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Six-figure New York tourism account up for grabs in the UK

Six-figure New York tourism account up for grabs in the UK

The budget on the account is worth up to $250,000 per year.

Saga considers agencies for wealth management launch

Saga considers agencies for wealth management launch

Saga is in discussion with agencies for a consumer-focused awareness-raising campaign around the launch of a wealth management business.

PRWeek and PRCA launch mentoring scheme to inspire future PR leaders

PRWeek and PRCA launch mentoring scheme to inspire future PR leaders

PRWeek has joined forces with the PRCA to launch The Fast Track in PR Mentoring Scheme, aimed at inspiring the next generation of PR leaders to follow in the footsteps of current sector leaders.

Cognito bolsters team with director and account manager hires

Cognito bolsters team with director and account manager hires

Financial services comms and marketing agency Cognito has appointed Paul Wynne as a director and Lara Joseph as a senior account manager in its London team.

Radiator PR wins Goodmans account

UK electronics brand Goodmans has appointed consumer agency Radiator to handle its PR and social media to coincide with its latest creative brand-building campaign.

Pagoda Porter Novelli hired as first countryside PR firm for National Trust for Scotland

Pagoda Porter Novelli hired as first countryside PR firm for National Trust for Scotland

Edinburgh agency Pagoda Porter Novelli has been given a two-year contract to handle PR for the National Trust for Scotland's countryside portfolio.

Porta buys stake in corporate comms agency Broker Profile

Porta buys stake in corporate comms agency Broker Profile

Porta Communications has continued its expansion by acquiring a 29.5 per cent stake in corporate comms agency Broker Profile.

Bodean's BBQ appoints Belt & Braces as first retained PR agency

Bodean's BBQ appoints Belt & Braces as first retained PR agency

American-style restaurant chain Bodean's BBQ has hired London-based agency Belt & Braces to manage comms across its six restaurants, new product line and expansion plans, following a non-competitive pitch.

US snack Twinkie appoints Frank PR to grow brand in the UK

US snack Twinkie appoints Frank PR to grow brand in the UK

Innovative Bites, the distributor of US food brands including Hostess and Pop Corners, has hired Frank PR to represent the iconic snack brand Twinkie, PRWeek understands.

Gumtree to sponsor BT Sport Premier League in PR and marketing drive

Gumtree to sponsor BT Sport Premier League in PR and marketing drive

Gumtree has confirmed it will sponsor all of BT Sport's Barclays Premier League coverage during the 2015/16 season, in the online marketplace's biggest broadcast sponsorship deal to date.

Sewel scandal poses PR questions for Cameron and Lords, say experts

Sewel scandal poses PR questions for Cameron and Lords, say experts

The resignation of Labour peer Lord Sewel over a sex and drugs scandal highlights the House of Lords' "horrible PR problem", public affairs experts say.

Marketing Edinburgh gets #ThisisEdinburgh24 trending during 'takeover'

Marketing Edinburgh says it helped make Edinburgh one of the most talked about topics on Twitter last week thanks to what it calls a "city-wide social media takeover".

PRCA encourages disabled people to join PR industry

The PRCA has signed up as a partner to the Government's Disability Confident campaign in an attempt to encourage more disabled people to join the PR industry.

Publicasity promotes Paul McCaffrey to director and recruits account directors

Publicasity has promoted Paul McCaffrey to director and hired two new associate directors; Barbara Normile from Clarion Communications and Lucy Richardson from Richmond Towers.

Lords statement calls Lord Sewel claims 'shocking and unacceptable'

The House of Lords press office has met allegations that Labour peer Lord Sewel used cocaine during a visit from prostitutes with a short statement, saying no further comment can be made pending police investigations.

Sale or flotation reportedly sought for Cannes Lions owner Top Right Group

Sale or flotation reportedly sought for Cannes Lions owner Top Right Group

Plans are reportedly under way for a possible sale or flotation of Top Right Group, part of the media company formerly known as Emap that also operates the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.

Latest news analysis

Teneo: The ambition is global

Teneo: The ambition is global

The acquisition of Blue Rubicon and StockWell by Teneo Holdings last week has sent shockwaves through the industry. The scale of the ambition is huge: to set up a global City and crisis shop to challenge stalwarts such as Finsbury and Brunswick, and become the market leaders in this field. PRWeek assesses the impact on the industry as well as what it says about the health of the mergers and acquisitions market for PR agencies in the UK and beyond.

Tackling the gender pay gap: The £65,000 question

Tackling the gender pay gap: The £65,000 question

A new survey shows that the stubborn issue of the gender pay gap refuses to go away, despite the introduction of the Equal Pay Act 45 years ago. It reveals that men in the PR and comms industry are, on average, paid £10,000 more than women and that they receive a "staggering" £65,000 more in bonus payments than women in equivalent roles.

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.

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Fiat Chrysler Group looks to combine Jeep and Alfa Romeo under single PR agency

Fiat Chrysler Group looks to combine Jeep and Alfa Romeo under single PR agency

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), the global group that owns car brands Jeep and Alfa Romeo, is considering aligning the two brands and appointing a single UK PR agency, PRWeek has learned.

Burson-Marsteller wins Jamaica Tourist Board UK PR account

Burson-Marsteller wins Jamaica Tourist Board UK PR account

The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) has appointed Burson-Marsteller to manage its PR following a five-way pitch, PRWeek has learned.

Vue Cinemas looks for consumer PR agency as part of wider comms restructure

Vue Cinemas looks for consumer PR agency as part of wider comms restructure

Vue Entertainment, the biggest cinema company in the UK, is looking for a new consumer PR agency following a comms restructure across the business, PRWeek has learned.

Virgin Trains and Virgin East Coast invite pitches for social media brief

Virgin Trains and Virgin East Coast invite pitches for social media brief

Virgin Trains and Virgin Trains East Coast are inviting pitches from agencies for a social media brief, PRWeek understands.

Recent European PR news

InterContinental Hotels Group hires Cicero for public affairs brief

InterContinental Hotels Group hires Cicero for public affairs brief

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), which owns and operates brands including Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza, has appointed Cicero to a new retained public affairs brief covering London and Brussels.

FIFA hires Teneo for 'operational and reputational' work

FIFA hires Teneo for 'operational and reputational' work

FIFA has taken on US-based consulting firm Teneo Holdings as the world football governing body looks to deal with its ongoing crisis.

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).

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.