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Ruth Davidson MSP brings Gordon Hector to Scottish Conservatives press unit

Ruth Davidson MSP brings Gordon Hector to Scottish Conservatives press unit

Circle Health's head of comms, Gordon Hector, is to run the research team for Ruth Davidson, leader of the Scottish Conservatives.

Why Germany is a PR bright spot in Europe amid Brexit turmoil

Why Germany is a PR bright spot in Europe amid Brexit turmoil

Germany has been an economic standout in the European Union. What's more, CEOs there recognize the value of communications.

Seismic shock for UK PR as country votes out but practitioners highlight opportunities to help clients adapt

Seismic shock for UK PR as country votes out but practitioners highlight opportunities to help clients adapt

As the UK awoke to the news that Britain had voted to leave the EU by a margin of 52 per cent to 48 per cent and that Prime Minister David Cameron will leave office in the autumn, UK PR firms told PRWeek what they think the implications are for their businesses and their clients.

Brexit: EU PRs see uncertainty, a public affairs boost and an opportunity for Dublin

Brexit: EU PRs see uncertainty, a public affairs boost and an opportunity for Dublin

The UK's imminent departure from the European Union leaves an uncertain future for PR firms based in EU states - but there may also be a short-term boost for public affairs specialists, and an opportunity for Dublin to host non-European firms looking for an entry into the market.

Garish suits, 'real people', rain: EU vote campaigns reach final furlong

Garish suits, 'real people', rain: EU vote campaigns reach final furlong

As the UK goes to the polls, campaigners from both sides of the EU referendum debate have been making last-ditch attempts to sway the result in their favour. PRWeek rounds up some of the last-minute activities.

In brief: Bellenden and AAT hires, Sarcoma UK appoints House, maternity discrimination campaigners

Bellenden and AAT make senior hires, cancer charity Sarcoma UK appoints House to raise awareness, 'Pregnant Then Screwed' launches buddy service for women going through tribunal system and more from PRWeek UK.

PRCA Census 2016: How do PR professionals spend their time?

PRCA Census 2016: How do PR professionals spend their time?

Part five of the PRCA's 2016 Census reveals that digital and social media work has massively increased, while other traditional PR tasks appear to be on the wane.

PRCA Census 2016: Regional variations emerge in pay, gender and ethnicity

PRCA Census 2016: Regional variations emerge in pay, gender and ethnicity

Part three of the PRCA's 2016 Census looks at regional variations, with the South East showing the highest pay levels and the most diversity.

Orlando PR pros describe a city coming together after tragedy

Orlando PR pros describe a city coming together after tragedy

Amid their grief, Orlando residents are pulling together in response to the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, according to agency executives who work in the city.

Anti-EU campaign group deletes tweet warning of 'Orlando-style' attack in UK

Anti-EU campaign group deletes tweet warning of 'Orlando-style' attack in UK

Leave.EU, one of the groups campaigning for Britain to leave the European Union, has removed a tweet saying the country's ongoing membership of the EU created the risk of an "Orlando-style atrocity", following criticism.

Best Quotes of May 2016: Porta CEO, EgyptAir, Brexit: The Movie, Sky's outgoing comms chief and more...

Best Quotes of May 2016: Porta CEO, EgyptAir, Brexit: The Movie, Sky's outgoing comms chief and more...

EgyptAir's disaster, the EU referendum, ad-blockers and the Supreme Court decision on the PJS super injunction were among key talking points over the last month.

PRCA Census 2016: Salary data finds austerity biting, especially for senior roles

PRCA Census 2016: Salary data finds austerity biting, especially for senior roles

Part two of the PRCA's 2016 Census shows that salaries in PR are stil under pressure, while the gender pay gap continues.

PRCA Census 2016: Demographics, diversity concerns and gender (im)balance

PRCA Census 2016: Demographics, diversity concerns and gender (im)balance

The PRCA's 2016 Census reveals that salaries in PR continue to feel austerity's pinch, while practitioners expect to spend more of their time delivering digital campaigns, notably in the growing tech and health sectors.

Did Mike Ashley damage Sports Direct's reputation with his Select Committee appearance?

Did Mike Ashley damage Sports Direct's reputation with his Select Committee appearance?

Mike Ashley, the controversial boss of Sports Direct, finally appeared before a Select Committee yesterday where his frank performance, while defusing some criticism, also confirmed suspicions of illegal practices and alarmed investors.

Edelman launches Edge to provide local insight for global public affairs

Edelman launches Edge to provide local insight for global public affairs

The global public affairs practice of Edelman has launched Edelman Edge - a market research and analysis tool it says will help multi-market clients understand the best channels for their campaign in individual countries.

Lancôme response to HK concert storm a series of "missteps"

Lancôme response to HK concert storm a series of "missteps"

From inviting outspoken pro-democracy singer Denise Ho to its concert, to then cancelling because of online pressure, Lancôme's handling of the whole saga has damaged its brand both in China and Hong Kong.

The Nuclear Energy Institute lobby group signs up APCO

The Nuclear Energy Institute lobby group signs up APCO

The Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI), the Washington-based lobby group for the global nuclear industry, has appointed APCO to work on its activities to promote nuclear energy to the public and authorities, PRWeek has learned.

Opinion and features

Three lessons every PR professional can learn from Team Trump

Three lessons every PR professional can learn from Team Trump

Donald Trump's campaign may have divided the opinions of people the world over but, if we can separate the politics from PR, there are elements of Team Trump's strategy that serve as a useful lesson to the comms industry.

We must learn lessons from the EU campaigns as we wake up to a nightmare

We must learn lessons from the EU campaigns as we wake up to a nightmare

PRWeek EU Referendum Panel: As the nightmare begins for Gill Morris, the 'remain' supporter and public affairs chief says lessons must be learnt from the EU referendum campaign.

The first losers are pollsters and strategists, but the biggest losers are the British public

The first losers are pollsters and strategists, but the biggest losers are the British public

PRWeek EU Referendum Panel: I am in shock, writes pro-EU PR boss Gavin Devine, at a result that has lots of losers.

Leave us alone now: the British public deserves a rest from politics for a while

Leave us alone now: the British public deserves a rest from politics for a while

PRWeek EU Referendum Panel: I'm a lifelong political animal and even I've had enough, reflects pro-'leave' PR man Mark Gallagher.

If politicians don't sway public on EU vote, celebs (and croissants) might help

If politicians don't sway public on EU vote, celebs (and croissants) might help

PRWeek EU Referendum Panel: Charity comms officer and PRWeek 30 Under 30 entrant Zoe Gardner asks which out of politicians, croissants and celebrities will actually help the public make up their minds.

The EU referendum boils down to 'take back control' versus 'don't risk it' messages

The EU referendum boils down to 'take back control' versus 'don't risk it' messages

PRWeek EU Referendum Panel: The two sides have picked their top-line messages ahead of Thursday's vote, and 'remain' supporter Gill Morris considers which will prevail.

Beckham and Davidson team up as pro-EU side looks set to prevail

Beckham and Davidson team up as pro-EU side looks set to prevail

PRWeek EU Referendum Panel: The final rolls of the dice are here, and David Beckham and Ruth Davidson should just about swing it for the pro-EU side, writes pro-'remain' Gavin Devine.

We're all tired of this spectacle, so will it be the weather that decides the EU vote?

We're all tired of this spectacle, so will it be the weather that decides the EU vote?

PRWeek EU Referendum Panel: Brexit-supporting Andrew Hayes writes that with Britain divided and tired of the referendum, it might be in the hands of Mother Nature.

Is Euro-transparency in lobbying fit for purpose?

Is Euro-transparency in lobbying fit for purpose?

As the UK teeters on the brink of Brexit, it is perhaps fitting that last week I made my first journey to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.

A vote to leave Europe is a vote against UK public affairs

A vote to leave Europe is a vote against UK public affairs

Being a member of the EU benefits our industry considerably and a vote to leave could put the very work we do at risk

Change.org UK chief Brie Rogers Lowery on PR's crucial role in the age of 'clicktivism'

Change.org UK chief Brie Rogers Lowery on PR's crucial role in the age of 'clicktivism'

From the boardroom: Brie Rogers Lowery, Change.org's UK director, explains how PR helps campaigners get their messages out to the media.

Vice video: Corbyn lets down electorate and supporters by not engaging with the mainstream media

Vice video: Corbyn lets down electorate and supporters by not engaging with the mainstream media

Lanour leader Jeremy Corbyn's rant against mainstream media in a recent Vice News video shows a major flaw in his comms strategy, writes Labour activist and now FleishmanHillard Fishburn executive Ben Craig.

PRCA opinion: Should we change our name? The decision lies with the industry

PRCA opinion: Should we change our name? The decision lies with the industry

Have your say whether the PRCA should change its name to reflect a changing PR industry.

Dodging the question: smart or dumb?

Dodging the question: smart or dumb?

Politicians are famous for dodging journalists' questions, and it is happening all too often.

Recent public/corporate affairs people moves

In brief: MHP expands Kleenex work, Aduro wins Mr Men, Newmarket, Manifest London

MHP to handle Kleenex social media, Aduro wins Mr Men campaign, Bell Pottinger gets influential with Air France and more from PRWeek UK.

Ford names new Europe and Asia-Pacific comms chiefs

Ford names new Europe and Asia-Pacific comms chiefs

Ford has announced new comms chiefs for Europe and Asia-Pacific, and appointed the first head of comms for its innovation arm, Ford Smart Mobility.

Budd calls full-time at FA after netting top PR job at Crystal Palace

Budd calls full-time at FA after netting top PR job at Crystal Palace

Joanne Budd has been appointed head of PR and media relations at Crystal Palace Football Club.

Hanover hires ex-Blue Rubicon chairman Alastair Gornall as first chair

Hanover hires ex-Blue Rubicon chairman Alastair Gornall as first chair

Hanover has hired Alastair Gornall, former Blue Rubicon chairman and founder of Consolidated Communications, as its first non-executive chairman as it looks to expand.

Heineken UK strengthens corporate relations team

Heineken UK strengthens corporate relations team

Heineken has strengthened its UK corporate relations team with the appointment of Sophie Goodall from Sainsbury's as head of public affairs and the promotion of Claire Matthews to the new role of head of responsibility and sustainability.

Thomas Cook to make senior comms hires from Sky and rival TUI

Thomas Cook to make senior comms hires from Sky and rival TUI

Travel company Thomas Cook has announced a new head of internal comms and a new head of corporate comms as group comms director Alice Macandrew merges the firm's UK and group PR operations.