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Lewis PR raises $27m in funding

Lewis PR raises $27m in funding

CEO Chris Lewis said the firm is looking into acquisitions in the US, China, and India, among other markets.

Conservatives top 'Polifiller' manifesto check with 200 clichés

Conservatives top 'Polifiller' manifesto check with 200 clichés

The Conservative Party's 'Big Society' mantra came out on top after Houston PR ran all available party manifestos through its 'automated political cliché removal tool'.

Bupa reviews contract with Brunswick as it puts out reputation building and financial comms brief

Bupa reviews contract with Brunswick as it puts out reputation building and financial comms brief

Healthcare company Bupa is looking for one or two UK agencies that have a global network, for a two-way brief involving reputation building and financial comms.

The language of politicians is turning off voters, according to poll

The language of politicians is turning off voters, according to poll

Research by Golin, in association with the polling organisation Toluna, found that a third of the British electorate trust candidates less when they lapse into buzzwords and "politician-speak".

Freedom Brewery drafts in LightBrigade to handle consumer PR

Freedom Brewery drafts in LightBrigade to handle consumer PR

LightBrigade has won a competitive pitch to run Freedom Brewery's press office and engage a broad consumer audience.

KINC called in to steer Dunlop Tyres rebrand

KINC called in to steer Dunlop Tyres rebrand

Dunlop Tyres has appointed KINC to support its new brand positioning strategy, following a competitive pitch.

Bundaberg Ginger Beer appoints Kaper for UK launch

Bundaberg Ginger Beer appoints Kaper for UK launch

Australia's Bundaberg Brewed Drinks has brought in Kaper to promote its ginger beer brand in the UK, following a competitive pitch.

Rain Communications beefs up team with appointment of 25-year veteran

Rain Communications beefs up team with appointment of 25-year veteran

Lara Turner-Tompkins has joined Rain Communications as a senior consultant.

Chinese dating site hires Ignite PR for UK launch

Chinese dating site hires Ignite PR for UK launch

Dating website 2RedBeans has retained Ignite PR as it looks to break into the European market, starting with the UK.

It's official: Steve Dowling succeeds Katie Cotton as Apple's comms leader

It's official: Steve Dowling succeeds Katie Cotton as Apple's comms leader

The technology giant dropped the "interim" from Dowling's title this week.

Labour pledges to end "scandalous" long-term unpaid internships

Labour pledges to end "scandalous" long-term unpaid internships

Labour's plan to end long-term unpaid internships if it wins the election has been welcomed by the PRCA.

Canadian firm offers '.sucks' domain to brands for $2,500 annual charge

Canadian company Vox Populi Registry is now in command of the latest - and highly controversial - generic Top-Level Domain, '.sucks'.

Heathrow appoints Red, Hope & Glory and Cow to consumer roster

Heathrow appoints Red, Hope & Glory and Cow to consumer roster

Heathrow Airport has appointed Red Consultancy, Hope & Glory and Cow PR to its new consumer agency roster, replacing Mischief and Surname & Surname.

Aisle 8 to handle PR for online retailer Atterley Road

Aisle 8 to handle PR for online retailer Atterley Road

Retailer Atterley Road has chosen Aisle 8 to handle its public relations.

Alexander PR lands comms and marketing role for Stephen Fry film adaptation

Alexander PR lands comms and marketing role for Stephen Fry film adaptation

Alexander PR has been appointed by film producer The Electric Shadow Company to handle product placement and promotional activities for upcoming film The Hippopotamus.

Vevo calls in DawBell PR and appoints UK comms manager Dot Levine

Music video hosting service Vevo has appointed DawBell PR for a consumer and trade media brief, while hiring Dot Levine from UK Music as its new comms manager.

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Beware the pitfalls of debate: The personal comms of David Cameron and Ed Miliband

Beware the pitfalls of debate: The personal comms of David Cameron and Ed Miliband

It is already received wisdom that the general election result is too close to call, with a host of smaller parties entering the fray and creating havoc for the calculations of the main contenders. But in the end, only David Cameron or Ed Miliband can realistically become Prime Minister and, while the UK electorate votes for parties rather than prime ministers, some argue that personalities will have the largest effect on which party the electorate votes for. On the eve of the hotly anticipated seven-way debate between the party leaders, PRWeek looks at a month in the comms strategies of Cameron and Miliband, how they resonate with voters and, crucially, what they should do next.

Purdah: how can government comms teams and PA firms navigate pre-election restrictions?

Purdah: how can government comms teams and PA firms navigate pre-election restrictions?

Purdah describes a pre-election period when restrictions are placed on the activity of civil servants. Ahead of the purdah period, which starts on Monday alongside the dissolution of Parliament, PRWeek takes a look at what the challenges are for professionals during this time of restricted communication.

PR in the dock: Nearly 70 per cent of the general public does not trust the industry

PR in the dock: Nearly 70 per cent of the general public does not trust the industry

It is often said, with much hand-wringing, that the PR industry has a PR problem but this is usually within the context of arguments about why PRs do not have a seat at the top table or command the same budgets as counterparts in marketing or advertising. But the alarming results of an exclusive survey for PRWeek show that PR itself has a reputational deficit to navigate, with nearly 70 per cent of the general public saying it does not trust its practitioners.

Why are there so few female leaders in PR?

Why are there so few female leaders in PR?

Following International Women's Day last Sunday and to coincide with our women's issue, PRWeek asks why an industry that is two-thirds female has such clear imbalances when it comes to senior roles and pay equality. We spoke to senior women in the industry about the main barriers women in PR face, why we should do something about it, and what steps the industry can take to tackle this issue.

A third of PR people have experienced mental ill health so what is the industry going to do about it?

A third of PR people have experienced mental ill health so what is the industry going to do about it?

More than a third of people working in PR and comms have experienced or been diagnosed with mental ill health and a majority would not feel comfortable talking to their boss about it, according to a survey carried out for PRWeek by the PRCA. Meanwhile, a CIPR State of the Profession report this week found that more than half of senior managers in PR are either "extremely stressed" or "very stressed" in their roles.

The pitfalls of sprinkling celebrity stardust on brands

The pitfalls of sprinkling celebrity stardust on brands

Children's charity Barnardo's came under fire this week after The Sun accused the charity of paying reality TV star 'Binky' Felstead £20,000 for promoting the charity on Instagram. PRWeek commissioned research to gauge the impact of the incident on the charity and asked celebrity endorsement specialists to give their view on the use of high-profile people to promote brands

How Britain's banks can fix their reputations in aftermath of HSBC tax scandal: PR experts give their views

How Britain's banks can fix their reputations in aftermath of HSBC tax scandal: PR experts give their views

The media firestorm over HSBC has highlighted one of the worst excesses in banking since the financial crisis of 2008. The revelations have created a toxic vortex, threatening to suck in all who come to be associated with it, including political parties of all stripes. But the current crisis only serves to cement an already strong feeling among the public that banks cannot be trusted and the road to redemption just got longer for the whole sector. PRWeek spoke to senior figures in financial and corporate comms to get their take on the scale of the damage and whether it can even be repaired.

Is this the first integrated general election campaign?

Is this the first integrated general election campaign?

This week, the starting pistol was fired on the 100-day countdown to the general election on 7 May. The field is clear for an extraordinary pitched battle that is both wide open and likely to see the smaller parties, such as UKIP, the Scottish Nationalist Party and the Green Party, take a greater share of the popular vote than at any time in history. But what are the tools that the parties need to win?

How do you solve a problem like Tesco?

How do you solve a problem like Tesco?

Tesco's recent troubles read like a horror story: an accounting scandal that has forced huge changes at the top, a plummeting share price, falling sales and lost consumer confidence as shoppers turn to discount retailers such as Lidl and Aldi.

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Vauxhall Motors puts consumer brief up for grabs

Vauxhall Motors puts consumer brief up for grabs

Vauxhall Motors has issued a brief for its consumer PR account, with incumbent agency John Doe set to repitch for the work.

Danone drafts in Havas PR to promote awards and Science Museum exhibit

Danone drafts in Havas PR to promote awards and Science Museum exhibit

Havas PR has won two briefs from Danone and has been retained to manage the firm's national PR for the Danone Nations Cup football competition.

uSwitch on hunt for energy business support

uSwitch on hunt for energy business support

Price comparison and switching service uSwitch.com has sent out a brief for its energy business, which is currently handled by Lansons.

See.Saw bags 12-month retainer to relaunch Zeo

See.Saw bags 12-month retainer to relaunch Zeo

Premium soft drinks brand Zeo has awarded See.Saw Communications a 12-month retainer.

Recent European PR news

Consumers in HK and China view innovation in brands differently

Consumers in HK and China view innovation in brands differently

Consumers in Hong Kong and China view the concept of 'innovation' differently from, not just the rest of the world, but each other, finds a five-market study by Ketchum.

Greek government has twice the support of Germany on social media

Greek government has twice the support of Germany on social media

Germany's minister of finance Wolfgang Schäuble is the most unpopular figure in the bail-out debate and the Greek prime minister and finance minister have double the support of the German chancellor Angela Merkel, according to research by Talkwalker.

Publicis Groupe expects return to 'satisfactory' growth in 2015 after strong Q4

Publicis Groupe expects return to 'satisfactory' growth in 2015 after strong Q4

Publicis Groupe expects to return to "more satisfactory levels of growth" in 2015 as it reports a strong end to 2014.

Kyne hires three senior staffers to lead new LA and Dublin offices

Kyne hires three senior staffers to lead new LA and Dublin offices

Kyne is bringing its healthcare PR expertise to the West Coast and to Europe, with new operations launching in Los Angeles and Dublin, Ireland.

Publicis Groupe extends deadline for Sapient deal again

Publicis Groupe extends deadline for Sapient deal again

Publicis Groupe has extended the deadline for Sapient shareholders to accept its $3.7 billion offer for a fourth time.