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Richmond Towers acquires Van Communications

Richmond Towers acquires Van Communications

Food, drink and FMCG specialist Richmond Towers Communications has acquired Van Communications.

Tower Hamlets spends £128,000 to counter BBC Panorama programme

Tower Hamlets Council spent £128,000 of taxpayers' money on PR and lawyers as part of attempts to first block a BBC programme about its controversial mayor, Lutfur Rahman, and then train Rahman to appear on it.

Volkswagen appoints Frank PR to promote California camper van

Volkswagen appoints Frank PR to promote California camper van

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has called in Frank PR to handle its consumer PR projects, including the California camper van.

Apple chief said to be relaxing Katie Cotton's "control-obsessed PR regime"

Apple chief said to be relaxing Katie Cotton's "control-obsessed PR regime"

The man who succeeded Steve Jobs at the helm of Apple is making the company and its PR team "friendlier and more transparent", according to an in-depth investigation.

Kenya hunts for global PR help to reverse impact of Islamist attacks

Kenya hunts for global PR help to reverse impact of Islamist attacks

Kenya is looking for a global PR agency to help turn around a decline in the number of tourists and investors coming to the country following assaults by Islamist militias.

Chelsea Apps Factory calls in Up for wide-ranging brief

Chelsea Apps Factory calls in Up for wide-ranging brief

Fast-growing tech firm Chelsea Apps Factory has appointed Up Communications to run its internal and external comms.

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.

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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".