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Omnicom PR revenue up 2.5% in third quarter

Omnicom PR revenue up 2.5% in third quarter

Omnicom Group's PR revenue was up 2.5% on an organic basis to $343.3 million in the third quarter of this year.

Stir PR wins OXO Tower account

Stir PR wins OXO Tower account

The Harvey Nichols-owned restaurant has brought in Stir PR for a relaunch as it faces up to the presence of a glitzy new neighbour.

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.

Claremont lands bottled water PR retainer amid schools drive

Claremont lands bottled water PR retainer amid schools drive

The Natural Hydration Council, a non-profit organisation backed by bottled water producers, has awarded a retainer to Claremont Communications as it invests in advocating water to schoolchildren.

Label PR wins consumer brief for Footasylum

Label PR wins consumer brief for Footasylum

Label PR has won a competitive pitch to represent designer footwear and clothing retailer Footasylum.

Charitable mobile network heads to market with Portland

Charitable mobile network heads to market with Portland

Portland Communications is handling comms around the planned flotation of a virtual mobile network operator that includes Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales on its executive team.

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.

Starbucks admits to "rogue typos" in Welsh language store signage

Starbucks admits to "rogue typos" in Welsh language store signage

Starbucks has issued a mea culpa after customers of its first branch to adopt Welsh as its first language complained it featured mistranslated phrases.

FTI client Virgin Money delays IPO plans amid market worries

Virgin Money has become the second FTI Consulting client within two weeks to delay or cancel its planned stockmarket flotation amid nervousness about the world economy.

Shell and BP in top three oil and gas companies for digital comms

Shell and BP in top three oil and gas companies for digital comms

The Italian oil and gas company ENI, as well as Shell and BP, have topped a list of more than 50 companies in the oil and gas sector for the quality of their online presence, new research has found.

Hopwood PR launches partnership with Leicester Council to develop talent

Hopwood PR launches partnership with Leicester Council to develop talent

The Leicester-based consultancy has teamed up with the council's comms team to help train its media comms officer in exchange for developing its own internship programme.

Rain Communications scoops account for hair growth device iGrow

Rain Communications scoops account for hair growth device iGrow

The London-based PR company has beaten three agencies after a competitive pitch to win the one-year contract for the launch of iGrow in the UK.

New arrivals at The Academy boost staff numbers to 15

Digital account director Natalie Trye and publicist Michael Hickson are among four hires at Mitchell Kaye and Daniel Glover's recently launched agency The Academy.

Newgate and Thirteen Communications win brief for £3.5bn Docklands development

Newgate and Thirteen Communications win brief for £3.5bn Docklands development

Sister agencies Thirteen and Newgate have won the PR account for the £3.5bn mixed-use development planned for Silvertown in London's Docklands.

Eulogy hires MHP's Elisabeth Field as Lara Leventhal heads to Ogilvy

Eulogy hires MHP's Elisabeth Field as Lara Leventhal heads to Ogilvy

MHP's Elisabeth Field is to join Eulogy to replace MD Lara Leventhal, who is leaving the agency after 14 years to take the role of deputy MD at Ogilvy PR next month.

Freuds recruits former Mischief MD Ben Brooks-Dutton

Freuds recruits former Mischief MD Ben Brooks-Dutton

Ben Brooks-Dutton, a former managing director of Mischief, is joining Freuds as creative strategy director next week.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

Recent European PR news

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.

Edelman buys France's biggest independent agency ELAN

Edelman buys France's biggest independent agency ELAN

Edelman, the world's biggest PR network, has today bought all the shares of ELAN, France's biggest independent communications consultancy, in a bid to break into the top three agencies in the country.

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