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Less boozy? Less fun? Less useful? The changing role of party political conferences

Less boozy? Less fun? Less useful? The changing role of party political conferences

As public affairs matures as a profession and the UK's party political conferences become stage-managed rally-like events rather than policy-making forums, there is a feeling among some that conference season is not as fun as it used to be.

'As easy as sharing a kiss': Celebs join #ShareTheLove campaign to fight blood cancer

'As easy as sharing a kiss': Celebs join #ShareTheLove campaign to fight blood cancer

Actors and fashionistas including Liv Tyler and Daisy Lowe star in the new #ShareTheLove campaign for Blood Cancer Awareness Month.

Can Sam Allardyce's reputation bounce back from the Telegraph's sting operation?

Can Sam Allardyce's reputation bounce back from the Telegraph's sting operation?

England manager Sam Allardyce's reputation lay in tatters this morning following a sting in the Telegraph in which he allegedly advised undercover reporters how to "get around" strict FA rules on player transfers and offered his services as a keynote speaker for £400,000.

In brief: Halpern's Lloyd Webber brief, Redleaf win, JFL's new MD, Allianz Worldwide Care campaign

In brief: Halpern's Lloyd Webber brief, Redleaf win, JFL's new MD, Allianz Worldwide Care campaign

Halpern to support Andrew Lloyd Webber's School of Rock musical, Common Industry to run a brand campaign for Peppersmith sweets, Redleaf to represent Kuflink, Splendid launches SEO service, and more.

Next 15 buys tech PR shop Pinnacle for £4.4m as half-year profit and revenue surges

Next 15 buys tech PR shop Pinnacle for £4.4m as half-year profit and revenue surges

Digital marketing and PR group Next 15 has continued its expansion spree with the acquisition of tech PR agency Pinnacle for £4.4m ($5.7m).

HP picks Edelman for $14 million product and corporate comms brief

HP picks Edelman for $14 million product and corporate comms brief

HP is ending its relationships with Omnicom-owned PR agencies FleishmanHillard and Porter Novelli, the latter after 28 years.

M&S Bank hunts for consumer PR agency

M&S Bank hunts for consumer PR agency

M&S Bank is seeking a new consumer PR agency, PRWeek has learned.

Apple defies naysayers as UK's 'coolest' brand

Apple defies naysayers as UK's 'coolest' brand

Apple has retained its title as the UK's perceived "coolest" brand, despite growing doubts over the company's ability to innovate.

Burson-Marsteller names Mike Fernandez global corporate, finance chair

Burson-Marsteller names Mike Fernandez global corporate, finance chair

The veteran of ConAgra, Cigna, and State Farm most recently led communications at Cargill.

Watch: Allianz Worldwide Care tugs on heartstrings for global campaign launch

Watch: Allianz Worldwide Care tugs on heartstrings for global campaign launch

Allianz Worldwide Care uses the relationship between a boy and his dog in an emotive YouTube video to launch its 'things you can't leave behind' expat insurance campaign.

Are you a top PR employer? PRWeek UK Best Places to Work Awards 2017 opens for entries

Are you a top PR employer? PRWeek UK Best Places to Work Awards 2017 opens for entries

Are you among the PR's industry's best employers? Now is your chance to prove it - as entries open for PRWeek UK's prestigious Best Places to Work Awards 2017.

In brief: CSM CEO Zak Brown to step down, Teneo MD hire, Powerscourt handles Nets IPO, Lewis' German launch

Zak Brown to depart as CEO of Chime's CSM division, Lewis to open fourth German office in Hamburg, Powerscourt advises on Nets flotation, Iredale Comms names new chair and other hires.

Telefónica taps up Finsbury for possible O2 flotation

Telefónica taps up Finsbury for possible O2 flotation

O2 owner Telefónica has brought in Finsbury as it considers options for its UK business, including a possible IPO, PRWeek has learned.

Facebook hires Unity for UK launch of VR headset Oculus Rift

Facebook hires Unity for UK launch of VR headset Oculus Rift

Facebook has appointed Unity to handle PR for the UK launch of its virtual reality headset Oculus Rift, with the account understood to be worth around £500,000 a year, PRWeek has learned.

'No brand will be disappearing': Arthur Sadoun on Publicis Communications

'No brand will be disappearing': Arthur Sadoun on Publicis Communications

Arthur Sadoun, the chief executive of Publicis Communications, has rejected suggestions that he may reduce the number of brands within the creative agency collective.

Sorrell: data and digital have helped PR industry lose its 'inferiority complex'

Sorrell: data and digital have helped PR industry lose its 'inferiority complex'

PR has changed dramatically in the last two years as data and digital skills come to the fore and the industry has less of an inferiority complex than it did, according to WPP boss Sir Martin Sorrell.

Former Theresa May adviser joins Weber Shandwick as head of public affairs

Former Theresa May adviser joins Weber Shandwick as head of public affairs

Joey Jones, the former Sky political journalist and briefly a media adviser to Theresa May during her home secretary tenure, has been appointed by Weber Shandwick as head of public affairs.

Yahoo 'irresponsible' over data disclosure, says PR - or can it win public sympathy?

Yahoo 'irresponsible' over data disclosure, says PR - or can it win public sympathy?

Yahoo's disclosure of a major 2014 attack by hackers looks at best odd and at worst "incredibly irresponsible" in the way it has been communicated, according to tech PR experts.

UK Power Networks appoints Bell Pottinger partner to new senior comms role

UK Power Networks appoints Bell Pottinger partner to new senior comms role

UK Power Networks has appointed Julie Minns as head of customer engagement, a new role where she will oversee external communications, stakeholder engagement and sustainability for the UK's largest electrical distributor.

In brief: Newgate adds partner, BoldMove for PRCA, JBP's Cardiff win

Newgate adds partner, BoldMove for PRCA, JBP's Cardiff win and more from PRWeek UK.

Analysis

Agencies rush to government contracts under new 'framework', but doubts remain

Agencies rush to government contracts under new 'framework', but doubts remain

Game-changer? PRCA to compel members to report their gender pay gap

Game-changer? PRCA to compel members to report their gender pay gap

The 'Hacks vs Flacks' survey: Obnoxious, mendacious & lazy - survey respondents sound off

The 'Hacks vs Flacks' survey: Obnoxious, mendacious & lazy - survey respondents sound off

The 'Hacks vs Flacks' survey: Journalists covet PR pay packets, but high levels of job satisfaction for both

The 'Hacks vs Flacks' survey: Journalists covet PR pay packets, but high levels of job satisfaction for both

The 'Hacks vs Flacks' survey: Journalists have a difficult job, say PRs, but their skills are waning

The 'Hacks vs Flacks' survey: Journalists have a difficult job, say PRs, but their skills are waning

The 'Hacks vs Flacks' survey: Half of PRs don't cut it, say journalists

The 'Hacks vs Flacks' survey: Half of PRs don't cut it, say journalists

Rio 2016: which sponsors won Gold and which stumbled at the 'sharing Olympics'?

Rio 2016: which sponsors won Gold and which stumbled at the 'sharing Olympics'?

Marketers reveal what's keeping them up at night about the Rio Olympics

Marketers reveal what's keeping them up at night about the Rio Olympics

UK PR fears Brexit but public affairs eyes opportunities

UK PR fears Brexit but public affairs eyes opportunities

Why Germany is a PR bright spot in Europe amid Brexit turmoil

Why Germany is a PR bright spot in Europe amid Brexit turmoil

The people will judge my reputation, Sir Philip Green tells select committee

The people will judge my reputation, Sir Philip Green tells select committee

Did Mike Ashley damage Sports Direct's reputation with his Select Committee appearance?

Did Mike Ashley damage Sports Direct's reputation with his Select Committee appearance?

PJS: A victory for privacy or a case study for reputation management?

PJS: A victory for privacy or a case study for reputation management?

London chooses 'hope over fear' as Goldsmith's negative campaign criticised

London chooses 'hope over fear' as Goldsmith's negative campaign criticised

Going dark on the web worked for Radiohead, but it won't work for you

Going dark on the web worked for Radiohead, but it won't work for you

Latest Jobs

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Former Apple comms staffer Sarah O'Brien joins Tesla

Former Apple comms staffer Sarah O'Brien joins Tesla

She has joined the electric car company as senior director of communications.

In brief: InsureandGo hires, BDO brings in Roling, ZPR wins Jewlr, Abbey Road Studios

InsureandGo hires Hills Balfour, BDO brings in Roling, ZPR hired by Jewlr and Abbey Road hires Starscream.

M&C Saatchi PR shops outperform as CEO downplays short-term Brexit impact

M&C Saatchi PR shops outperform as CEO downplays short-term Brexit impact

M&C Saatchi's PR agencies continued to outperform the business overall in the first half of 2016, as parent company CEO David Kershaw says he doesn't predict the EU Referendum to hit the business in the next two to three years.

Stagwell Group makes minority investment in Finn Partners

Stagwell Group makes minority investment in Finn Partners

The two organizations will also roll out a conflict shop called Wye Communications.

Part-time musician and ex-soap star lead Bell Pottinger's new UK creative setup

Part-time musician and ex-soap star lead Bell Pottinger's new UK creative setup

Bell Pottinger has moved two staffers with performing arts experience into new roles as the agency's joint creative team, with a senior figure at the firm saying PR firms have often been "a bit conservative" in their creative arrangements.

In brief: Hotwire's Brazil move, TVC's Virgin event hire, Ex-Weber pair form agency

Hotwire goes Latin with new partnership, TVC hired to promote Virgin event for 'disruptors', Satellite75 launches.

Centaur Media buys Oystercatchers

Centaur Media buys Oystercatchers

Centaur Media, which owns titles including Creative Review and Marketing Week, has acquired Oystercatchers for £3.35m.

McDonalds' London 2012 sponsorship chief takes top comms job at Arla Foods

McDonalds' London 2012 sponsorship chief takes top comms job at Arla Foods

Nick Hindle has been appointed global head of corporate comms by the dairy giant Arla Foods.

In brief: Finn's sweet wins, ibtm hires, mental health in PR, Thoren leaves RSPB

Finn's sweet wins, mental health initiative, ibtm appoints Davies Tanner and more from PRWeek UK.

Axon opens Switzerland base to serve pharma industry

Axon opens Switzerland base to serve pharma industry

Axon Communications, one of the UK's largest healthcare agencies, has opened its fifth global office, in Switzerland.

MSLGroup rolls out C2C platform

MSLGroup rolls out C2C platform

Chief influence strategist Erin Lanuti is leading the platform.

WE Communications bolsters China leadership with Hunt and Cai

WE Communications bolsters China leadership with Hunt and Cai

David Hunt has joined WE Communications as head of its operations in China, while Miranda Cai has moved from Fleishman to lead the company's Shanghai office as MD.

'PRs deserve to be paid': Agency boss defends legal action against 'Angel of the North' Katie Cutler

'PRs deserve to be paid': Agency boss defends legal action against 'Angel of the North' Katie Cutler

PR agency CEO Claire Barber has strongly defended her decision to take Katie Cutler - who famously raised £330,000 for disabled mugging victim Alan Barnes last year - to court over unpaid fees.