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Launch PR hires Octopus Group's Juliet Cameron to head up brand PR

Launch PR hires Octopus Group's Juliet Cameron to head up brand PR

Juliet Cameron, who led Octopus Group's consumer brand agency Union Street, has joined Launch PR as director of brand PR.

Careers website Plotr appoints Claremont to promote psychometric game

Careers website Plotr appoints Claremont to promote psychometric game

Careers website Plotr has brought in Claremont Social Communications to encourage more teachers to use its free psychometric careers game for 11- to 14-year-olds.

Yorkshire Building Society hires Hatch Communications to celebrate 150 years

Yorkshire Building Society hires Hatch Communications to celebrate 150 years

Hatch Communications has won a pitch to help support the 150th anniversary celebrations of Yorkshire Building Society.

"Staggering" leap as two-thirds of in-house PR salaries rise

"Staggering" leap as two-thirds of in-house PR salaries rise

More than two-thirds of in-house PR professionals enjoyed a pay rise this year, a survey has found.

Harrow Council in £3m hunt for comms support over "bad PR" from cuts

Harrow Council in £3m hunt for comms support over "bad PR" from cuts

Harrow Council has issued a tender for internal and external comms services as it seeks to weather £75m of cuts over the next five years.

Four Communications prepares to snap up Consolidated PR

Four Communications prepares to snap up Consolidated PR

Four Communications is making preparations to buy Consolidated PR next month as it seeks to strengthen its consumer credentials.

Curtin&Co launches crisis comms arm with broadcast hire

Curtin&Co launches crisis comms arm with broadcast hire

Public affairs consultancy Curtin&Co has appointed veteran broadcast journalist Frank Wintle as it launches a crisis comms-focused offshoot.

Facebook hires Walt Disney's Anouska Ruane for top UK comms role

Facebook hires Walt Disney's Anouska Ruane for top UK comms role

Facebook has poached The Walt Disney Company's Anouska Ruane to lead comms across the UK & Ireland.

Bell Pottinger shifts Mulberry work to newly launched luxury division

Bell Pottinger shifts Mulberry work to newly launched luxury division

Bell Pottinger has launched a five-strong luxury division with clients including Mulberry as it seeks to exploit the rapidly growing multi-billion-pound market.

Hit or Miss? Apple unveils new iPhones at latest product launch

Hit or Miss? Apple unveils new iPhones at latest product launch

This week saw Apple’s latest product launch event, with the unveiling of its new iPhone models and Apple Watch.

Flat fee proves a sticking point for proposed lobbying register regulations

Flat fee proves a sticking point for proposed lobbying register regulations

Industry bodies have voiced frustration at proposed regulations for a register of lobbyists provided for under the new Lobbying Act 2014.

Digital training in spotlight as survey reveals demand for SEO skills

Digital training in spotlight as survey reveals demand for SEO skills

A third of agency staff have received a low level of digital training, with SEO the skill most in demand among PR professionals, according to a new survey from the PRCA.

Dragon boosts luxury goods and financial sectors with double hire

Dragon boosts luxury goods and financial sectors with double hire

Corporate PR specialist Dragon Associates has hired Nick Barrington-Wells and Claire Rumbellow as consultants.

RBS makes independence announcement in response to "media speculation"

RBS makes independence announcement in response to "media speculation"

Royal Bank of Scotland's announcement that it would relocate its HQ from Edinburgh to London in the event of a vote for independence was driven by "media speculation", an internal memo has revealed.

Celebrity Cruises hires DeVries SLAM to raise UK profile

Celebrity Cruises hires DeVries SLAM to raise UK profile

Luxury cruise liner Celebrity Cruises has appointed DeVries SLAM to raise its reputation and consumer profile within the UK.

M&C Saatchi posts profit increase amid PR expansion

M&C Saatchi posts profit increase amid PR expansion

M&C Saatchi has reported a 17 per cent rise in pre-tax profits to £8.5m for the half-year to 30 June compared with the same period last year.

Latest news and analysis

Alibaba shows critical comms importance of investor roadshows

Alibaba shows critical comms importance of investor roadshows

As Alibaba executives go city to city as part of a 10-day roadshow, the pressure is on. Despite a bevy of new interactive media tools, roadshows are still a critical communications strategy for companies going public.

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.

Recent pitch news

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.

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.

Recent European PR news

Double blow for Edelman as Starbucks shifts UK & France consumer work

Double blow for Edelman as Starbucks shifts UK & France consumer work

Edelman's hold on its Starbucks relationship across Europe has weakened after the global coffee giant shifted work in both the UK and France to new agencies.

Edelman buys France's biggest independent agency ELAN

Edelman buys France's biggest independent agency ELAN

Edelman, the world's biggest PR network, has today bought all the shares of ELAN, France's biggest independent communications consultancy, in a bid to break into the top three agencies in the country.

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".