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Labour pledges to end "scandalous" long-term unpaid internships

Labour pledges to end "scandalous" long-term unpaid internships

Labour's plan to end long-term unpaid internships if it wins the election has been welcomed by the PRCA.

Canadian firm offers '.sucks' domain to brands for $2,500 annual charge

Canadian company Vox Populi Registry is now in command of the latest - and highly controversial - generic Top-Level Domain, '.sucks'.

Heathrow appoints Red, Hope & Glory and Cow to consumer roster

Heathrow appoints Red, Hope & Glory and Cow to consumer roster

Heathrow Airport has appointed Red Consultancy, Hope & Glory and Cow PR to its new consumer agency roster, replacing Mischief and Surname & Surname.

Aisle 8 to handle PR for online retailer Atterley Road

Aisle 8 to handle PR for online retailer Atterley Road

Retailer Atterley Road has chosen Aisle 8 to handle its public relations.

Alexander PR lands comms and marketing role for Stephen Fry film adaptation

Alexander PR lands comms and marketing role for Stephen Fry film adaptation

Alexander PR has been appointed by film producer The Electric Shadow Company to handle product placement and promotional activities for upcoming film The Hippopotamus.

Vevo calls in DawBell PR and appoints UK comms manager Dot Levine

Music video hosting service Vevo has appointed DawBell PR for a consumer and trade media brief, while hiring Dot Levine from UK Music as its new comms manager.

Former Publicis Life Brands Resolute MD launches executive search firm

Former Publicis Life Brands Resolute MD launches executive search firm

Paul Blackburn, former joint owner and MD of Publicis Life Brands Resolute, has set up an executive search firm called People Gallery, targeting top-ranking PRs across various disciplines.

Brands have days to make their press sites mobile-friendly, or rank lower on Google

Brands have days to make their press sites mobile-friendly, or rank lower on Google

From 21 April, mobile-friendliness will carry more weight in mobile Google search rankings.

Vauxhall Motors puts consumer brief up for grabs

Vauxhall Motors puts consumer brief up for grabs

Vauxhall Motors has issued a brief for its consumer PR account, with incumbent agency John Doe set to repitch for the work.

Warner Leisure Hotels appoints Bottle PR as first social agency

Warner Leisure Hotels appoints Bottle PR as first social agency

Bourne Leisure, the UK short-break hotel company, which owns Warner Leisure, Haven Holidays and Butlins, has hired Bottle PR for a social media brief following a five-way pitch.

PR spend dips but marketing spend is forecast to rise overall

PR spend dips but marketing spend is forecast to rise overall

PR spend in Q1 2015 has dropped by 1.5 per cent, while marketing budgets will grow for a tenth successive quarter, according to the latest IPA Bellwether Report.

Hudson Sandler bags UK lifestyle account for Joules

Hudson Sandler bags UK lifestyle account for Joules

The UK retail lifestyle brand Joules has appointed Hudson Sandler to boost its national profile.

The eight public affairs professionals standing to become MPs

The eight public affairs professionals standing to become MPs

Staff from Bell Pottinger, Hanover and FleishmanHillard are among those from public affairs agencies standing as parliamentary candidates at the general election, PRWeek has learned.

XYZprinting appoints PHA Media to look after UK comms

3D printer manufacturer XYZprinting has put PHA Media in charge of its comms in the UK, following a competitive pitch.

Aspectus moves global HQ to 'Tech City'

Aspectus moves global HQ to 'Tech City'

Independent global comms agency Aspectus has relocated its London office from High Holborn to Old Street's Tech City.

UK among seven out of 19 EU nations to regulate lobbying, says anti-corruption watchdog

UK among seven out of 19 EU nations to regulate lobbying, says anti-corruption watchdog

Only seven out of 19 European countries have measures in place to regulate lobbying, according to a comprehensive report by Transparency International (TI).

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Beware the pitfalls of debate: The personal comms of David Cameron and Ed Miliband

Beware the pitfalls of debate: The personal comms of David Cameron and Ed Miliband

It is already received wisdom that the general election result is too close to call, with a host of smaller parties entering the fray and creating havoc for the calculations of the main contenders. But in the end, only David Cameron or Ed Miliband can realistically become Prime Minister and, while the UK electorate votes for parties rather than prime ministers, some argue that personalities will have the largest effect on which party the electorate votes for. On the eve of the hotly anticipated seven-way debate between the party leaders, PRWeek looks at a month in the comms strategies of Cameron and Miliband, how they resonate with voters and, crucially, what they should do next.

Purdah: how can government comms teams and PA firms navigate pre-election restrictions?

Purdah: how can government comms teams and PA firms navigate pre-election restrictions?

Purdah describes a pre-election period when restrictions are placed on the activity of civil servants. Ahead of the purdah period, which starts on Monday alongside the dissolution of Parliament, PRWeek takes a look at what the challenges are for professionals during this time of restricted communication.

PR in the dock: Nearly 70 per cent of the general public does not trust the industry

PR in the dock: Nearly 70 per cent of the general public does not trust the industry

It is often said, with much hand-wringing, that the PR industry has a PR problem but this is usually within the context of arguments about why PRs do not have a seat at the top table or command the same budgets as counterparts in marketing or advertising. But the alarming results of an exclusive survey for PRWeek show that PR itself has a reputational deficit to navigate, with nearly 70 per cent of the general public saying it does not trust its practitioners.

Why are there so few female leaders in PR?

Why are there so few female leaders in PR?

Following International Women's Day last Sunday and to coincide with our women's issue, PRWeek asks why an industry that is two-thirds female has such clear imbalances when it comes to senior roles and pay equality. We spoke to senior women in the industry about the main barriers women in PR face, why we should do something about it, and what steps the industry can take to tackle this issue.

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.

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Danone drafts in Havas PR to promote awards and Science Museum exhibit

Danone drafts in Havas PR to promote awards and Science Museum exhibit

Havas PR has won two briefs from Danone and has been retained to manage the firm's national PR for the Danone Nations Cup football competition.

uSwitch on hunt for energy business support

uSwitch on hunt for energy business support

Price comparison and switching service uSwitch.com has sent out a brief for its energy business, which is currently handled by Lansons.

See.Saw bags 12-month retainer to relaunch Zeo

See.Saw bags 12-month retainer to relaunch Zeo

Premium soft drinks brand Zeo has awarded See.Saw Communications a 12-month retainer.

Instinct PR scoops Replay fashion account

Instinct PR scoops Replay fashion account

Italian fashion brand Replay has hired Instinct PR to handle comms, initially on a 12-month retainer.

Recent European PR news

Consumers in HK and China view innovation in brands differently

Consumers in HK and China view innovation in brands differently

Consumers in Hong Kong and China view the concept of 'innovation' differently from, not just the rest of the world, but each other, finds a five-market study by Ketchum.

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.