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TTA Property hands chairman role to Liz Pearce ahead of Good Relations rebrand

TTA Property hands chairman role to Liz Pearce ahead of Good Relations rebrand

Liz Peace, the chief executive of the British Property Federation, has been appointed as the new chairman of property specialist TTA Property as the firm prepares to rebrand.

Flybe in corporate and financial PR review

Flybe in corporate and financial PR review

UK-based domestic and European airline Flybe is in talks with agencies about its corporate and financial PR after a decade with Instinctif Partners.

Iceland signs Peter Andre as celebrity ambassador

Iceland signs Peter Andre as celebrity ambassador

Peter Andre has been recruited as the new face of Iceland, the frozen food retailer, which will roll out TV ads featuring the former pop star.

Berkeley PR wins Yodel parcel delivery account

Berkeley PR wins Yodel parcel delivery account

Parcel delivery company Yodel has appointed Berkeley PR to handle a comms brief aimed at consumers, retailers and stakeholders.

Albion Drive targets major growth after £25m Kirshenbaum Bond Senecal deal

Albion Drive targets major growth after £25m Kirshenbaum Bond Senecal deal

The founder of Albion Drive has claimed the PR agency could double in size over the next year on the back of US-based Kirshenbaum Bond Senecal & Partners buying a majority stake in its parent group Albion.

Clothing retailer Blue Inc appoints Instinct PR to consumer account

Clothing retailer Blue Inc appoints Instinct PR to consumer account

Instinct PR has been appointed by clothing retailer Blue Inc to handle its consumer media, campaigns and celebrity outreach.

Tavistock promotes Matt Ridsdale and Jos Simson as John West departs

Tavistock promotes Matt Ridsdale and Jos Simson as John West departs

John West has left financial and corporate PR agency Tavistock Communications after seven years as chief executive and has been replaced by board directors Matt Ridsdale and Jos Simson.

Reputation management agency owners set up reputation insurance broker

Reputation management agency owners set up reputation insurance broker

Paul Baverstock and Robert Nuttall, the founders of reputation management consultancy Fortitude Partners, have set up a reputation insurance broker called Reputation Risk Solutions.

Centrica hires Edelman director Sarah Richardson for top public affairs role

Centrica hires Edelman director Sarah Richardson for top public affairs role

Sarah Richardson, a director at Edelman and former Lord Mayor of Westminster, is to join Centrica Energy in the newly created role of director of public affairs.

Lake Capital rejects demands of Engine's rebel shareholders

Lake Capital rejects demands of Engine's rebel shareholders

Lake Capital, the private equity company set to buy MHP and Mischief owner Engine, has refused to improve its offer to ex-employee shareholders.

Hundreds of police social media slips brought to light

Hundreds of police social media slips brought to light

A senior comms figure has defended the use of social media by police after it emerged forces in England and Wales have conducted 828 investigations into the use of social media by staff over the past five years.

Greggs gives lesson in Twitter crisis management after fake logo debacle

Greggs gives lesson in Twitter crisis management after fake logo debacle

Greggs became victim to a viciously satirical version of its own logo yesterday, when Google searches for the baker displayed a fake tagline that read, "Providing shit to scum for over 70 years".

Danny Whatmough lands senior digital role at Weber Shandwick

Danny Whatmough lands senior digital role at Weber Shandwick

Danny Whatmough has left Ketchum to join Weber Shandwick as head of digital across its European consumer practice.

Uber hires former top Obama aide Plouffe to oversee comms, policy

Uber hires former top Obama aide Plouffe to oversee comms, policy

David Plouffe "will be managing all global policy and political activities, communications, and Uber branding efforts," the company's CEO, Travis Kalanick, wrote in a blog post on the hire.

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 more hires across all levels.

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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.