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Curzon to represent Russian Prince from the Romanov dynasty

Curzon to represent Russian Prince from the Romanov dynasty

Curzon PR has taken on a brief to support a descendant of the imperial Romanov family, the artist Prince Rostislav Romanov, to provide digital support for his online platform.

Luxury holiday firm Kuoni launches "Find your Amazing" campaign

Luxury holiday provider Kuoni has launched a new integrated campaign called "Find your Amazing", which aims to emphasise its premium credentials.

Sony Pictures hires Judy Smith for crisis work

Smith is the inspiration for Olivia Pope, lead character in DC-based drama Scandal.

Weber Shandwick promotes Rachel Friend to London managing director

Weber Shandwick promotes Rachel Friend to London managing director

Rachel Friend has been promoted to managing director of Weber Shandwick's London operations.

Government defends increase in spend on PRs and special advisers

Government defends increase in spend on PRs and special advisers

The Cabinet Office has dismissed opposition party criticism over the rising cost of ministers' special advisers, claiming that their "average salary is 8% lower than under the previous Government".

Portland targets new business units as Oliver Pauley becomes UK MD

Portland targets new business units as Oliver Pauley becomes UK MD

Portland is to launch dedicated financial, internal comms and digital/creative business units in 2015 as it announces the promotion of Oliver Pauley to UK MD and 13 new partners to its UK and international businesses.

Westbourne Communications succeeds with campaign to limit pre-charge bail

Westbourne Communications succeeds with campaign to limit pre-charge bail

Westbourne Communications has succeeded with its Justice Delayed, Justice Denied campaign as Home Secretary Theresa May announces that the Home Office will advance proposals for a legal limit of 28 days on pre-charge bail.

Uber emails customers to spell out safety initiatives

Uber emails customers to spell out safety initiatives

Amid numerous sexual assault cases involving its drivers, Uber reached out to customers on Wednesday to explain what it is doing to make its service safer.

Bitcoin services firm Bitnet hires Berkeley PR

Bitcoin services firm Bitnet hires Berkeley PR

Berkeley PR has been hired by Bitnet, the bitcoin payment services provider, for a b2b PR brief.

MHP and Edelman take over London pub for campaign against alcohol tax increases

MHP and Edelman take over London pub for campaign against alcohol tax increases

MHP and Edelman have re-branded a London pub as 'The George', featuring the Chancellor as its landlord, to launch a campaign calling for a 2% cut in alcohol duty.

Forum for the Future hires its first director of communications

Forum for the Future hires its first director of communications

Forum for the Future, a non-profit organisation focused on sustainability issues, has hired Esther Maughan McLachlan as its director of communications and networks.

Blue Rubicon to work with Cystic Fibrosis Trust

Blue Rubicon to work with Cystic Fibrosis Trust

The Cystic Fibrosis Trust has asked Blue Rubicon to help it launch a new project to help transform the care of people who suffer from the condition.

MHP Communications hired by pension scheme administrator RPMI

MHP Communications has won an account with pension scheme administrator RPMI to handle comms for its investment arm, Railpen Investments.

Headland doubles firm's headcount with senior hires

Headland doubles firm's headcount with senior hires

Headland has made a raft of new hires, including Paul Griffin who joins from Citigate as a director.

Grayling wins pitch for Gatwick Airport PR brief

Grayling wins pitch for Gatwick Airport PR brief

Gatwick Airport has appointed Grayling as its communications partner for the next two years, after a competitive pitch.

Enter PRWeek UK's Best Places to Work Awards 2015

Enter PRWeek UK's Best Places to Work Awards 2015

Are you one of the PR's industry's best and most progressive employers? Do you run great and effective teams in the UK PR industry? Now is your chance to prove it - as entries open for PRWeek's prestigious Best Places to Work Awards 2015.

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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.

FIFA World Cup reputation assignment too hot for two PR firms

FIFA World Cup reputation assignment too hot for two PR firms

Other agencies are weighing the risks of representing the embattled world soccer body, as well as the controversial host nations: Russia and Qatar.

Supermarket Christmas campaigns: This means war!

Supermarket Christmas campaigns: This means war!

The Christmas marketing war among Britain's retailers increasingly features a central battle between John Lewis and Sainsbury's. Both have launched talkable, even controversial, campaigns for this year.

The Publicis Sapient deal is a harbinger of huge change for the PR industry

The Publicis Sapient deal is a harbinger of huge change for the PR industry

On Monday, Publicis Groupe announced the $3.7bn (£2.3bn) acquisition of Sapient, a move which took the industry by surprise, coming as it did several months after the failed attempt to merge with Omnicom - a deal which would have created a marketing services giant to overtake Sir Martin Sorrell's WPP.

Should 'sin' industries be switching comms specialists for lawyers to minimise risk?

Should 'sin' industries be switching comms specialists for lawyers to minimise risk?

A trend is emerging in which alcohol and tobacco firms are replacing comms specialists with lawyers to negotiate the regulatory landscape, but is this the right move?

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Dubai Tourism on hunt for global consumer PR agency

Dubai Tourism on hunt for global consumer PR agency

Dubai Tourism and the government of Dubai are looking for a global consumer agency to develop a five-year plan to boost the city's brand identity and increase tourism.

Weber Shandwick appointed by FIFA for 2018 World Cup brief

Weber Shandwick appointed by FIFA for 2018 World Cup brief

Weber Shandwick has been appointed by FIFA to manage communications for the 2018 Russia World Cup.

Mischief wins Odeon account

Mischief wins Odeon account

Mischief has been appointed as the retained UK consumer PR agency for Odeon, as the cinema chain ends its 17-year relationship with The Red Consultancy.

Google's Nest Labs on hunt for UK consumer technology agency

Google's Nest Labs on hunt for UK consumer technology agency

Thermostat maker Nest Labs, which was bought by Google last year, is looking for a UK consumer technology PR agency.

Recent European PR news

PFPR appoints Jon Visscher and James Parsons to senior roles

Automotive PR specialist PFPR Communications has recruited two former account managers to its senior management team following the addition of new clients in 2014 including Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.

Ketchum wins EU PR account for smartphone messaging app LINE

Ketchum wins EU PR account for smartphone messaging app LINE

Ketchum has been appointed by global mobile app LINE to boost the brand's profile in the UK and Spain, following a five-way pitch.

Red Lorry Yellow Lorry wins LogMeln account

Red Lorry Yellow Lorry wins LogMeln account

Red Lorry Yellow Lorry has been appointed as the new international PR agency for LogMeln, the fast-growing US-based remote internet service provider.

Global agencies line up for "mission impossible" World Cup brief

Global agencies line up for "mission impossible" World Cup brief

FIFA has lined up at least five global PR agencies to compete for the job of reassuring fans and sponsors about the next two locations for the World Cup - Russia in 2018 and Qatar in 2022 - amid yet more controversy over its handling of corruption allegations.

Havas turns in 6% organic growth

Havas turns in 6% organic growth

Maitland, Cake and Havas PR parent company Havas has reported overall organic growth of 6 per cent in its third quarter results.