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Starbucks admits to "rogue typos" in Welsh language store signage

Starbucks admits to "rogue typos" in Welsh language store signage

Starbucks has issued a mea culpa after customers of its first branch to adopt Welsh as its first language complained it featured mistranslated phrases.

Rain Communications scoops account for hair growth device iGrow

Rain Communications scoops account for hair growth device iGrow

The London-based PR company has beaten three agencies after a competitive pitch to win the one-year contract for the launch of iGrow in the UK.

New arrivals at The Academy boost staff numbers to 15

Digital account director Natalie Trye and publicist Michael Hickson are among four hires at Mitchell Kaye and Daniel Glover's recently launched agency The Academy.

Newgate and Thirteen Communications win brief for £3.5bn Docklands development

Newgate and Thirteen Communications win brief for £3.5bn Docklands development

Sister agencies Thirteen and Newgate have won the PR account for the £3.5bn mixed-use development planned for Silvertown in London's Docklands.

Eulogy hires MHP's Elisabeth Field as Lara Leventhal heads to Ogilvy

Eulogy hires MHP's Elisabeth Field as Lara Leventhal heads to Ogilvy

MHP's Elisabeth Field is to join Eulogy to replace MD Lara Leventhal, who is leaving the agency after 14 years to take the role of deputy MD at Ogilvy PR next month.

Freuds recruits former Mischief MD Ben Brooks-Dutton

Freuds recruits former Mischief MD Ben Brooks-Dutton

Ben Brooks-Dutton, a former managing director of Mischief, is joining Freuds as creative strategy director next week.

Gourmet Burger Kitchen brings in Citizen

Gourmet Burger Kitchen brings in Citizen

Citizen has won an account with burger chain GBK for an initial retainer of six months.

Bell Pottinger promotes David Wilson and Kevin Read

Bell Pottinger promotes David Wilson and Kevin Read

Bell Pottinger has handed its group MD David Wilson additional responsibility as chairman of its consumer practice and promoted its corporate and brand MD Kevin Read, among a raft of moves.

#CouldBeTrue campaign celebrates history of Ballantine's Whisky

#CouldBeTrue campaign celebrates history of Ballantine's Whisky

Scotch whisky brand Ballantine's has brought out a tongue-in-cheek campaign, created by M&C Saatchi and M&C Saatchi Sports & Entertainment, exploring what might have happened had it moved away from its roots.

PR budgets cling on to upward trend

PR budgets cling on to upward trend

PR budgets have been narrowly increased for a third consecutive quarter, according to the latest IPA Bellwether Report.

Dulux illustrates the 'amazing power' of colour in giant mural campaign

Dulux illustrates the 'amazing power' of colour in giant mural campaign

Dulux has rolled out an outdoor PR and experiential campaign that will see illustrators paint city murals in a bid to demonstrate how colour can transform surroundings.

PRWeek UK Awards 2014: Tales from the night and your pics

PRWeek UK Awards 2014: Tales from the night and your pics

Assist your recovery from the PRWeek Awards with the best of your pictures and gossip from the night.

Exposure hires Keir Mather as UK managing director

Exposure hires Keir Mather as UK managing director

Exposure has appointed Keir Mather, a former director at ad agency BBH, to oversee its UK business.

PRWeek UK Awards 2014: The roll call of winners

PRWeek UK Awards 2014: The roll call of winners

The PR industry gathered at an exclusive awards night at Grosvenor House to celebrate the best people, agencies and campaigns of 2014. Here's the full list of winners.

PRWeek Awards 2014: Our pictures from the night

PRWeek Awards 2014: Our pictures from the night

Take a look at our gallery of photos from last night's PRWeek Awards, hosted by James Corden.

Opinion and features

Social media: get sophisticated or die

Social media: get sophisticated or die

Social media have evolved rapidly in the past decade, forcing brands to consider their strategies carefully. David Benady identifies the risks of failing to keep up to speed.

Hit or Miss? Kelly Brook gathers publicity around 'Close Up' autobiography

Several column inches have been devoted to model and TV presenter Kelly Brook in the past few weeks, with the latest story concerning her excluding her ex-boyfriend from her book.

Sir Martin Sorrell on PR's place in the new wave of integration

Sir Martin Sorrell on PR's place in the new wave of integration

The world's most successful marketing services entrepreneur and self-styled 'bean counter' talks to Danny Rogers about the new wave of integration and why comms finally deserves to be at the centre of things.

Seeing Red: Early involvement means better results

Seeing Red: Early involvement means better results

PR teams do their best work when they have buy-in from senior management, says Muckle Media director Nathalie Agnew.

Content is key to winning, says Sorrell at #AWXI

Content is key to winning, says Sorrell at #AWXI

After news broke that Japanese telecommunications company SoftBank is in talks to buy DreamWorks Animation, content creation took up much of the discussion between WPP CEO Martin Sorrell and his group of panelists at Advertising Week.

Who real-timed the 'bendable' iPhone best - Kit Kat, LG, or Zazzle?

Who real-timed the 'bendable' iPhone best - Kit Kat, LG, or Zazzle?

Brands have some fun at Apple's expense after reports of a "bendable" iPhone 6 Plus.

Lose the wingman

Lose the wingman

All PR people love working a room, right? Not always. Talk Talk's PR manager Clara Biu shares what she has learnt about how to become a more active networker (and even enjoy it).

Brooklyn Brothers on why the Jaguar XE launch event had sex appeal

Brooklyn Brothers on why the Jaguar XE launch event had sex appeal

Miranda Mitchell is head of outreach at The Brooklyn Brothers and was a key figure behind the spectacular £4m launch event of the new Jaguar XE on Monday evening.

From the editor-in-chief: Private sector can reignite the climate change debate

From the editor-in-chief: Private sector can reignite the climate change debate

What has always fascinated me about the comms business is that this is an industry built on intelligent debate.

Adbusters' Kalle Lasn says comms professionals can save the world

Adbusters' Kalle Lasn says comms professionals can save the world

The environmentalist and anti-consumerist leader of Adbusters talks to Alex Benady about 'culture jamming', empty CSR initiatives and how comms professionals can use the power in their hands for global good.

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Recent consumer PR people moves

Tonic Life hires Mary Smiddy as global CEO

Tonic Life hires Mary Smiddy as global CEO

Mary Smiddy is joining Tonic Life as global CEO in November, while Tamsin Tierney will assume the role of MD of the agency's Europe operations, four months after the agency's founders were put on gardening leave.

Golin's Matt Neale and Bibi Hilton awarded promotions

Golin's Matt Neale and Bibi Hilton awarded promotions

Golin has handed additional responsibilities to Matt Neale, who takes up joint leadership of the agency's New York office, and Bibi Hilton, who becomes MD of Golin London.

FleishmanHillard brings in Exposure director Dave Bennett

FleishmanHillard brings in Exposure director Dave Bennett

FleishmanHillard has appointed Dave Bennett in the new role of head of its brand marketing practice.

Weber Shandwick hires Prince Charles' press secretary in reputation role

Weber Shandwick hires Prince Charles' press secretary in reputation role

Patrick Harrison, the veteran Clarence House press secretary, is to join Weber Shandwick in January as director of reputation management and strategic media relations.

Harrisson quits M&C Saatchi to lead Anomaly

Harrisson quits M&C Saatchi to lead Anomaly

M&C Saatchi's chief executive, Camilla Harrisson, is leaving to lead Anomaly London, with a brief to make it a serious force in the capital.

Former Cabinet and PM's comms adviser Lucy Maggs joins Smart Energy GB

Former Cabinet and PM's comms adviser Lucy Maggs joins Smart Energy GB

Smart Energy GB has appointed former Prime Minister's Office and Cabinet Office comms adviser, Lucy Maggs, as its new head of media.