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Greenpeace gives Formula E racing the green light

Greenpeace gives Formula E racing the green light

Greenpeace has produced a new campaign film that celebrates electronic motor sport Formula E.

UKPAC closes and hands responsibility for lobbying register to CIPR

UKPAC closes and hands responsibility for lobbying register to CIPR

The UK Public Affairs Council has announced that it is closing with immediate effect and handing over responsibility for its register of lobbyists to the CIPR.

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.

Mark Penn exits Microsoft to found investment firm

Mark Penn exits Microsoft to found investment firm

The former Burson-Marsteller chief executive joined Microsoft three years ago. The company won't replace him in the role.

Hume Brophy appoints former Conservative shadow minister Anne McIntosh

Hume Brophy appoints former Conservative shadow minister Anne McIntosh

Hume Brophy has appointed former Conservative shadow minister and select committee chair Anne McIntosh as a senior consultant in its public affairs team.

PRCA to launch industry-wide debate on the UK in EU

PRCA to launch industry-wide debate on the UK in EU

The PRCA is to launch an "industry-wide debate" on the UK's relationship with the European Union ahead of the vote on whether Britain should leave the EU.

Ex-Wonga public affairs chief Delroy Corinaldi joins David Lammy's London mayoral bid team

Ex-Wonga public affairs chief Delroy Corinaldi joins David Lammy's London mayoral bid team

Former Wonga public affairs chief Delroy Corinaldi has been appointed as strategy director for David Lammy's campaign to be elected London Mayor, PRWeek has learned.

Connect hires ex-MP Andy Sawford as CEO

Connect hires ex-MP Andy Sawford as CEO

Connect Communications has appointed former Labour MP Andy Sawford as its new chief executive.

Punishing over-declaration would be "perverse", PRCA tells lobbying consultation

Punishing over-declaration would be "perverse", PRCA tells lobbying consultation

The PRCA has told a consultation on compliance from the Office of the Registrar of Consultants Lobbyists (ORCL) that punishing "over-declaration" would be a "perverse interpretation" of the Lobbying Act.

PR among worst performers for flexible hiring

PR among worst performers for flexible hiring

PR is among the worst industry sectors for offering candidates flexible working opportunities at the point of hire, according to a new study.

Public affairs firms positive but expect more work done in-house, says Interel survey

Public affairs consultancies across the world remain very positive about the sector's prospects, but increasingly expect more PA work to be undertaken in-house, research shows.

Nick Williams leaves FleishmanHillard

Nick Williams leaves FleishmanHillard

Nick Williams, UK head of public affairs and corporate communications and partner at FleishmanHillard, has left the agency.

Drax hires former DECC special adviser Paul Hodgson as head of media

Drax hires former DECC special adviser Paul Hodgson as head of media

Drax Power has hired Paul Hodgson from the Department of Energy and Climate Change to the newly created role of head of media relations, PRWeek has learned.

Burson-Marsteller's Katie Myler and Insight's John Lehal to lead Andy Burnham's Labour campaign PR team

Burson-Marsteller's Katie Myler and Insight's John Lehal to lead Andy Burnham's Labour campaign PR team

Burson-Marsteller managing director Katie Myler and John Lehal, MD of Insight Consulting Group, have been appointed to head the comms team for Andy Burnham's Labour leadership bid.

PRCA DARE Awards South West and Wales winners announced

PRCA DARE Awards South West and Wales winners announced

The winners of the PRCA DARE Awards South West and Wales have been announced, with Remarkable Group, Confused.com and Golley Slater among the victors.

Edelman UK hires Saratha Rajeswaran as associate director public affairs

Edelman UK hires Saratha Rajeswaran as associate director public affairs

Edelman has hired Saratha Rajeswaran from Policy Exchange as associate director in its public affairs team.

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.

Opinion and features

Cannes 2015: The view from the editor-in-chief

Cannes 2015: The view from the editor-in-chief

The much-hyped, media-saturated Cannes Lions week is over for another year and it is easy to forget that, beyond the glittering yachts and the Yves St Laurent (apparently), the whole point of this 'international festival of creativity' is to be the showcase of the best campaigns from around the world.

Treat your staff like adults and you might find that flexible working works

Treat your staff like adults and you might find that flexible working works

I wasn't surprised to read recently that the PR industry is one of the worst industries for supporting flexible working patterns.

Cannes: The view from London

Cannes: The view from London

This time last year I was in Cannes. This year I am not. Have I missed anything? I think not - apart from a Rose hangover.

More women at Cannes but industry still falling short of balanced view of society

More women at Cannes but industry still falling short of balanced view of society

I first heard the phrase "pattern recognition" at SXSW this year. Jennifer Hyman, co-founder of Rent the Runway, was on a panel about the future of retail, and they were discussing whether the Airbnb concept would have been funded if it had been pitched by a woman.

Zombies, Sorrell and Kim Kardashian: What to look out for at Cannes

Zombies, Sorrell and Kim Kardashian: What to look out for at Cannes

More and more PR people are getting involved in Cannes but if you're not headed there then you're probably already rolling your eyes and sighing heavily. If you are going, here's what I think's worth sharpening your elbows for at this year's Creativity Festival.

Flexible working: how does it work in practice? We ask three PR professionals

Flexible working: how does it work in practice? We ask three PR professionals

PR is among the worst industry sectors for offering candidates flexible working opportunities at the point of hire, according to a new study. PRWeek looks at how it works in practice.

In praise of the PR chaos

In praise of the PR chaos

I recently went back to my old school to give a careers talk. So far, so glamorous.

Agency doctor: Make your employee brand irresistible

Agency doctor: Make your employee brand irresistible

Your employee brand is one of your key weapons in attracting scarce talent, so make yourself into a compelling proposition.

Forget diversity in PR for a moment and let's talk about character

Forget diversity in PR for a moment and let's talk about character

As more and more statistics and evidence of the benefits of an inclusive workforce at the highest levels of management emerge, you'd be hard pushed to uphold an argument for maintaining the outdated archetypal senior PR team in today's era.

What should PRs do about the referendum on Europe?

What should PRs do about the referendum on Europe?

With the Conservative election victory, a referendum on EU membership is now inevitable. The speculation over the political and economic impact will reach new peaks but, at a more practical level, what does a PR practitioner need to do now to prepare?

Irish lobbying register offers chance for Westminster rethink

Irish lobbying register offers chance for Westminster rethink

Now that the election is over, attention is turning to the legislative agenda. Lobbying may not have been a hot button election issue but the Government must revisit the flawed lobbying legislation that was passed in haste in 2014.

A handshake is a good start but it's no substitute for truth and reconciliation

A handshake is a good start but it's no substitute for truth and reconciliation

This week in Galway, 17 years after the Good Friday Agreement was signed, the heir to the British throne met with the leader of the provisional republican movement that murdered his great uncle and mentor 35 years ago.

David Cameron is sitting pretty, for now

David Cameron is sitting pretty, for now

The new perceived wisdom of the commentariat is to see the parallels between the situation faced by John Major in 1992 and the Prime Minister now as guides to the likely path that this Government will follow. In fact, the situation is entirely different.

Farage has become like any other politician and Carswell could soon be an independent

Farage has become like any other politician and Carswell could soon be an independent

The stats show that when you ask the general public what the most important issue in British politics is, most will reply "trust". Day in, day out, politicians are painted as liars, never able to answer a question directly.

Recent public/corporate affairs people moves

Joyce Lorigan to head global comms arm at science publisher Springer Nature

Joyce Lorigan to head global comms arm at science publisher Springer Nature

Recently formed science publishing giant Springer Nature has created a 40-strong global comms team headed by former Macmillan comms director Joyce Lorigan, which will work alongside a new policy and external relations department.

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.

Ex-Post Office PR head Nina Arnott replaces Sarah McGhie as Domino's UK PR chief

Ex-Post Office PR head Nina Arnott replaces Sarah McGhie as Domino's UK PR chief

Sarah McGhie has stepped down as Domino's head of PR for the UK, Ireland, Germany and Switzerland, with former Post Office head of PR Nina Arnott appointed as her successor.

Grayling UK CEO Alison Clarke stands down after four years in role

Grayling UK CEO Alison Clarke stands down after four years in role

Alison Clarke, CEO of Grayling UK & Ireland, has stepped down, saying she "doesn't have a master plan" about her next career move but would stay in PR.

Mary Whenman leaves Weber Shandwick

Mary Whenman leaves Weber Shandwick

Mary Whenman has stepped down as MD of Weber Shandwick's corporate, financial and public affairs division to pursue opportunities elsewhere.

Hill+Knowlton hires Hanover's Henry Groundes-Peace to financial services team

Hill+Knowlton Strategies has further strengthened its financial services team with the appointment of Henry Groundes-Peace of Hanover Communications as an associate director.