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Edelman hires Esther Busscher of FleishmanHillard to head Brussels business

Edelman hires Esther Busscher of FleishmanHillard to head Brussels business

Edelman has announced the appointment of Esther Busscher from FleishmanHillard as general manager of its Brussels business.

Bell Pottinger makes redundancies in London alongside Maitland vice-chairman hire

Bell Pottinger makes redundancies in London alongside Maitland vice-chairman hire

Bell Pottinger has made ten redundancies at its London office, while appointing Maitland vice-chairman Liz Morley as a partner in its corporate practice.

Sermo full-year fee income grows 12 per cent

Sermo full-year fee income grows 12 per cent

Sermo, the international network of 13 PR agencies primarily focused on the lifestyle and luxury sectors, has reported a 12 per cent rise in total annual fee income to £27m ($42.3m) in 2014.

Boxers Anthony Crolla and Callum Smith hit up Tangerine for PR brief

Boxers Anthony Crolla and Callum Smith hit up Tangerine for PR brief

Tangerine PR has added to its boxing roster by being appointed to handle PR for UK fighters Anthony Crolla and Callum Smith ahead of major fights this summer.

Centrica public affairs director Sarah Richardson leaves after less than a year

Centrica public affairs director Sarah Richardson leaves after less than a year

Centrica public affairs head and former Edelman director Sarah Richardson has left the energy company after less than a year in the role, PRWeek has learned.

Citypress hires Mirror.co.uk's Mark Spence to head content marketing

Citypress hires Mirror.co.uk's Mark Spence to head content marketing

Citypress has appointed Mark Spence, head of content on Mirror.co.uk, to a new role leading its content marketing practice.

Chambord reappoints Eulogy for UK PR following pitch

Chambord reappoints Eulogy for UK PR following pitch

US wine and spirits company Brown-Forman has reappointed Eulogy to handle the PR for its liqueur brand Chambord following a competitive pitch.

Four Colman Getty renews partnership with charity English PEN

Four Colman Getty has renewed its relationship with the reading and writing charity English PEN, continuing a decade-long partnership.

From Raheem Sterling to Tiger Woods: PR strategies used to counter sporting controversies

From Raheem Sterling to Tiger Woods: PR strategies used to counter sporting controversies

Sporting controversies are a regular occurrence, with FIFA the latest household name to find itself at crisis point following corruption charges.

The Sun accused of hypocrisy over Human Rights Act opposition

Social media commentators have taken to Twitter to accuse The Sun of hypocrisy for running a front-page article condemning the Human Rights Act, after having used it to protect its own journalists during the so-called 'Plebgate' scandal.

Salary survey reveals financial PR best paid but corporate catching up fast

Salary survey reveals financial PR best paid but corporate catching up fast

Financial PRs are among the best paid but corporate PRs are catching up fast, according to a UK salary survey of four industry sectors.

Visa, Coca-Cola, Adidas, McDonald's: sponsors round on FIFA

Visa, Coca-Cola, Adidas, McDonald's: sponsors round on FIFA

Visa has threatened to look again at its sponsorship of FIFA if it fails to put ethical practices in place, while other sponsors have also expressed serious concerns following the most recent scandals at the crisis-hit football body.

Comms drives 'outstanding' full-year growth at Porta

Comms drives 'outstanding' full-year growth at Porta

Porta Communications has reported positive underlying earnings (EBITDA) for the first time in 2014, with its PR business performing particularly strongly in a year of "outstanding growth" as fee income rose 135 per cent to £19.4m.

Tangerine PR lands BusinessComparison.com account

Tangerine PR has been handed a PR brief by BusinessComparison.com, the price comparison site founded by former employees of GoCompare and MoneySupermarket.

Fishburn to handle comms for £2bn 'International Quarter' development

Fishburn to handle comms for £2bn 'International Quarter' development

Fishburn has been appointed to handle integrated comms for a £2.1bn east London development by joint venture partners Lend Lease and LCR.

Sainsbury's hands corporate comms account to Porter Novelli

Sainsbury's hands corporate comms account to Porter Novelli

Sainsbury's has appointed Porter Novelli to manage its corporate affairs, PRWeek has learned.

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Keep the pressure on FIFA, marketing experts tell sponsor brands

Keep the pressure on FIFA, marketing experts tell sponsor brands

The public is looking at how FIFA's global sponsors will behave in the wake of grave corruption charges against the group's officials.

Show me the money: Salary survey shows how financial PR is bringing home the bacon

Show me the money: Salary survey shows how financial PR is bringing home the bacon

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: Our expert panel assesses the company's handling of the tragedy

Thomas Cook: Our expert panel assesses the company's handling of the tragedy

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.

Coloured cocktails and confounded predictions: PRWeek's night at the election parties

Coloured cocktails and confounded predictions: PRWeek's night at the election parties

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.

Public affairs tactics will need to change radically after the general election

Public affairs tactics will need to change radically after the general election

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.

Beware the pitfalls of debate: The personal comms of David Cameron and Ed Miliband

Beware the pitfalls of debate: The personal comms of David Cameron and Ed Miliband

It is already received wisdom that the general election result is too close to call, with a host of smaller parties entering the fray and creating havoc for the calculations of the main contenders. But in the end, only David Cameron or Ed Miliband can realistically become Prime Minister and, while the UK electorate votes for parties rather than prime ministers, some argue that personalities will have the largest effect on which party the electorate votes for. On the eve of the hotly anticipated seven-way debate between the party leaders, PRWeek looks at a month in the comms strategies of Cameron and Miliband, how they resonate with voters and, crucially, what they should do next.

Purdah: how can government comms teams and PA firms navigate pre-election restrictions?

Purdah: how can government comms teams and PA firms navigate pre-election restrictions?

Purdah describes a pre-election period when restrictions are placed on the activity of civil servants. Ahead of the purdah period, which starts on Monday alongside the dissolution of Parliament, PRWeek takes a look at what the challenges are for professionals during this time of restricted communication.

PR in the dock: Nearly 70 per cent of the general public does not trust the industry

PR in the dock: Nearly 70 per cent of the general public does not trust the industry

It is often said, with much hand-wringing, that the PR industry has a PR problem but this is usually within the context of arguments about why PRs do not have a seat at the top table or command the same budgets as counterparts in marketing or advertising. But the alarming results of an exclusive survey for PRWeek show that PR itself has a reputational deficit to navigate, with nearly 70 per cent of the general public saying it does not trust its practitioners.

Why are there so few female leaders in PR?

Why are there so few female leaders in PR?

Following International Women's Day last Sunday and to coincide with our women's issue, PRWeek asks why an industry that is two-thirds female has such clear imbalances when it comes to senior roles and pay equality. We spoke to senior women in the industry about the main barriers women in PR face, why we should do something about it, and what steps the industry can take to tackle this issue.

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80:20 Communications flies in to handle global PR brief for Gardner Aerospace

80:20 Communications flies in to handle global PR brief for Gardner Aerospace

Aviation PR specialist 80:20 Communications has been appointed by Gardner Aerospace for a global PR brief.

CubanEight adds to tech portfolio with Rally software account win

CubanEight adds to tech portfolio with Rally software account win

CubanEight is to handle PR for multi-million-dollar software firm Rally following a competitive four-way pitch.

Anchor looks for consumer PR agency to support cheese campaign

Anchor looks for consumer PR agency to support cheese campaign

Anchor, the UK dairy brand owned by Arla Foods, is holding a pitch for a consumer agency to deliver PR support for its new cheese campaign, PRWeek has learned.

Red Lorry Yellow Lorry snaps up Canon UK account

Red Lorry Yellow Lorry snaps up Canon UK account

Tech PR specialist Red Lorry Yellow Lorry has been appointed to handle PR for Canon UK's pro-imaging business.

Recent European PR news

Golin opens Istanbul office with partner agency Rekta

Golin opens Istanbul office with partner agency Rekta

Golin has opened an office in Istanbul just days after it launched an office in Moscow with Russian partner Comunica.

Consumers in HK and China view innovation in brands differently

Consumers in HK and China view innovation in brands differently

Consumers in Hong Kong and China view the concept of 'innovation' differently from, not just the rest of the world, but each other, finds a five-market study by Ketchum.

Greek government has twice the support of Germany on social media

Greek government has twice the support of Germany on social media

Germany's minister of finance Wolfgang Schäuble is the most unpopular figure in the bail-out debate and the Greek prime minister and finance minister have double the support of the German chancellor Angela Merkel, according to research by Talkwalker.

Publicis Groupe expects return to 'satisfactory' growth in 2015 after strong Q4

Publicis Groupe expects return to 'satisfactory' growth in 2015 after strong Q4

Publicis Groupe expects to return to "more satisfactory levels of growth" in 2015 as it reports a strong end to 2014.

Kyne hires three senior staffers to lead new LA and Dublin offices

Kyne hires three senior staffers to lead new LA and Dublin offices

Kyne is bringing its healthcare PR expertise to the West Coast and to Europe, with new operations launching in Los Angeles and Dublin, Ireland.