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Charles Begley to join The Westminster & City Property Associations

Charles Begley to join The Westminster & City Property Associations

The Westminster & City Property Associations has hired TTA Property senior partner Charles Begley as executive director.

GCI Health expands London team with Hannah Morris hire

GCI Health expands London team with Hannah Morris hire

GCI Health has expanded its London team with the appointment of Hannah Morris as a board director and four mores hires across all levels.

Ketchum ups Access CEO Butenhoff to dual role running global tech practice

Ketchum ups Access CEO Butenhoff to dual role running global tech practice

The Omnicom Group firm has promoted Butenhoff to director of Ketchum's global technology business.

Washington think tank tells Amnesty International to "suck it"

Washington think tank tells Amnesty International to "suck it"

A Washington-based think tank has apologised to Amnesty International after telling the campaigning group to "suck it" via its Twitter account this morning.

Max Clifford's PR firm wound up with debts of almost half a million pounds

Max Clifford's PR firm wound up with debts of almost half a million pounds

Max Clifford's PR firm is to be wound up owing £473,000 to 19 creditors including the taxman, Channel 4 and the Newspaper Licensing Agency, records at Companies House show.

Hit or Miss? David Cameron outlines his stance on Islamic State

Hit or Miss? David Cameron outlines his stance on Islamic State

David Cameron stepped up to answer the question of just how far he was willing to involve Britain in conflict with the Islamic State (IS) as it overran parts of Syria and Iraq.

Forster restructures and hires former Lawn Tennis Association comms chief

Forster restructures and hires former Lawn Tennis Association comms chief

Forster Communications is changing its structure from client-focused teams to corporate, creative and campaigns divisions, and has hired Cathy Byrne to head the corporate team.

Empire State Building, childhood cancer groups joust on social over #EmpireGoGold effort

Empire State Building, childhood cancer groups joust on social over #EmpireGoGold effort

Pediatric cancer organizations say the Empire State Building has unfairly shot down their requests to light the landmark gold for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Meanwhile, the building's management says its employees are being bullied.

Kosher goods removal at Sainsbury's branch sparks social media backlash

Kosher goods removal at Sainsbury's branch sparks social media backlash

Sainsbury's is on the receiving end of a social media backlash after the manager of its Holborn branch removed kosher food from its shelves on Saturday in response to an anti-Israeli protest.

Martin Sorrell earns 780 times more than average WPP employee

Martin Sorrell earns 780 times more than average WPP employee

Sir Martin Sorrell, WPP's founder and chief executive, earns nearly 780 times more than his average employee, according to a think tank report.

Blu eCigs hires James Dodkin to cover PR remit

Blu eCigs hires James Dodkin to cover PR remit

E-cigarette brand Blu eCigs has hired James Dodkin to oversee PR following the company's recent rebrand from Skycig.

Grayling hires Nick Hamilton as head of sport

Grayling hires Nick Hamilton as head of sport

Grayling has appointed Nick Hamilton to the newly created role of head of sport as part of a strategic move to capitalise on its work for the sector.

Mountain Warehouse brings in House PR for consumer push

Mountain Warehouse brings in House PR for consumer push

Outdoor clothing and equipment retailer Mountain Warehouse has appointed House PR to bolster its marketing strategy following a non-competitive pitch.

Soundcheck Group to promote new Barbra Streisand album

Soundcheck Group to promote new Barbra Streisand album

Soundcheck Group has been hired to handle UK PR for Barbra Streisand as she releases her latest album.

Japanese ramen chain hires Anteater PR to support UK launch

Japanese ramen chain hires Anteater PR to support UK launch

Ippudo, the Japanese ramen noodle chain with 120 restaurants worldwide, has appointed Anteater PR ahead of the launch of its first restaurant in the UK next month.

Alibaba's Zandy to rejoin Facebook

Ashley Zandy will return to Facebook after less than a year at Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba Group.

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Experts expect P&G to emphasize cost savings, innovation as it gets back to basics

Experts expect P&G to emphasize cost savings, innovation as it gets back to basics

The CPG giant is making plans to rid itself of more than half its brands. While it does so, it must push a message of innovation and cost savings, say experts.

How communicators are addressing the spread of Ebola in West Africa

How communicators are addressing the spread of Ebola in West Africa

The spread of Ebola in West Africa has posed comms challenges in the region, where the focus is on containing the outbreak by educating those affected, and in the UK, where reassurance is more the order of the day.

Can a rebrand help change a disastrous narrative?

Can a rebrand help change a disastrous narrative?

With Malaysia Airlines contemplating a change of name following two passenger aircraft tragedies close together, PRWeek asks whether a rebrand is the right course.

Planning the evolution of press releases

Planning the evolution of press releases

Don't expect press releases to cease to exist anytime soon. But look for them to evolve rather than die out.

How is Lego handling Greenpeace's pressure over Shell partnership?

How is Lego handling Greenpeace's pressure over Shell partnership?

Lego's reaction to Greenpeace's PR attack on its partnership with oil company Shell provides a case study of how a company should, or should not, react when it is targeted as a corollary in a protest campaign.

China food scandal rocks McDonald's and KFC

China food scandal rocks McDonald's and KFC

The two global fast food chains scramble to assure Chinese customers after a TV sting report accuses supplier of processing expired meat. What can these MNCs do to win back consumer trust in the wake of the latest scandal to hit their credibility?

Crisis experts: Malaysia Airlines had to respond where news is breaking - on Twitter

Crisis experts: Malaysia Airlines had to respond where news is breaking - on Twitter

The airline's decision to go to social media first with what little information it had is a sign of the times and an "appropriate" tactic, say crisis comms experts.

Female-friendly message of Cameron's reshuffle overshadowed by Gove

Female-friendly message of Cameron's reshuffle overshadowed by Gove

Initial reaction to yesterday's extensive Cabinet reshuffle suggests that the promotion of women did not resonate with the public as much as the Conservatives might have hoped.

Newsmaker: Patten, The Vatican and the populist Pope

Newsmaker: Patten, The Vatican and the populist Pope

The Vatican, an institution not best known for its culture of openness, has announced the formation of an 11-strong committee to be led by Chris Patten that will oversee the modernisation of its communications.

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AB InBev reviews Stella Artois and Budweiser UK work

AB InBev reviews Stella Artois and Budweiser UK work

AB InBev UK, part of the world's largest brewer, has launched a major consumer pitch for some of its biggest brands.

Pharma giant Merck reviews Seven Seas UK brief

Pharma giant Merck reviews Seven Seas UK brief

Multibillion-pound pharma heavyweight Merck is pitching out UK PR work for its Seven Seas vitality brand.

Tech start-up's £3k ideas pitch provokes accusation of "devaluing industry"

Tech start-up's £3k ideas pitch provokes accusation of "devaluing industry"

Prominent tech start-up TransferWise has provoked agency ire after launching a £3,000 hunt for a creative idea that it plans to hand on to another agency to implement.

Cadogan Estates reviews UK PR after a decade with Halpern

Cadogan Estates reviews UK PR after a decade with Halpern

Cadogan Estates, the owner of 90 acres of property around Sloane Square and Chelsea, is reviewing its UK PR work.

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Powerscourt supports €1bn Bank of Cyprus capital raising

Powerscourt supports €1bn Bank of Cyprus capital raising

Powerscourt is handling comms for the Bank of Cyprus, which last week secured a major funding boost following a disastrous year.

James Warren takes top EMEA digital role at MSLGroup

James Warren takes top EMEA digital role at MSLGroup

MSLGroup has hired former Weber Shandwick digital chief James Warren in an EMEA-wide role as the agency labels digital "a top priority".

European comms survey shows social media declining as a priority

European comms survey shows social media declining as a priority

The importance of social media to European communications professionals appears to be tapering off, according to the latest European Communication Monitor report.

Publicis Groupe chief Lévy bemoans "unsatisfactory" revenue growth of 0.2%

Publicis Groupe chief Lévy bemoans "unsatisfactory" revenue growth of 0.2%

Maurice Lévy, the chief executive of MSLGroup parent company Publicis Groupe, has described the company's weak first-half revenue growth as "not satisfactory by our standards".

Malaysia Airlines advised by former Virgin Atlantic comms chief Paul Charles

Malaysia Airlines advised by former Virgin Atlantic comms chief Paul Charles

A team from UK PR agency Perowne Charles Communications (PCC) is in Amsterdam to assist Malaysia Airlines with communications around the MH17 disaster, PRWeek understands.