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The Prince's Trust and CHI & Partners launch Learn The Hard Way on LinkedIn

The Prince's Trust and CHI & Partners launch Learn The Hard Way on LinkedIn

LinkedIn is being used as a key platform to launch an integrated PR and marketing campaign for The Prince's Trust to encourage employers to consider young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Holler founder Simon Hankin joins Exposure as MD of social media

Holler founder Simon Hankin joins Exposure as MD of social media

Exposure has hired the founding partner of digital agency Holler, Simon Hankin, in a new role as managing director of digital and social media.

Alquity Investment Management appoints MHP

Alquity Investment Management, the 'ethical' investment firm that donates up to 25 per cent of its fee revenue to help build businesses in developing countries, has appointed MHP Communications following a competitive pitch.

Ogilvy partners with Nordic.Agency to expand footprint in Scandinavian market

Ogilvy partners with Nordic.Agency to expand footprint in Scandinavian market

Ogilvy Public Relations has teamed up with Scandinavian digital agency Nordic.Agency to boost its expertise in the region.

Kia Motors UK drops Publicasity for Kazoo following six-way pitch

Kia Motors UK drops Publicasity for Kazoo following six-way pitch

Kia Motors UK has appointed Kazoo to handle PR activity on a retained contract, after a six-way pitch including incumbent Publicasity, which held the account for the past seven years.

Conservatives favour Facebook while Labour prefers Twitter as 'social' election battle hots up

Conservatives favour Facebook while Labour prefers Twitter as 'social' election battle hots up

The Conservatives are favouring Facebook in their election campaign while Labour is more adept at using Twitter, a new study shows.

Hill+Knowlton boosts tech team with Waggener Edstrom's Chris Gibbs

Hill+Knowlton boosts tech team with Waggener Edstrom's Chris Gibbs

Hill+Knowlton Strategies has hired Chris Gibbs from Waggener Edstrom (WE) as an associate director in its technology arm as the group builds the division under the leadership of Charlie Morgan.

UP Communications wins account with celebrity hair stylist Nicky Clarke

UP Communications has won the retained contract for the product range and salon brand from high-profile hair stylist Nicky Clarke following a three-way competitive pitch.

Twitter launches 30-second video facility

Twitter launches 30-second video facility

Twitter has launched a service that lets users record, edit and share videos lasting up to 30 seconds.

H&M's Cos brings John Doe into the fold in US expansion

H&M's Cos brings John Doe into the fold in US expansion

The brand debuted in the US in Los Angeles in November.

Most PR clients do not promote ethical practices, says Question & Retain survey

Just one in three PR agency clients actively incorporate ethical and responsible practices into their comms activities, according to a survey of more than 600 agency CEOs and MDs.

Anchor appoints Stand Agency and Four Communications

Anchor appoints Stand Agency and Four Communications

Anchor, the not-for-profit provider of housing and care for older people, has brought in Stand Agency to run its charity press office and Four Communications to manage its specialist property PR portfolio.

HotelPlanner books Burson-Marsteller as first PR agency partner

HotelPlanner books Burson-Marsteller as first PR agency partner

Burson is helping HotelPlanner boost brand awareness and starting to advise it on social media.

Up to 26 million people see Smear for Smear lipstick selfie campaign in 24 hours

Up to 26 million people see Smear for Smear lipstick selfie campaign in 24 hours

The Smear for Smear social media campaign to encourage women to take smear tests by sharing 'lipstick smear selfies' was seen by up to 26 million people in the first 24 hours, its organisers claim.

Cosworth hires Sine Qua Non for global brief

Cosworth hires Sine Qua Non for global brief

Cosworth, the engineering and manufacturing group, has appointed Sine Qua Non International (SQN) to support its global PR activities in 2015.

Almost half of FTSE 100 corporate comms directors are female, survey finds

The gender split of corporate comms directors across the FTSE 100 was almost equal in 2014, according to a survey by headhunters Watson Helsby.

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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.

How can British Islam overturn the upsurge in negative sentiment towards it?

How can British Islam overturn the upsurge in negative sentiment towards it?

It could be argued that it has never been more important for the representatives of Islam in the UK to communicate the religion's true purpose to both Muslims and non-Muslims, against a backdrop of negative media coverage and a hostile public using social media to criticise it. Three leading figures from the Islamic community in the UK have spoken to PRWeek about the comms challenge of how to improve the reputation of the religion.

Christmas trading figures: Did the big retailer campaigns deliver?

Christmas trading figures: Did the big retailer campaigns deliver?

The tinsel has been packed away for another year, the tree has been recycled and most people are reeling from festive overspend and looking at how to survive January on the contents of their freezers. With four major retailers releasing trading figures this week, PRWeek assesses how their Christmas campaigns translated into sales, with the help of Andrew Bloch, founder of consumer PR agency Frank PR.

Uber, World Cup, Huntsworth, Engine: News from 2014 in review

Uber, World Cup, Huntsworth, Engine: News from 2014 in review

2014 has been a busy year for the PR industry. Here PRWeek looks back on some of the stories that hit the headlines...

Spectacular gaffes: Sydney debacle adds to Uber's woeful run

Spectacular gaffes: Sydney debacle adds to Uber's woeful run

'Uber' is a prefix denoting an outstanding or supreme example of a particular kind of person or thing. Unfortunately, the company of the same name has been outstanding for all the wrong reasons.

Sluts, breastfeeding and immigrants on the M4: Lambert has a job on his hands with UKIP's comms role

Sluts, breastfeeding and immigrants on the M4: Lambert has a job on his hands with UKIP's comms role

Sluts not cleaning behind fridges, women breastfeeding in the corner and immigrants clogging up the M4. Every time Nigel Farage or members of his party make such statements, the 'Metropolitan elite' they deride throws up its hands in horror with a look of disbelief. But what sounds like a gaffe to some is music to the ears of UKIP's supporters and plays straight into the anti-politics 'everyman' image of Farage and his party. So why has UKIP chosen this moment to up its game with the appointment of BBC veteran Paul Lambert as director of communications?

Experts weigh in on Uber fallout in India

Experts weigh in on Uber fallout in India

Delhi has banned Uber after a female passenger reported she was raped by one of its contracted drivers, adding to the string of crises surrounding the San Francisco startup. We asked India-based PR experts to weigh in.

Harvey Nichols' budget Christmas campaign relies on smart PR rather than big media spend

Harvey Nichols' budget Christmas campaign relies on smart PR rather than big media spend

Ironically for a firm which sells £2,000 handbags, Harvey Nichols has unveiled a Christmas campaign with far less money behind it than other retailers have deployed, meaning that it has had to rely instead on clever PR techniques and viral shareability.

John Lewis' festive campaign is the talk of social media

John Lewis' festive campaign is the talk of social media

With a few weeks to go before Christmas, fresh sentiment analysis for PRWeek shows that the John Lewis and Sainsbury's highly integrated festive campaigns are dominating the social media conversation, leaving the other major retailers trailing.

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Spotify drops M&C Saatchi PR and seeks UK consumer agency

Spotify drops M&C Saatchi PR and seeks UK consumer agency

Digital music service Spotify is looking for a new consumer PR agency as it ends its relationship with M&C Saatchi PR, which also covered Spotify's corporate and b2b accounts.

Airbnb appoints Hope&Glory as consumer PR agency

Airbnb appoints Hope&Glory as consumer PR agency

Hope&Glory has won a pitch to work on a community-driven brief for hospitality company Airbnb.

Skoda hunts for new UK consumer agency

Skoda hunts for new UK consumer agency

Volkswagen-owned car brand Skoda has shortlisted two consumer PR agencies after speaking with 10 agencies for a UK brief.

Tourism Australia puts out tender for international agency panels

Tourism Australia puts out tender for international agency panels

Tourism Australia (TA) has issued a PR tender following a global review, in a move to set up an international panel model.

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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.

Telefónica hires Citigate Dewe Rogerson as Hutchison targets O2 acquisition

Telefónica hires Citigate Dewe Rogerson as Hutchison targets O2 acquisition

Financial and corporate comms agency Citigate Dewe Rogerson is understood to be working with Telefónica around industry consolidation as Hutchison Whampoa (HW), the Hong Kong-based owner of UK network Three, targets a £9.25bn acquisition of its UK business O2.

John Doe to handle UK PR for Festival Republic's Berlin Festival, Benicassim and Lollapalooza

John Doe to handle UK PR for Festival Republic's Berlin Festival, Benicassim and Lollapalooza

John Doe has been appointed to handle UK PR for three major European music festivals from Festival Republic, the music promoter behind Reading and Leeds festivals, following a competitive pitch between five agencies.

Havas bolsters health network with Bird & Schulte buy

Havas bolsters health network with Bird & Schulte buy

Less than a month after acquiring Formula PR, Havas has bought Germany-based healthcare specialist firm Bird & Schulte Advertising.

US regulatory delays force Publicis Groupe to wait on Sapient deal

US regulatory delays force Publicis Groupe to wait on Sapient deal

The Paris-based holding company has given shareholders more time to approve the deal.