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In brief: Portland gets partner from Weber, wins for The PR Network, Instinct and Four Rain

Weber's Hogwood hot-foots to Portland, The PR Network signs up Vistage, Instinct clicks with online retailer and more from PRWeek UK.

No lobbying measures in Tory manifesto, but APPC and PRCA (again) call for reform

No lobbying measures in Tory manifesto, but APPC and PRCA (again) call for reform

In contrast to Labour and the Lib Dems, the Conservative Party manifesto makes no mention of changes to lobbying regulation - but the APPC are PRCA are arguing for post-election reform.

GK Strategy brings in former schools minister Laws

GK Strategy brings in former schools minister Laws

GK Strategy has taken on former schools minister David Laws as a strategic adviser - having also recently appointed a first chair for the agency and announced its new planning division.

'The real campaign is being fought on social media': GE panel, week four

'The real campaign is being fought on social media': GE panel, week four

The PRWeek General Election Panel draws together some of the best public affairs practitioners in the industry, from both sides of the political divide, to dissect the campaign as it unfolds between now and 8 June.

Labour manifesto promises toughened lobbying regulation, support for BBC and new measures for media plurality

Labour manifesto promises toughened lobbying regulation, support for BBC and new measures for media plurality

The Labour Party's has said it will create a "tougher statutory register of lobbyists" if it win the general election, in a manifesto which also pledges support for the BBC and local media, and for a "healthy plurality of media ownership".

Weber brings ex-Cameron spad and Stronger In external relations lead onto public affairs team

Kate Shouesmith, who spent five years working at 10 Downing Street under David Cameron and worked on the Britain Stronger In Europe campaign last year, is the new deputy head of public affairs UK at Weber Shandwick.

Majority of respondents to industry survey say they have experienced mental ill health

Majority of respondents to industry survey say they have experienced mental ill health

Nearly 60 per cent of respondents to a new joint PRCA/PRWeek survey have suffered from mental ill health and a majority would not feel comfortable talking to their boss about it.

The Pitching Survey: From bad briefs to stolen ideas, frustrations abound on both sides of the process

The Pitching Survey: From bad briefs to stolen ideas, frustrations abound on both sides of the process

Inadequate briefs, stolen ideas and 14-way pitches were some of the major concerns raised in a new pitch process survey conducted by PRWeek UK and the PRCA.

Energy UK fights utility industry's corner after Conservatives promise price cap

Energy UK fights utility industry's corner after Conservatives promise price cap

The trade association for the UK energy industry faces a major communications challenge after Theresa May announced that a future Conservative administration would cap the price of many household energy bills.

The PR and public affairs professionals standing in the 2017 general election

The PR and public affairs professionals standing in the 2017 general election

A number of industry figures are standing to election to Parliament on 8 June.

Interel hits back at gambling industry body criticism after parliamentary watchdog finds transparency breaches

Interel hits back at gambling industry body criticism after parliamentary watchdog finds transparency breaches

The public affairs firm Interel has accused a gambling industry body of overreacting in its response to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards' finding that a parliamentary group the agency works for had breached transparency rules.

Instinctif CEO: we don't want to become an 'integrated blancmange'

Instinctif CEO: we don't want to become an 'integrated blancmange'

Instinctif's chief executive Richard Nichols has warned of the danger of agencies becoming "mushy blancmange" in the pursuit of integrations.

Glover Park joins Finsbury-Hering Schuppener alliance

The network, launched last year with a partnership between Finsbury and Hering Schuppener, will have a footprint in 15 cities around the world.

PRWeek UK Top 150: How Edelman extended its lead as the UK's biggest PR shop

PRWeek UK Top 150: How Edelman extended its lead as the UK's biggest PR shop

Edelman extended its lead at the top of PRWeek UK Top 150 for 2017, growing revenues by eight per cent to £60.2m last year - with UK CEO Ed Williams citing an emphasis on trust and a diversified offering as key to its success.

The PRWeek General Election Panel: Highs and lows of week two

The PRWeek General Election Panel: Highs and lows of week two

The PRWeek General Election Panel draws together some of the best public affairs practitioners in the industry, from both sides of the political divide, to dissect the campaign as it unfolds between now and 8 June.

Fleishman makes senior London hires after iNHouse snaps up Michelle Di Leo

Fleishman makes senior London hires after iNHouse snaps up Michelle Di Leo

Michelle Di Leo is leaving FleishmanHillard Fishburn to join iNHouse Communications, the agency co-founded by Theresa May's former comms chief, with Fleishman announcing a hire and a promotion to shore up its corporate team.

PRCA and PRWeek launch survey on industry attitudes towards mental health

PRCA and PRWeek launch survey on industry attitudes towards mental health

The PRCA and PRWeek have launched a joint survey to look into attitudes towards mental health in the PR and comms industry.

Opinion and features

Why are car-crash political interviews on the rise?

Why are car-crash political interviews on the rise?

The number of "car-crash" media interviews is rising all the time. Just over the last few weeks we've had Diane Abbott and Angela Rayner receiving the Nick Ferrari treatment on LBC.

How should PR adapt to the advent of 'grey' journalism?

How should PR adapt to the advent of 'grey' journalism?

Cut the crap. Get to the point. The job of journalists has been to wade through complexity and get to the core of an issue, sparing unnecessary clutter so that audiences are presented with what matters - and the best PR people help them do it.

The end of the White House press briefing? Trump threatens on Twitter

The end of the White House press briefing? Trump threatens on Twitter

In the middle of a tweet-storm about James Comey, China, and other topics, the president said he could end the daily press event.

'Keep up or close up' - the traditional PR agency model is dead

'Keep up or close up' - the traditional PR agency model is dead

There's an ever-growing network of PRs and freelance-inspired agencies creeping up who are doing away with tradition and challenging the current status quo.

What's the comms verdict on 100 days of Trump?

What's the comms verdict on 100 days of Trump?

This Saturday marks 100 days of President Trump. The milestone prompted a declaration from the White House that Trump had accomplished more in his first 100 days than any other president since Franklin Roosevelt.

Wikitribune is a shot in the arm for the media and good for the PR industry, too

Wikitribune is a shot in the arm for the media and good for the PR industry, too

We've witnessed the rise of citizen journalism. We've heard about the wisdom of crowds. And lately, of course, we've been introduced to the scourge of "fake news".

Today's PR people need to understand algorithms to achieve cut-through

Today's PR people need to understand algorithms to achieve cut-through

The days when PR effort was simply measured by weight of media coverage and spurious and meaningless metrics are almost gone.

Flack on Friday: #digitaldetox, sector's irreverent response to election, Arron Banks goes for jugular

Flack on Friday: #digitaldetox, sector's irreverent response to election, Arron Banks goes for jugular

In Flack this week: digital detox rudely disrupted by election, Arron Banks hones his inner Trump, and PR footy fun.

'The social (media) party will win' - why are big comms agencies in France staying out of the presidential elections?

'The social (media) party will win' - why are big comms agencies in France staying out of the presidential elections?

For a long time in France, major communication agencies loved to display their support to presidential candidates. All the key industry names used to commit to our political wannabes.

To be nice or not to be nice? That is the question

To be nice or not to be nice? That is the question

If you ever find yourself in a meeting with ad guys, policy wonks, media buyers and, of course, PR consultants, wait until the client cracks a joke. In fact, wait until the client says anything remotely amusing.

Are you ready for Brexit? It's time to get your head out of the sand

Are you ready for Brexit? It's time to get your head out of the sand

When I woke up at 4.30am on 23 June 2016 I was stunned to learn that the UK was well on the way to voting to leave the European Union.

The devolution agenda calls for a new approach to public sector comms and lobbying

The devolution agenda calls for a new approach to public sector comms and lobbying

Politics is changing, which means that the way we think about and "do" public affairs needs to change, too.

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.

Recent public/corporate affairs people moves

Five PR and public affairs professionals who could win seats in parliament

Five PR and public affairs professionals who could win seats in parliament

A number of PR and public affairs industry figures are standing for election on 8 June, and while many are outside bets for a seat in Westminster, some would appear on the brink of packing in the day job.

Weber Shandwick UK and EMEA CEO Colin Byrne to step down

Weber Shandwick UK and EMEA CEO Colin Byrne to step down

Colin Byrne, the UK and EMEA CEO of Weber Shandwick, will leave the firm in early 2018 after 20 years of service.

Flybe appoints aviation industry veteran Simon McNamara as comms chief

Flybe appoints aviation industry veteran Simon McNamara as comms chief

Regional airline group Flybe has appointed Simon McNamara, currently director-general of the European Regions Airline Association, as its new director of communications.

In brief: Exposure wins London Design Festival, new head of PR at npower, retirement provider hires Social Communications

Exposure wins London Design Festival brief, Melarkey promoted at npower, Retirement housing firm hires Social Communications and more from PRWeek UK.

In brief: FTI lands Teneo digital director, GK hires chair, wins for Wild Card and Brazil

FTI lands Teneo digital director, GK gets Ash as chair, Wild Card wins wood and hotel clients and more from PRWeek UK.

In brief: Adam Powell leaves Ogilvy, PLMR acquires Mango Marketing, wins for Kindred and Clarion

Powell leaves Ogilvy for Fourtold, PLMR acquires Mango Marketing, LV= brings in Kindred for purpose, Clarion wins Electrolux and more from PRWeek UK.