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Four buys retail and luxury PR agency Rain Communications

Four buys retail and luxury PR agency Rain Communications

Four Communications has acquired retail and luxury sector specialist PR agency Rain Communications for an undisclosed sum - its second acquisition this month.

UK remains European, Italian PR boss says as company floats in London

UK remains European, Italian PR boss says as company floats in London

The UK's place in the European community is "a fact that no referendum could erase", according to the founder of an Italian PR group that was admitted to trading on the London Stock Exchange this morning.

How Liverpool FC is using John Oliver and tourist videos to bring US fans into 'family'

How Liverpool FC is using John Oliver and tourist videos to bring US fans into 'family'

The chief media officer at Liverpool FC says the club wants to win new US fans by making them feel part of its "family" - a strategy that has seen it bring in help from two high profile fans - as its American tour continues.

In brief: Carling's HSE Cake deal renewed, TVC hired by NOW: Pensions, win for MRM

Carling's HSE Cake deal renewed, TVC hired by NOW: Pensions, MRM appointed by Target Group, win for Rooster and more from PRWeek UK.

Huntsworth pre-tax profit rises 21 per cent in improved first half

Huntsworth pre-tax profit rises 21 per cent in improved first half

Huntsworth has reported an improved performance in the first half of 2016, with pre-tax profit rising 21 per cent to £7.3m ($9.5m) on the back of revenue growth in three of its four divisions, although Grayling continued to struggle.

DfID comms chief joins Portland as agency hires for new 'Brexit Unit'

DfID comms chief joins Portland as agency hires for new 'Brexit Unit'

Portland has appointed the director of comms for the UK's Department for International Development as a partner, as well as another new hire to boost the agency's new Brexit Unit.

FTI overtakes Brunswick as PR agency handling most M&A deals globally

FTI overtakes Brunswick as PR agency handling most M&A deals globally

FTI Consulting overtook Brunswick as the PR agency that handled the most M&A deals globally in the first half of 2016, although Brunswick retained the top spot by value of deals - despite that value more than halving.

Lib Dem PR and campaign figures working for 'centrist' political group MoreUnited.uk

Lib Dem PR and campaign figures working for 'centrist' political group MoreUnited.uk

Former Liberal Democrat senior press officer Debbie Gore and ex-campaign and membership chief Austin Rathe are two key figures supporting MoreUnited.uk, the new group promoting progressive and centrist voices in UK politics, PRWeek has learned.

FTI hires ex-FT journalist and comms veteran David Waller as senior MD

FTI hires ex-FT journalist and comms veteran David Waller as senior MD

FTI Consulting has hired David Waller, former FT journalist and most recently director of external relations for the Association of Financial Markets in Europe, as a senior MD in its financial services practice.

Rio 2016: Samsung resurrects 'School of Rugby' campaign with Jack Whitehall

Rio 2016: Samsung resurrects 'School of Rugby' campaign with Jack Whitehall

Samsung has kicked off its integrated campaign for the 2016 Olympic and Paralymic Games, reprising its 'School of...' concept starring Jack Whitehall.

Porter Novelli London hires Richard Zackheim of ITV News as agency nears Bankside move

Porter Novelli London hires Richard Zackheim of ITV News as agency nears Bankside move

Porter Novelli has hired former ITV News deputy editor Richard Zackheim as media director at its London office.

Pay up or see your reputation plunge, PR boss tells Sir Philip Green

Pay up or see your reputation plunge, PR boss tells Sir Philip Green

Sir Philip Green's reputation as the king of retail is in ruins thanks to a damning report by MPs - and one corporate PR expert says that plugging the pension gap in his former company is the only way his image can recover.

Merlin Entertainments seeks agencies to support attractions including London Eye

Merlin Entertainments seeks agencies to support attractions including London Eye

Merlin Entertainments, the group whose portfolio includes Alton Towers, the London Eye and more than 100 attractions across 23 countries, is looking for several PR firms to handle properties in London, PRWeek has learned.

Alex Myers takes control of Manifest in 'amicable' split with rebranded sister firm

Alex Myers takes control of Manifest in 'amicable' split with rebranded sister firm

Alex Myers now owns the newly created Manifest Group outright, with its sister agency rebranding while Manifest itself looks to a South African opening within the next 12 months.

Watch: US government spokesman halts briefing to ask if reporter is playing Pokémon Go

Watch: US government spokesman halts briefing to ask if reporter is playing Pokémon Go

US State Department spokesman John Kirby has interrupted a press conference to check the progress of a journalist who was playing Pokémon Go.

Ex-Downing Street PR chiefs could be blocked from honours in 'cronyism' row

Ex-Downing Street PR chiefs could be blocked from honours in 'cronyism' row

Three senior former press aides to David Cameron have been named by The Times today among a list of his close allies that the Cabinet Office could reportedly block from receiving honours.

Flack on Friday: Making waves with the PRCA Boat Party, the flack/hack clash, Borkowski as a robot

Flack on Friday: Making waves with the PRCA Boat Party, the flack/hack clash, Borkowski as a robot

In Flack this week: Gossip and glamour from the PRCA Boat Party, a sneak peak at our journos vs PRs survey, and why has Mark Borkowski become a robot called Irene?

Six women promoted to senior roles at Lansons

Six women promoted to senior roles at Lansons

Lansons has promoted two associates to the board and raised four other team members to associate directors, bolstering its senior team.

Cardew's James Clark to shift into automotive comms with Toyota and Lexus

Cardew's James Clark to shift into automotive comms with Toyota and Lexus

James Clark, a director at corporate, financial and public affairs agency The Cardew Group, will move into automotive PR in August when he takes a role for Toyota and Lexus in the UK.

How Southwest responded to a nationwide glitch

How Southwest responded to a nationwide glitch

Southwest Airlines leveraged all media channels to communicate with its customers following a major technology outage.

Analysis

UK PR fears Brexit but public affairs eyes opportunities

UK PR fears Brexit but public affairs eyes opportunities

Why Germany is a PR bright spot in Europe amid Brexit turmoil

Why Germany is a PR bright spot in Europe amid Brexit turmoil

The people will judge my reputation, Sir Philip Green tells select committee

The people will judge my reputation, Sir Philip Green tells select committee

Did Mike Ashley damage Sports Direct's reputation with his Select Committee appearance?

Did Mike Ashley damage Sports Direct's reputation with his Select Committee appearance?

PJS: A victory for privacy or a case study for reputation management?

PJS: A victory for privacy or a case study for reputation management?

London chooses 'hope over fear' as Goldsmith's negative campaign criticised

London chooses 'hope over fear' as Goldsmith's negative campaign criticised

Going dark on the web worked for Radiohead, but it won't work for you

Going dark on the web worked for Radiohead, but it won't work for you

China's PR agency search indicates comms strategy shift by Beijing

China's PR agency search indicates comms strategy shift by Beijing

Sponsors hope for the best, prepare for the worst, for Rio Olympic Games

Sponsors hope for the best, prepare for the worst, for Rio Olympic Games

Time to step up: Instagram's changes mean no more filler content by brands

Time to step up: Instagram's changes mean no more filler content by brands

Women occupy half of senior jobs in UK PR but are they just going it alone?

Women occupy half of senior jobs in UK PR but are they just going it alone?

Game, set and match for brand Sharapova? Sporting history says maybe not

Game, set and match for brand Sharapova? Sporting history says maybe not

EU referendum: To declare or not to declare - that is the question for business

EU referendum: To declare or not to declare - that is the question for business

Flop of the Month: The Oscars fail again on nominee diversity

Flop of the Month: The Oscars fail again on nominee diversity

Is editorial independence threatened when advertising spend is invoked?

Is editorial independence threatened when advertising spend is invoked?

Latest Jobs

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Comms director Barry Gardner leaves banking group CYBG after senior staff cull

Comms director Barry Gardner leaves banking group CYBG after senior staff cull

Barry Gardner has ended a six-year tenure as corporate comms director at CYBG, the holding company of Clydesdale Bank and Yorkshire Bank, PRWeek has learned.

Weber CEO: IPG PR firms maintain Q1 growth in Q2

Weber CEO: IPG PR firms maintain Q1 growth in Q2

Interpublic's CMG unit, which includes most of its PR firms, reported 2.8% organic year-over-year revenue growth in Q2 2016, to $369.4 million - Weber's Andy Polansky says organic growth at his firm was in high single digits.

Dentsu Aegis beats WPP as marcoms M&A activity slows

Dentsu Aegis beats WPP as marcoms M&A activity slows

Dentsu Aegis Network pulled ahead of WPP in marcoms mergers and acquisitions activity in the second quarter, as the rate of deals around the world was down 11 per cent compared with the same period last year.

Publicis organic revenue up three per cent as MSLGroup owner plays down Brexit impact

Publicis organic revenue up three per cent as MSLGroup owner plays down Brexit impact

MSLGroup owner Publicis has reported organic revenue growth of 2.8 per cent in the first half of 2016, buoyed by particularly strong growth in Europe, as the group says it "should not be heavily impacted" by Brexit.

William Murray Communications completes MBO

William Murray Communications completes MBO

William Murray Communications, the specialist food, drink and hospitality PR agency, has undergone a management buyout led by CEO Anita Murray.

Turkey comms sector unites to 'fiercely' condemn coup attempt and vows to 'maintain prudent language'

Turkey comms sector unites to 'fiercely' condemn coup attempt and vows to 'maintain prudent language'

Three comms trade bodies in Turkey have issued a joint statement "fiercely" condemning the recent attempted coup in the country, and promising to "maintain a prudent communication language" in its aftermath.

Best Quotes of July 2016: Lessons from Team Trump, looking beyond Brexit and more

Best Quotes of July 2016: Lessons from Team Trump, looking beyond Brexit and more

PRWeek UK rounds up the best quotes of the month including the seminal question: have we reached peak emoji?

In brief: CIPR to move, AA picks Prova, Ready10 to launch Ubeeqo, Teneo buys PSG

Teneo acquires PSG, CIPR to leave Russell Square, AA picks Prova and more from PRWeek UK.

Watch: Kozel offers beer wherever, whenever with its #PushforPub button

Watch: Kozel offers beer wherever, whenever with its #PushforPub button

Czech beer brand Kozel is launching a 'Tap Out' button that, when pressed, will arrange for a taxi to pick up the button presser and take them to the nearest pub that serves the drink.

Jane Lawrie to join Tesco as comms chief from Coca-Cola

Jane Lawrie to join Tesco as comms chief from Coca-Cola

Jane Lawrie will join retail giant Tesco on 10 October as group comms director.

Rafferty upped to global president role at Ketchum

Rafferty upped to global president role at Ketchum

Barri Rafferty assumes Rob Flaherty's worldwide presidential duties at Omnicom firm - Flaherty adds Ray Kotcher's former chairman responsibilities to his CEO role.

Podcast: What are the latest reputation trends and challenges to management?

Podcast: What are the latest reputation trends and challenges to management?

PRWeek's editor-in-chief, Danny Rogers, participated in a Lansons podcast to discuss the findings from the 2016 UK RepTrak rankings and the impact of Brexit.

In brief: Engine recruits CMO, wins for Claremont and Redleaf, Virgo Health's hires

Engine hires Leo Burnett's Richard Dutton as CMO, Claremont takes contact lens brief, LyteSpark brings in Redleaf and more from PRWeek UK.