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Land Rover targets worldwide online audience with space trip contest

Land Rover targets worldwide online audience with space trip contest

Land Rover is offering the world the chance to win a space trip for four people in the hope of creating a three-month talking point around its new compact SUV.

Way To Blue buys London-based marketing and PR agency Abundant

Way To Blue buys London-based marketing and PR agency Abundant

International entertainment-focused communications agency Way To Blue has made its first acquisition, swallowing up ten-strong PR and marketing agency Abundant in a cash deal for an undisclosed sum.

Havard Hughes launches PA division for financial services PR agency MRM

Havard Hughes launches PA division for financial services PR agency MRM

MRM, a specialist financial services agency that works for clients including John Lewis Insurance, is launching a public affairs division under former Financial Conduct Authority figure Havard Hughes.

Adrian Wheeler takes up non-exec director role at Liquid

Adrian Wheeler takes up non-exec director role at Liquid

Communications consultancy Liquid has appointed Adrian Wheeler as a non-executive director.

Results PR represents cancer treatment client involved in Ashya King story

Results PR represents cancer treatment client involved in Ashya King story

A company offering the cancer treatment allegedly denied to Ashya King, the boy with a brain tumour taken from hospital without doctors' consent by his parents, is working with Results PR.

Racepoint Global beats four to Progress Software brief

Racepoint Global beats four to Progress Software brief

Global software company Progress Software has awarded Racepoint Global its European hub and UK market PR programme following a five-way pitch.

Adidas NEORunway fashion show run by fans on Twitter

Adidas NEORunway fashion show run by fans on Twitter

A 'tweet-powered' fashion show in which teenagers control every aspect from clothes to hair and make-up launches tomorrow in New York.

Golden Goose PR hired for Le Peep Boutique launch

Golden Goose PR hired for Le Peep Boutique launch

Golden Goose PR has been appointed by Le Peep Boutique, a Mayfair members' club set to launch in October.

Richmond Towers acquires Van Communications

Richmond Towers acquires Van Communications

Food, drink and FMCG specialist Richmond Towers Communications has acquired Van Communications.

Tower Hamlets spends £128,000 to counter BBC Panorama programme

Tower Hamlets Council spent £128,000 of taxpayers' money on PR and lawyers as part of attempts to first block a BBC programme about its controversial mayor, Lutfur Rahman, and then train Rahman to appear on it.

Volkswagen appoints Frank PR to promote California camper van

Volkswagen appoints Frank PR to promote California camper van

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has called in Frank PR to handle its consumer PR projects, including the California camper van.

Apple chief said to be relaxing Katie Cotton's "control-obsessed PR regime"

Apple chief said to be relaxing Katie Cotton's "control-obsessed PR regime"

The man who succeeded Steve Jobs at the helm of Apple is making the company and its PR team "friendlier and more transparent", according to an in-depth investigation.

Kenya hunts for global PR help to reverse impact of Islamist attacks

Kenya hunts for global PR help to reverse impact of Islamist attacks

Kenya is looking for a global PR agency to help turn around a decline in the number of tourists and investors coming to the country following assaults by Islamist militias.

Chelsea Apps Factory calls in Up for wide-ranging brief

Chelsea Apps Factory calls in Up for wide-ranging brief

Fast-growing tech firm Chelsea Apps Factory has appointed Up Communications to run its internal and external comms.

The Engine deal: Rebel shareholders win pyrrhic victory

The Engine deal: Rebel shareholders win pyrrhic victory

Rebel shareholders won parity for their shares but were forced to sell them after blocking the £100m sale of Engine Group to Lake Capital, PRWeek can reveal.

Topman picks Livity for digital brief following six-way pitch

Topman picks Livity for digital brief following six-way pitch

Topman has appointed Livity to help develop a digital content strategy after a six-way agency pitch for the work.

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PR pros greet China media integration plan with cautious optimism

PR pros greet China media integration plan with cautious optimism

Media stocks surge as Chinese President announced plans to merge media into 'strong, influential and credible' groups. But what does this mean for the PR industry?

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.

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Pension Protection Fund seeks first agency

Pension Protection Fund seeks first agency

The multibillion-pound company pension safety net launched by the government nearly ten years ago is hunting for external PR support for the first time.

Portsmouth International Port issues six-figure brief

Portsmouth International Port issues six-figure brief

Agency assistance is being sought to promote Portsmouth International Port, with the work potentially worth up to £750,000 over five years.

E.On invites agencies to compete for six-figure comms account

E.On invites agencies to compete for six-figure comms account

One of the 'big six' energy firms has begun approaching PR agencies to gauge their interest in pitching for consumer-led work currently held by 3 Monkeys and Tangerine PR.

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.

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Florentina Village appoints Golin in China

Florentina Village appoints Golin in China

Florentia Village, China's first luxury designer outlet has appointed Golin as their communications agency of choice, tasked with both consumer and corporate communication

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".