Seismic shock for UK PR as country votes out but practitioners highlight opportunities to help clients adapt
As the UK awoke to the news that Britain had voted to leave the EU by a margin of 52 per cent to 48 per cent and that Prime Minister David Cameron will leave office in the autumn, UK PR firms told PRWeek what they think the implications are for their businesses and their clients.
India's Medulla Communications won seven prizes at the Pharma Lions in Cannes tonight, while Engine Group and Weber Shandwick were winners in the Health & Wellness Lions.
A highly emotive integrated campaign led by Ogilvy & Mather London - with PR elements delivered by an Omnicom consortium including FleishmanHillard - won several prizes including the overall Grand Prix award tonight at the Pharma Lions in Cannes.
A trio of Ogilvy & Mather group firms have been nominated for PR work across the Health categories of the upcoming Cannes Lions, with the industry also represented by firms including Engine, Weber Shandwick and MSLGroup, the latter for its much-garlanded #LikeAGirl campaign.
He is replacing Maggie FitzPatrick, who left the healthcare giant earlier this year, in the company's top communications role.
Pegasus, the UK's largest comms firm outside of London and second largest in healthcare nationally, has been acquired by FTSE 250-listed healthcare outsourcer UDG Healthcare.
Chicago, Dubai and London medical comms agency Choice Healthcare Solutions (CHS) has been acquired by Chime-owned OPEN Health and will become part of its Succinct operation.
It is the group's first acquisition since it was assembled in February under CEO Karen van Bergen.
London and Edinburgh agency Charlotte Street Partners, whose board includes Roland Rudd and Scottish entrepreneur Sir Angus Grossart, is expanding into the healthcare and investor relations markets.
Freuds has been brought in to work with sister agency Proud Robinson to launch a dementia-fighting CSR initiative from telco giant Deutsche Telekom.
From June, the UK's pharmaceutical industry will publish details of payments made by drugs companies to individual doctors and nurses in a bid to tackle its "biggest reputational challenge".
The Government is engaged in an "attritional war" with the British Medical Association in the long-running junior doctors' dispute, according to Sam Lister, director of comms at the Department of Health.
One of the UK's largest specialist healthcare agencies has opened its first base outside of London, in Brussels.
The Government should steer clear of exploiting any incidents such as patient deaths during the ongoing doctors' strike called by the British Medical Association (BMA), PR professionals have warned.
Writing in The Times today, Justice Secretary Michael Gove has described the European Union as "an economic sinkhole" and a "failing Soviet system", and says that the UK's continued membership of it would constitute a "direct and serious threat" to public services including the NHS.
Hello from the midway point of jury duty at Cannes - we've seen pretty much everything we're here to judge, but we're yet to get to the pointy end of shortlist and silverware selection.
A recent study revealed that the public relations industry is finally, after years of oversight, embracing creativity as a central driving force, with 88 per cent of PR practitioners citing it as fundamental to what they do.
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