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Registrar to issue new lobbying regulations in January

Registrar to issue new lobbying regulations in January

The Office of the Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists (ORCL) plans to issue formal rules in January that will determine whether lobbyists will have to join a register under the new Lobbying Act 2014.

Visa Europe launches video to celebrate workers and volunteers on Christmas Day

Visa Europe launches video to celebrate workers and volunteers on Christmas Day

Visa Europe worked with content creation agency The 10 Group to create a video that shows Christmas day workers and volunteers being surprised with gifts.

PRWeek Poll: Two thirds say UKIP's PR strategy is not up to scratch

PRWeek Poll: Two thirds say UKIP's PR strategy is not up to scratch

Two thirds of PR and comms professionals do not think UKIP's PR strategy is up to scratch, according to an exclusive PRWeek poll.

One in four of 'Generation Z' left Facebook in 2014, says Global Messsaging research

One in four of 'Generation Z' left Facebook in 2014, says Global Messsaging research

New research from mobile marketing company Global Messsaging reveals insight into the habits of those born around the year 2000, known as Generation Z.

The Big Partnership appoints Jessica McAndrew and Alice Ritchie

The Big Partnership appoints Jessica McAndrew and Alice Ritchie

The Big Partnership, the Glasgow-based PR and digital marketing agency, has announced two new appointments "designed to meet rising demand for digital services".

Malaysia Airlines disaster is most searched story on Google in 2014

Malaysia Airlines disaster is most searched story on Google in 2014

Google Trends has rounded up the top 10 most searched stories in 2014, with the Malaysia Airlines disaster stories topping the list.

WWF launches #PenguinDanceBattle to raise awareness of climate change

WWF launches #PenguinDanceBattle to raise awareness of climate change

The effort was inspired by the #IceBucketChallenge.

Havas buys Formula PR

Havas buys Formula PR

The rebranded Havas Formula will be a part of the holding company's Creative Group alongside Havas PR and other firms.

ABB establishes public affairs team and boosts media relations

ABB establishes public affairs team and boosts media relations

Global power giant ABB Group has recruited a new public affairs team and strengthened its media relations team, with the changes effective from 1 January.

Entry deadline for PRWeek UK's Best Places to Work Awards moved to 7 January

Entry deadline for PRWeek UK's Best Places to Work Awards moved to 7 January

The deadline for entry to PRWeek UK's Best Places to Work Awards 2015 has been extended to Wednesday 7 January.

APCO's Staples formalizes global team

APCO's Staples formalizes global team

New CEO Brad Staples names leadership team, including wider roles for Nelson Fernandez and Nicolas Bouvier.

Taaffe to take reins as Huntsworth CEO in April

Taaffe to take reins as Huntsworth CEO in April

The former Hill & Knowlton CEO and Groupon comms leader is set to become chief executive of Huntsworth in April, replacing the retiring Lord Chadlington.

Red Cell PR appointed for Rangemaster Sinks & Taps

Red Cell PR appointed for Rangemaster Sinks & Taps

Red Cell PR, the Essex-based marketing and communications agency, has been retained by Rangemaster Sinks & Taps to manage its PR from January 2015.

SkyParlour to handle PR for myPinPad

SkyParlour, the B2B marketing and PR consultancy, has been appointed to handle comms for myPinPad, the 'next generation' payment authentication service.

Leicester City tops 2014 Sport Social Media Index

Leicester City tops 2014 Sport Social Media Index

They may be languishing at the bottom of the Premier League, but Leicester City is top of the table when it comes to use of social media among UK sports teams, new research shows.

Curzon to represent Russian Prince from the Romanov dynasty

Curzon to represent Russian Prince from the Romanov dynasty

Curzon PR has taken on a brief to support a descendant of the imperial Romanov family, the artist Prince Rostislav Romanov, to provide digital support for his online platform.

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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.

Sluts, breastfeeding and immigrants on the M4: Lambert has a job on his hands with UKIP's comms role

Sluts, breastfeeding and immigrants on the M4: Lambert has a job on his hands with UKIP's comms role

Sluts not cleaning behind fridges, women breastfeeding in the corner and immigrants clogging up the M4. Every time Nigel Farage or members of his party make such statements, the 'Metropolitan elite' they deride throws up its hands in horror with a look of disbelief. But what sounds like a gaffe to some is music to the ears of UKIP's supporters and plays straight into the anti-politics 'everyman' image of Farage and his party. So why has UKIP chosen this moment to up its game with the appointment of BBC veteran Paul Lambert as director of communications?

Experts weigh in on Uber fallout in India

Experts weigh in on Uber fallout in India

Delhi has banned Uber after a female passenger reported she was raped by one of its contracted drivers, adding to the string of crises surrounding the San Francisco startup. We asked India-based PR experts to weigh in.

Harvey Nichols' budget Christmas campaign relies on smart PR rather than big media spend

Harvey Nichols' budget Christmas campaign relies on smart PR rather than big media spend

Ironically for a firm which sells £2,000 handbags, Harvey Nichols has unveiled a Christmas campaign with far less money behind it than other retailers have deployed, meaning that it has had to rely instead on clever PR techniques and viral shareability.

John Lewis' festive campaign is the talk of social media

John Lewis' festive campaign is the talk of social media

With a few weeks to go before Christmas, fresh sentiment analysis for PRWeek shows that the John Lewis and Sainsbury's highly integrated festive campaigns are dominating the social media conversation, leaving the other major retailers trailing.

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.

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Dubai Tourism on hunt for global consumer PR agency

Dubai Tourism on hunt for global consumer PR agency

Dubai Tourism and the government of Dubai are looking for a global consumer agency to develop a five-year plan to boost the city's brand identity and increase tourism.

Weber Shandwick appointed by FIFA for 2018 World Cup brief

Weber Shandwick appointed by FIFA for 2018 World Cup brief

Weber Shandwick has been appointed by FIFA to manage communications for the 2018 Russia World Cup.

Mischief wins Odeon account

Mischief wins Odeon account

Mischief has been appointed as the retained UK consumer PR agency for Odeon, as the cinema chain ends its 17-year relationship with The Red Consultancy.

Google's Nest Labs on hunt for UK consumer technology agency

Google's Nest Labs on hunt for UK consumer technology agency

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

Recent European PR news

PFPR appoints Jon Visscher and James Parsons to senior roles

Automotive PR specialist PFPR Communications has recruited two former account managers to its senior management team following the addition of new clients in 2014 including Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.

Ketchum wins EU PR account for smartphone messaging app LINE

Ketchum wins EU PR account for smartphone messaging app LINE

Ketchum has been appointed by global mobile app LINE to boost the brand's profile in the UK and Spain, following a five-way pitch.

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.