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PRWeek UK Power Book: Top five in hospitality comms

PRWeek UK Power Book: Top five in hospitality comms

PRWeek's UK Power Book reveals the PR professionals who lead the way in their respective fields. Today, we list the top five comms pros in the hospitality industry.

Coke follows McDonald's by axing YouTube show

Coke follows McDonald's by axing YouTube show

Coca-Cola is ditching its weekly UK YouTube shows in favour of a more "nimble" digital content strategy.

Marks & Spencer severs ties with Finsbury and hires Grayling amid major PR shake-up

Marks & Spencer severs ties with Finsbury and hires Grayling amid major PR shake-up

Marks & Spencer is ending its relationship with Finsbury and has hired Grayling for consumer PR in the UK, amid a move to a "new way of working" for its in-house team.

PRWeek UK Power Book: Top five in entertainment comms

PRWeek UK Power Book: Top five in entertainment comms

PRWeek's UK Power Book reveals the PR professionals who lead the way in their respective fields. Today, we list the top five comms pros across the entertainment industry.

'People can hear the truth', says Matthew Freud as he takes a swipe at Uber

'People can hear the truth', says Matthew Freud as he takes a swipe at Uber

PR legend Matthew Freud made a rare appearance on stage yesterday for a live interview with PRWeek UK editor-in- chief, Danny Rogers. The session was called 'Harnessing fame for the greater good.'

'I'm sorry' - Google chief apologises as more public sector bodies and brands speak out on extremist ads scandal

'I'm sorry' - Google chief apologises as more public sector bodies and brands speak out on extremist ads scandal

The EMEA boss of Google has offered an apology to public and private sector advertisers in a growing row over ads appearing next to extremist videos on YouTube.

Former Gates Foundation comms lead Miguel Veiga-Pestana joins Reckitt Benckiser

Former Gates Foundation comms lead Miguel Veiga-Pestana joins Reckitt Benckiser

Previously, he had a two-year stint at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Message on a bottle: One Water creates 'dirty water' to promote World Water Day

Message on a bottle: One Water creates 'dirty water' to promote World Water Day

For World Water Day (Wednesday 22 March), London's Houston PR and the social enterprise One Water have created a water bottle that makes its contents appears dirty.

Tinder comms chief Hermione Way swipes right on blockchain dating start-up Matchpool

Tinder comms chief Hermione Way swipes right on blockchain dating start-up Matchpool

Hermione Way, former European head of comms at Tinder, has joined blockchain-based start-up dating network Matchpool as a communications advisor.

Beckham and England stars past and present team up to warn of bowel cancer in #MooreToKnow campaign

Beckham and England stars past and present team up to warn of bowel cancer in #MooreToKnow campaign

David Beckham and a further 11 former and current England footballers are starring in a new campaign aimed at increasing awareness of bowel cancer - the disease that killed one of the country's greatest ever players.

Full-year losses narrow at Huntsworth despite 'difficult' 2016 at Grayling

Full-year losses narrow at Huntsworth despite 'difficult' 2016 at Grayling

Huntsworth's losses narrowed in 2016 thanks to a strong performance from the holding company's health comms arm, and despite a "difficult" year for Grayling, whose like-for-like revenue fell 17.4 per cent.

Sony Mobile replaces Citizen with Fever to promote Xperia range

Sony Mobile replaces Citizen with Fever to promote Xperia range

Telecoms brand Sony Mobile has appointed Fever to handle UK PR, ahead of the launch of its new Xperia range.

'Grown-ups build brands for the long term': ASA warns PR firms against deliberately courting controversy

'Grown-ups build brands for the long term': ASA warns PR firms against deliberately courting controversy

The chief executive of the Advertising Standards Authority has urged PR firms to think twice before courting notoriety by creating "deliberately provocative" adverts for clients.

Matthew Freud to appear at Ad Week Europe in conversation with Danny Rogers

Matthew Freud to appear at Ad Week Europe in conversation with Danny Rogers

PR legend Matthew Freud is making a rare appearance on stage on Tuesday, for a live interview with PRWeek UK editor-in-chief, Danny Rogers.

Manifest promotes director Neil Hallmark to London MD

Manifest promotes director Neil Hallmark to London MD

Manifest has promoted director Neil Hallmark to managing director of its London office, following four years at the agency.

Opinion and features

Why PR needs planners - and what we still have to learn from ad agencies

Why PR needs planners - and what we still have to learn from ad agencies

Once upon a time, PR agencies didn't see the need for planners: whereas ad agencies employed them to ground their creative ideas in genuine insights about their audience, the PR industry took a different route.

Industry Voice: The PR industry wants to be held to the most rigorous professional expectations

Industry Voice: The PR industry wants to be held to the most rigorous professional expectations

I have always been struck by the fact that the PR and comms industry is our fiercest driver in demanding higher and higher standards.

'Manufacturing discontent': The effects of branding, PR & marketing on mental health

'Manufacturing discontent': The effects of branding, PR & marketing on mental health

A recent study points to problems with mental illness in the PR sector, but is the industry itself partly to blame?

Was it the Hamburglar? McDonald's says account was hacked after anti-Trump tweet

Was it the Hamburglar? McDonald's says account was hacked after anti-Trump tweet

The fast-food chain said it wasn't behind a tweet posted and pinned on Thursday morning mocking the president's "tiny hands."

Consultancy pitching is sometimes like the proverbial cobbler's children

Consultancy pitching is sometimes like the proverbial cobbler's children

Consultancy pitching is sometimes like the proverbial cobbler's children - all too often comms agencies fail to communicate effectively to the prospect.

Mental Wealth: Spring clean your mental health with these five tips

Mental Wealth: Spring clean your mental health with these five tips

Spring cleaning is not just a good exercise for your home, it can also be a useful tool for maintaining your mental health

When did 'brave' become a bad word for brands?

When did 'brave' become a bad word for brands?

Inherently, there is hurt woven into the dictionary definition of brave - 'ready to face and endure danger or pain'.

It's back, and it has snake: why the Nokia 3310 relaunch needs no introduction

It's back, and it has snake: why the Nokia 3310 relaunch needs no introduction

Let's face it, I could have stopped after 'snake' and you'd have known exactly what I was talking about.

How 10 brands reacted to #EnvelopeGate at the Oscars

How 10 brands reacted to #EnvelopeGate at the Oscars

What was an embarrassing flub for The Academy and PricewaterhouseCoopers was a moment of opportunity for several brands to joke about #EnvelopeGate on Twitter.

Game on: Management consultancies muscle in on holding companies' turf

Game on: Management consultancies muscle in on holding companies' turf

Management consultancies and technology services companies are acquiring creative and IT shops and are taking aim at the lucrative martech space. But what does it mean for PR firms?

Latest Jobs

Recent consumer PR people moves

P&G exec who led Always #LikeAGirl campaign moves to comms leadership role at Novartis

P&G exec who led Always #LikeAGirl campaign moves to comms leadership role at Novartis

P&G's Mark Chakravarty has joined pharma giant Novartis in a senior role, PRWeek has learned.

In brief: Chuck Norris hires Frank, Hussain joins Promote, wins for Spider

Frank hired for Chuck Norris game, chocolatier and tea brand brief Spider, Promote hires Hussain and more from PRWeek UK.

EdenCancan promotes Mischa Joslin to MD amid 'refresh' of agency's identity

EdenCancan promotes Mischa Joslin to MD amid 'refresh' of agency's identity

PR firm EdenCancan has promoted Mischa Joslin, a former entrant on PRWeek's 30 Under 30, to the role of MD following a "refresh" of the agency's identity.

In brief: The Writer acquires PR firm, SEEN launches wellness offering, Hills Balfour wins Santa Monica

The Writer acquires Tungtree, SEEN launches wellness offering, Hills Balfour wins Santa Monica and more from PRWeek UK.

Virgin Atlantic comms director Meigan Terry takes off

Virgin Atlantic comms director Meigan Terry takes off

Meigan Terry, Virgin Atlantic's director of communications for the past three years, is leaving the airline.

In brief: Spider hired to bring Tim Hortons to UK, new wins for MWWPR and Mason Williams

Spider to bring Tim Hortons to UK, MWWPR hired by Primesight, Michelin-starred win for Mason Williams and more from PRWeek UK.