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PRWeek Leaders In Communications event open for bookings

A host of senior PR figures will offer valuable insights and advice at PRWeek's Leaders In Communications conference, which is now open for bookings.

Ex-Toyota comms chief Julie Hamp released from jail without charge

Ex-Toyota comms chief Julie Hamp released from jail without charge

Hamp, 55, had been held for 20 days following her arrest for importing oxycodone painkiller

FA boss Martin Glenn: 'Sexist' World Cup tweet was a mistake

FA boss Martin Glenn: 'Sexist' World Cup tweet was a mistake

FA chief executive Martin Glenn has admitted that the tweet sent out by his organisation yesterday, referring to the England women's World Cup squad as going "back to being mothers, partners and daughters", was a "mistake".

Toyota veteran Hayakawa takes over Julie Hamp's former role full-time

Toyota veteran Hayakawa takes over Julie Hamp's former role full-time

The 28-year Toyota veteran was appointed to oversee global communications for the automaker on a permanent basis as of Monday.

Plusnet replaces Kazoo with Kaper

Plusnet replaces Kazoo with Kaper

Internet service provider Plusnet has appointed Kaper to handle its PR activity.

WPP buys majority stake in German PR agency Nicole Weber Communications

WPP has grown its European PR footprint after buying a majority stake in German PR agency Nicole Weber Communications (NWC).

Lingerie label Silent Assembly appoints Bright Light to manage PR account

Lingerie label Silent Assembly appoints Bright Light to manage PR account

Silent Assembly, a lingerie brand created by the designer of Victoria's Secret and Elle Macpherson Intimates, has appointed Bright Light PR to launch the label in the UK, after a four-way pitch.

Liverpool John Lennon Airport hires Tangerine for digital brief

Liverpool John Lennon Airport hires Tangerine for digital brief

Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) has appointed Tangerine for a digital and social media brief amid expansion at the airport.

MSLGroup to offer free help to social enterprise ventures

MSLGroup is to host a one-day event offering free assistance to six social enterprise start-up ventures.

New West End Company appoints Bell Pottinger on retained basis

New West End Company appoints Bell Pottinger on retained basis

New West End Company, the UK's largest representative group for retail businesses, has hired Bell Pottinger to increase awareness of the contribution made by firms in the West End to the UK economy.

PR firms support launch of 7/7 anti-extremism campaign in schools

PR firms support launch of 7/7 anti-extremism campaign in schools

Claremont Social Communications, Hopscotch Consulting and On Broadcast are working with the family of Miriam Hyman, who died in the 7/7 London bombings, to launch an anti-extremism campaign in schools.

Prosecutors in Japan unlikely to charge Julie Hamp - Reports

Prosecutors in Japan unlikely to charge Julie Hamp - Reports

Officials have until the end of the week to indict former Toyota global communications boss after her oxycodone arrest

NME to become free weekly magazine as part of brand transformation

NME to become free weekly magazine as part of brand transformation

Music publication NME is to become a free weekly magazine as part of a move to expand globally with a new website, live events and video franchises.

IPSO upholds Nicola Sturgeon complaint over 'misleading' Daily Telegraph story

IPSO upholds Nicola Sturgeon complaint over 'misleading' Daily Telegraph story

The new press regulator has upheld a complaint from Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon about a Daily Telegraph article that said she would rather David Cameron than Ed Miliband won the general election.

Cannes 2015 - 7 things we learned

Cannes 2015 - 7 things we learned

PR made great strides on the French Riviera with the industry receiving more recognition than ever before, yet there are fears that creativity is being lost as the lines between sectors become increasingly blurred, finds Alex Benady.

Freuds hires ex-Isobar Seb Royce as chief creative officer

Freuds hires ex-Isobar Seb Royce as chief creative officer

Freuds has hired Seb Royce, the former executive creative director of Isobar, as its new chief creative officer.

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Flexible hiring is the new Holy Grail so could it become the norm any time soon?

Flexible hiring is the new Holy Grail so could it become the norm any time soon?

Research suggests that PR and comms are among the worst industries for offering staff flexible working conditions at the point of hire. Just two per cent of all vacancies in PR, marketing and advertising mentioned flexible working, according to the Timewise Flexible Jobs Index, the first study of its kind, which studied 3.5 million job ads across 122 national jobs boards between July and December 2014 to arrive at its findings.

How do you undermine the Islamic State brand?

How do you undermine the Islamic State brand?

More than 700 Britons are believed to have travelled to Syria and Iraq to join Islamic State, as the group employs ever more sophisticated methods to radicalise young people online. The Government is concerned that existing programmes to combat radicalisation are failing to provide a coherent alternative message to counter the extremists, and are allowing them the space to present themselves as successful.

Keep the pressure on FIFA, marketing experts tell sponsor brands

Keep the pressure on FIFA, marketing experts tell sponsor brands

The public is looking at how FIFA's global sponsors will behave in the wake of grave corruption charges against the group's officials.

Show me the money: Salary survey shows how financial PR is bringing home the bacon

Show me the money: Salary survey shows how financial PR is bringing home the bacon

Figures released this week in a salary survey have revealed that financial PRs are among the best-paid professionals in the industry, although corporate PRs are catching up fast, with in-house and consumer PRs bringing up the rear.

Thomas Cook: Our expert panel assesses the company's handling of the tragedy

Thomas Cook: Our expert panel assesses the company's handling of the tragedy

Thomas Cook bears all the hallmarks of a company about to implode under the weight of public disgust. This is due to its handling of the tragedy in which two children died from carbon monoxide poisoning from a faulty boiler while on holiday in Corfu in October 2006. The deaths, together with the ensuing inquest verdict of unlawful killing last Wednesday, in which Thomas Cook was found to have "breached its duty of care", is a nightmare scenario for a company that has previously been synonymous with family-friendly holidays.

Coloured cocktails and confounded predictions: PRWeek's night at the election parties

Coloured cocktails and confounded predictions: PRWeek's night at the election parties

It was a night that began with low expectations of a definitive result but that ended in a shock victory for David Cameron's Conservatives.

Public affairs tactics will need to change radically after the general election

Public affairs tactics will need to change radically after the general election

Notwithstanding a sudden surge in the fortunes of one of the major parties, the general election is likely to result in either a slim Parliamentary majority of the kind not seen since Sir John Major's ill-fated 1992-1997 administration nearly 20 years ago, or a minority government. This in turn presages a radical change in the tactics employed by public affairs agencies to influence the Government's legislative programme. PRWeek speaks to three public affairs professionals to get their insight on the opportunities and challenges presented by the composition of the next government.

Beware the pitfalls of debate: The personal comms of David Cameron and Ed Miliband

Beware the pitfalls of debate: The personal comms of David Cameron and Ed Miliband

It is already received wisdom that the general election result is too close to call, with a host of smaller parties entering the fray and creating havoc for the calculations of the main contenders. But in the end, only David Cameron or Ed Miliband can realistically become Prime Minister and, while the UK electorate votes for parties rather than prime ministers, some argue that personalities will have the largest effect on which party the electorate votes for. On the eve of the hotly anticipated seven-way debate between the party leaders, PRWeek looks at a month in the comms strategies of Cameron and Miliband, how they resonate with voters and, crucially, what they should do next.

Purdah: how can government comms teams and PA firms navigate pre-election restrictions?

Purdah: how can government comms teams and PA firms navigate pre-election restrictions?

Purdah describes a pre-election period when restrictions are placed on the activity of civil servants. Ahead of the purdah period, which starts on Monday alongside the dissolution of Parliament, PRWeek takes a look at what the challenges are for professionals during this time of restricted communication.

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Viridor to cut PR agency roster from six to one amid internal comms shake-up

Viridor to cut PR agency roster from six to one amid internal comms shake-up

Viridor, the UK's largest recycling firm, is in the final stages of cutting its PR agency roster from six to one amid a £1.8bn infrastructure overhaul that has also seen a shake-up in its internal comms department, PRWeek has learned.

Internet Matters looks for PR coverage to soar after picking Up Communications

Internet Matters looks for PR coverage to soar after picking Up Communications

Not-for-profit safety organisation Internet Matters has hired Up Communications following a five-way pitch.

Lexis secures consumer PR brief for luxury beauty brand Aromatherapy Associates

Lexis secures consumer PR brief for luxury beauty brand Aromatherapy Associates

Lexis has won the consumer PR business for luxury beauty brand Aromatherapy Associates, following a competitive pitch against four other agencies.

HELLO! Fashion Monthly waves in W to boost brand awareness

HELLO! Fashion Monthly waves in W to boost brand awareness

UK glossy magazine HELLO! Fashion Monthly has commissioned W to handle its PR on a retained basis after a competitive pitch.

Recent European PR news

Polish music festival Open'er hires Shine for UK PR brief

Shine Communications has been appointed to handle UK PR for Open'er, the Polish music festival.

Edelman hires Esther Busscher of FleishmanHillard to head Brussels business

Edelman hires Esther Busscher of FleishmanHillard to head Brussels business

Edelman has announced the appointment of Esther Busscher from FleishmanHillard as general manager of its Brussels business.

Golin opens Istanbul office with partner agency Rekta

Golin opens Istanbul office with partner agency Rekta

Golin has opened an office in Istanbul just days after it launched an office in Moscow with Russian partner Comunica.

Consumers in HK and China view innovation in brands differently

Consumers in HK and China view innovation in brands differently

Consumers in Hong Kong and China view the concept of 'innovation' differently from, not just the rest of the world, but each other, finds a five-market study by Ketchum.

Greek government has twice the support of Germany on social media

Greek government has twice the support of Germany on social media

Germany's minister of finance Wolfgang Schäuble is the most unpopular figure in the bail-out debate and the Greek prime minister and finance minister have double the support of the German chancellor Angela Merkel, according to research by Talkwalker.