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In brief: Dental group fills comms role, wins for WPR, PHA and Cow, Acceleris bags ex-Costcutter PR man

Dental group fills comms vacancy, WPR wins b2b work, Acceleris bags ex-Costcutter PR man and more from PRWeek UK.

Stop Funding Hate unveils Start Spreading Love slogan with video van campaign

Stop Funding Hate unveils Start Spreading Love slogan with video van campaign

Stop Funding Hate has marked a new stage in its campaign targeting firms that advertise in certain newspapers, teaming up with social justice charity Citizens UK and revealing a new slogan Start Spreading Love.

Poundland swaps Fleishman with One Green Bean for expanded PR brief

Poundland swaps Fleishman with One Green Bean for expanded PR brief

Budget retailer Poundland has appointed One Green Bean to an expanded six-figure brief that includes consumer PR for its sister brand PEP&CO.

Guardian's Katie Martin to lead campaigns and public affairs at Citizens Advice

Guardian's Katie Martin to lead campaigns and public affairs at Citizens Advice

The charity Citizens Advice has appointed Katie Martin, currently of Guardian News and Media (GNM), as its new head of news, public affairs and campaigns.

'No MP should work as a lobbyist': PRCA and APPC say rules must be tightened

'No MP should work as a lobbyist': PRCA and APPC say rules must be tightened

The Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards should tighten the code of conduct governing MPs to ensure that Barry Sheerman is both the first and last member to register as a consultant lobbyist.

Octopus takes over from Hotwire on fintech client Currencycloud

Octopus takes over from Hotwire on fintech client Currencycloud

Octopus Group has begun work on a new international brief for Currencycloud, a UK fintech brand that previously worked with Hotwire.

'Authenticity crisis' for influencer marketing as poor partnerships backfire

'Authenticity crisis' for influencer marketing as poor partnerships backfire

A lack of trust in influencer marketing has sparked an "authenticity crisis" with much work ineffective or even counter-productive, according to a new report by PR firm Splendid Communications.

Trending on and off the turf: how Premier League players are boosting their social media reach

Trending on and off the turf: how Premier League players are boosting their social media reach

The top ten player influencers in the Premier League, ranked by We Are Social.

Audi joins Adidas and BBC to refute claims it worked with 'follower-buying' website

Audi joins Adidas and BBC to refute claims it worked with 'follower-buying' website

Audi is the latest major organisation to reject claims that it is a client of a UK-based business that lets influencers buy followers and 'engagement' on social media.

Four Rain takes over Grosvenor brief following eviction of Mission

Four Rain takes over Grosvenor brief following eviction of Mission

Mission's recently won brief with major landowner the Grosvenor estate has come to an abrupt end, PRWeek has learned.

Royal Caribbean on booking Bonnie Tyler for eclipse: 'We knew if we didn't get her, somebody else would'

Royal Caribbean on booking Bonnie Tyler for eclipse: 'We knew if we didn't get her, somebody else would'

The inside story of how the Total Eclipse Cruise came about.

Watch: Democratic Alliance spokesperson says Bell Pottinger hearing was 'very open'

Watch: Democratic Alliance spokesperson says Bell Pottinger hearing was 'very open'

Phumzile Van Damme, spokesperson of South Africa's Democratic Alliance, has told PRWeek she was "very satisfied" with the PRCA hearing into Bell Pottinger's controversial activities in the country.

Sanofi adds WPP to creative roster in agency review

Sanofi adds WPP to creative roster in agency review

Fleming leaves Labour PR team as Ovenden departs party for M&C Saatchi counter-terror role

Fleming leaves Labour PR team as Ovenden departs party for M&C Saatchi counter-terror role

Labour is losing lobby press officer Paul Ovenden, as acting head of press and broadcasting Neil Fleming moves to another role in the party.

In brief: Bath Spa Uni hires Grayling, wins for No Brainer and Smoking Gun

In brief: Bath Spa Uni hires Grayling, wins for No Brainer and Smoking Gun

Bath Spa University appoints Grayling, Smoking Gun wins Childs Farm, No Brainer picks up Mersey Ferries, and CNC launches crisis simulation tool.

Who is winning the Premier League on social media?

Who is winning the Premier League on social media?

These are the football clubs scoring the best engagement rates across Twitter and Facebook, according to We Are Social.

Public Health England puts consumer account held by Freuds out to GCS roster

Public Health England puts consumer account held by Freuds out to GCS roster

Freud Communications faces a competitive pitch against other firms on the Government's Campaign Solutions roster to retain its long-held and prized comms brief with Public Health England.

The media wrangler in Floyd Mayweather's corner

The media wrangler in Floyd Mayweather's corner

Kelly Swanson has been the undefeated boxer's PR handler for a dozen, never-short-on-controversy years.

Balderton PR chief and PRWeek 30 Under 30 alumni Ben Goldsmith launches agency

Balderton PR chief and PRWeek 30 Under 30 alumni Ben Goldsmith launches agency

Ben Goldsmith, formerly head of PR and content for Balderton Capital and a member of PRWeek's 30 Under 30 for 2017, is launching his own agency.

Lego hires Mischief to consolidated PR brief after review of UK media suppliers

Lego hires Mischief to consolidated PR brief after review of UK media suppliers

Lego has appointed Mischief to a consolidated PR brief in the UK, following a "regular review" of its UK media suppliers, PRWeek has learned.

Analysis

Showcase: Mencap creates #HereIAm campaign to increase public awareness of people with a learning disability

Showcase: Mencap creates #HereIAm campaign to increase public awareness of people with a learning disability

Marcel and more: Agencies test the power of AI

Marcel and more: Agencies test the power of AI

Safety first: Lessons from the cyberattack on WPP

Safety first: Lessons from the cyberattack on WPP

Reputational crisis following Grenfell threatens to overwhelm Kensington council as leader resigns

Reputational crisis following Grenfell threatens to overwhelm Kensington council as leader resigns

Handicapping Cannes 2017: Experts bet big on Fearless Girl, Meet Graham

Handicapping Cannes 2017: Experts bet big on Fearless Girl, Meet Graham

Which party ran the best General Election campaign? Our panel gives its verdict

Which party ran the best General Election campaign? Our panel gives its verdict

Why the McDonald's UK 'dad' film is worse than the Pepsi campaign

Why the McDonald's UK 'dad' film is worse than the Pepsi campaign

Majority of respondents to industry survey say they have experienced mental ill health

Majority of respondents to industry survey say they have experienced mental ill health

The Pitching Survey: From bad briefs to stolen ideas, frustrations abound on both sides of the process

The Pitching Survey: From bad briefs to stolen ideas, frustrations abound on both sides of the process

Mayoral elections: How successfully did the campaigns raise voter turnout?

Mayoral elections: How successfully did the campaigns raise voter turnout?

Inside the Met Police comms response to the Westminster attacks

Inside the Met Police comms response to the Westminster attacks

The PRWeek General Election Panel: Highs and lows of the first week

The PRWeek General Election Panel: Highs and lows of the first week

Inside United's social media response to #LeggingsGate

Inside United's social media response to #LeggingsGate

'Explain it to a 10-year-old' - how to communicate complex changes in healthcare

'Explain it to a 10-year-old' - how to communicate complex changes in healthcare

Trump, populism and alternative facts: UK science & research responds to US gagging order

Trump, populism and alternative facts: UK science & research responds to US gagging order

Latest Jobs

People moves

In brief: Acer content with Red Bull, wins for Wingfield and Bubble, Brazil gets (more) sporty

Acer content with Red Bull, Wingfield wins Jaeger, Signiant hires Bubble and more from PRWeek UK.

Deloitte buys Ikea agency Acne and hires Sandoz to lead creative

Deloitte buys Ikea agency Acne and hires Sandoz to lead creative

Deloitte Digital has bought Stockholm-based creative firm Acne Agency, which has worked with brands including H&M, Spotify and Ikea.

Industry veteran Frankie Oliver launches integrated agency with mission to 'do good'

Industry veteran Frankie Oliver launches integrated agency with mission to 'do good'

A new creative agency called Jolly Rebellion, which brings together PR, advertising, influencers and digital, is launched today by industry stalwart Frankie Oliver with a mission statement to do good for brands, people and the world.

Promote PR ups former Grayling director Nasima Hussain to MD

Promote PR ups former Grayling director Nasima Hussain to MD

Berkshire-based PR agency Promote has appointed Nasima Hussain as managing director, with founder Sue Anstiss taking on the role of CEO.

In brief: Golin creative Coney moves to LA, wins for 10 Yetis, Limelight and Plus 1

Golin's Coney moves to LA, 10 Yetis to launch FalseEyelashes.co.uk and more from PRWeek UK.

More leadership changes at Grayling: U.S. CFO Tony Cofone exits

More leadership changes at Grayling: U.S. CFO Tony Cofone exits

Cofone's position was cut as part of Huntsworth's plan to consolidate IT, HR, and finance to drive efficiencies across its business.

Jackson joins Portland to lead US health offering

Jackson joins Portland to lead US health offering

He is a veteran of Spectrum, Chandler Chicco, and Ketchum, among other shops.

Grayling U.S. CEO Peter Harris to depart at end of August

Grayling U.S. CEO Peter Harris to depart at end of August

Paul Taaffe, CEO of Grayling parent Huntsworth, will act as U.S. CEO; Harris plans to set up his own consultancy.

Chipotle hires Laurie Schalow as first chief communications officer

Chipotle hires Laurie Schalow as first chief communications officer

Chipotle PR director Chris Arnold is reporting to Schalow.

Flying school campaign for easyJet aims to quadruple number of female pilot hires

Flying school campaign for easyJet aims to quadruple number of female pilot hires

Low-cost airline easyJet has pledged to increase its number of female trainee pilots from five to 20 per cent by 2020.

In brief: Strong margins at Frank and Hotwire, Midas booked up for Cheltenham, FX firm hires Redleaf

Strong margins for Frank and Hotwire, Midas booked for Cheltenham, FX firm hires Redleaf

WE hires new heads of tech and consumer in UK as Meredith Lynch returns to US

WE hires new heads of tech and consumer in UK as Meredith Lynch returns to US

WE Communications' EMEA vice president Meredith Lynch is returning to her native US for a new role with the firm, as the agency promotes two London staffers for local practice head position.

Five Campaigns We Liked in July: your winner revealed

Five Campaigns We Liked in July: your winner revealed

PRWeek UK picked its top PR and comms campaigns from July and nearly 400 people voted for their favourite. Find out the winner below...