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Blue Rubicon to work with Cystic Fibrosis Trust

Blue Rubicon to work with Cystic Fibrosis Trust

The Cystic Fibrosis Trust has asked Blue Rubicon to help it launch a new project to help transform the care of people who suffer from the condition.

Sluts, breastfeeding and immigrants on the M4: Lambert has a job on his hands with UKIP's comms role

Sluts, breastfeeding and immigrants on the M4: Lambert has a job on his hands with UKIP's comms role

Sluts not cleaning behind fridges, women breastfeeding in the corner and immigrants clogging up the M4. Every time Nigel Farage or members of his party make such statements, the 'Metropolitan elite' they deride throws up its hands in horror with a look of disbelief. But what sounds like a gaffe to some is music to the ears of UKIP's supporters and plays straight into the anti-politics 'everyman' image of Farage and his party. So why has UKIP chosen this moment to up its game with the appointment of BBC veteran Paul Lambert as director of communications?

Claremont to deliver comms for pan-European project led by Design Council

Claremont to deliver comms for pan-European project led by Design Council

Claremont Social Communications has been appointed by the Design Council to promote a pan-European programme, following a three-way pitch.

Former health secretary Patricia Hewitt among six new recruits at FTI Consulting

Former health secretary Patricia Hewitt among six new recruits at FTI Consulting

FTI Consulting has recruited former Labour health secretary Patricia Hewitt as part of six new appointments to its UK Public Affairs practice.

Councils take part in local government #OurDay campaign

Councils take part in local government #OurDay campaign

The Local Government Association (LGA) is launching its annual Twitter campaign on Wednesday for councillors and council employees across England and Wales.

M&C Saatchi and Freuds partnership wins government health contract pitch

M&C Saatchi and Freuds partnership wins government health contract pitch

Public Health England (PHE) has awarded its consumer engagement brief to M&C Saatchi with Freuds, which was unable to pitch directly, as a sub-contractor.

Remarkable acquires infrastructure and energy comms agency Pendragon

Remarkable acquires infrastructure and energy comms agency Pendragon

The combined firm, called Remarkable Pendragon, will have a total of 80 staff with expertise across the property, waste management, utility, infrastructure and energy sectors.

Madano wins carbon capture brief from Tees Valley Unlimited

Madano wins carbon capture brief from Tees Valley Unlimited

The body leading the development of industrial carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology has hired the Madano Partnership to ensure its project is more widely known about.

PRWeek UK Awards 2014: The roll call of winners

PRWeek UK Awards 2014: The roll call of winners

The PR industry gathered at an exclusive awards night at Grosvenor House to celebrate the best people, agencies and campaigns of 2014. Here's the full list of winners.

PRWeek Awards 2014: Our pictures from the night

PRWeek Awards 2014: Our pictures from the night

Take a look at our gallery of photos from last night's PRWeek Awards, hosted by James Corden.

PRWeek UK Awards 2014: one last look at the shortlist

PRWeek UK Awards 2014: one last look at the shortlist

The winners of this year's PRWeek Awards will be revealed at London's Grosvenor House Hotel tonight, so here's a final reminder of who's up for a gong.

Royal press offices separate following trial merger

Royal press offices separate following trial merger

After a trial period that saw all three press offices for the royal family merge under one roof at Buckingham Palace, the press team for Prince Charles and Camilla is to move back to Clarence House.

Rae Stewart succeeds Arthur Leathley as DECC comms chief

Rae Stewart succeeds Arthur Leathley as DECC comms chief

The Department of Energy and Climate Change has appointed Rae Stewart as director of communications with Arthur Leathley moving to the Cabinet Office as director of cross-government communications.

PRWeek UK Awards 2014: the shortlist

PRWeek UK Awards 2014: the shortlist

With just over a week to go before the PRWeek Awards winners are revealed at London's Grosvenor House Hotel next Tuesday, here's a reminder of who's up for a gong.

Opinion and features

Research data is a golden opportunity for university PR teams

Research data is a golden opportunity for university PR teams

UK universities have this week found out how they have fared in the Research Excellence Framework (REF), a long process that has had a profound influence over every aspect of higher education for the past few years.

Mixed forecast for sector but PR has proved its worth

Mixed forecast for sector but PR has proved its worth

The outlook is mixed as cuts start to bite, but the public sector is hiring again as bodies accept the key role strategic comms plays.

The public and private sectors are brothers in comms

The public and private sectors are brothers in comms

Working in comms for private or public sector bodies is more similar, and useful, than you might think.

How we adapted our comms contingency plans for Ebola scenario

How we adapted our comms contingency plans for Ebola scenario

Last month's high-profile Ebola simulation was routine for public health dangers, writes the Department of Health's director of comms.

Running an agency: Six legal questions to answer

Running an agency: Six legal questions to answer

Running an agency is exciting but it is easy to forget to make provisions for when things go wrong. Follow this guide to avoid a legal minefield.

Integration report: one vision

Integration report: one vision

A new report identifies the emergence of the chief comms and marketing officer (CCMO) and predicts greater convergence between disciplines.

A PR professional's guide to social media monitoring

A PR professional's guide to social media monitoring

There are numerous tools available for monitoring your social media campaigns and the opportunities for engagement seem limitless, but this can brings pitfalls.

Environment hits the world stage but there's more work to do

Environment hits the world stage but there's more work to do

Each month PRWeek will look at how the climate change message is progressing through what actions firms are taking and how ordinary people feel about it.

The public sector must trust staff to mobilise opinion on social media

The public sector must trust staff to mobilise opinion on social media

Cut red tape to respond instantly, effectively and clinically to combat the impact of Islamic State and its chilling message on social media.

Close ties essential for social workers and press office colleagues

Close ties essential for social workers and press office colleagues

The heat generated by two recent child protection stories shows the need for better relations between social care workers and their press offices.

Birth of a new body

Birth of a new body

This week the CIPR introduces a new package of measures helping PR women navigate maternity leave. Board member and chair of the Professional Practices Committe Sarah Hall explains why this is so important.

Recent public sector people moves

Fenton CEO sells firm; former Billboard editorial director Werde appointed as new chief exec

Fenton CEO sells firm; former Billboard editorial director Werde appointed as new chief exec

After nearly 33 years as CEO of his eponymous firm, David Fenton has sold the agency and appointed a new chief exec, as he shifts to the role of chairman, effective immediately.

Conservative political adviser Ewan Livingston joins Cicero

Conservative political adviser Ewan Livingston joins Cicero

Cicero Group has expanded its corporate communications team by hiring Ewan Livingston as its energy sector leader.

Bell Pottinger appoints Julie Minns of Three to its political team

Bell Pottinger appoints Julie Minns of Three to its political team

Bell Pottinger has appointed Julie Minns, head of public policy and corporate responsibility at mobile operator Three, as a partner in its political team.

Portland launches place branding practice under Jonathan McClory

Portland launches place branding practice under Jonathan McClory

Portland has appointed Jonathan McClory as director of its new place branding practice, which aims to help countries and governments to build a stronger global brand.

Bell Pottinger hires Harvey Smith and former Michael Gove spad Beth Armstrong

Bell Pottinger hires Harvey Smith and former Michael Gove spad Beth Armstrong

Bell Pottinger has hired digital specialist Harvey Smith as an associate partner and former Department for Education special adviser Beth Armstrong as a senior consultant.

World Bank hires Jeremy Hillman for top comms role amid $400m savings effort

World Bank hires Jeremy Hillman for top comms role amid $400m savings effort

The World Bank has hired Jeremy Hillman from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to lead comms as it seeks to "tell a strong story" about its role in global affairs amid a major restructure.

Uber hires former top Obama aide Plouffe to oversee comms, policy

Uber hires former top Obama aide Plouffe to oversee comms, policy

David Plouffe "will be managing all global policy and political activities, communications, and Uber branding efforts," the company's CEO, Travis Kalanick, wrote in a blog post on the hire.