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Three restructures corporate comms amid senior departures

Three restructures corporate comms amid senior departures

Mobile phone group Three has made major changes to its PR structure, with the corporate comms team now reporting to director of legal for marketing, consumer and sales following the departure of director of corporate affairs Hugh Davies and head of corporate comms Guy Middleton.

Nick Barron appointed UK MD of corporate and financial at Edelman

Nick Barron appointed UK MD of corporate and financial at Edelman

Edelman has appointed Nick Barron as MD of its corporate and financial practice, replacing James Lundie.

Lexis strengthens consumer team with associate hire

Lexis strengthens consumer team with associate hire

Lexis has appointed Andy Stafford as an associate director, to boost its senior consumer team.

Clementine Communications to promote London branch of Parisian restaurant Les Gourmets des Ternes

Clementine Communications to promote London branch of Parisian restaurant Les Gourmets des Ternes

Clementine Communications has been appointed to handle the PR for the second UK branch of Parisian restaurant Les Gourmets des Ternes, following a non-competitive pitch.

Agency captures the Zeitgeist with Una Pass account win

Agency captures the Zeitgeist with Una Pass account win

The Zeitgeist Agency has won a competitive pitch for new ticketing service Una for an initial four-month launch period.

Former Saatchi & Saatchi creative director launches beauty and lifestyle comms agency

Former Saatchi & Saatchi creative director launches beauty and lifestyle comms agency

London-based creative comms agency The Upper Story has been launched by former creative director at Saatchi & Saatchi, Danielle Gaboury.

Gemalto reappoints Brands2Life for corporate and social media account

Gemalto reappoints Brands2Life for corporate and social media account

Gemalto, the digital security company, has reappointed Brands2Life as its corporate and social media agency following a three-way pitch process.

Former C|T Group director Henry Sands launches corporate comms agency

Former C|T Group director Henry Sands launches corporate comms agency

Former campaign director at C|T Group Henry Sands has left to set up international comms and research company, Sabi Strategy Group.

Burson helps Lufthansa with crisis comms after Germanwings crash

Burson helps Lufthansa with crisis comms after Germanwings crash

The WPP firm is coordinating its response from Frankfurt.

SNP MP Pete Wishart named 'Parliamentary Tweeter of the Year'

SNP MP Pete Wishart named 'Parliamentary Tweeter of the Year'

The 2015 Political Twitter Awards have named SNP MP Pete Wishart 'Parliamentary Tweeter of the Year', beating Respect MP George Galloway who came second and Green MP Caroline Lucas, who came third.

Lobbying register launched along with publicly accessible link to registrants

Lobbying register launched along with publicly accessible link to registrants

Just over a year after the Lobbying Act became law, the statutory register of consultant lobbyists was launched this morning at 9am.

Gordon Ramsay comms director Jo Livingston returns to Freuds

Gordon Ramsay comms director Jo Livingston is returning to Freuds after leaving the agency two years ago, to take up the role of director, PRWeek understands.

Labour has biggest share of support on social media

Labour has biggest share of support on social media

Labour has a 35 per cent share of the voice on social media across all key election topics, according to a study by social analytics firm Crimson Hexagon.

Grayling launches Grayling Oman to boost Middle East presence

Grayling launches Grayling Oman to boost Middle East presence

Huntsworth, Grayling's parent company, has formed a partnership with local Omani company Al Reem Creative to strengthen its existing presence in the Middle East.

Salix & Co reappointed for healthcare show

Salix & Co has been reappointed as the official PR partner for The Commissioning Show and Health+Care 2015, by event organiser CloserStill Media.

Geometry PR finds its bearings with awareness-raising brief for shopping centre

Geometry PR finds its bearings with awareness-raising brief for shopping centre

Geometry PR has been appointed to increase awareness of Somerset-based shopping destination Clarks Village, following a competitive pitch.

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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.

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.

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Five agencies left in the running for Jamaica Tourist Board pitch

Five agencies left in the running for Jamaica Tourist Board pitch

Five agencies, including Burson-Marsteller, Hills Balfour, Luchford, KBC and Representation Plus, are flying out to Kingston to pitch for the Jamaica Tourist Board consumer account, PRWeek has learned.

Visit Florida to review international PR roster

Visit Florida to review international PR roster

Florida's official travel and tourism board has extended its current PR contracts until the end of 2015, while it works on a review of its international agency roster.

Nintendo UK looks for new consumer PR agency

Nintendo UK looks for new consumer PR agency

Nintendo UK is looking for a consumer PR agency, an account previously held by 77PR, the consumer arm of Fishburn.

Virgin Atlantic chooses Cake as first retained consumer agency

Virgin Atlantic chooses Cake as first retained consumer agency

Virgin Atlantic has hired Cake as its first retained consumer agency, following a five-way pitch.

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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.