporate PR brief

Aldi has appointed Citypress to its UK corporate PR account, replacing Weber Shandwick, following a competitive pitch.

Greene King hires Tesco's Greg Sage as comms director amid £774m Spirit Pub Company acquisition

Greene King hires Tesco's Greg Sage as comms director amid £774m Spirit Pub Company acquisition

Greene King has hired Tesco PR and corporate affairs veteran Greg Sage to the new role of comms director, as the brewing and pub giant completes its £774m acquisition of Spirit Pub Company.

Airbus Group ends 20-year UK PR relationship as Powerscourt secures corporate brief

Airbus Group ends 20-year UK PR relationship as Powerscourt secures corporate brief

Airbus Group has appointed Powercourt as its retained corporate PR adviser for the UK, replacing Instinctif, whose managing partner David Simonson has worked on the Airbus account for 20 years.

Ten Alps hires FTI Consulting ahead of Reef Television acquisition as Bob Geldof exits

Ten Alps hires FTI Consulting ahead of Reef Television acquisition as Bob Geldof exits

TV and media production group Ten Alps has appointed FTI Consulting ahead of its planned acquisition of Reef Television and following the departure of founder Bob Geldof from its board.

Former rugby star Tom May hires Thirteen Communications for business mentoring scheme

Former rugby star Tom May hires Thirteen Communications for business mentoring scheme

Ex-England international rugby player Tom May has brought in Thirteen Communications to promote his business development programme.

Opinion and features

PR measurement is stuck in the past

PR measurement is stuck in the past

The communications industry has been rebooted. As last month's Cannes Lions demonstrated, the creativity of the advertising sector has been augmented by the hard rigour of data science. Marketing, too, is being revolutionised by super targeting possibilities.

Video: PRWeek's Cannes Lions Party

PRWeek's party at the InterContinental Carlton in Cannes celebrated this year's award winners from the PR industry.

Brands should take note of the US Supreme Court ruling on gay rights

Brands should take note of the US Supreme Court ruling on gay rights

As the ink dries on the certificates of same-sex marriages taking place across every US state, we are now wondering what this could mean for companies across the western world.

Cannes 2015: The view from the editor-in-chief

Cannes 2015: The view from the editor-in-chief

The much-hyped, media-saturated Cannes Lions week is over for another year and it is easy to forget that, beyond the glittering yachts and the Yves St Laurent (apparently), the whole point of this 'international festival of creativity' is to be the showcase of the best campaigns from around the world.

Video: Steve King of ZenithOptimedia talks programmatic

Video: Steve King of ZenithOptimedia talks programmatic

Steve King, global CEO of ZenithOptimedia, talks programmatic to Steve Barrett.

Video: Michael Roth on 'that time at the Gutter Bar'

Video: Michael Roth on 'that time at the Gutter Bar'

Steve Barrett speaks to the chief executive of Interpublic Group.

Treat your staff like adults and you might find that flexible working works

Treat your staff like adults and you might find that flexible working works

I wasn't surprised to read recently that the PR industry is one of the worst industries for supporting flexible working patterns.

The top seven mistakes PR companies make with existing clients

The top seven mistakes PR companies make with existing clients

Smart people learn from their mistakes. But the really sharp ones learn from the mistakes of others. Or there's the third group, who keep making the same mistakes over again. Which are you?

Cannes: The view from London

Cannes: The view from London

This time last year I was in Cannes. This year I am not. Have I missed anything? I think not - apart from a Rose hangover.

Cannes: We no longer need to play second fiddle to the 'creative' industries

Cannes: We no longer need to play second fiddle to the 'creative' industries

To be honest, I have always wondered what all the fuss was about.

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Recent City & corporate people moves

Next Fifteen picks up IncrediBull to merge with Text100

Next Fifteen picks up IncrediBull to merge with Text100

IncrediBull will integrate into Text100 at the beginning of next year.

Joyce Lorigan to head global comms arm at science publisher Springer Nature

Joyce Lorigan to head global comms arm at science publisher Springer Nature

Recently formed science publishing giant Springer Nature has created a 40-strong global comms team headed by former Macmillan comms director Joyce Lorigan, which will work alongside a new policy and external relations department.

Michael Mullen named global comms chief in new Kraft Heinz Company

Michael Mullen named global comms chief in new Kraft Heinz Company

Michael Mullen, SVP of corporate and government affairs at Heinz, is to take the same role at the new, enlarged business following its expected merger with Kraft that will create one of the world's largest food and drink companies.

Viridor to cut PR agency roster from six to one amid internal comms shake-up

Viridor to cut PR agency roster from six to one amid internal comms shake-up

Viridor, the UK's largest recycling firm, is in the final stages of cutting its PR agency roster from six to one amid a £1.8bn infrastructure overhaul that has also seen a shake-up in its internal comms department, PRWeek has learned.

Hanover recruits Bell Pottinger's Frances Beves to healthcare team

Beves, who joins Hanover in August, is currently a partner in Bell Pottinger's corporate and brand division.

Malaysia Airlines hires Faridah Hashim as head of corporate comms

Malaysia Airlines hires Faridah Hashim as head of corporate comms

Malaysia Airlines has appointed Faridah Hashim, formerly head of corporate comms for telecoms company Axiata Group Berhad, as head of corporate comms as the troubled airline considers a rebrand following last year's air disasters.

Ex-Post Office PR head Nina Arnott replaces Sarah McGhie as Domino's UK PR chief

Ex-Post Office PR head Nina Arnott replaces Sarah McGhie as Domino's UK PR chief

Sarah McGhie has stepped down as Domino's head of PR for the UK, Ireland, Germany and Switzerland, with former Post Office head of PR Nina Arnott appointed as her successor.