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Casio puts G-Shock and Baby-G watch brands out to pitch

Casio puts G-Shock and Baby-G watch brands out to pitch

Electronics company Casio has put its premium G-Shock and Baby-G watch ranges out to pitch, as it looks for a new UK consumer agency.

PRWeek and Hiive launch 'Get ahead in PR' for young professionals

PRWeek and Hiive launch 'Get ahead in PR' for young professionals

PRWeek has partnered with Hiive to launch a series of networking events focused on young professionals who are looking to further their career in PR.

Former Brunswick executive and Sun editor David Yelland opens advisory agency

Former Brunswick executive and Sun editor David Yelland opens advisory agency

David Yelland has left Brunswick after nine years as a partner to launch his own agency.

Freedom of Information reveals UK police spend at least £36m a year on comms

Freedom of Information reveals UK police spend at least £36m a year on comms

The role of PR professionals in the police continues to be crucial with 12 forces across the country spending over £1m on comms.

Mixmag hires W to promote global media network

Mixmag hires W to promote global media network

Dance music brand Mixmag appoints W to boost digital profile after non-competitive pitch.

Global Agency Business Report: Public Affairs table 2015

Global Agency Business Report: Public Affairs table 2015

PPS Group generated the most income from public affairs PR during 2014 with £4.64m.

Clarion Communications lands sweet deal with Rowse Honey

Clarion Communications lands sweet deal with Rowse Honey

Clarion Communications has won a competitive three-way pitch to take over all PR for Rowse Honey.

The Telegraph makes 'accidental' UKIP advertising gaffe

The Telegraph makes 'accidental' UKIP advertising gaffe

The Daily Telegraph is the latest national newspaper to make a politically related PR slip-up due to an apparent lack of communication between the editorial and advertising teams.

General Election: which party has had the best campaign? Vote in our poll

General Election: which party has had the best campaign? Vote in our poll

Which political party has run the best election campaign? Now is your chance to vote in a PRWeek poll.

Saint Lucia Tourist Board appoints Publicasity following five-way pitch

Saint Lucia Tourist Board appoints Publicasity following five-way pitch

Caribbean nation's tourist board hires lifestyle agency to manage consumer and trade PR account after five-way pitch.

Social media PR goes into overdrive to capitalise on birth of royal baby

Social media PR goes into overdrive to capitalise on birth of royal baby

Brands aimed to generate positive publicity this weekend by shoehorning in references to the royal baby on social media, after the birth of Princess Charlotte was announced.

Insight Consulting Group hires John Higginson from Westbourne to lead corporate comms

Insight Consulting Group hires John Higginson from Westbourne to lead corporate comms

Insight Consulting Group (ICG) has appointed John Higginson from Westbourne Communications to head up its corporate communications practice.

Tavistock forms international partner network across 22 cities

Tavistock forms international partner network across 22 cities

Tavistock has formed a network of partner consultancies in 22 cities across the world, to meet the international needs of its clients.

Edelman eyes Europe acquisitions but could scale back in some countries

Edelman eyes Europe acquisitions but could scale back in some countries

Edelman is closing in on two more acquisitions across Europe and CIS in 2014/2015, but could also scale back operations in some countries in the region.

Global Agency Business Report 2015: Healthcare table 2015

Global Agency Business Report 2015: Healthcare table 2015

Chandler Chicco Companies generated the most fee income from the healthcare sector in 2014, making a total of £13.75m.

PRWeek and PRCA announce long-term strategic partnership to benefit industry

PRWeek and PRCA announce long-term strategic partnership to benefit industry

PRWeek and the PRCA have announced a long-term strategic partnership to include a new jobs site, live events and discounted subscription packages for PRCA members.

Latest news analysis

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.

A third of PR people have experienced mental ill health so what is the industry going to do about it?

A third of PR people have experienced mental ill health so what is the industry going to do about it?

More than a third of people working in PR and comms have experienced or been diagnosed with mental ill health and a majority would not feel comfortable talking to their boss about it, according to a survey carried out for PRWeek by the PRCA. Meanwhile, a CIPR State of the Profession report this week found that more than half of senior managers in PR are either "extremely stressed" or "very stressed" in their roles.

The pitfalls of sprinkling celebrity stardust on brands

The pitfalls of sprinkling celebrity stardust on brands

Children's charity Barnardo's came under fire this week after The Sun accused the charity of paying reality TV star 'Binky' Felstead £20,000 for promoting the charity on Instagram. PRWeek commissioned research to gauge the impact of the incident on the charity and asked celebrity endorsement specialists to give their view on the use of high-profile people to promote brands

How Britain's banks can fix their reputations in aftermath of HSBC tax scandal: PR experts give their views

How Britain's banks can fix their reputations in aftermath of HSBC tax scandal: PR experts give their views

The media firestorm over HSBC has highlighted one of the worst excesses in banking since the financial crisis of 2008. The revelations have created a toxic vortex, threatening to suck in all who come to be associated with it, including political parties of all stripes. But the current crisis only serves to cement an already strong feeling among the public that banks cannot be trusted and the road to redemption just got longer for the whole sector. PRWeek spoke to senior figures in financial and corporate comms to get their take on the scale of the damage and whether it can even be repaired.

Is this the first integrated general election campaign?

Is this the first integrated general election campaign?

This week, the starting pistol was fired on the 100-day countdown to the general election on 7 May. The field is clear for an extraordinary pitched battle that is both wide open and likely to see the smaller parties, such as UKIP, the Scottish Nationalist Party and the Green Party, take a greater share of the popular vote than at any time in history. But what are the tools that the parties need to win?

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Golley Slater boosts healthcare portfolio with Care Choices account win

Golley Slater boosts healthcare portfolio with Care Choices account win

Care Choices, the care information publisher, has chosen Golley Slater London to help raise its profile.

Lotus UK to promote Central America as tourism destination

Lotus UK to promote Central America as tourism destination

Central American tourism promotion agency CATA has selected Interface Tourism Group to lead PR activity across Europe, with Lotus UK handling duties in the UK.

Cicero Group to help Novantas launch services in UK

Cicero Group to help Novantas launch services in UK

Novantas, a US-based provider of analytical advisory services and technology, has appointed Cicero Group to support its launch in the UK and Ireland.

Hatch Communications gobbles up easy-peasy account win

Hatch Communications gobbles up easy-peasy account win

Leeds-based Hatch Communications has beaten six agencies in a competitive pitch to run the Yes Peas! campaign for the British Growers Association.

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.