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Edelman, Engine, Weber Shandwick and Karma among Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For

Edelman, Engine, Weber Shandwick and Karma among Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For

Edelman, Engine, Weber Shandwick and Karma Communications, the owner of PR agency Kaper, have been named among the 100 best large UK firms to work for by the Sunday Times.

Co-op to shake-up PR function with Jon Church named new comms director

Co-op to shake-up PR function with Jon Church named new comms director

The Co-op is to undergo major PR restructure, with the departure of director Nick Folland, who currently heads the corporate comms and public affairs function, and the appointment of former Tesco and Coles PR chief Jon Church as comms director, PRWeek has learnt.

Get a room! Surname & Surname wins HotelTonight account

Get a room! Surname & Surname wins HotelTonight account

Surname & Surname has been appointed by HotelTonight to handle the company's consumer and corporate PR following a competitive pitch.

A third of PR people have experienced mental ill health, PRCA survey finds

A third of PR people have experienced mental ill health, PRCA survey finds

A third of people working in PR have experienced mental illness, according to an exclusive survey carried out for PRWeek by the PRCA.

Eulogy launches content marketing division for b2b and consumer clients

Eulogy has launched a content marketing division to help b2b and consumer clients create content across social, editorial and video platforms, improve customer retention and boost site traffic.

Hudson Sandler hires ex-Macquarie EMEA corporate comms chief Alex Clelland

Hudson Sandler has appointed Alex Clelland, formerly EMEA head of corporate comms for global investing banking and financial services group Macquarie, as a director in its financial services team.

Harvard and Essentially win pitch for Lycamobile for PR and sponsorship brief

Harvard and Essentially win pitch for Lycamobile for PR and sponsorship brief

Lycamobile, the mobile phone virtual network for international calling, has appointed Chime group agencies Essentially and Harvard after a competitive pitch for UK sponsorship strategy, corporate and consumer comms.

Publicis snaps up South African firm Epic to merge into MSLGroup

Publicis snaps up South African firm Epic to merge into MSLGroup

The French holding company's acquisition spree continues after completing its deal for Sapient earlier this month.

PRs have key role to play in repairing broken trust of UK employees

PR professionals have the opportunity to improve business performance and influence leaders, at a time when trust in UK business is at an all-time low, says a new report from Edelman.

Cabinet Office announces £750 annual fees for registration to lobbying register

Cabinet Office announces £750 annual fees for registration to lobbying register

The Cabinet Office today published its regulations for the Lobbying Act's statutory register, including annual fees of around £750.

PRWeek UK editor Danny Rogers to write book on great modern campaigns

PRWeek UK editor Danny Rogers to write book on great modern campaigns

Danny Rogers, editor-in-chief for PRWeek UK, has been commissioned to write a book on the greatest campaigns of the modern age.

The Big Partnership appoints directors as full-year profit grows 10 per cent

The Big Partnership, the Scotland-based PR and digital marketing agency, has reported a 10 per cent rise in full-year profit to £1.2m and announced the promotion of three employees to board directors.

BRITs popularity drops on Twitter despite Madonna's fall

BRITs popularity drops on Twitter despite Madonna's fall

The number of BRIT Award mentions on Twitter is down by nearly half on last year's event, according to research from social analytics agency Crimson Hexagon.

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.

Pension Protection Fund appoints Lansons as retained comms adviser

The Pension Protection Fund (PPF) has hired Lansons to manage its media relations account following a competitive pitch.

MPs who lobby for money will need to register as lobbyists, registrar confirms

MPs who lobby for money will need to register as lobbyists, registrar confirms

Lobbying registrar Alison White has confirmed that MPs and peers who accept money to influence ministers will need to register as lobbyists.

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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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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.

Dirty Martini looks to shake up PR function

Dirty Martini looks to shake up PR function

Cocktail bar brand Dirty Martini is undergoing a review of its PR function, exploring various options including appointing a new agency or bringing the role in-house.

Virgin Atlantic seeks first retained UK consumer agency

Virgin Atlantic seeks first retained UK consumer agency

Virgin Atlantic is midway through a pitch process to appoint its first retained UK consumer agency, PRWeek understands.

John Doe to lend GM a hand on Buick, GMC lifestyle programs

John Doe to lend GM a hand on Buick, GMC lifestyle programs

The UK-based firm also won work from H&M and Beats by Dre in the fourth quarter of 2014.

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.