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Weber Shandwick appoints Heather Blundell as Manchester MD

Weber Shandwick appoints Heather Blundell as Manchester MD

Weber Shandwick has appointed Heather Blundell as managing director of its Manchester office, following 12 months as acting MD.

'Welcome to Jurassic Park': Paddy Power takes swing at 'stuck in dark ages' Muirfield Golf Club

'Welcome to Jurassic Park': Paddy Power takes swing at 'stuck in dark ages' Muirfield Golf Club

Paddy Power has taken a swing at Muirfield Golf Club ahead of its decision to hold a second vote on whether to admit female members.

Edelman UK hires creative specialist Ryan Reddick to new content director role

Edelman UK hires creative specialist Ryan Reddick to new content director role

Edelman UK has hired Ryan Reddick, formerly creative director at content agency The Moment, to the new position of content director.

Body Shop 'won't advertise' in The Daily Mail due to 'editorial stance'

Body Shop 'won't advertise' in The Daily Mail due to 'editorial stance'

The Body Shop has publicly distanced itself from The Daily Mail, saying it has no plans to advertise in the newspaper, citing the beauty product brand's "ethical stance".

Visit Jersey swaps FleishmanHillard Fishburn for One Green Bean for PR and content work

Visit Jersey swaps FleishmanHillard Fishburn for One Green Bean for PR and content work

Jersey's tourism board Visit Jersey has hired One Green Bean as its retained creative agency spanning PR and content.

Land Rover targets grassroots rugby fans in updated campaign for British & Irish Lions

Land Rover targets grassroots rugby fans in updated campaign for British & Irish Lions

Land Rover has relaunched its 'we deal in real' campaign, which is touring the country to find "heroes of grassroots rugby" who embody the values of the Lions.

Major League Baseball selects W Communications for European campaign

Major League Baseball selects W Communications for European campaign

Major League Baseball (MLB) has hired W Communications to a wide-ranging, six-figure brief to grow the brand across Europe.

Watch: TAG Heuer invites fans to test their 'Premier League IQ' in new campaign

Watch: TAG Heuer invites fans to test their 'Premier League IQ' in new campaign

Luxury watch brand TAG Heuer has launched a new integrated Premier League 'Pressure Test' campaign, including an online competition and live events.

Beattie Communications reports seven per cent revenue growth in 2016

Beattie Communications reports seven per cent revenue growth in 2016

Beattie Communications, the London-based agency with eight offices in the UK, has reported a seven per cent rise in revenue to £9.3m in 2016, which it labelled "a year of achievement and progress".

London Dungeon apologises for 'inappropriate' Valentine's Day tweets

London Dungeon apologises for 'inappropriate' Valentine's Day tweets

Following an extensive social media backlash, London Dungeon was yesterday (15 February) forced to delete a number of tweets posted as part of its 'Dark Valentine' campaign.

Reputation shaped more by 'how good' products are for consumers than by ethical perceptions

Reputation shaped more by 'how good' products are for consumers than by ethical perceptions

Corporate reputation is being shaped among consumers by "how good" or "how healthy" a company's products are for them, more so than by how ethical or honest they are perceived to be.

In brief: More than half of Snapchat users watch branded content, MHP wins Nanoco, Kin&Co's Danone campaign

More than half of Snapchat users open and watch branded content, nanotech giant Nanoco calls on MHP, Danone hires Kin&Co for internal comms campaign, and more from PRWeek.

Confessions of a social media manager: TfL on helping passengers and 'being human'

Confessions of a social media manager: TfL on helping passengers and 'being human'

PRWeek's new series on social media managers profiles the people at the online coalface of some of Britain's biggest brands and organisations. First up, Transport for London...

Huntsworth expects improved 2016 with restructure of Grayling 'now complete'

Huntsworth expects improved 2016 with restructure of Grayling 'now complete'

Huntsworth has issued an upbeat trading statement ahead of its full-year trading update next month, saying it "traded well" in Q4 and stating that the restructure of Grayling is "now complete".

MDC to sell $95m stake to Goldman Sachs

MDC to sell $95m stake to Goldman Sachs

Once the deal is complete, Goldman Sachs will own 15% of the company.

UKIP press officer Lynda Roughley 'thrown under the bus' by leader Nuttall

UKIP press officer Lynda Roughley 'thrown under the bus' by leader Nuttall

UKIP press officer Lynda Roughley has been "thrown under the bus" by leader Paul Nuttall, it has been claimed, following reports on his website relating to the Hillsborough football disaster that were revealed to be false.

Digital marketers' confidence rocked by Trump win and Brexit result, says new survey

Digital marketers' confidence rocked by Trump win and Brexit result, says new survey

Most digital marketers have questioned how well they understand their brand's audience following the vote for Brexit and Donald Trump's US presidential election win.

More than a third of UK PR firms still use 'meaningless' AVEs for measurement

More than a third of UK PR firms still use 'meaningless' AVEs for measurement

PRCA director general Francis Ingham has labelled AVEs "an entrenched vanity project" that are "not fit to be called measurement", although new research suggests more than a third of UK PR agencies currently use them.

IPCC takes on council PR chief who resigned after documentary embarrassment

IPCC takes on council PR chief who resigned after documentary embarrassment

The former head of PR for Wigan Council, who resigned after the council was involved in ITV documentary Don't Blame the Council, has taken on a new role at the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Milton Keynes: It's not all concrete cows and roundabouts, says PR team in 50th anniversary push

Milton Keynes: It's not all concrete cows and roundabouts, says PR team in 50th anniversary push

Personal stories from Milton Keynes residents provide an alternative narrative to stereotypes such as concrete cows and roundabouts, according to the head of the PR agency charged with promoting the town's 50th anniversary.

Analysis

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

Travel ban gives tech CEOs cover to resist Trump

Travel ban gives tech CEOs cover to resist Trump

Does 'talkability' and social media success at Christmas equal sales at the tills?

Does 'talkability' and social media success at Christmas equal sales at the tills?

John Lewis smashes its Twitter record with launch of joyful Christmas campaign

John Lewis smashes its Twitter record with launch of joyful Christmas campaign

Brexit: A buying opportunity for UK PR?

Brexit: A buying opportunity for UK PR?

Comms experts to Samsung: Pick up the pace

Comms experts to Samsung: Pick up the pace

Beyond pink: Why Breast Cancer Awareness Month is different this year

Beyond pink: Why Breast Cancer Awareness Month is different this year

Admitting to yourself you have a mental health problem is the biggest hurdle, but how do you know?

Admitting to yourself you have a mental health problem is the biggest hurdle, but how do you know?

Agencies rush to government contracts under new 'framework', but doubts remain

Agencies rush to government contracts under new 'framework', but doubts remain

Game-changer? PRCA to compel members to report their gender pay gap

Game-changer? PRCA to compel members to report their gender pay gap

The 'Hacks vs Flacks' survey: Obnoxious, mendacious & lazy - survey respondents sound off

The 'Hacks vs Flacks' survey: Obnoxious, mendacious & lazy - survey respondents sound off

The 'Hacks vs Flacks' survey: Journalists covet PR pay packets, but high levels of job satisfaction for both

The 'Hacks vs Flacks' survey: Journalists covet PR pay packets, but high levels of job satisfaction for both

The 'Hacks vs Flacks' survey: Journalists have a difficult job, say PRs, but their skills are waning

The 'Hacks vs Flacks' survey: Journalists have a difficult job, say PRs, but their skills are waning

The 'Hacks vs Flacks' survey: Half of PRs don't cut it, say journalists

The 'Hacks vs Flacks' survey: Half of PRs don't cut it, say journalists

Rio 2016: which sponsors won Gold and which stumbled at the 'sharing Olympics'?

Rio 2016: which sponsors won Gold and which stumbled at the 'sharing Olympics'?

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IET hires Tin Man to help shift young girls' perception of engineering industry

IET hires Tin Man to help shift young girls' perception of engineering industry

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), one of the world's largest engineering institutions, has hired creative comms agency Tin Man following a four-way competitive pitch.

London-based tech agency Liberty Communications names first North America MD

London-based tech agency Liberty Communications names first North America MD

Liberty Communications, the London-headquartered tech-focused agency with offices in San Francisco and New York, has hired technology comms veteran Jim Lubinskas as its first North America MD.

'Transition year' for Edelman as growth stalls in 2016

'Transition year' for Edelman as growth stalls in 2016

The world's largest PR firm is still expanding but posted its lowest growth in seven years in 2016, with organic revenue up just 1.7% as clients became more cautious and cut spending - but it is more optimistic about Q1 and 2017 and remains committed to communications marketing.

In brief: Law firm Weightmans hires Citypress, Cognito names EMEA MD, Rule 5 to launch content and video business V

National law firm Weightmans brings in Citypress following agency consolidation, Rule 5 to launch content and video business V, DKB Household hires PHA Media, and more from PRWeek UK.

Llorente & Cuenca 2016 revenue grows 12.5 per cent

Llorente & Cuenca 2016 revenue grows 12.5 per cent

Spanish-owned comms agency Llorente & Cuenca has reported a 12.5 per cent rise in revenue in 2016 to €33.8m (£28.7m, $36m), although growth was significantly higher when excluding the impact of currency fluctuations.

Daily Mail journalist James Slack's appointment as PM spokesperson a 'super-smart move'

Daily Mail journalist James Slack's appointment as PM spokesperson a 'super-smart move'

The appointment of Daily Mail political editor James Slack as Theresa May's official spokesperson is a 'super-smart move' that also shows the 'alignment' between Downing Street and the newspaper, political comms experts have told PRWeek.

Polansky: Mid-single-digit growth for Interpublic PR firms in Q4

Polansky: Mid-single-digit growth for Interpublic PR firms in Q4

Interpublic's PR agencies include Weber Shandwick, Golin, DeVries, Current, and The Axis Agency.

Interpublic CMG revenue dips 0.9% in Q4

Interpublic CMG revenue dips 0.9% in Q4

The group with most of Interpublic's PR firms experienced a rare revenue decline in the fourth quarter.

Higginson husband-and-wife team set up PR and political campaigns agency

Higginson husband-and-wife team set up PR and political campaigns agency

A husband-and-wife team who were both former lobby journalists have set up a new PR agency.

In brief: Hanover's health hires, Kwittken gets new director, JWPR founder retires

Hanover boosts health team, Kwittken hires new director, Porter Novelli oversees Cone and more from PRWeek UK.

Omnicom shifts Cone Communications under Porter Novelli

Omnicom shifts Cone Communications under Porter Novelli

Cone will keep its brand, and CEO Bill Fleishman will stay in his role as Cone CEO.

In brief: Hotwire and Frank 'trading well', Omnicom's new health training, Threepipe's Google offer

Enero says Hotwire and Frank 'trading well', Omnicom's health training, Lewis convenes advisory board and more from PRWeek UK

Publicis reports €527m net loss in 2016 after Q4 slowdown

Publicis reports €527m net loss in 2016 after Q4 slowdown

MSLGroup owner Publicis has reported a net loss of €527m (£449m, $564m) in 2016 as revenue declined in the fourth quarter.