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Video crowdsourcing company Genero appoints Propeller

Genero has brought in Propellor to manage its comms, in a bid to raise its profile in the advertising, technology and business sectors.

Premier relocates office to serve entertainment, arts and culture industries

Premier relocates office to serve entertainment, arts and culture industries

Premier, the creative comms agency, will move to new premises in Covent Garden at the end of the year.

Edelman, TransCanada to split after Greenpeace strategy document leak

Edelman, TransCanada to split after Greenpeace strategy document leak

TransCanada and Edelman both released statements Wednesday saying they will part company after Greenpeace leaked five documents last week outlining the energy company's communications strategy.

Luchford APM wins London Marriott Hotel Park Lane and Lanesborough accounts

Luchford APM wins London Marriott Hotel Park Lane and Lanesborough accounts

Luchford APM has been appointed as the international PR agency for London Marriott Hotel Park Lane and the retained agent for the Lanesborough in Hyde Park.

PRs tell Speaker Bercow to drop the "arcane" language

PRs tell Speaker Bercow to drop the "arcane" language

Keep it brief, include video and present information in a news-style format was the advice given to parliamentarians by PR professionals this week.

Big Communications wins three-way pitch for Arqadia

Big Communications wins three-way pitch for Arqadia

Big Communications has won a competitive pitch for a one-year retainer with Arqadia, the picture frame supplier.

Food and drink marcoms agency Elliotts promotes James Hacon to MD

Food and drink marcoms agency Elliotts promotes James Hacon to MD

Elliotts, the specialist marcoms agency for the food, drink and hospitality sectors, has promoted James Hacon to managing director and made further appointments in its senior team.

PRexamples founder Rich Leigh launches own agency

PRexamples founder Rich Leigh launches own agency

The founder of stunt and campaign website PRexamples has set up his own agency, Rich Leigh and Co, with a focus on personal PR.

Content marketing is missing the mark

A study from The Economist Group has found that 71 per cent of content marketing is having a negative impact on brand perceptions.

Google's Nest Labs on hunt for consumer technology agency

Google's Nest Labs on hunt for consumer technology agency

Thermostat maker Nest Labs, which was bought by Google last year, is looking for a consumer technology PR agency.

EDC UK CEO Paul Hammersley to leave following restructure

EDC UK CEO Paul Hammersley to leave following restructure

Paul Hammersley is to leave his role as chief executive of EDC UK following a restructure that has seen the UK business separate from sister agencies in North America.

FleishmanHillard announces European launch of The Native Newsroom

FleishmanHillard announces European launch of The Native Newsroom

FleishmanHillard has created a b2b content marketing service developed with LinkedIn that allows clients to engage with target audiences.

DfE launches campaign with Argos to promote free childcare

DfE launches campaign with Argos to promote free childcare

The Department for Education (DfE) has joined up with Argos to launch a till receipt campaign that will alert parents to free childcare they may be able to claim.

Aspectus PR wins pitch for UK Power Reserve

Aspectus PR wins pitch for UK Power Reserve

Aspectus PR has won a three-way pitch to increase UK Power Reserve's (UKPR) media presence.

Plank PR wins account for Edinburgh International TV Festival 2015

Plank PR wins account for Edinburgh International TV Festival 2015

Plank PR has won a pitch to promote the Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival 2015 and mark its 40th anniversary.

Bell Pottinger wins Focusrite account as music firm plans IPO

Bell Pottinger wins Focusrite account as music firm plans IPO

Bell Pottinger has been appointed to handle financial PR for Focusrite, the global provider of music technology products, ahead of its planned IPO in December.

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FIFA World Cup reputation assignment too hot for two PR firms

FIFA World Cup reputation assignment too hot for two PR firms

Other agencies are weighing the risks of representing the embattled world soccer body, as well as the controversial host nations: Russia and Qatar.

Supermarket Christmas campaigns: This means war!

Supermarket Christmas campaigns: This means war!

The Christmas marketing war among Britain's retailers increasingly features a central battle between John Lewis and Sainsbury's. Both have launched talkable, even controversial, campaigns for this year.

The Publicis Sapient deal is a harbinger of huge change for the PR industry

The Publicis Sapient deal is a harbinger of huge change for the PR industry

On Monday, Publicis Groupe announced the $3.7bn (£2.3bn) acquisition of Sapient, a move which took the industry by surprise, coming as it did several months after the failed attempt to merge with Omnicom - a deal which would have created a marketing services giant to overtake Sir Martin Sorrell's WPP.

Should 'sin' industries be switching comms specialists for lawyers to minimise risk?

Should 'sin' industries be switching comms specialists for lawyers to minimise risk?

A trend is emerging in which alcohol and tobacco firms are replacing comms specialists with lawyers to negotiate the regulatory landscape, but is this the right move?

The good, the bad and the ugly of supermarket comms

The good, the bad and the ugly of supermarket comms

Supermarkets are hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons again but three examples of customer relations failures show that it's not the size of the mess you make but how you clear it up that makes the most lasting impression.

Who will steer Huntsworth out of stormy waters and can it survive intact?

Who will steer Huntsworth out of stormy waters and can it survive intact?

The future of Huntsworth has become a subject of speculation following the sudden departure of its chairman Lord Myners, together with the expected retirement of its chief executive Lord Chadlington and a gloomy financial performance.

When does a brand partnership become a toxic relationship?

When does a brand partnership become a toxic relationship?

Greenpeace's success in forcing Lego to stop making Shell-branded toys shows that brands need to be wise to public sentiment when agreeing long-term partnerships.

Public health communicators weigh up approach to Ebola threat

Public health communicators weigh up approach to Ebola threat

Ebola has arrived in Europe and the World Health Organization warns that new cases on this continent are inevitable. So how will health agencies communicate the threat level without causing public panic?

Scandal and defections test Tory comms machine

Scandal and defections test Tory comms machine

Was the Conservative media response to a damaging sex scandal and UKIP defection up to scratch? Ian Griggs asks the experts what they thought of the tactics.

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National Trust puts UK PR account up for review

National Trust puts UK PR account up for review

The National Trust (NT) is reviewing its UK consumer account, with incumbent firm Mischief repitching for the work.

Chambord narrows search for UK consumer PR agency

Chambord narrows search for UK consumer PR agency

US wine and spirits company Brown-Forman has shortlisted agencies to compete for consumer work for its raspberry liqueur brand Chambord, which is understood to be worth £120,000 annually.

Croatian National Tourist Board launches tender for international PR agency

Croatian National Tourist Board launches tender for international PR agency

The Croatian National Tourist Board (CNTB) is inviting agencies to pitch for its international PR account.

Airbnb set to appoint new UK consumer PR agency

Airbnb set to appoint new UK consumer PR agency

Accommodation-sharing business Airbnb has invited agencies to pitch for its UK PR work, which it is understood incumbent Freuds has decided not to defend.

Recent European PR news

Red Lorry Yellow Lorry wins LogMeln account

Red Lorry Yellow Lorry wins LogMeln account

Red Lorry Yellow Lorry has been appointed as the new international PR agency for LogMeln, the fast-growing US-based remote internet service provider.

Global agencies line up for "mission impossible" World Cup brief

Global agencies line up for "mission impossible" World Cup brief

FIFA has lined up at least five global PR agencies to compete for the job of reassuring fans and sponsors about the next two locations for the World Cup - Russia in 2018 and Qatar in 2022 - amid yet more controversy over its handling of corruption allegations.

Havas turns in 6% organic growth

Havas turns in 6% organic growth

Maitland, Cake and Havas PR parent company Havas has reported overall organic growth of 6 per cent in its third quarter results.

Weber Shandwick EMEA creative chief Gabriela Lungu departs

Weber Shandwick EMEA creative chief Gabriela Lungu departs

Gabriela Lungu, the EMEA chief creative officer at Weber Shandwick, is leaving the agency six months after it acquired Swedish creative powerhouse Prime.

Maurice Lévy outlines impact of Sapient deal on PR

Maurice Lévy outlines impact of Sapient deal on PR

Maurice Lévy, the chief executive of Publicis Groupe, has told PRWeek his £2.3bn deal to buy Sapient will benefit the company's clients and its individual business, such as PR group MSL.