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Big Cat Group to work on Birmingham's £150m Grand Central development

Big Cat Group has won the account with the Birmingham City Council-owned £150m Grand Central shopping centre for an initial 12-month period after a three-way competitive pitch.

Liberty wins Geemo account to raise company profile in the UK

Mobile marketing platform Geemo has brought in Liberty as its first PR agency after a competitive pitch.

Jim Donaldson to join FleishmanHillard from Weber Shandwick for top UK role

Jim Donaldson to join FleishmanHillard from Weber Shandwick for top UK role

Jim Donaldson is to join FleishmanHillard from rival agency Weber Shandwick in a new role heading the consultancy's operations in the UK and the Middle East.

Weber Shandwick promotes Phelan and Prager as Donaldson departs

Weber Shandwick promotes Phelan and Prager as Donaldson departs

Weber Shandwick has announced changes to its EMEA team, with the promotion of Joe Phelan and Greg Prager, as EMEA corporate practice chairman Jim Donaldson departs to join rival agency FleishmanHillard.

Lodestone appoints former think-tank comms head Sophie Duder

Lodestone appoints former think-tank comms head Sophie Duder

Sophie Duder will leave her role as head of comms and events at think-tank Demos to join Lodestone Communications as account director.

Madano promotes Michael Evans to managing partner

Madano promotes Michael Evans to managing partner

Madano has promoted partner Michael Evans to managing partner. Evans starts in his new role immediately as part of a restructure in the company's management team.

Redleaf appointed by financial services firm ahead of stock market flotation

Constellation Healthcare Technologies has appointed the financial agency Redleaf PR ahead of flotation on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange.

Bell Pottinger appoints Julie Minns of Three to its political team

Bell Pottinger appoints Julie Minns of Three to its political team

Bell Pottinger has appointed Julie Minns, head of public policy and corporate responsibility at mobile operator Three, as a partner in its political team.

PRCA: CIPR 'wrong' to suggest sector is 'scared' to resist new lobbying disclosures

PRCA: CIPR 'wrong' to suggest sector is 'scared' to resist new lobbying disclosures

The PRCA says rival trade body the CIPR is "wrong" to suggest the industry "should be scared to say no" to calls to voluntarily disclose information on meetings they have with ministers or civil servants as part of the new lobbying register.

Councils take part in local government #OurDay campaign

Councils take part in local government #OurDay campaign

The Local Government Association (LGA) is launching its annual Twitter campaign on Wednesday for councillors and council employees across England and Wales.

Brad Staples to succeed Margery Kraus as APCO Worldwide CEO

Brad Staples to succeed Margery Kraus as APCO Worldwide CEO

CEO and founder Margery Kraus will become executive chairman on January 5, and Evan Kraus will take on the role of president and MD of operations. Neal Cohen will be vice chairman of the board and president of global client strategy.

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.

Kaper appointed by Unilever to run global Maille account

Kaper appointed by Unilever to run global Maille account

Kaper has won a three-way pitch to lead the global PR for Unilever's French mustard brand Maille.

National Army Museum brings in Third City for major redevelopment

National Army Museum brings in Third City for major redevelopment

Third City has been appointed as the first PR agency for the National Army Museum in London.

British American Tobacco to integrate legal and corporate affairs

British American Tobacco to integrate legal and corporate affairs

British American Tobacco (BAT) is to integrate its legal and corporate & regulatory affairs functions from next April, with the new division to be headed by current assistant general counsel Jerome Abelman who will become corporate & regulatory affairs director.

National Trust puts UK PR account up for review

National Trust puts UK PR account up for review

The National Trust (NT) is reviewing its UK consumer account, with incumbent firm Mischief repitching for the work.

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FIFA World Cup reputation assignment too hot for two PR firms

FIFA World Cup reputation assignment too hot for two PR firms

Other agencies are weighing the risks of representing the embattled world soccer body, as well as the controversial host nations: Russia and Qatar.

Supermarket Christmas campaigns: This means war!

Supermarket Christmas campaigns: This means war!

The Christmas marketing war among Britain's retailers increasingly features a central battle between John Lewis and Sainsbury's. Both have launched talkable, even controversial, campaigns for this year.

The Publicis Sapient deal is a harbinger of huge change for the PR industry

The Publicis Sapient deal is a harbinger of huge change for the PR industry

On Monday, Publicis Groupe announced the $3.7bn (£2.3bn) acquisition of Sapient, a move which took the industry by surprise, coming as it did several months after the failed attempt to merge with Omnicom - a deal which would have created a marketing services giant to overtake Sir Martin Sorrell's WPP.

Should 'sin' industries be switching comms specialists for lawyers to minimise risk?

Should 'sin' industries be switching comms specialists for lawyers to minimise risk?

A trend is emerging in which alcohol and tobacco firms are replacing comms specialists with lawyers to negotiate the regulatory landscape, but is this the right move?

The good, the bad and the ugly of supermarket comms

The good, the bad and the ugly of supermarket comms

Supermarkets are hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons again but three examples of customer relations failures show that it's not the size of the mess you make but how you clear it up that makes the most lasting impression.

Who will steer Huntsworth out of stormy waters and can it survive intact?

Who will steer Huntsworth out of stormy waters and can it survive intact?

The future of Huntsworth has become a subject of speculation following the sudden departure of its chairman Lord Myners, together with the expected retirement of its chief executive Lord Chadlington and a gloomy financial performance.

When does a brand partnership become a toxic relationship?

When does a brand partnership become a toxic relationship?

Greenpeace's success in forcing Lego to stop making Shell-branded toys shows that brands need to be wise to public sentiment when agreeing long-term partnerships.

Public health communicators weigh up approach to Ebola threat

Public health communicators weigh up approach to Ebola threat

Ebola has arrived in Europe and the World Health Organization warns that new cases on this continent are inevitable. So how will health agencies communicate the threat level without causing public panic?

Scandal and defections test Tory comms machine

Scandal and defections test Tory comms machine

Was the Conservative media response to a damaging sex scandal and UKIP defection up to scratch? Ian Griggs asks the experts what they thought of the tactics.

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Chambord narrows search for UK consumer PR agency

Chambord narrows search for UK consumer PR agency

US wine and spirits company Brown-Forman has shortlisted agencies to compete for consumer work for its raspberry liqueur brand Chambord, which is understood to be worth £120,000 annually.

Croatian National Tourist Board launches tender for international PR agency

Croatian National Tourist Board launches tender for international PR agency

The Croatian National Tourist Board (CNTB) is inviting agencies to pitch for its international PR account.

Airbnb set to appoint new UK consumer PR agency

Airbnb set to appoint new UK consumer PR agency

Accommodation-sharing business Airbnb has invited agencies to pitch for its UK PR work, which it is understood incumbent Freuds has decided not to defend.

AutoTrader prepares consumer PR agency review

AutoTrader prepares consumer PR agency review

AutoTrader, the online marketplace for new and used cars, is expected to start a search for a new consumer PR agency in the coming weeks after giving notice to Citizen.

Recent European PR news

Global agencies line up for "mission impossible" World Cup brief

Global agencies line up for "mission impossible" World Cup brief

FIFA has lined up at least five global PR agencies to compete for the job of reassuring fans and sponsors about the next two locations for the World Cup - Russia in 2018 and Qatar in 2022 - amid yet more controversy over its handling of corruption allegations.

Havas turns in 6% organic growth

Havas turns in 6% organic growth

Maitland, Cake and Havas PR parent company Havas has reported overall organic growth of 6 per cent in its third quarter results.

Weber Shandwick EMEA creative chief Gabriela Lungu departs

Weber Shandwick EMEA creative chief Gabriela Lungu departs

Gabriela Lungu, the EMEA chief creative officer at Weber Shandwick, is leaving the agency six months after it acquired Swedish creative powerhouse Prime.

Maurice Lévy outlines impact of Sapient deal on PR

Maurice Lévy outlines impact of Sapient deal on PR

Maurice Lévy, the chief executive of Publicis Groupe, has told PRWeek his £2.3bn deal to buy Sapient will benefit the company's clients and its individual business, such as PR group MSL.

Maine Tourism seeks PR firm to bring in more visitors

Maine Tourism seeks PR firm to bring in more visitors

Maine's Tourism Office is looking to sign a firm for public and media relations support to help promote travel to the state.