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GHD holds six-way agency shootout for consumer PR

GHD holds six-way agency shootout for consumer PR

Hair straightener manufacturer GHD is choosing between six agencies for its consumer PR account, which has been held by Shine Communications for six years.

Tin Man helps Borough Market celebrate 1,000 years

Tin Man helps Borough Market celebrate 1,000 years

The 1,000-year anniversary of the founding of Borough Market on the South Bank of the Thames in London has prompted the market to bring in consumer PR agency Tin Man.

Waggener Edstrom doubles stake in Australian comms agency

Waggener Edstrom doubles stake in Australian comms agency

Waggener Edstrom (WE) has increased its equity share in Australian comms agency Buchan, as the agency embarks on a global growth plan.

WPP sees PR slowdown recur with 0.1% organic revenue growth

WPP sees PR slowdown recur with 0.1% organic revenue growth

The holding company behind Burson-Marsteller and Hill+Knowlton Strategies has reported disappointing third quarter revenue growth at its PR and public affairs division.

Uber sees departures in EMEA comms team

Uber sees departures in EMEA comms team

Recent departures from the regional comms team at new-generation taxi service Uber include EMEA head of comms Rachel Channing and EU head of policy Dominick Moxon-Tritsch, PRWeek understands.

Premier Inn to launch spin-off brand for tech generation with Clarity PR

Premier Inn to launch spin-off brand for tech generation with Clarity PR

Clarity PR has won a three-way pitch from Premier Inn to launch a technology-focused hotel, targeting people aged between 25 and 40.

Vote for the best of the best from 10 years of internal comms

Vote for the best of the best from 10 years of internal comms

PRWeek's Strategic Internal Communications conference on 27 November, which brings you expert advice from IC professionals, will be holding a Decade of Achievement Awards drinks in the evening.

Madano wins carbon capture brief from Tees Valley Unlimited

Madano wins carbon capture brief from Tees Valley Unlimited

The body leading the development of industrial carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology has hired the Madano Partnership to ensure its project is more widely known about.

Unity promotes M&S' Little Shwop of Horrors with Joanna Lumley

Unity promotes M&S' Little Shwop of Horrors with Joanna Lumley

On behalf of Oxfam and M&S, the London-based PR firm oversaw the launch of a pop-up Halloween shwop shop, where consumers can swap their old clothes for items donated by celebrities.

Jewellery clients turn to Portas and Dragon Associates

Jewellery clients turn to Portas and Dragon Associates

Goldsmiths, the 236-year-old jewellery business that made the Rugby League Trophy, and David Morris, which has produced jewellery used in James Bond films, have each appointed new PR agencies.

Brands2Life boosts consumer practice with Ketchum hire

Brands2Life boosts consumer practice with Ketchum hire

Brands2Life has hired Lydia Howard to join its consumer team as a practice director.

Curzon PR wins Museum of the Jewish Soldier international brief

Curzon PR wins Museum of the Jewish Soldier international brief

Curzon PR has won the account for the Museum of the Jewish Soldier in WWII, in Latrun, Israel.

Marks & Spencer voted the UK's most authentic brand

Marks & Spencer voted the UK's most authentic brand

Consumers believe the UK's most authentic brands are largely supermarkets and high street shops, according to a study conducted by Cohn & Wolfe.

Samaritans launches Twitter app to help vulnerable people

Samaritans launches Twitter app to help vulnerable people

Samaritans has teamed up with digital agency Jam to launch a free app that people can use to receive alerts when their friends write tweets that suggest they are at risk of suicide.

Taco Bell disappears from social to promote new app

Taco Bell disappears from social to promote new app

Taco Bell's website and social media platforms went dark on Tuesday morning as part of a campaign to promote the chain's new mobile app in a way that would make it stand out from rivals.

Tourism group Brand USA sticks with Ogilvy PR as global media relations partner

Tourism group Brand USA sticks with Ogilvy PR as global media relations partner

Ogilvy Public Relations has been retained by Brand USA as its global partner for media relations.

Latest news analysis

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?

The good, the bad and the ugly of supermarket comms

The good, the bad and the ugly of supermarket comms

Supermarkets are hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons again but three examples of customer relations failures show that it's not the size of the mess you make but how you clear it up that makes the most lasting impression.

Who will steer Huntsworth out of stormy waters and can it survive intact?

Who will steer Huntsworth out of stormy waters and can it survive intact?

The future of Huntsworth has become a subject of speculation following the sudden departure of its chairman Lord Myners, together with the expected retirement of its chief executive Lord Chadlington and a gloomy financial performance.

When does a brand partnership become a toxic relationship?

When does a brand partnership become a toxic relationship?

Greenpeace's success in forcing Lego to stop making Shell-branded toys shows that brands need to be wise to public sentiment when agreeing long-term partnerships.

Public health communicators weigh up approach to Ebola threat

Public health communicators weigh up approach to Ebola threat

Ebola has arrived in Europe and the World Health Organization warns that new cases on this continent are inevitable. So how will health agencies communicate the threat level without causing public panic?

Scandal and defections test Tory comms machine

Scandal and defections test Tory comms machine

Was the Conservative media response to a damaging sex scandal and UKIP defection up to scratch? Ian Griggs asks the experts what they thought of the tactics.

Alibaba shows critical comms importance of investor roadshows

Alibaba shows critical comms importance of investor roadshows

As Alibaba executives go city to city as part of a 10-day roadshow, the pressure is on. Despite a bevy of new interactive media tools, roadshows are still a critical communications strategy for companies going public.

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.

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Wagamama hunts for consumer PR agency

Wagamama hunts for consumer PR agency

Asian restaurant chain Wagamama has approached a number of agencies about a new consumer PR brief.

Yorkshire Water invites agencies to pitch for community initiative

Yorkshire Water invites agencies to pitch for community initiative

Yorkshire Water has asked 12 PR agencies to pitch for a new community campaign.

Brand USA seeks global PR agency partner

Brand USA seeks global PR agency partner

Brand USA is accepting proposals for a global media relations agency to promote international travel to the US.

Odeon hunts for consumer PR agency after split with 17-year incumbent Red

Odeon hunts for consumer PR agency after split with 17-year incumbent Red

The company with the most cinemas in the UK and Ireland is drawing up a shortlist for a new consumer PR agency as it ends a long-running relationship with The Red Consultancy.

Recent European PR news

Citizen brings in former Cohn & Wolfe exec Mark Cater to lead EMEA

Citizen brings in former Cohn & Wolfe exec Mark Cater to lead EMEA

Mark Cater, the former senior Cohn & Wolfe director, is joining consumer PR agency Citizen as EMEA MD with temporary responsibility for its in-flux UK operations.

Emma Eatwell rejoins Hanover as head of healthcare in Brussels

Public and corporate affairs agency Hanover has rehired Emma Eatwell, who left in April 2013 to join healthcare business Swedish Orphan Biovitrum as head of public policy and advocacy.

Brands2Life bulks up board with two appointments

Brands2Life bulks up board with two appointments

Brands2Life has promoted practice directors Adele McIntosh and André Labadie to its executive board.

John Lewis MD: France is "sclerotic, hopeless and downbeat"

John Lewis is set to spend the day shrugging off a number of headline-grabbing comments about France by its MD Andy Street as "tongue in cheek".

Double blow for Edelman as Starbucks shifts UK & France consumer work

Double blow for Edelman as Starbucks shifts UK & France consumer work

Edelman's hold on its Starbucks relationship across Europe has weakened after the global coffee giant shifted work in both the UK and France to new agencies.