Labour's plan to end long-term unpaid internships if it wins the election has been welcomed by the PRCA.
Canadian company Vox Populi Registry is now in command of the latest - and highly controversial - generic Top-Level Domain, '.sucks'.
Heathrow Airport has appointed Red Consultancy, Hope & Glory and Cow PR to its new consumer agency roster, replacing Mischief and Surname & Surname.
Retailer Atterley Road has chosen Aisle 8 to handle its public relations.
Alexander PR has been appointed by film producer The Electric Shadow Company to handle product placement and promotional activities for upcoming film The Hippopotamus.
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.
Paul Blackburn, former joint owner and MD of Publicis Life Brands Resolute, has set up an executive search firm called People Gallery, targeting top-ranking PRs across various disciplines.
From 21 April, mobile-friendliness will carry more weight in mobile Google search rankings.
Vauxhall Motors has issued a brief for its consumer PR account, with incumbent agency John Doe set to repitch for the work.
Bourne Leisure, the UK short-break hotel company, which owns Warner Leisure, Haven Holidays and Butlins, has hired Bottle PR for a social media brief following a five-way pitch.
PR spend in Q1 2015 has dropped by 1.5 per cent, while marketing budgets will grow for a tenth successive quarter, according to the latest IPA Bellwether Report.
The UK retail lifestyle brand Joules has appointed Hudson Sandler to boost its national profile.
Staff from Bell Pottinger, Hanover and FleishmanHillard are among those from public affairs agencies standing as parliamentary candidates at the general election, PRWeek has learned.
3D printer manufacturer XYZprinting has put PHA Media in charge of its comms in the UK, following a competitive pitch.
Independent global comms agency Aspectus has relocated its London office from High Holborn to Old Street's Tech City.
Only seven out of 19 European countries have measures in place to regulate lobbying, according to a comprehensive report by Transparency International (TI).
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 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.
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.
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?
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.
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
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.
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?
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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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.
Price comparison and switching service uSwitch.com has sent out a brief for its energy business, which is currently handled by Lansons.
Premium soft drinks brand Zeo has awarded See.Saw Communications a 12-month retainer.
Italian fashion brand Replay has hired Instinct PR to handle comms, initially on a 12-month retainer.
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.
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 to return to "more satisfactory levels of growth" in 2015 as it reports a strong end to 2014.
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 has extended the deadline for Sapient shareholders to accept its $3.7 billion offer for a fourth time.