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Cirkle wins six-figure account to launch women's health product

Cirkle wins six-figure account to launch women's health product

Cirkle has been appointed by BMR (Bio-Medical Research) Health to launch its women's health innovation aimed at coping with bladder weakness called Femifree.

Abchurch to handle PR for Quantum Pharma ahead of AIM flotation

Abchurch to handle PR for Quantum Pharma ahead of AIM flotation

City agency Abchurch Communications has been appointed to handle PR for Quantum Pharma ahead of its IPO, which is billed as the biggest AIM flotation in the pharmaceutical sector this year.

Creston reports "good growth" as revenue lifts 5%

Creston reports "good growth" as revenue lifts 5%

Creston, the UK-listed marketing and PR group, has reported a five per cent rise in half-year revenue to £37.3m, with the company buoyed by "good growth" and the addition of several major clients.

Back from West Africa, UNICEF's crisis comms chief explains fighting Ebola with information

Back from West Africa, UNICEF's crisis comms chief explains fighting Ebola with information

UNICEF's goal: demystifying Ebola to audiences around the world.

Highland Marketing wins Niche Health account for UK product launch

Highland Marketing wins Niche Health account for UK product launch

Highland Marketing has been brought in to launch a product by software development company Niche Health, which allows GPs to securely transfer patient information to third parties electronically.

Virgo Health announces senior promotions and Meda Pharma account win

Virgo Health announces senior promotions and Meda Pharma account win

Virgo Health's consumer health and wellbeing division has promoted two of its existing team, as well as winning a competitive pitch for the Meda Pharma account.

M&C Saatchi and Freuds partnership wins government health contract pitch

M&C Saatchi and Freuds partnership wins government health contract pitch

Public Health England (PHE) has awarded its consumer engagement brief to M&C Saatchi with Freuds, which was unable to pitch directly, as a sub-contractor.

Waggener Edstrom in pro bono work for baby charity Tommy's

Waggener Edstrom in pro bono work for baby charity Tommy's

Waggener Edstrom has been appointed by baby charity Tommy's to conduct a UK-wide survey of midwives.

Aileen Thompson to lead comms for pharma industry body

Aileen Thompson to lead comms for pharma industry body

Aileen Thompson, the former corporate comms director at Vodafone UK, is joining the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) as director of comms.

Cirkle hires director of consumer and wins Nature's Way account

Cirkle hires director of consumer and wins Nature's Way account

Kate Gibson has joined Cirkle as director of consumer as the agency wins a new account with US natural healthcare brand, Nature's Way.

Emma Eatwell rejoins Hanover as head of healthcare in Brussels

Public and corporate affairs agency Hanover has rehired Emma Eatwell, who left in April 2013 to join healthcare business Swedish Orphan Biovitrum as head of public policy and advocacy.

Pegasus wins PRWeek's Consultancy of the Year

Pegasus wins PRWeek's Consultancy of the Year

Pegasus triumphed at the PRWeek Awards 2014 by landing the prestigious Consultancy of the Year prize.

Results PR represents cancer treatment client involved in Ashya King story

Results PR represents cancer treatment client involved in Ashya King story

A company offering the cancer treatment allegedly denied to Ashya King, the boy with a brain tumour taken from hospital without doctors' consent by his parents, is working with Results PR.

Siegel+Gale study: Healthcare brands need to better connect with consumers

The branding firm surveyed 1,100 consumers in the US and UK, who rated healthcare areas such as primary-care physicians and specialists, pharmaceutical companies, health insurers, hospitals, and pharmacies.

Empire State Building, childhood cancer groups joust on social over #EmpireGoGold effort

Empire State Building, childhood cancer groups joust on social over #EmpireGoGold effort

Pediatric cancer organizations say the Empire State Building has unfairly shot down their requests to light the landmark gold for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Meanwhile, the building's management says its employees are being bullied.

Opinion and features

NHS plans could be a win-win for patients and PR

NHS plans could be a win-win for patients and PR

A radical new blueprint for the NHS has been received positively but the rate of change depends on the outcome of 2015's election.

Agency Doctor: actions speak louder than words

Agency Doctor: actions speak louder than words

The launch of the PRWeek Power Book 2015 is the perfect time to review your leadership style.

The top 40: A snapshot of the industry

The top 40: A snapshot of the industry

A study of the top 40 UK-headquartered consultancies' 2013 financials paints a surprisingly gloomy picture of the industry. But things are looking brighter for independent agencies and those that have embraced digital.

From the editor-in-chief: It's a case of power to (and from) the people

From the editor-in-chief: It's a case of power to (and from) the people

Many sectors describe themselves as 'a people business'. But this particular industry can stake a unique claim.

Postcard from South Africa

Postcard from South Africa

South Africa presents massive opportunities as well as challenges, says Elian Wiener, founder and CEO of Epic Communications.

Agency Doctor: ensure your objectives are made to measure

Agency Doctor: ensure your objectives are made to measure

There are many tools that can help you evaluate your campaigns, but they will only work if your objectives can be measured.

How we adapted our comms contingency plans for Ebola scenario

How we adapted our comms contingency plans for Ebola scenario

Last month's high-profile Ebola simulation was routine for public health dangers, writes the Department of Health's director of comms.

Running an agency: Six legal questions to answer

Running an agency: Six legal questions to answer

Running an agency is exciting but it is easy to forget to make provisions for when things go wrong. Follow this guide to avoid a legal minefield.

Postcard from Nigeria

Postcard from Nigeria

The PR industry has massive potential in Africa's biggest economy but there is still work to be done, says Nn'emeka Maduegbuna, chairman and CEO, C&F Porter Novelli, Nigeria.

Recent healthcare people moves

Palm PR makes senior appointments from Bell Pottinger, FleishmanHillard and Clarion

Palm PR makes senior appointments from Bell Pottinger, FleishmanHillard and Clarion

Specialist food and drink agency Palm PR has expanded its team with three senior appointments.

Ketchum takes majority stake in longtime Brazilian affiliate

Ketchum takes majority stake in longtime Brazilian affiliate

The Omnicom Group agency's longtime partner in Brazil, Ketchum Estratégia, will rebrand as Ketchum.

Tamzen Isacsson to head comms for British motor industry body

Tamzen Isacsson to head comms for British motor industry body

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) is turning to a senior PR figure from the body responsible for promoting London to boost the international profile of the British motor industry.

Blue Rubicon sends Chris Lauwerys out to Qatar as third director

Blue Rubicon sends Chris Lauwerys out to Qatar as third director

UK-headquartered comms consultancy Blue Rubicon has promoted Chris Lauwerys, an associate director in its London office, to be a director of its Qatar business.