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Act sooner rather than later - and fear sellers looking for quick exit: PR chiefs offer M&A insights

Act sooner rather than later - and fear sellers looking for quick exit: PR chiefs offer M&A insights

Leaders from across the communications industry offered insights and advice about mergers and acquisitions at an event hosted by PRWeek UK this morning (28 June).

Citizen Relations names Cohn & Wolfe's Jim Joseph as next CEO

Citizen Relations names Cohn & Wolfe's Jim Joseph as next CEO

Joseph will replace Daryl McCullough in the position this summer after exiting the WPP agency.

PR shines, and have we reached 'Peak Lions'? Six takeaways from Cannes Lions 2017

PR shines, and have we reached 'Peak Lions'? Six takeaways from Cannes Lions 2017

Have PR agencies finally 'landed' at Cannes? Should independent agencies be better catered for? And what will be the impact of Publicis' pull out? PRWeek digests the issues.

CIPR membership falls below 10,000 but accounts say 'significant improvement' in financial performance

CIPR membership falls below 10,000 but accounts say 'significant improvement' in financial performance

Membership of the CIPR fell below 10,000 in 2016, and the institute registered a post-tax deficit for the year, although most of this is the result of setting aside money for costs associated with its impending office move.

WPP cyber attack: Sorrell urges staff to work 'as close to business as usual as possible'

WPP cyber attack: Sorrell urges staff to work 'as close to business as usual as possible'

Sir Martin Sorrell last night urged WPP staff to "make sure that what our clients experience in the hours and days ahead is as close to business as usual as we can possibly manage", as the holding company's website came back online.

Citypress hires Cohn & Wolfe political counsel chief Rory Fletcher

Citypress hires Cohn & Wolfe political counsel chief Rory Fletcher

Citypress has hired Rory Fletcher, head of Cohn & Wolfe's political counsel team in London, as a director in its strategic communications practice.

Department for Education is first govt dept to publish gender pay gap

Department for Education is first govt dept to publish gender pay gap

The Department for Education has a mean gender pay gap of 5.3 per cent and a median pay gap of 5.9 per cent, according to figures released by the department today.

Fleishman's new creative team pledges to avoid 'flash-in-the-pan PR'

Fleishman's new creative team pledges to avoid 'flash-in-the-pan PR'

FleishmanHillard Fishburn (FHF) has launched a five-strong creative team to service clients that require long-running campaigns and "enduring" ideas.

From silver surfers to social seniors - half of older people now have a smartphone and are on social media

From silver surfers to social seniors - half of older people now have a smartphone and are on social media

Planners of forthcoming public sector campaigns might take note of the findings of a new Ofcom report, which details the rise of the 'social senior'.

Welsh Assembly considers 'radical' digital measures to address 'democratic information deficit'

Welsh Assembly considers 'radical' digital measures to address 'democratic information deficit'

The Welsh Assembly must reach beyond the country's fragmented media and communicate its work to people directly via digital channels to address a "democratic information deficit", according to a new report.

Majority of Londoners don't know their air ambulance is a charity but brand recognition is high

Majority of Londoners don't know their air ambulance is a charity but brand recognition is high

Two thirds of people living inside the M25 are unaware that London's Air Ambulance is a charity, according to a perception study carried out for the emergency service.

Case study: Boosting voter turnout at the General Election with less time and money

Case study: Boosting voter turnout at the General Election with less time and money

With a fraction of the time and a far smaller budget than it would usually have, the Electoral Commission's chances of boosting turnout at the recent General Election seemed slim at best.

'Suspected cyber attack' hits WPP companies

'Suspected cyber attack' hits WPP companies

Marcoms giant WPP has confirmed that it has been "affected by a suspected cyber attack".

Which PR agencies stormed Cannes? View PRWeek's Cannes Lions 2017 medal table

Which PR agencies stormed Cannes? View PRWeek's Cannes Lions 2017 medal table

Ketchum has confirmed its status as the top-performing PR agency at Cannes Lions 2017, according to a 'medals table' compiled by PRWeek.

In brief: Spring hired by Anglian, Aspectus briefed by breatheHR, PinotPinot picks EdenCancan

Spring hired by Anglian Water and hires from Ketchum, Aspectus briefed by breatheHR, PinotPinot picks EdenCancan and more from PRWeek UK.

Hotwire promotes Alex MacLaverty to COO and promises investment and senior hires

Hotwire promotes Alex MacLaverty to COO and promises investment and senior hires

Alex MacLaverty has been promoted to the new role of COO at Hotwire, reporting to new CEO Barbara Bates.

Cannes Lions chairman Savage: 'We will continue to be good listeners'

Cannes Lions chairman Savage: 'We will continue to be good listeners'

In an interview with Campaign India, Cannes Lions chairman Terry Savage speaks about the future of the festival.

UK agency Oracle Group 'reluctantly' rebrands after pressure from tech giant Oracle Corporation

UK agency Oracle Group 'reluctantly' rebrands after pressure from tech giant Oracle Corporation

Specialist property PR agency Oracle Group has rebranded following pressure from global software business Oracle Corporation.

Virgin Trains appoints Accenture-owned Kaper for consolidated PR & social brief

Virgin Trains appoints Accenture-owned Kaper for consolidated PR & social brief

Virgin Trains has replaced Hope&Glory and Nonsense with Accenture Interactive-owned Kaper as its retained PR and social media agency, following a competitive pitch.

National Audit Office pledges comms push to improve its standing among MPs

National Audit Office pledges comms push to improve its standing among MPs

The National Audit Office has pledged to improve its comms with MPs after finding that more than a quarter are not familiar with the body.

Analysis

Handicapping Cannes 2017: Experts bet big on Fearless Girl, Meet Graham

Handicapping Cannes 2017: Experts bet big on Fearless Girl, Meet Graham

Which party ran the best General Election campaign? Our panel gives its verdict

Which party ran the best General Election campaign? Our panel gives its verdict

Why the McDonald's UK 'dad' film is worse than the Pepsi campaign

Why the McDonald's UK 'dad' film is worse than the Pepsi campaign

Majority of respondents to industry survey say they have experienced mental ill health

Majority of respondents to industry survey say they have experienced mental ill health

The Pitching Survey: From bad briefs to stolen ideas, frustrations abound on both sides of the process

The Pitching Survey: From bad briefs to stolen ideas, frustrations abound on both sides of the process

Mayoral elections: How successfully did the campaigns raise voter turnout?

Mayoral elections: How successfully did the campaigns raise voter turnout?

Inside the Met Police comms response to the Westminster attacks

Inside the Met Police comms response to the Westminster attacks

The PRWeek General Election Panel: Highs and lows of the first week

The PRWeek General Election Panel: Highs and lows of the first week

Inside United's social media response to #LeggingsGate

Inside United's social media response to #LeggingsGate

'Explain it to a 10-year-old' - how to communicate complex changes in healthcare

'Explain it to a 10-year-old' - how to communicate complex changes in healthcare

Trump, populism and alternative facts: UK science & research responds to US gagging order

Trump, populism and alternative facts: UK science & research responds to US gagging order

Travel ban gives tech CEOs cover to resist Trump

Travel ban gives tech CEOs cover to resist Trump

Does 'talkability' and social media success at Christmas equal sales at the tills?

Does 'talkability' and social media success at Christmas equal sales at the tills?

John Lewis smashes its Twitter record with launch of joyful Christmas campaign

John Lewis smashes its Twitter record with launch of joyful Christmas campaign

Brexit: A buying opportunity for UK PR?

Brexit: A buying opportunity for UK PR?

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Financial specialist Cognito arrives in 'outward-looking' Amsterdam as local boutiques merge

Financial specialist Cognito arrives in 'outward-looking' Amsterdam as local boutiques merge

International financial services and tech specialist Cognito has opened in Amsterdam through the merger of two local firms, with the new office's lead pointing to a post-Brexit shift in client needs.

BBDO and WPP take top company awards at Cannes Lions

BBDO and WPP take top company awards at Cannes Lions

BDDO Worldwide has been named Network of the Year at the Cannes Lions for a record sixth time, with Clemenger BBDO Melbourne winning Agency of the Year.

Dini von Mueffling bags another Gold Lion for Evan

Dini von Mueffling bags another Gold Lion for Evan

The firm's PR work on the campaign for Sandy Hook Promise won another Gold Lion on Saturday to go alongside its Gold Lion in Entertainment won earlier this week. The push also won several Silver Lions and a Bronze.

Burger King CMO: don't treat agencies like creative vending machines

Burger King CMO: don't treat agencies like creative vending machines

"Transactional" relationships between clients and agencies can hinder creativity, according to Burger King CMO Axl Schwan - who said agencies should not be treated as creative "vending machines".

Weber Shandwick joins forces with London's Tavistock to 'disrupt financial PR'

Weber Shandwick joins forces with London's Tavistock to 'disrupt financial PR'

Weber Shandwick has signed a partnership with London-based financial comms specialist Tavistock, to help it "disrupt the financial PR market".

Shares in Cannes Lions' owner fall as Publicis pulls out and WPP voices doubts

Shares in Cannes Lions' owner fall as Publicis pulls out and WPP voices doubts

Shares in Ascential, the owner of Cannes Lions, fell more than 3% after Publicis Groupe said it would not enter the awards next year and WPP said "the jury is out" on its future participation.

Consumer agency Lexis merges into Text100 as MD Dominic Shales steps down

Consumer agency Lexis merges into Text100 as MD Dominic Shales steps down

London consumer agency Lexis is merging into sister agency Text100, making the tech-focused agency's London office its largest location globally.

Dini von Mueffling, Taylor win gold in Entertainment, Media Lions

Dini von Mueffling, Taylor win gold in Entertainment, Media Lions

Dini von Mueffling Communications won a Gold and a Bronze Lion for the Evan campaign for Sandy Hook Promise.

Smee takes EMEA director role at Lewis but Purestone co-founder Butler departs

Smee takes EMEA director role at Lewis but Purestone co-founder Butler departs

James Smee has been given the role of director of EMEA digital marketing at Lewis three years on from his agency Purestone being acquired by the global firm - but co-founder Simon Butler is departing.

Watch: Cannes Young Lions PR Silver winners talk creativity while riding Snapchat Ferris Wheel

Watch: Cannes Young Lions PR Silver winners talk creativity while riding Snapchat Ferris Wheel

PRWeek joined Jack Davy and Ottilie Ratcliffe of UK agency The Romans, who bagged Young Lions PR Silver, aboard Snapchat's Ferris Wheel to discuss the awards process, their favourite Lions winners and other highlights.

HP diversity targets for PR and ad agencies appear to be working, says comms chief

HP diversity targets for PR and ad agencies appear to be working, says comms chief

HP's move to ask its agencies to employ more women in leadership positions appears to be working, according to its comms chief - who said sometimes both stick and a carrot is needed to encourage change.

CIPR president and former Liquid MD Jason Mackenzie opens Bottle in Bournemouth

CIPR president and former Liquid MD Jason Mackenzie opens Bottle in Bournemouth

Jason MacKenzie is opening a new office for Oxford PR agency Bottle in Bournemouth - a location that the agency's boss admits "may not have been the obvious choice".

M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment takes over South African agency Levergy

M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment takes over South African agency Levergy

M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment has acquired a 60 per cent stake in South African agency Levergy for an undisclosed fee.