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Bell Pottinger Group MD David Wilson stands down

Bell Pottinger Group MD David Wilson stands down

David Wilson is to stand down as group MD of Bell Pottinger after 15 years at the agency.

Mirror Group considering appeal over £1.2m phone hacking pay-out

The Mirror Group says it is considering whether to appeal after being ordered to pay £1.2m for hacking the phones of celebrities.

Hallmark Cards brings in FleishmanHillard for Forever Friends brand

Hallmark Cards brings in FleishmanHillard for Forever Friends brand

Hallmark Cards has appointed FleishmanHillard's brand marketing team as its UK agency for Forever Friends, after a competitive pitch.

Former Reputation Institute MD Spencer Fox co-founds Tovera

Former Reputation Institute MD Spencer Fox has launched a new "reputation management" agency with ad industry veteran Ann Binnie.

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.

Former Savills director and Red Bull brand manager launches Sweet + Salt PR

Former Savills director and Red Bull brand manager launches Sweet + Salt PR

Rachel Clark, a former PR director at Savills, has launched her own PR and content agency specialising in property, retail and food sectors.

PRWeek Mentoring Project: 15 mentees named

PRWeek Mentoring Project: 15 mentees named

The 15 female PR professionals chosen to be 'mentees' as part of the PRWeek/Women in PR Mentoring Project have been named.

Smiths Group merges PR and PA as comms chief Peter Durman departs for Imperial Tobacco

Global tech giant Smiths Group has amalgamated its comms and public affairs departments following the resignation of PR chief Peter Durman, who has been appointed director of investor relations at Imperial Tobacco.

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.

Mirror Group pays £1.2m to eight celebrity hacking victims

Mirror Group pays £1.2m to eight celebrity hacking victims

The Mirror Group has been ordered to pay more than £1.2m in compensation to hacking victims including footballer Paul Gascoigne and actor Shane Richie.

Thomas Cook chief to meet family of Corfu victims

Thomas Cook chief to meet family of Corfu victims

Thomas Cook's group chief executive Peter Fankhauser will meet with the parents of the two children who were killed while on holiday in Corfu in 2006.

Havas Sports & Entertainment merges with Cake

Havas Sports & Entertainment merges with Cake

Havas is merging its brand entertainment PR agency Cake with Havas Sports & Entertainment, creating a UK outfit with a combined turnover of £12m.

Rain hires ex-Ogilvy and FleishmanHillard PR as corporate account director

Rain hires ex-Ogilvy and FleishmanHillard PR as corporate account director

Rain Communications has appointed Rajmeena Aujla as corporate account director.

TOWIE's Lydia Bright appoints Label PR to promote clothing range

TOWIE's Lydia Bright appoints Label PR to promote clothing range

Lydia Bright, star of The Only Way Is Essex (TOWIE), has hired Label PR to manage the UK press and publicity for her new clothing range, following a six-way pitch.

Marketers urged to assess their comms following death of charity worker

Marketers urged to assess their comms following death of charity worker

The UK trade association for marketing, DMA, has urged the industry to ensure that communications with their customers are appropriate, following negative press coverage of the charity sector over the death of poppy seller Olive Cooke.

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How Walgreens and M&M's are pitching in to bring Red Nose Day stateside

How Walgreens and M&M's are pitching in to bring Red Nose Day stateside

Building a national charitable event from scratch isn't easy. Yet that's what UK-based organization Comic Relief has in mind with Red Nose Day, which is supported by NBC, Walgreens, and M&M's.

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.

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.

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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.

Portsmouth International Port retains Purple following six-way pitch

Portsmouth International Port retains Purple following six-way pitch

Portsmouth International Port has retained Purple, after Portsmouth City Council put the integrated marketing comms account out to tender last August.

PayPal puts EMEA and APAC PR accounts out to pitch ahead of split from eBay

PayPal puts EMEA and APAC PR accounts out to pitch ahead of split from eBay

PayPal is looking for PR support to manage its comms activity in the EMEA and Asia-Pacific regions, ahead of its split from eBay later this year.

Smoking Gun PR wins brief from Wonga rival Satsuma

Smoking Gun PR wins brief from Wonga rival Satsuma

Smoking Gun PR has landed a six-figure account after being chosen to handle media relations for Satsuma Loans.

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.