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Freuds works on Warburtons' Sylvester Stallone campaign

Freuds works on Warburtons' Sylvester Stallone campaign

Freuds is providing PR support for the launch of a high-profile new campaign for Warburtons Bakery featuring Hollywood star Sylvester Stallone.

The Sun head of PR Dylan Sharpe apologises for tweet to Page 3 critics

The Sun head of PR Dylan Sharpe apologises for tweet to Page 3 critics

Dylan Sharpe, The Sun's head of PR, has released a statement apologising after he tweeted Page 3 critics with an image of the winking topless model from yesterday's paper.

Pagefield joins global network ECCO International Public Relations

Corporate comms agency Pagefield has joined ECCO International Public Relations, a global public relations and marketing services network that operates across 40 countries.

Lexis restructures team and names Ruth Kieran deputy MD as three directors leave

Lexis restructures team and names Ruth Kieran deputy MD as three directors leave

Lexis is to undergo a management restructure with the imminent departure of three directors and the appointment of Kindred managing partner Ruth Kieran as its first deputy MD, PRWeek has learned.

Médard Schoenmaeckers joins HSBC in comms shake-up

Médard Schoenmaeckers joins HSBC in comms shake-up

HSBC has announced a shake-up at the top of its global PR team with the appointment of Médard Schoenmaeckers as global head of communications, working under current comms chief Pierre Goad whose remit has been extended to human resources.

Brazilian footwear brand Ipanema Flip Flops hires Radiator PR

Consumer PR consultancy Radiator has been appointed by Ipanema Flip Flops, the Brazilian footwear brand, as its first UK comms agency.

Buchanan picks up stockbroker clients Panmure Gordon and FirstEnergy

Financial PR consultancy Buchanan has won accounts with two prominent stockbrokers: City of London-based Panmure Gordon and FirstEnergy, the Canadian oil and gas markets specialist.

Marston's hires Shine Communications to drive social strategy

Marston's hires Shine Communications to drive social strategy

Shine Communications has been appointed as the digital agency for the beer division of brewer and pub operator Marston's, following a four-way pitch.

Wild Card names new CEO and MD as it wins Highland Spring account

Wild Card names new CEO and MD as it wins Highland Spring account

Food, drink and lifestyle PR agency Wild Card has undergone a management shake-up that has seen the appointment of a new MD and CEO, alongside a new account win with bottled water brand Highland Spring.

Mischief wins World Duty Free account

Mischief wins World Duty Free account

Mischief has won a pitch for the consumer PR account for World Duty Free, which was previously held by Unity for a year and a half.

Hanover hires former Daily Express health editor Jo Willey

Hanover hires former Daily Express health editor Jo Willey

Public affairs specialist Hanover Communications has appointed former Daily Express health editor Jo Willey as a senior adviser.

The Sun denies dropping Page 3

After neither confirming nor denying the ending of Page 3, the Sun has finally dismissed speculation that it has stopped publishing pictures of topless women.

TVC wins pitch for 2015 Marriott London Sevens

TVC wins pitch for 2015 Marriott London Sevens

TVC Sport and Sponsorship, the agency's sports division, has won a competitive pitch for the Rugby Football Union (RFU) to deliver a PR campaign for the 2015 Marriott London Sevens.

Agencies vie for govt brief to boost organ donor numbers

Agencies vie for govt brief to boost organ donor numbers

The NHS Blood and Transplant service has issued a brief to agencies ahead of a new PR-led campaign.

Bell Pottinger launches crisis and litigation division

Bell Pottinger launches crisis and litigation division

Bell Pottinger has formed a crisis and litigation arm to bring its legal expertise under one roof.

Burson-Marsteller appoints Bell Pottinger's Ruci Fixter

Burson-Marsteller has further strengthened its UK corporate and brands team with the appointment of Ruci Fixter from Bell Pottinger as a senior manager in the division.

Latest news analysis

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.

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.

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Airbnb appoints Hope&Glory as consumer PR agency

Airbnb appoints Hope&Glory as consumer PR agency

Hope&Glory has won a pitch to work on a community-driven brief for hospitality company Airbnb.

Skoda hunts for new UK consumer agency

Skoda hunts for new UK consumer agency

Volkswagen-owned car brand Skoda has shortlisted two consumer PR agencies after speaking with 10 agencies for a UK brief.

Tourism Australia puts out tender for international agency panels

Tourism Australia puts out tender for international agency panels

Tourism Australia (TA) has issued a PR tender following a global review, in a move to set up an international panel model.

Sainsbury's to hold chemistry meetings with agencies for three-way brief

Sainsbury's to hold chemistry meetings with agencies for three-way brief

Sainsbury's will be holding chemistry sessions today (8 January) and tomorrow as it kicks off the first round in search of new agency support.

Recent European PR news

John Doe to handle UK PR for Festival Republic's Berlin Festival, Benicassim and Lollapalooza

John Doe to handle UK PR for Festival Republic's Berlin Festival, Benicassim and Lollapalooza

John Doe has been appointed to handle UK PR for three major European music festivals from Festival Republic, the music promoter behind Reading and Leeds festivals, following a competitive pitch between five agencies.

Havas bolsters health network with Bird & Schulte buy

Havas bolsters health network with Bird & Schulte buy

Less than a month after acquiring Formula PR, Havas has bought Germany-based healthcare specialist firm Bird & Schulte Advertising.

US regulatory delays force Publicis Groupe to wait on Sapient deal

US regulatory delays force Publicis Groupe to wait on Sapient deal

The Paris-based holding company has given shareholders more time to approve the deal.

Hills Balfour wins Zagreb Tourist Board account

The Zagreb Tourist Board has hired Hills Balfour to handle its UK PR.

Zeitgeist Agency wins account with DJ Robert Miles' OpenLab radio station

Zeitgeist Agency wins account with DJ Robert Miles' OpenLab radio station

The Zeitgeist Agency has been appointed to handle PR for OpenLab, the Ibiza-based radio station founded by DJ Robert Miles, as it looks to expand its online offer.