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.
PRWeek has joined forces with the PRCA to launch The Fast Track in PR Mentoring Scheme, aimed at inspiring the next generation of PR leaders to follow in the footsteps of current sector leaders.
Financial services comms and marketing agency Cognito has appointed Paul Wynne as a director and Lara Joseph as a senior account manager in its London team.
UK electronics brand Goodmans has appointed consumer agency Radiator to handle its PR and social media to coincide with its latest creative brand-building campaign.
Edinburgh agency Pagoda Porter Novelli has been given a two-year contract to handle PR for the National Trust for Scotland's countryside portfolio.
Porta Communications has continued its expansion by acquiring a 29.5 per cent stake in corporate comms agency Broker Profile.
American-style restaurant chain Bodean's BBQ has hired London-based agency Belt & Braces to manage comms across its six restaurants, new product line and expansion plans, following a non-competitive pitch.
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.
Gumtree has confirmed it will sponsor all of BT Sport's Barclays Premier League coverage during the 2015/16 season, in the online marketplace's biggest broadcast sponsorship deal to date.
The resignation of Labour peer Lord Sewel over a sex and drugs scandal highlights the House of Lords' "horrible PR problem", public affairs experts say.
Marketing Edinburgh says it helped make Edinburgh one of the most talked about topics on Twitter last week thanks to what it calls a "city-wide social media takeover".
The PRCA has signed up as a partner to the Government's Disability Confident campaign in an attempt to encourage more disabled people to join the PR industry.
Publicasity has promoted Paul McCaffrey to director and hired two new associate directors; Barbara Normile from Clarion Communications and Lucy Richardson from Richmond Towers.
The House of Lords press office has met allegations that Labour peer Lord Sewel used cocaine during a visit from prostitutes with a short statement, saying no further comment can be made pending police investigations.
Plans are reportedly under way for a possible sale or flotation of Top Right Group, part of the media company formerly known as Emap that also operates the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.
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 London
PR Associate Director (Business & Corporate) Speed City of Bristol
Account Manager - In-House PR Futures London (Central), London (Greater)
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), the global group that owns car brands Jeep and Alfa Romeo, is considering aligning the two brands and appointing a single UK PR agency, PRWeek has learned.
The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) has appointed Burson-Marsteller to manage its PR following a five-way pitch, PRWeek has learned.
Vue Entertainment, the biggest cinema company in the UK, is looking for a new consumer PR agency following a comms restructure across the business, PRWeek has learned.
Virgin Trains and Virgin Trains East Coast are inviting pitches from agencies for a social media brief, 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.