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The Engine deal: Rebel shareholders win pyrrhic victory

The Engine deal: Rebel shareholders win pyrrhic victory

Rebel shareholders won parity for their shares but were forced to sell them after blocking the £100m sale of Engine Group to Lake Capital, PRWeek can reveal.

Topman picks Livity for digital brief following six-way pitch

Topman picks Livity for digital brief following six-way pitch

Topman has appointed Livity to help develop a digital content strategy after a six-way agency pitch for the work.

Engine Group seals sale to Lake Capital as rebel shareholders give approval

Engine Group seals sale to Lake Capital as rebel shareholders give approval

MHP and Mischief parent company Engine Group has announced that its sale to Lake Capital will go ahead after 97 per cent of its shareholders approved the deal.

"Patronising" Better Together ad ridiculed on social media

"Patronising" Better Together ad ridiculed on social media

An ad in support of the Scottish independence referendum's 'No' campaign has sparked a social media backlash, with many describing it as patronising to women.

Quidco calls in Lansons' Victoria Leyton amid PR reshuffle

Quidco calls in Lansons' Victoria Leyton amid PR reshuffle

Cashback site Quidco has hired Victoria Leyton from financial PR agency Lansons as part of a shake-up splitting its top comms role.

Flack: PRCA chief Francis Ingham takes on the CIPR in the #IceBucketChallenge

Flack: PRCA chief Francis Ingham takes on the CIPR in the #IceBucketChallenge

Flack recalls a time, long, long ago, when having a bucket of cold water poured over your head was the preserve of Super Bowl-winning coaches and drunken sailors.

Twitter's new analytics dashboard benefits 'less sophisticated' PR pros

Twitter's new analytics dashboard benefits 'less sophisticated' PR pros

Twitter has rolled out an analytics tool called the tweet activity dashboard, aimed at helping the social network's users learn more about the impact of their tweets.

UKIP's Douglas Carswell "coup" grabs media as party conferences loom

UKIP's Douglas Carswell "coup" grabs media as party conferences loom

UKIP's "coup" of luring Eurosceptic Tory Douglas Carswell has been dubbed a masterstroke of political timing, despite the best efforts of CCHQ to minimise the blow.

Veteran games PR Jonnie Bryant joins Jagex from Blizzard

Veteran games PR Jonnie Bryant joins Jagex from Blizzard

The maker of massively multiplayer online game RuneScape has hired Jonnie Bryant as head of PR as it prepares to launch Transformers Universe.

Tories slam Carswell's defection as counterproductive to referendum chances

Tories slam Carswell's defection as counterproductive to referendum chances

The Conservative Party's press operation has trained its guns on Douglas Carswell after the backbencher announced he would force a by-election in which he will stand as an MP for UKIP.

Chime chief sees growth in content production and distribution

Chime chief sees growth in content production and distribution

Chime Communications' PR and sports marketing agencies are seeing double-digit growth in revenues from content production, according to group CEO Chris Satterthwaite.

Rotherham child abuse scandal prompts warning to 'leak-chasing' councils

Rotherham child abuse scandal prompts warning to 'leak-chasing' councils

The Times journalist who helped uncover the Rotherham child abuse scandal has attacked Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council's handling of previous inquiries and warned its successors not to be "tempted to chase leaks rather than act on their failings".

Zoe Sobol joins concierge business Ten as head of PR

Zoe Sobol joins concierge business Ten as head of PR

Corporate concierge company Ten Group has hired Fever PR board director Zoe Sobol to help it attract consumers to its services.

Alibaba taps former Times Co. comms leader Christie as it expands team before IPO

Alibaba taps former Times Co. comms leader Christie as it expands team before IPO

Christie will serve as VP of international media. He will manage media relations for Alibaba outside of Greater China. Meanwhile, Kuperman will be responsible for leading international strategic comms initiatives for Alibaba.

Siegel+Gale study: Healthcare brands need to better connect with consumers

The branding firm surveyed 1,100 consumers in the US and UK, who rated healthcare areas such as primary-care physicians and specialists, pharmaceutical companies, health insurers, hospitals, and pharmacies.

Bell Pottinger fails to see funny side of satirical site's claim it works for ISIS

Bell Pottinger fails to see funny side of satirical site's claim it works for ISIS

A Middle Eastern satirical website has removed a story about Bell Pottinger being hired by fundamentalist group Islamic State (formerly known as ISIS) following a complaint from the agency.

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PR pros greet China media integration plan with cautious optimism

PR pros greet China media integration plan with cautious optimism

Media stocks surge as Chinese President announced plans to merge media into 'strong, influential and credible' groups. But what does this mean for the PR industry?

Experts expect P&G to emphasize cost savings, innovation as it gets back to basics

Experts expect P&G to emphasize cost savings, innovation as it gets back to basics

The CPG giant is making plans to rid itself of more than half its brands. While it does so, it must push a message of innovation and cost savings, say experts.

How communicators are addressing the spread of Ebola in West Africa

How communicators are addressing the spread of Ebola in West Africa

The spread of Ebola in West Africa has posed comms challenges in the region, where the focus is on containing the outbreak by educating those affected, and in the UK, where reassurance is more the order of the day.

Can a rebrand help change a disastrous narrative?

Can a rebrand help change a disastrous narrative?

With Malaysia Airlines contemplating a change of name following two passenger aircraft tragedies close together, PRWeek asks whether a rebrand is the right course.

Planning the evolution of press releases

Planning the evolution of press releases

Don't expect press releases to cease to exist anytime soon. But look for them to evolve rather than die out.

How is Lego handling Greenpeace's pressure over Shell partnership?

How is Lego handling Greenpeace's pressure over Shell partnership?

Lego's reaction to Greenpeace's PR attack on its partnership with oil company Shell provides a case study of how a company should, or should not, react when it is targeted as a corollary in a protest campaign.

China food scandal rocks McDonald's and KFC

China food scandal rocks McDonald's and KFC

The two global fast food chains scramble to assure Chinese customers after a TV sting report accuses supplier of processing expired meat. What can these MNCs do to win back consumer trust in the wake of the latest scandal to hit their credibility?

Crisis experts: Malaysia Airlines had to respond where news is breaking - on Twitter

Crisis experts: Malaysia Airlines had to respond where news is breaking - on Twitter

The airline's decision to go to social media first with what little information it had is a sign of the times and an "appropriate" tactic, say crisis comms experts.

Female-friendly message of Cameron's reshuffle overshadowed by Gove

Female-friendly message of Cameron's reshuffle overshadowed by Gove

Initial reaction to yesterday's extensive Cabinet reshuffle suggests that the promotion of women did not resonate with the public as much as the Conservatives might have hoped.

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Pension Protection Fund seeks first agency

Pension Protection Fund seeks first agency

The multibillion-pound company pension safety net launched by the government nearly ten years ago is hunting for external PR support for the first time.

Portsmouth International Port issues six-figure brief

Portsmouth International Port issues six-figure brief

Agency assistance is being sought to promote Portsmouth International Port, with the work potentially worth up to £750,000 over five years.

E.On invites agencies to compete for six-figure comms account

E.On invites agencies to compete for six-figure comms account

One of the 'big six' energy firms has begun approaching PR agencies to gauge their interest in pitching for consumer-led work currently held by 3 Monkeys and Tangerine PR.

Flybe in corporate and financial PR review

Flybe in corporate and financial PR review

UK-based domestic and European airline Flybe is in talks with agencies about its corporate and financial PR after a decade with Instinctif Partners.

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Florentina Village appoints Golin in China

Florentina Village appoints Golin in China

Florentia Village, China's first luxury designer outlet has appointed Golin as their communications agency of choice, tasked with both consumer and corporate communication

Powerscourt supports €1bn Bank of Cyprus capital raising

Powerscourt supports €1bn Bank of Cyprus capital raising

Powerscourt is handling comms for the Bank of Cyprus, which last week secured a major funding boost following a disastrous year.

James Warren takes top EMEA digital role at MSLGroup

James Warren takes top EMEA digital role at MSLGroup

MSLGroup has hired former Weber Shandwick digital chief James Warren in an EMEA-wide role as the agency labels digital "a top priority".

European comms survey shows social media declining as a priority

European comms survey shows social media declining as a priority

The importance of social media to European communications professionals appears to be tapering off, according to the latest European Communication Monitor report.

Publicis Groupe chief Lévy bemoans "unsatisfactory" revenue growth of 0.2%

Publicis Groupe chief Lévy bemoans "unsatisfactory" revenue growth of 0.2%

Maurice Lévy, the chief executive of MSLGroup parent company Publicis Groupe, has described the company's weak first-half revenue growth as "not satisfactory by our standards".