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Snack Media produces Europcar-branded live blogs on Arsenal games

Snack Media produces Europcar-branded live blogs on Arsenal games

Snack Media is managing a campaign by Europcar to provide live blogs on match days to amplify the car rental company's partnership with Arsenal Football Club.

Matalan defends 'racist' monkey onesie image

Matalan defends 'racist' monkey onesie image

Matalan has denied that a catalogue image featuring children dressed up in animal onesies was racist, after customers complained that the only black children featured were wearing monkey outfits.

Surname & Surname brought in for Dogs Trust awareness campaign

Surname & Surname brought in for Dogs Trust awareness campaign

Surname & Surname has been appointed by Dogs Trust to help raise awareness of the dog welfare charity.

Everton FC comms head quits after 15 years at club

Everton Football Club's head of comms Mark Rowan is moving on this week after more than 15 years working at the club.

Aardman head of comms Arthur Sheriff moves on after 25 years

Aardman head of comms Arthur Sheriff moves on after 25 years

Cape Town-based Triggerfish Animation has hired Arthur Sheriff, the long-serving head of comms for the Bristol-based animation company behind Wallace & Gromit, as an adviser.

Health food brand Pod enlists LightBrigade as first PR agency

Health food brand Pod enlists LightBrigade as first PR agency

LightBrigade has been appointed as the first PR agency to represent healthy fast-food brand Pod.

Clarion to launch homeopathic teething remedy into UK market

Clarion to launch homeopathic teething remedy into UK market

Clarion Communications has been appointed by French-based Camilia Oral Solution to launch the homeopathic medicine for children into the UK market.

Push PR spins out health and fitness department

Push PR spins out health and fitness department

Push PR has launched a health and fitness division while taking on new client Boom Cycle - a London-based spinning gym.

"I love Europe" declares Nigel Farage in Paddy Power golf video

"I love Europe" declares Nigel Farage in Paddy Power golf video

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has recorded a mock party political broadcast on behalf of Paddy Power to mark the imminent start of the Europe versus America golf tournament, the Ryder Cup.

Paver Smith rebrands as Influential

Paver Smith rebrands as Influential

Paver Smith has rebranded under the name Influential to reflect the agency's growing marketing and digital expertise.

Odeon hunts for consumer PR agency after split with 17-year incumbent Red

Odeon hunts for consumer PR agency after split with 17-year incumbent Red

The company with the most cinemas in the UK and Ireland is drawing up a shortlist for a new consumer PR agency as it ends a long-running relationship with The Red Consultancy.

British Red Cross hires Rain Communications for World War One-themed campaign

British Red Cross hires Rain Communications for World War One-themed campaign

Rain Communications has been appointed by the British Red Cross to work on a new campaign to drive donations across the charity's UK shops.

MSLGroup's Jeremy Sice to step down with joint CEOs to replace him

MSLGroup's Jeremy Sice to step down with joint CEOs to replace him

MSLGroup has promoted Jason Frank and James Parsons from their respective roles as chief marketing officer and chief operating officer to replace Jeremy Sice as joint CEOs.

Parkrun appoints Threepipe for brand positioning brief

Parkrun appoints Threepipe for brand positioning brief

Threepipe has been appointed by Parkrun, a not-for-profit body that organises free, weekly, 5km timed runs, to develop and articulate the brand and engage with potential new partners.

Reputation is key: study reveals top 10 brands rated by UK consumers

Reputation is key: study reveals top 10 brands rated by UK consumers

The Good Relations Group has developed a tool that identifies the top brands, as rated by consumers, including Cadbury, John Lewis and Aldi.

Opinion and features

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.

From the boardroom: Hiut's Clare Hieatt acts smart to take on denim's big boys

From the boardroom: Hiut's Clare Hieatt acts smart to take on denim's big boys

Clare Hieatt, the managing director of UK jeans-maker Hiut, says her company competes with bigger brands via smart social media and 'brand purpose'.

Birth of a new body

Birth of a new body

This week the CIPR introduces a new package of measures helping PR women navigate maternity leave. Board member and chair of the Professional Practices Committe Sarah Hall explains why this is so important.

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.

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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.

Threepipe boosts social media offering with two hires

Threepipe boosts social media offering with two hires

Threepipe has made two appointments to boost its social media offering, with Sam Van Tilburgh joining as social media director and Justin Schwartz as account manager.

eHarmony finds its perfect match in Dr Linda Papadopoulos

eHarmony finds its perfect match in Dr Linda Papadopoulos

Dr Linda Papadopoulos is joining dating website eHarmony as its UK media spokesperson.

Edelman picks APCO's Lvovich as global public affairs chair

Edelman picks APCO's Lvovich as global public affairs chair

Stephanie Lvovich, most recently global chair of the food and consumer products practice at APCO Worldwide, was named global chair of Edelman's public affairs practice. She starts next month.

Cheshire council hires former print and broadcast journalist to lead comms

Cheshire council hires former print and broadcast journalist to lead comms

Cheshire East Council has appointed former print and broadcast journalist Beverley Walkden as its new head of comms and media.

Launch PR hires Octopus Group's Juliet Cameron to head up brand PR

Launch PR hires Octopus Group's Juliet Cameron to head up brand PR

Juliet Cameron, who led Octopus Group's consumer brand agency Union Street, has joined Launch PR as director of brand PR.