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Chew More Than Tea picks Alexander PR ahead of £4m launch

Chew More Than Tea picks Alexander PR ahead of £4m launch

Alexander PR has been appointed by Chew More Than Tea, an urban green tea bar, ahead of the £4m launch of its first outlets in London.

Newsmaker: Patten, The Vatican and the populist Pope

Newsmaker: Patten, The Vatican and the populist Pope

The Vatican, an institution not best known for its culture of openness, has announced the formation of an11-strong committee to be led by Chris Patten that will oversee the modernisation of its communications.

Mining town charity appoints Open to boost profile after funding cut

Mining town charity appoints Open to boost profile after funding cut

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust, a charity working with people who live in former mining towns and villages, has appointed Open Communications to help raise its profile as its government funding comes to an end.

The in-house view: Clients left "disillusioned" by agencies shifting teams post-pitch

The in-house view: Clients left "disillusioned" by agencies shifting teams post-pitch

In the wake of a survey showing that agencies are still prone to switching their teams between pitching for business and working on it, PRWeek sampled the views of in-house PRs to see just how widespread the practice is.

Flack: Seeing double at Frank PR

Flack: Seeing double at Frank PR

If you're out and about at an industry event, make sure that you're on your best behaviour, because the mysterious Flack is back.

Publicis takes stake in African network AG Partners

Publicis takes stake in African network AG Partners

AG Partners encompasses 14 agencies in 13 countries including Benin, the Central African Republic, Congo, Gabon, and Togo. Its services range from creative and digital to PR and media and it is focused on growing and developing brands in French-speaking Africa.

Peter Wilson-Smith set to leave Quiller Consultants

Peter Wilson-Smith set to leave Quiller Consultants

Quiller is set to lose financial specialist Peter Wilson-Smith in the second major departure to hit the Huntsworth agency in days.

Company behind NASA super computer hires Atomic PR

Company behind NASA super computer hires Atomic PR

The company that built the first super computer at NASA has appointed Atomic PR to drive awareness of its expertise in developing the world's most powerful computers.

Bitcoin Foundation hires Thorsen French Advocacy for Washington lobbying

Bitcoin Foundation hires Thorsen French Advocacy for Washington lobbying

The Bitcoin Foundation has appointed lobbying company Thorsen French Advocacy on a retained basis to help press its interests in Washington DC.

Renewable supplier Good Energy raids Whitehall to challenge Big Six

Renewable supplier Good Energy raids Whitehall to challenge Big Six

Renewable energy supplier Good Energy has brought in former Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) chief press officer Emily Towers to lead its communication team as it seeks to challenge the Big Six.

Post-pitch staff churn still an agency issue, survey finds

Post-pitch staff churn still an agency issue, survey finds

Four in ten agencies may change teams between pitching for a brief and working on it, a new study has found.

Kaper hires Cancer Research UK's head of PR Nicola Dodd

Kaper hires Cancer Research UK's head of PR Nicola Dodd

Cancer Research UK's head of PR and social media Nicola Dodd has been hired to a newly created role as director at Kaper.

Good Morning Britain presenter Kate Garraway hires Dundas

Good Morning Britain presenter Kate Garraway hires Dundas

Dundas Communications has been appointed by TV presenter Kate Garraway to look after her press and publicity.

Mars creates chief health, wellbeing officer role

Mars creates chief health, wellbeing officer role

Sandler will manage health initiatives for all Mars brands, which span confectionary and savory foods and include Skittles, Orbit Gum, and Uncle Ben's.

The Drum Consultancy pays off journalist following plagiarism claims

The Drum Consultancy pays off journalist following plagiarism claims

The Drum Consultancy is facing accusations that it plagiarised several stories by journalists and rewrote them as press releases, including quotes sourced by reporters that it reattributed to its clients.

Vatican hires ex-BBC Trust head Chris Patten to modernise comms

Vatican hires ex-BBC Trust head Chris Patten to modernise comms

Chris Patten is to lead a committee to advise Pope Francis on how to modernise the Holy See's media strategy, the Vatican announced today.

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Businesses voice fear over "ticking time bomb" of social media

Businesses voice fear over "ticking time bomb" of social media

A new study of 500 UK businesses has revealed the extent to which social media are viewed as a "ticking time bomb", with three-quarters of firms flagging up negative content as their biggest single problem online.

Is Freuds' six-figure public health contract facing the end of the line?

Is Freuds' six-figure public health contract facing the end of the line?

Freuds, one of the great survivors of government budget cuts, is having to fight to keep hold of public health communications work that has earned it at least £700,000 in recent months.

How Walmart decided to take a red pen to a New York Times op-ed

How Walmart decided to take a red pen to a New York Times op-ed

Walmart's comms team lives by the mantra "no free shots." So when it read an op-ed in The New York Times it felt was unfair, the retailer punched back in a unique way.

Newsmaker: Former Gove adviser Dominic Cummings attacks Number 10

Newsmaker: Former Gove adviser Dominic Cummings attacks Number 10

Describing David Cameron as "bumbling" and Craig Oliver as "just clueless" seems to be in character for a man whom people describe as a "tribal" operator.

Always-on news environment ups the ante for White House press secretary

Always-on news environment ups the ante for White House press secretary

Americans' news-consumption habits are changing quickly, and with them, so is the job of White House press secretary.

Net neutrality comms battle will define Web's future

Net neutrality comms battle will define Web's future

The future of the Internet hangs in the balance due to an ongoing battle between telecoms giants and the technology industry - and each side is taking a very different approach to telling their story.

PR's role in the multibillion dollar dance between AstraZeneca and Pfizer

PR's role in the multibillion dollar dance between AstraZeneca and Pfizer

PRWeek looks into the work of the key communicators on the opposing sides during US drugs company Pfizer's £69bn play for unwilling UK takeover target AstraZeneca.

Public affairs experts react to UKIP's early local election gains

Public affairs experts react to UKIP's early local election gains

Early results from the local elections have shown gains for UKIP, with leader Nigel Farage this morning claiming his party will be "serious players" at the General Election in 2015.

What happens when a song and dance goes up in the air?

What happens when a song and dance goes up in the air?

Asian airlines face flak for entertaining passengers on flight

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Property giant CBRE reviews EMEA relationship with FTI

Property giant CBRE reviews EMEA relationship with FTI

Global real estate powerhouse CBRE is reviewing its 14-year-old relationship with FTI Consulting for PR across EMEA and the UK.

NHS eyes up additional PR support amid commissioning drive

NHS eyes up additional PR support amid commissioning drive

The NHS is considering creating an additional comms roster as the service continues to shift in the wake of last year's structural reforms.

Quiller on alert as HSBC trawls for UK public affairs agency

Quiller on alert as HSBC trawls for UK public affairs agency

Global banking giant HSBC has kicked off a review of its UK public affairs agency requirements, which have been handled by Quiller since 2009.

Natural History Museum seeks agency help amid fundraising drive

Natural History Museum seeks agency help amid fundraising drive

The Natural History Museum is set to court PR agencies as it seeks to establish "more effective positioning" of its brand.

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PETA to target bull run tourists with Grim Reaper protest

PETA to target bull run tourists with Grim Reaper protest

Animal protection charity PETA is targeting tourists and other festivalgoers with a 100-strong protest tomorrow ahead of the Running of the Bulls at the San Fermín festival in Pamplona.

Hit or Miss? BNP Paribas pleads guilty over US sanction violations

Hit or Miss? BNP Paribas pleads guilty over US sanction violations

France's largest bank BNP Paribas this week agreed to pay a $8.97bn settlement over US allegations of sanctions violations, the largest settlement for a such a case in US history.

Global giant Tata assembles European corporate affairs team

Global giant Tata assembles European corporate affairs team

The Indian conglomerate behind 19 UK companies including Jaguar Land Rover and Tetley Tea is building a central corporate and public affairs team for the UK and Europe.

Ibiza Rocks picks John Doe for PR brief

Ibiza Rocks picks John Doe for PR brief

Entertainment and lifestyle brand, Ibiza Rocks, has given John Doe a brief to promote the range of services the company has to offer.

WPP PR, public affairs revenue up 1.7% in January-through-May period

WPP PR, public affairs revenue up 1.7% in January-through-May period

WPP's PR and public affairs revenue was up 1.7% in the first five months of the year compared with 2013 on a like-for-like basis. North American revenue was up 4.6%, like-for-like, while the UK grew 7%.