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In brief: ex-Hammond spad joins Newgate, Cow wins Micro Scooters, Mercieca has its Weetabix, energy briefs for FTI

Newgate hires another ex-spad, Cow wins Micro Scooters brief, trio of energy briefs for FTI, Mercieca has its Weetabix as a new client and more from PRWeek UK.

Did the Chancellor drop the ball with NICs u-turn? PR pros give their view

Did the Chancellor drop the ball with NICs u-turn? PR pros give their view

Philip Hammond's embarrassing climb down over National Insurance Contributions has harmed his credibility and shows the government's wariness about angering its own MPs during a critical period, comms pros have told PRWeek.

Headland wins expanded PepsiCo UK brief as client ends FleishmanHillard Fishburn relationship

Headland wins expanded PepsiCo UK brief as client ends FleishmanHillard Fishburn relationship

Headland has won an expanded PepsiCo UK public affairs and corporate PR brief, following the food and drink firm's decision to replace FleishmanHillard Fishburn.

PRWeek UK Power Book: Top ten in public sector comms

PRWeek UK Power Book: Top ten in public sector comms

PRWeek's UK Power Book reveals the PR professionals who lead the way in their respective areas. Today, we list the top ten comms pros from the public sector.

'Project fear won't work this time': Comms experts debate a second Scottish Referendum

'Project fear won't work this time': Comms experts debate a second Scottish Referendum

How would a second Scottish Independence referendum differ from the first? Will it happen at all? And could Scotland vote to leave the UK? We ask comms experts.

PRWeek UK Power Book: Top ten in political comms

PRWeek UK Power Book: Top ten in political comms

PRWeek's UK Power Book reveals the PR professionals who lead the way in their respective areas. Today, we rank the top ten in political communications.

National Grid and Brunswick part company as Teneo Blue Rubicon wins expanded brief

National Grid and Brunswick part company as Teneo Blue Rubicon wins expanded brief

National Grid has replaced Brunswick with Teneo Blue Rubicon for its financial PR as part of an expanded brief, PRWeek has learned.

EMEA public affairs and financial projects boost FTI comms segment in Q4

EMEA public affairs and financial projects boost FTI comms segment in Q4

Public affairs and financial comms engagements across the EMEA region meant that FTI Consulting's Strategic Communications business outperformed the company as a whole in Q4 2016.

Mental illness in PR ignored or treated as a performance issue, says new report

Mental illness in PR ignored or treated as a performance issue, says new report

Mental illness in the PR and comms industry is frequently ignored or treated as a performance issue, with huge costs in lost working hours and staff turnover, according to the latest #FuturePRoof report for the PRCA.

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.

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.

Law firms 'over-egging' their claims to offer public affairs, lobbying registrar says

Law firms 'over-egging' their claims to offer public affairs, lobbying registrar says

Law firms are often "over-egging the pudding" with claims of providing public affairs and lobbying services - meaning they often do not need to submit to the statutory lobbying register, according to the head of the regulator.

Interel buys US agency AMG - a 'significant step to becoming a global player'

Interel buys US agency AMG - a 'significant step to becoming a global player'

Belgium-based public affairs agency Interel has acquired US association management services and government affairs consultancy AMG for an undisclosed sum.

Standard Chartered gets ex-FCA chief Tracey McDermott to lead comms and public affairs

Standard Chartered gets ex-FCA chief Tracey McDermott to lead comms and public affairs

FTSE 100 banking group Standard Chartered has hired Tracey McDermott, former acting CEO of the UK's Financial Conduct Authority, to a new role overseeing public affairs, comms and sustainability.

Trump has 'never asked me to lie', says Sean Spicer

Trump has 'never asked me to lie', says Sean Spicer

Sean Spicer says Donald Trump has "never asked him to lie" but that spin plays a big part in his role as the White House press secretary.

'Useful filler' with a 'purposefully bland title': PR pros on PM's Brexit White Paper

'Useful filler' with a 'purposefully bland title': PR pros on PM's Brexit White Paper

PR and public affairs experts say that the Government's White Paper on Brexit is a "useful filler" that provides little extra detail - with one commenting on its "purposefully bland" title.

Travel ban gives tech CEOs cover to resist Trump

Travel ban gives tech CEOs cover to resist Trump

In an ultra-politicized world, Silicon Valley has to choose between angering the world's most powerful man or a vindictive consumer market. Since last weekend, it's picked the former.

Opinion and features

Why PR needs planners - and what we still have to learn from ad agencies

Why PR needs planners - and what we still have to learn from ad agencies

Once upon a time, PR agencies didn't see the need for planners: whereas ad agencies employed them to ground their creative ideas in genuine insights about their audience, the PR industry took a different route.

Industry Voice: The PR industry wants to be held to the most rigorous professional expectations

Industry Voice: The PR industry wants to be held to the most rigorous professional expectations

I have always been struck by the fact that the PR and comms industry is our fiercest driver in demanding higher and higher standards.

Consultancy pitching is sometimes like the proverbial cobbler's children

Consultancy pitching is sometimes like the proverbial cobbler's children

Consultancy pitching is sometimes like the proverbial cobbler's children - all too often comms agencies fail to communicate effectively to the prospect.

Mental Wealth: Spring clean your mental health with these five tips

Mental Wealth: Spring clean your mental health with these five tips

Spring cleaning is not just a good exercise for your home, it can also be a useful tool for maintaining your mental health

Brexit opens the door to a policy 'Narnia' where all things are possible

Brexit opens the door to a policy 'Narnia' where all things are possible

A global Britain will need global public affairs. This is the time for the UK industry to broaden its horizons and help clients embrace new opportunities

Corporates find their voice on diversity in the age of Trump

Corporates find their voice on diversity in the age of Trump

The Trump era should help end 'diversity fatigue' and be the catalyst for value-driven corporate communication.

Press reacts to White House barring news outlets from briefing

Press reacts to White House barring news outlets from briefing

Several prominent news organizations were blocked from a press briefing with Sean Spicer on Friday afternoon.

Do you send unsolicited emails to journalists? You could have a big problem

Do you send unsolicited emails to journalists? You could have a big problem

The EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is not a subject that will get hearts racing, but the PR industry had better take notice.

Do you speak human? The best corporate comms in the post-truth world will be B2H

Do you speak human? The best corporate comms in the post-truth world will be B2H

In this period of political and societal turbulence, the only certainty is uncertainty - that's where 'business to human' communications comes in.

Spicer: An impossible job

Spicer: An impossible job

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has found himself one of the most recognized people on the planet after last weekend's Saturday Night Live - no matter how funny the sketch was, it can't be good for Spicer or the perception of public relations.

On mindlessness: The PR industry needs to switch off to switch on creativity

On mindlessness: The PR industry needs to switch off to switch on creativity

'Always on' working culture is great for productivity, but is it killing our creativity? Here's a theory on how we can reinvigorate our imagination - and let the ideas come to us.

We need to be global citizens in order to be successful in PR

We need to be global citizens in order to be successful in PR

There's a lot of talk around our industry these days about diversity, and it is good and right that we are collectively trying hard to force ourselves out of our British, white, middle-class straitjacket.

Flop of the month: Uber stalls in response to Trump-related backlash

Flop of the month: Uber stalls in response to Trump-related backlash

Uber's response to criticism and protest over its CEO's association with Donald Trump and its actions over a New York taxi strike failed to halt the negative coverage.

Cyber security: why comms teams can't afford to bury their head in the sand

Cyber security: why comms teams can't afford to bury their head in the sand

What do Tesco Bank, the US Democratic National Committee and England's largest NHS Trust have in common? They have all fallen prey to high-profile cyber attacks recently.

Recent public/corporate affairs people moves

Burson-Marsteller EMEA CEO Jeremy Galbraith to leave agency after 22 years

Burson-Marsteller EMEA CEO Jeremy Galbraith to leave agency after 22 years

Jeremy Galbraith has stepped down as Burson-Marsteller EMEA chief executive after 22 years at the agency.

Former Grayling COO Singh named global chief at Caliber

Former Grayling COO Singh named global chief at Caliber

Digital marketing and comms agency Caliber Interactive has appointed former Grayling COO Rav Singh as its new global CEO.

In brief: Flint opens in Mumbai, Quiller goes corporate with Chandler, Mason Williams wins hotel group LHM

Flint opens second office in India, Quiller goes corporate with Chandler, Mason Williams appointed by hotel group and more from PRWeek UK.

Former GE comms chief Gary Sheffer joins Weber Shandwick

Former GE comms chief Gary Sheffer joins Weber Shandwick

He is reporting to Micho Spring, chair of the agency's global corporate practice, in the newly created part-time role.

Newington hires former Barratt corporate affairs chief Patrick Law

Newington hires former Barratt corporate affairs chief Patrick Law

Newington has appointed Patrick Law as an associate to its corporate affairs consultancy.

In brief: Save the Children's Nick Jones joins Action for Children, plus wins for PRCO, Redtorch, Flint

In brief: Save the Children's Nick Jones joins Action for Children, plus wins for PRCO, Redtorch, Flint

Action for Children has hired Save the Children's Nick Jones in a senior role that includes comms. Plus Redtorch to publicise Detriot, Flint hired for Mayfair Art Weekend, The PRCO wins Pure Salt Luxury Hotels account, and more from PRWeek UK.