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Bitcoin Foundation hires Thorsen French Advocacy for Washington lobbying

Bitcoin Foundation hires Thorsen French Advocacy for Washington lobbying

The Bitcoin Foundation has appointed lobbying company Thorsen French Advocacy on a retained basis to help press its interests in Washington DC.

Renewable supplier Good Energy raids Whitehall to challenge Big Six

Renewable supplier Good Energy raids Whitehall to challenge Big Six

Renewable energy supplier Good Energy has brought in former Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) chief press officer Emily Towers to lead its communication team as it seeks to challenge the Big Six.

Peter Duncan named new APPC Scotland chairman

Peter Duncan named new APPC Scotland chairman

Peter Duncan is the new chairman of the Association of Professional Political Consultants Scotland.

Andy Coulson indicted on perjury charges

Andy Coulson indicted on perjury charges

Andy Coulson, the former editor of the News of the World, has been indicted to appear at the High Court in Glasgow on perjury charges related to the Tommy Sheridan trial.

Sean Worth exits Quiller to launch policy firm

Sean Worth exits Quiller to launch policy firm

Leading Quiller Consultants partner and former David Cameron adviser Sean Worth is set to leave the agency to launch his own policy-focused firm, PRWeek has learnt.

Hume Brophy hires former MEP Brian Simpson

Hume Brophy hires former MEP Brian Simpson

Hume Brophy has appointed Brian Simpson, the former MEP and chair of the European Parliament Transport Committee, as a senior consultant.

Global boom in public affairs matched by regulatory clampdown

Global boom in public affairs matched by regulatory clampdown

Growth in the global public affairs market is set to be matched by an increase in regulation, according to an Interel survey.

Free access to PRWeek's iPad edition comes to an end for non-subscribers

Free access to PRWeek's iPad edition comes to an end for non-subscribers

PRWeek's iPad edition is becoming a paid-for product, although our subscribers will continue to receive free access as part of their package.

Former Treasury special adviser Julia Goldsworthy joins Hanover

Former Treasury special adviser Julia Goldsworthy joins Hanover

Hanover Communications has secured the services of Liberal Democrat politician Julia Goldsworthy, who was a special adviser in the Treasury for four years, as a senior policy adviser.

Andy Coulson faces retrial over royal phonebook charge

Andy Coulson faces retrial over royal phonebook charge

Former Number 10 director of comms Andy Coulson is set to face a retrial over alleged payments to public officials.

Newsmaker: Vickie Sheriff heads for global challenges at Diageo

Newsmaker: Vickie Sheriff heads for global challenges at Diageo

Diageo's new global comms director is a "robust and clear-headed" figure with 21 years' experience in Whitehall.

Cut Tourism VAT campaign sparks double agency appointment

Cut Tourism VAT campaign sparks double agency appointment

The backers of a campaign to reduce tourism VAT have sought to reignite the issue with a double agency appointment.

Levick to support Nigerian government as it searches for Boko Haram

Levick to support Nigerian government as it searches for Boko Haram

Levick's work includes government affairs and communications counsel with the goal of "changing the international and local media narrative" about Nigeria's commitment to returning the more than 200 girls kidnapped by terrorist organization Boko Haram in April.

Global giant Tata assembles European corporate affairs team

Global giant Tata assembles European corporate affairs team

The Indian conglomerate behind 19 UK companies including Jaguar Land Rover and Tetley Tea is building a central corporate and public affairs team for the UK and Europe.

James McLoughlin to depart Bell Pottinger for Institute of Directors

James McLoughlin to depart Bell Pottinger for Institute of Directors

The Institute of Directors has hired James McLoughlin, an associate partner at Bell Pottinger, as deputy head of policy.

PM "extremely sorry" for hiring Andy Coulson as director of comms

PM "extremely sorry" for hiring Andy Coulson as director of comms

David Cameron has apologised for employing Andy Coulson as his director of comms following Coulson's conviction for phone hacking today.

Price tag message puts spotlight on Tesco wages

Price tag message puts spotlight on Tesco wages

Campaigners for the Living Wage have been hijacking Tesco's shelves to put the media spotlight on the retailer ahead of its annual general meeting this Friday.

Opinion and features

Hit or miss? Public sector workers say "enough is enough" with strike

Hit or miss? Public sector workers say "enough is enough" with strike

Hundreds of thousands of public service workers across the UK took to the streets yesterday to protest over pay, pensions and cuts by the Government.

Why comms directors underestimate the power of politicians

Why comms directors underestimate the power of politicians

I woke up on Monday morning to Ian Stewart of Deloitte on the Today programme telling me that the biggest worry for corporate CFOs was next year's election and an EU referendum.

Hit or Miss? Ed Miliband bids to skewer Cameron over Andy Coulson

Hit or Miss? Ed Miliband bids to skewer Cameron over Andy Coulson

Prime Minister's Questions earlier today brought Labour leader Ed Miliband the chance to score points over David Cameron's judgement in hiring Andy Coulson.

E-cigarette boss Jacob Fuller on comms and the industry's 'biggest mistake'

E-cigarette boss Jacob Fuller on comms and the industry's 'biggest mistake'

E-cigarette boss Jacob Fuller says the industry's biggest mistake was naming the product 'e-cigarettes'.

CERN's comms chief James Gillies opens a window on the universe

CERN's comms chief James Gillies opens a window on the universe

His mission may be to make science cool, but things can get pretty heated at the frontier of human knowledge, says CERN's comms chief James Gillies.

Duelling with politicians and why Oxfam has got it right

Duelling with politicians and why Oxfam has got it right

The debate about charities being 'too political' is rumbling on this week after a Conservative MP asked the Charity Commission to investigate whether an Oxfam campaign breached guidelines.

Switching to part-time

Switching to part-time

London Communications Agency director Suzi Lawrence has worked three days a week since returning from maternity leave in May 2013. Here, she and LCA co-founder Jonny Popper discuss the process by which they have both made this work.

Public affairs needs to get UKIP and the party needs to do as well as be

Public affairs needs to get UKIP and the party needs to do as well as be

UKIP's success in the recent elections means it must get serious quickly and public affairs agencies must be hot on its tail.

Hit or Miss? Taxi drivers blockade central London in regulatory protest

Hit or Miss? Taxi drivers blockade central London in regulatory protest

Black-cab drivers brought parts of London to a halt yesterday in a bid to force Transport for London to act on their concerns about smartphone-based competitors.

Communicators should sit up and take note - middle age is the new youth

Communicators should sit up and take note - middle age is the new youth

What's the common link between Radio 2, ITV, the Daily Mail and UKIP?

The lost art of telephone sales

The lost art of telephone sales

Calling a journalist with a pitch could be a make-or-break moment for you and your client.

Comms in conflict: how governments are struggling to control the narrative in modern warfare

Comms in conflict: how governments are struggling to control the narrative in modern warfare

As the nature of modern warfare comms evolves at a startling rate, governments are struggling to keep pace and retain public support, finds John Owens

Hit or Miss? David Cameron backs the #BringBackOurGirls campaign

Hit or Miss? David Cameron backs the #BringBackOurGirls campaign

Prime Minister David Cameron showed his support for the '#BringBackOurGirls' pressure campaign on Sunday, holding up a sign bearing the slogan on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show.

The Co-op needs to prove its relevance

The Co-op needs to prove its relevance

The Co-op should not retire from the public sphere, but needs to champion why its values remain relevant.

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Recent public/corporate affairs people moves

Peter Wilson-Smith set to leave Quiller Consultants

Peter Wilson-Smith set to leave Quiller Consultants

Quiller is set to lose financial specialist Peter Wilson-Smith in the second major departure to hit the Huntsworth agency in days.

Twitter gives Stricker CCO title after he absorbs media oversight

Twitter gives Stricker CCO title after he absorbs media oversight

Stricker is continuing to report to CEO Dick Costolo with responsibility for leading Twitter's consumer marketing, global media, and worldwide PR efforts.

Former Tory adviser Tom Muir takes on new comms role at The Priory

Former Tory adviser Tom Muir takes on new comms role at The Priory

The Priory, the addiction clinic known for treating a string of high-profile figures, has handed former Conservative adviser Tom Muir a newly created comms role.

Pierre Goad takes over as HSBC scraps joint comms roles and Naylor departs

Pierre Goad takes over as HSBC scraps joint comms roles and Naylor departs

Charles Naylor, one of HSBC's two heads of global communications, is leaving the bank to "pursue other opportunities", PRWeek can reveal.

Former Tory council leader Merrick Cockell to chair public affairs agency Cratus

Former Tory council leader Merrick Cockell to chair public affairs agency Cratus

Sir Merrick Cockell will be joining Cratus Communications as executive chairman next month, along with Conservative MP Bob Neill and former John Laing MD Tim Grier as non-executive directors.

Covington & Burling hires Fipra's Sebastian Vos to head government affairs

Covington & Burling hires Fipra's Sebastian Vos to head government affairs

Law firm Covington & Burling has appointed Sebastian Vos to head up the European division of its global public policy and government affairs practice.