FleishmanHillard is to split its UK public affairs and corporate arm into two divisions, and has appointed former Teneo SVP Michelle di Leo to lead the new standalone public affairs team.
As UKIP kicked off its EU referendum campaign yesterday, the campaign faces a difficult choice over how prominently to use Nigel Farage to communicate its key messages, public affairs experts say.
A consortium of WPP and private equity firm Providence has had its offer to acquire sports marketing and comms group Chime Communications for £374m accepted.
Brands2Life, Firstlight PR and Kallaway are supporting LinkedIn's 'Bring In Your Parents' (BIYP) initiative, a global campaign to engage parents with their child's career, in what is set to be the social networking site's largest consumer campaign in the UK to date.
The PR firm that represented the fundraising agency GoGen before it went into administration has refuted the suggestion that the agency was sunk by its own silence in the face of Daily Mail allegations.
Manifest London has made another senior hire with the appointment of Trish Champeneri from M&C Saatchi Sports & Entertainment as business director.
Hills Balfour has won bids to handle promotion and comms for both Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority (MTPA) and Tourisme Québec in the UK.
PR firm The Agency says it achieved an 'opportunity to see' (OTS) of 170 million with a PR stunt involving revealing the 'top-secret' recipe for Prince William's favourite lamb burger, as part of a campaign for its client Welsh Lamb.
A viral infographic discussing the negative effects of drinking a can of Coca-Cola has been played down by the drinks firm.
Prime Minister David Cameron has come under fire for his use of language when talking about the Calais migrant crisis.
Havas PR UK has been given a retained contract as the PR agency for Mecca Bingo.
Operating profit margins at the UK's top 40 PR firms have hit lows not seen for a decade - but the pressure would seem to be easing, according to research by accounting firm Kingston Smith W1.
Men who work in PR and marketing can earn on average nearly £34,000 more than women if they reach senior roles, new research has revealed.
A consortium of WPP and American private equity firm Providence has launched a bid to buy Chime Communications for around £350m.
Vodafone has put its consumer and social media work up for review, with incumbent Burson-Marsteller believed to be among the final four agencies.
Food and drink manufacturer Hain Daniels Group, whose brands include New Covent Garden Soup, Hartley's and Linda McCartney, has hired Wild Card to manage its UK consumer and trade press office.
The acquisition of Blue Rubicon and StockWell by Teneo Holdings last week has sent shockwaves through the industry. The scale of the ambition is huge: to set up a global City and crisis shop to challenge stalwarts such as Finsbury and Brunswick, and become the market leaders in this field. PRWeek assesses the impact on the industry as well as what it says about the health of the mergers and acquisitions market for PR agencies in the UK and beyond.
A new survey shows that the stubborn issue of the gender pay gap refuses to go away, despite the introduction of the Equal Pay Act 45 years ago. It reveals that men in the PR and comms industry are, on average, paid £10,000 more than women and that they receive a "staggering" £65,000 more in bonus payments than women in equivalent roles.
Research suggests that PR and comms are among the worst industries for offering staff flexible working conditions at the point of hire. Just two per cent of all vacancies in PR, marketing and advertising mentioned flexible working, according to the Timewise Flexible Jobs Index, the first study of its kind, which studied 3.5 million job ads across 122 national jobs boards between July and December 2014 to arrive at its findings.
More than 700 Britons are believed to have travelled to Syria and Iraq to join Islamic State, as the group employs ever more sophisticated methods to radicalise young people online. The Government is concerned that existing programmes to combat radicalisation are failing to provide a coherent alternative message to counter the extremists, and are allowing them the space to present themselves as successful.
The public is looking at how FIFA's global sponsors will behave in the wake of grave corruption charges against the group's officials.
Figures released this week in a salary survey have revealed that financial PRs are among the best-paid professionals in the industry, although corporate PRs are catching up fast, with in-house and consumer PRs bringing up the rear.
Thomas Cook bears all the hallmarks of a company about to implode under the weight of public disgust. This is due to its handling of the tragedy in which two children died from carbon monoxide poisoning from a faulty boiler while on holiday in Corfu in October 2006. The deaths, together with the ensuing inquest verdict of unlawful killing last Wednesday, in which Thomas Cook was found to have "breached its duty of care", is a nightmare scenario for a company that has previously been synonymous with family-friendly holidays.
It was a night that began with low expectations of a definitive result but that ended in a shock victory for David Cameron's Conservatives.
Notwithstanding a sudden surge in the fortunes of one of the major parties, the general election is likely to result in either a slim Parliamentary majority of the kind not seen since Sir John Major's ill-fated 1992-1997 administration nearly 20 years ago, or a minority government. This in turn presages a radical change in the tactics employed by public affairs agencies to influence the Government's legislative programme. PRWeek speaks to three public affairs professionals to get their insight on the opportunities and challenges presented by the composition of the next government.
Senior Account Manager/ Account Director Prospect Resourcing Ltd London (Greater)
ACCOUNT DIRECTOR - SOCIAL CHANGE Media Recruitment London (Greater)
Associate Director - lead corporate comms for TMT at global agency The Works Search Ltd London
PR Associate Director (Business & Corporate) Speed City of Bristol
PR & Communications Director Seedrs London (Greater)
Online wine retailer Virgin Wines is inviting pitches from agencies for a consumer-focused PR campaign.
The budget on the account is worth up to $250,000 per year.
Saga is in discussion with agencies for a consumer-focused awareness-raising campaign around the launch of a wealth management business.
Innovative Bites, the distributor of US food brands including Hostess and Pop Corners, has hired Frank PR to represent the iconic snack brand Twinkie, PRWeek understands.
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), which owns and operates brands including Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza, has appointed Cicero to a new retained public affairs brief covering London and Brussels.
FIFA has taken on US-based consulting firm Teneo Holdings as the world football governing body looks to deal with its ongoing crisis.
WPP has grown its European PR footprint after buying a majority stake in German PR agency Nicole Weber Communications (NWC).
Shine Communications has been appointed to handle UK PR for Open'er, the Polish music festival.
Edelman has announced the appointment of Esther Busscher from FleishmanHillard as general manager of its Brussels business.