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PRWeek UK Top 150 PR Consultancies Report - submit your figures now

PRWeek UK Top 150 PR Consultancies Report - submit your figures now

PRWeek UK is inviting agencies to submit their figures for the Top 150 PR Consultancies Report 2015.

888.com starts search for UK consumer agency

888.com starts search for UK consumer agency

Online gambling firm 888.com has sent out a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) as it begins the search for a UK consumer PR agency, PRWeek has learnt.

Hudson Sandler appoints BT's Kate Cleevely

Hudson Sandler has appointed BT comms veteran Kate Cleevely as a director in its brand and corporate team to develop the agency's marketing communications skills.

Estrella Galicia appoints House PR to lead UK consumer account

Estrella Galicia appoints House PR to lead UK consumer account

Spanish beer brand Estrella Galicia has appointed House PR, following a five-way pitch, to promote the brand in the UK via music and food.

Fibs, over-confidence, snogging: the worst things to hear in a PR job interview

Fibs, over-confidence, snogging: the worst things to hear in a PR job interview

What is the worst thing you've heard in a PR job interview (or read on a CV)? PRWeek asked our Twitter followers, and received some interesting - and surprising - replies.

Simon Peck named Engine's first UK group MD

Simon Peck named Engine's first UK group MD

Engine, the marcoms firm that owns PR agencies MHP and Mischief, has appointed Simon Peck to the new role of UK group MD.

Christie's appoints Catherine Manson as global head of comms

Christie's appoints Catherine Manson as global head of comms

Christie's, the fine arts auction house, has appointed Catherine Manson as global head of communications.

Kidney Research UK brings in Stand Agency for awareness campaign

Kidney Research UK brings in Stand Agency for awareness campaign

Stand Agency has been appointed by Kidney Research UK to launch a PR and social media campaign for the charity's awareness month in March, following a non-competitive pitch.

England and Wales Cricket Board hires Sky's Chris Haynes as comms director

England and Wales Cricket Board hires Sky's Chris Haynes as comms director

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has appointed Chris Haynes, who has held a number of senior PR roles at Sky, as its new director of comms.

William Grant appoints Salt following five-way pitch for UK comms brief

William Grant appoints Salt following five-way pitch for UK comms brief

Scottish distillery William Grant & Sons, which owns Sailor Jerry Rum and Hendrick's Gin, has appointed Salt to manage its UK comms, following a five-way pitch.

Guidance from lobbying registrar still unclear and it is 'five-to-midnight', warns APPC chair

Guidance from lobbying registrar still unclear and it is 'five-to-midnight', warns APPC chair

The chair of the APPC has criticised the lack of clarity on guidelines for its members from the lobbying registrar and said they are only emerging at "five-to-midnight".

Ex-Virgin Media CFO's Zegona hires Tavistock as it eyes multi-billion-pound acquisition spree

Zegona, a new firm headed by former Virgin Media CFO Eamonn O'Hare to acquire and operate telecoms assets worth up to £3bn, has appointed Tavistock as its sole PR agency ahead of a planned IPO.

Ideal Group transfers online marketing to CMA Digital

Ideal Group transfers online marketing to CMA Digital

Emergency response company Ideal Group is to transfer all of its online marketing to CMA Digital next week.

Grind & Co appoints W as first PR agency to support expansion plans

Grind & Co appoints W as first PR agency to support expansion plans

London-based all-day and late-night espresso and cocktail bar Grind & Co has called in W to support its London expansion plans.

Bell Pottinger hires John Rivett from Lexis as MD of consumer practice

Bell Pottinger hires John Rivett from Lexis as MD of consumer practice

Bell Pottinger has appointed John Rivett from Lexis as managing director of its consumer practice.

Kreab adds to senior adviser roster with Iraj Ispahani appointment

Kreab, the multinational PR agency previously known as Kreab Gavin Anderson, has added another senior adviser to its team with the appointment of Iraj Ispahani of management consultant Oliver Wyman & Co.

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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?

How do you solve a problem like Tesco?

How do you solve a problem like Tesco?

Tesco's recent troubles read like a horror story: an accounting scandal that has forced huge changes at the top, a plummeting share price, falling sales and lost consumer confidence as shoppers turn to discount retailers such as Lidl and Aldi.

How can British Islam overturn the upsurge in negative sentiment towards it?

How can British Islam overturn the upsurge in negative sentiment towards it?

It could be argued that it has never been more important for the representatives of Islam in the UK to communicate the religion's true purpose to both Muslims and non-Muslims, against a backdrop of negative media coverage and a hostile public using social media to criticise it. Three leading figures from the Islamic community in the UK have spoken to PRWeek about the comms challenge of how to improve the reputation of the religion.

Christmas trading figures: Did the big retailer campaigns deliver?

Christmas trading figures: Did the big retailer campaigns deliver?

The tinsel has been packed away for another year, the tree has been recycled and most people are reeling from festive overspend and looking at how to survive January on the contents of their freezers. With four major retailers releasing trading figures this week, PRWeek assesses how their Christmas campaigns translated into sales, with the help of Andrew Bloch, founder of consumer PR agency Frank PR.

Uber, World Cup, Huntsworth, Engine: News from 2014 in review

Uber, World Cup, Huntsworth, Engine: News from 2014 in review

2014 has been a busy year for the PR industry. Here PRWeek looks back on some of the stories that hit the headlines...

Spectacular gaffes: Sydney debacle adds to Uber's woeful run

Spectacular gaffes: Sydney debacle adds to Uber's woeful run

'Uber' is a prefix denoting an outstanding or supreme example of a particular kind of person or thing. Unfortunately, the company of the same name has been outstanding for all the wrong reasons.

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Royal British Legion looks for new PR agency

Royal British Legion looks for new PR agency

Royal British Legion, the welfare charity for service personnel, is in the early stages of inviting agencies to pitch, PRWeek has learned.

Cake and M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment go head to head in final round of Virgin Atlantic pitch

Cake and M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment go head to head in final round of Virgin Atlantic pitch

Cake and M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment have reached the final stage of a pitch process for Virgin Atlantic's consumer PR account.

Holland & Barrett and GNC owner seeks PR agency for consumer and corporate brief

Holland & Barrett and GNC owner seeks PR agency for consumer and corporate brief

NBTY Europe, the owner of health food shop Holland & Barrett and sports nutrition retailer GNC, is looking for a UK agency to manage its consumer and corporate work.

Diageo holds pitch for UK corporate comms and public affairs brief

Diageo holds pitch for UK corporate comms and public affairs brief

Diageo GB is holding a pitch for a corporate comms and public affairs joint brief, an account that has been held by Edelman for the past five years.

Recent European PR news

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.

Publicis Groupe extends deadline for Sapient deal again

Publicis Groupe extends deadline for Sapient deal again

Publicis Groupe has extended the deadline for Sapient shareholders to accept its $3.7 billion offer for a fourth time.

Telefónica hires Citigate Dewe Rogerson as Hutchison targets O2 acquisition

Telefónica hires Citigate Dewe Rogerson as Hutchison targets O2 acquisition

Financial and corporate comms agency Citigate Dewe Rogerson is understood to be working with Telefónica around industry consolidation as Hutchison Whampoa (HW), the Hong Kong-based owner of UK network Three, targets a £9.25bn acquisition of its UK business O2.