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Topman picks Livity for digital brief following six-way pitch

Topman picks Livity for digital brief following six-way pitch

Topman has appointed Livity to help develop a digital content strategy after a six-way agency pitch for the work.

Quidco calls in Lansons' Victoria Leyton amid PR reshuffle

Quidco calls in Lansons' Victoria Leyton amid PR reshuffle

Cashback site Quidco has hired Victoria Leyton from financial PR agency Lansons as part of a shake-up splitting its top comms role.

Veteran games PR Jonnie Bryant joins Jagex from Blizzard

Veteran games PR Jonnie Bryant joins Jagex from Blizzard

The maker of massively multiplayer online game RuneScape has hired Jonnie Bryant as head of PR as it prepares to launch Transformers Universe.

Chime chief sees growth in content production and distribution

Chime chief sees growth in content production and distribution

Chime Communications' PR and sports marketing agencies are seeing double-digit growth in revenues from content production, according to group CEO Chris Satterthwaite.

Zoe Sobol joins concierge business Ten as head of PR

Zoe Sobol joins concierge business Ten as head of PR

Corporate concierge company Ten Group has hired Fever PR board director Zoe Sobol to help it attract consumers to its services.

Kantar study segments social media brand engagement

Kantar study segments social media brand engagement

More than half of Britain's adult population engaged in social media are 'social spectators' who do little to increase their brand interest or create positive associations with brands online, according to a study by Kantar Media.

3 Monkeys benefits as United Biscuits ends Publicasity relationship

3 Monkeys benefits as United Biscuits ends Publicasity relationship

United Biscuits has consolidated its comms arrangements, ending a long-term relationship with Publicasity by shifting its trade PR work to 3 Monkeys Communications.

PHA beats three to PhD Nutrition sports supplement account

PHA beats three to PhD Nutrition sports supplement account

PHA Media has won a brief to handle the PR for sports supplement company PhD Nutrition following a four-way pitch process.

Good Relations profits plunge but sports helps Chime achieve overall growth

Good Relations profits plunge but sports helps Chime achieve overall growth

The PR businesses of former Bell Pottinger parent group Chime Communications have reported a drop in profits in the first half of 2014.

Ecover hands Lexis European work ahead of major relaunch

Ecover hands Lexis European work ahead of major relaunch

Cleaning brand Ecover has handed Lexis a new European brief as it prepares a relaunch focused on convincing consumers its eco-friendliness does not compromise on quality.

Transform Cosmetic Surgery moves consumer work to Label PR

Transform Cosmetic Surgery moves consumer work to Label PR

Manchester and London-based PR agency Label has won the retained consumer PR account for a chain of 21 cosmetic surgery clinics.

WPP PR operating profits climb 8.3% in H1 2014

WPP PR operating profits climb 8.3% in H1 2014

The holding company behind Burson-Marsteller and Finsbury has put its underperformance in PR behind it with a substantial increase in operating profit for the first six months of the year.

Finn hires ASOS Magazine editor as head of creative and content

Finn hires ASOS Magazine editor as head of creative and content

Emma Sibbles, the editor of the magazine published by online clothing retailer ASOS, is to join the Leeds-based agency Finn as head of creative and content.

Four in ten agencies have no problem with TransferWise's £3k ideas-only pitch

Four in ten agencies have no problem with TransferWise's £3k ideas-only pitch

A sizeable number of PR agency leaders disagree that inviting agencies to pitch for a £3,000 idea-only brief to be implement by another firm reflected badly on tech start-up TransferWise.

Liverpool Fashion Week takes on London rival with Tin Man hire

Liverpool Fashion Week takes on London rival with Tin Man hire

Liverpool Fashion Week has hired Tin Man Communications as it aims to compete with its globally known London counterpart.

Opinion and features

Hit or Miss? Ryanair announces tickets for business travellers

Hit or Miss? Ryanair announces tickets for business travellers

Ryanair's image revamp continued apace this week with the launch of a 'business class'.

The big debate: do ideas-only briefs devalue PR agencies?

The big debate: do ideas-only briefs devalue PR agencies?

Tech start-up TransferWise was criticised last week for asking PR agencies to present an idea to be executed by another agency.

Four rules to consider before commenting on a celebrity's death

Four rules to consider before commenting on a celebrity's death

The morality of news management is in the spotlight once again after Gawker slammed Edelman as a "soulless PR conglomerate" for its 'Carpe Diem' blog on Robin Williams.

Do Huntsworth and Engine Group intend to merge?

Do Huntsworth and Engine Group intend to merge?

As Huntsworth's half-year results were looming last week, and as the share price continued to flatline, one suspected the group would pull yet another rabbit from its top hat; few predicted that rabbit would be Lord Chadlington himself.

What I learned as a press officer at the Commonwealth Games

What I learned as a press officer at the Commonwealth Games

"It is a privilege to do this job. Make sure you enjoy it." Those were the words going round my head as I entered the Commonwealth Games village two weeks ago to join up with the media operation supporting Team England at Glasgow 2014.

Hit or Miss? Tulisa Contostavlos allows BBC Three documentary to follow her trials

Hit or Miss? Tulisa Contostavlos allows BBC Three documentary to follow her trials

Singer and former X-Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos chose to be filmed for a BBC Three documentary, 'Tulisa: The Price of Fame', as she went on trial for supplying cocaine to an undercover Sun reporter.

Q&A: Team Sky comms pair on the Tour de France

Q&A: Team Sky comms pair on the Tour de France

Chris Haynes, director of external affairs at Team Sky and Sky Sports, and Joel Keoghan, director of marketing at Team Sky, talk about managing Team Sky's communications around this year's Tour de France.

Taking the fear out of networking

Taking the fear out of networking

Ex-european director of external communications at Coca-Cola Enterprises, Debbie Spitz, shares her tips on how to get the best from, and even enjoy, networking.

Hit or Miss? Airbnb reveals new branding to the world

Hit or Miss? Airbnb reveals new branding to the world

Airbnb, the short-term accommodation businesss, updated its brand identity this week and introduced a new logo that it named the Bélo, "the universal symbol of belonging".

Who real-timed it best -- Adidas or Lufthansa?

Who real-timed it best -- Adidas or Lufthansa?

German companies celebrate their team winning the World Cup for the fourth time.

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Recent consumer PR people moves

Blu eCigs hires James Dodkin to cover PR remit

Blu eCigs hires James Dodkin to cover PR remit

E-cigarette brand Blu eCigs has hired James Dodkin to oversee PR following the company's recent rebrand from Skycig.

Samaritans hires Sophie Borromeo after top comms role split

Samaritans hires Sophie Borromeo after top comms role split

The Samaritans has split its top comms role and hired Sophie Borromeo as the charity prepares to develop a new six-year strategy.

TVC launches sports division with Ben Barker hire

TVC launches sports division with Ben Barker hire

TVC Group has launched a sporting division with the appointment of Hill+Knowlton Strategies' sponsorship specialist Ben Barker.

Heineken appoints Carlsberg's Joanna Dring to UK comms team

Heineken appoints Carlsberg's Joanna Dring to UK comms team

Heineken has brought in former Carlsberg Group global brand PR manager Joanna Dring as a PR and press manager.

Huntsworth puts Tonic Life founders on gardening leave and installs new team

Huntsworth puts Tonic Life founders on gardening leave and installs new team

Huntsworth has put Tonic Life founders Scott Clark and Oliver Parsons on gardening leave until next January following the pair giving notice of their decision to quit the agency after failing to reach terms about their future involvement.

Porter taps Buehler as global director of strategic planning

Porter taps Buehler as global director of strategic planning

Porter Novelli has appointed Phil Buehler to serve as EVP and global director of strategic planning.