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Sorrell: data and digital have helped PR industry lose its 'inferiority complex'

Sorrell: data and digital have helped PR industry lose its 'inferiority complex'

PR has changed dramatically in the last two years as data and digital skills come to the fore and the industry has less of an inferiority complex than it did, according to WPP boss Sir Martin Sorrell.

Former Theresa May adviser joins Weber Shandwick as head of public affairs

Former Theresa May adviser joins Weber Shandwick as head of public affairs

Joey Jones, the former Sky political journalist and briefly a media adviser to Theresa May during her home secretary tenure, has been appointed by Weber Shandwick as head of public affairs.

UK Power Networks appoints Bell Pottinger partner to new senior comms role

UK Power Networks appoints Bell Pottinger partner to new senior comms role

UK Power Networks has appointed Julie Minns as head of customer engagement, a new role where she will oversee external communications, stakeholder engagement and sustainability for the UK's largest electrical distributor.

Labour and Conservatives must project unity to voters beyond conference hall

Labour and Conservatives must project unity to voters beyond conference hall

Labour must convey the message to voters beyond the conference hall that it can hold the Government to account on the issues on which it is united, such as Brexit, grammar schools and health, according to Tony Blair's former comms director, David Hill.

Inside the NYPD's comms response to the Chelsea bombing

Inside the NYPD's comms response to the Chelsea bombing

Peter Donald, the New York Police Department's assistant commissioner for communication and public information, talks about the steps his team has taken since Saturday night's explosion.

Is this Skittles statement the best corporate response to the Trump campaign yet?

Is this Skittles statement the best corporate response to the Trump campaign yet?

Confectionery giant Wrigley has issued a deft response to Donald Trump's son comparing refugees to poisoned Skittles, saying: "Skittles are candy. Refugees are people."

Brexit headlines dominated by analysis of comms strategies, claims study

Brexit headlines dominated by analysis of comms strategies, claims study

A new report has found that a large number of headlines leading up to the EU referendum focused on the 'remain' and 'leave' campaigns' strategy and comms, rather than the vote itself.

Stoptober campaign returns with Facebook Messenger bot to motivate smokers to quit

Stoptober campaign returns with Facebook Messenger bot to motivate smokers to quit

Stoptober, the annual 28-day mass quit smoking campaign from Public Health England and Freuds, is back for a fifth year and is using Facebook - including a new Facebook Messenger bot - as its key social channel.

PMQs Twitter round-up: Grammar schools, Brexit and Christmas

PMQs Twitter round-up: Grammar schools, Brexit and Christmas

The second PMQs session of the new Parliamentary season saw Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn question Theresa May in his final session before the opposition's leadership election.

Agencies rush to government contracts under new 'framework', but doubts remain

Agencies rush to government contracts under new 'framework', but doubts remain

An attempt by the Government to open up major communications contracts to PR firms has resulted in a surge of applications to be part of a new framework - although some agencies remain unconvinced.

PRCA warns lobbyists on transparency after agency employing ex-minister omits declaration

PRCA warns lobbyists on transparency after agency employing ex-minister omits declaration

The PRCA has issued a warning to members after PRWeek found discrepancies between two agencies' entries on the APPC and PRCA lobbying registers, one of which was in breach of the body's code of conduct.

Italian PR firm SEC takes majority stake in Newington Communications

Italian PR firm SEC takes majority stake in Newington Communications

SEC, the Italian PR firm that listed in London in July, has taken a 60 per cent stake in Newington Communications, the UK public affairs agency previously known as Bellenden.

Former Tony Blair adviser John McTernan joins Penn Schoen Berland

Former Tony Blair adviser John McTernan joins Penn Schoen Berland

McTernan will lead the firm's international political practice effective next month.

Teneo unites UK operations under new Teneo Blue Rubicon name

Teneo unites UK operations under new Teneo Blue Rubicon name

Teneo has combined its entire UK operations, including Blue Rubicon, into one business under the new name Teneo Blue Rubicon.

Game-changer? PRCA to compel members to report their gender pay gap

Game-changer? PRCA to compel members to report their gender pay gap

Today, the PRCA has announced it will include gender pay gap reporting in its kitemark accreditation for consultancies for the first time, in a game-changing move that could have far-reaching implications for the industry and fair pay for women.

Vote Leave PR lead and Cameron's former strategy chief join forces in new agency

Vote Leave PR lead and Cameron's former strategy chief join forces in new agency

The man who led the comms for official Brexit campaign group Vote Leave and the former director of strategy for David Cameron have come together to launch an agency based in East London.

MP and public affairs man hit back at PRCA over concern on parliamentary pass

MP and public affairs man hit back at PRCA over concern on parliamentary pass

Labour MP Carolyn Harris has hit back at the PRCA after being condemned by the trade body for apparently employing a lobbyist and giving him a parliamentary pass.

Opinion and features

From Nimbys to Yimbys (yes, in my back yard)

From Nimbys to Yimbys (yes, in my back yard)

There's an irrefutably good communications logic at the heart of the Government's intended upgrade of its Neighbourhood Planning legislation.

Public Affairs: Party conferences could set the tone of politics for years

Public Affairs: Party conferences could set the tone of politics for years

Political turmoil at both national and party level means September's conference season brings a wealth of opportunities for punchy policy advice.

Theresa May has six comms priorities, half-way through her first 100 days

Theresa May has six comms priorities, half-way through her first 100 days

Theresa May is back from China, half-way through her first 100 days as Prime Minister and this is the period in which leaders establish - by default or by design - their governing style, narrative and priorities.

Time for the PR industry to put its money where its mouth is on equal pay

Time for the PR industry to put its money where its mouth is on equal pay

Autumn 2016 may come to be seen as a turning point in the debate around equal pay for women in the PR industry, as the PRCA moves to compel agency members to include gender pay gap reporting in its quality kitemark.

Grilled: Mark Wallace, executive editor, ConservativeHome

Grilled: Mark Wallace, executive editor, ConservativeHome

The ConservativeHome executive editor talks about his passion for all kinds of digging and the power of activism...

Hacks and Flacks can work together as allies, not adversaries

Hacks and Flacks can work together as allies, not adversaries

At its best, PR is the most satisfying and effective form of communication there is - a hugely sophisticated form of precision marketing that transforms businesses and builds reputations.

Does pornography have a place in the PR campaigns of the future?

Does pornography have a place in the PR campaigns of the future?

Before you dismiss this article and its clickbait heading, ask yourself what your relationship to porn is.

Should comms professionals be talking about terrorism?

Should comms professionals be talking about terrorism?

The recent announcement that a further 3,000 armed police would be deployed on the streets of Britain to prepare for a "not if, but when" terror attack, should also be a call to action for crisis management experts to prepare clients for their worst possible case scenario.

Are relationships between charities and drug manufacturers always toxic?

Are relationships between charities and drug manufacturers always toxic?

A plea by cancer charities Breast Cancer Now and Prostate Cancer UK to make innovative treatments more widely available on the NHS is not a surprising headline.

Be a 'thinking' agency and your clients will thank you

Be a 'thinking' agency and your clients will thank you

Don't just focus on 'doing' - clients want a 'thinking' agency that will be proactive and provide guidance rather than just taking orders.

Is three a crowd or should PR people sit in on media interviews?

Is three a crowd or should PR people sit in on media interviews?

They say three's a crowd and sometimes it feels like the phrase was intended for PR and comms professionals who sit in on media interviews.

Openly disabled PRs are rarer than likeable politicians

Openly disabled PRs are rarer than likeable politicians

In an industry that's about perfection, image and reputation, disability is the name badge no-one wants to wear.

Finding balance can help you achieve 'brief-nirvana'

Finding balance can help you achieve 'brief-nirvana'

A PR agency brief can be the difference between the success and failure of a campaign.

I am a female CEO and I'm horrified by Kevin Roberts' comments

I am a female CEO and I'm horrified by Kevin Roberts' comments

When I read Saatchi & Saatchi's executive chairman Kevin Roberts' comments on diversity, I was at first shocked, then horrified, then angry and then very, very sad.

Recent public/corporate affairs people moves

In brief: Newgate adds partner, BoldMove for PRCA, JBP's Cardiff win

Newgate adds partner, BoldMove for PRCA, JBP's Cardiff win and more from PRWeek UK.

In brief: Finn's sweet wins, ibtm hires, mental health in PR, Thoren leaves RSPB

Finn's sweet wins, mental health initiative, ibtm appoints Davies Tanner and more from PRWeek UK.

Former Nick Clegg aide takes global comms role at MP & Silva

Former Nick Clegg aide takes global comms role at MP & Silva

A former special adviser to Nick Clegg has been appointed global head of comms at the media rights company MP & Silva.

In brief: Golin wins Vets Now, Griffiths leaves Instinctif, Maitland's Nomura hire

Golin wins Vets Now, Griffiths leaves Instinctif, Maitland's Nomura hire and more from PRWeek UK.

HS2 spokesman Ruse departs to open London office of Social Communications

HS2 spokesman Ruse departs to open London office of Social Communications

The Manchester agency Social Communications has opened a London base led by Ben Ruse, who has spent the last three years as lead spokesman for the rail project High Speed 2.

In brief: APCO hires health chief, Road wins anti-superbug brief, Spreckley expands

APCO hires health chief, Road wins anti-superbug brief, Spreckley opens in Scotland and more from PRWeek UK.