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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.

Lobbying Act "severely limits" charity campaigning, PRCA tells Government

Lobbying Act "severely limits" charity campaigning, PRCA tells Government

The PRCA has taken aim at the Electoral Commission and the Charity Commission in a formal submission to the Government that criticises the Lobbying Act's impact on charity campaigners in the run-up to general elections.

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.

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.

Tangerine PR founder Sandy Lindsay honoured in Queen's birthday list

Tangerine PR founder Sandy Lindsay honoured in Queen's birthday list

Sandy Lindsay, founder and chair of Tangerine and The Juice Academy, has received an MBE in the 2015 Queen's birthday honours list for her services to business and young people.

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.

GREAT Britain campaign to generate £1.2bn for UK economy

GREAT Britain campaign to generate £1.2bn for UK economy

The Government's global campaign to promote the UK as a destination for tourists, trade and investment and students is set to generate £1.2bn for the economy, although partners' delivery of the campaign "varies", says a report by the National Audit Office (NAO).

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.

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.

Labour tried to recruit BBC's Nick Robinson as 'spin doctor'

Labour tried to recruit BBC's Nick Robinson as 'spin doctor'

The Labour party wanted to hire the BBC's political editor Nick Robinson to help Ed Miliband win the general election.

Scottish Government opens consultation on lobbying bill

Scottish Government opens consultation on lobbying bill

The Scottish Government has begun a consultation process on proposals to introduce a Lobbying Transparency Bill.

#Milifandom teenager embroiled in Twitter spat with ex-Conservative MP

#Milifandom teenager embroiled in Twitter spat with ex-Conservative MP

The 17-year-old student credited with popularising the #Milifandom hashtag during the 2015 general election has become embroiled in a Twitter spat with former Conservative MP Louise Mensch.

BNP Paribas Real Estate hires Patrick Clift from British Property Federation as UK PR director

BNP Paribas Real Estate hires Patrick Clift from British Property Federation as UK PR director

Property services giant BNP Paribas Real Estate has appointed Patrick Clift from the British Property Federation as its UK PR director.

Opinion and features

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.

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.

A Conservative Government doesn't mean business as usual in healthcare

A Conservative Government doesn't mean business as usual in healthcare

The message of 'continuity' in healthcare proclaimed by the Conservatives does not mean communicators can afford to rest on their laurels.

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?

How PRs can help charities navigate an existential digital crisis

How PRs can help charities navigate an existential digital crisis

Fundamental change is afoot in charities' relationship with digital according to an influential study, and PRs have a role to play in helping not-for-profits navigate the turbulent times ahead.

Tell the good news behind the bad headlines

Tell the good news behind the bad headlines

Public sector communicators need to take their own advice in order to avoid uncomfortable media scrutiny.

Pomp and circumstance: The politics behind the new Government's legislative programme

Pomp and circumstance: The politics behind the new Government's legislative programme

This year's Queen's Speech laying out the legislative agenda for the next parliamentary term provides an almost perfect analogy for modern Britain and the challenges that the new Government will face.

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.

Recent public sector people moves

Former cross-government comms director Arthur Leathley moves to MTCnovo

Former cross-government comms director Arthur Leathley moves to MTCnovo

The former director of comms for the Prime Minister's Office and Cabinet Office, Arthur Leathley, has moved to MTCnovo, a new, privately run organisation for the rehabilitation of offenders.

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.

MoD director of defence comms Stephen Jolly departs

MoD director of defence comms Stephen Jolly departs

Ministry of Defence director of defence comms Stephen Jolly is to leave his role to take a research assignment at the Defence Academy on behalf of the MoD.

Conservative PR stalwarts Giles Kenningham and Caroline Preston take Downing Street comms roles

Conservative PR stalwarts Giles Kenningham and Caroline Preston take Downing Street comms roles

Downing Street has hired two Conservative Party PR stalwarts, including Tory comms director Giles Kenningham, to its comms function following the promotion of Helen Bower to the Prime Minister's official spokesperson.

Bell Pottinger spin-off Consulum makes redundancies in London and Bahrain

Bell Pottinger spin-off Consulum makes redundancies in London and Bahrain

Consulum, an international comms consultancy founded by former Bell Pottinger chairman Tim Ryan, has made redundancies in its London and Bahrain offices, PRWeek has learned.

Conservatives' head of broadcast Carrie Symonds hired as John Whittingdale's special adviser

Conservatives' head of broadcast Carrie Symonds hired as John Whittingdale's special adviser

The Conservative Party's head of broadcast, Carrie Symonds, is leaving her role to become Culture Secretary John Whittingdale's media special adviser.

Bellenden hires Balfour Beatty's Laura Fox as director of corporate affairs

Bellenden hires Balfour Beatty's Laura Fox as director of corporate affairs

Bellenden has hired Laura Fox, former director of comms for Balfour Beatty's Services division and external affairs secretary to the Speaker of the House of Commons, as director of corporate affairs.