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In brief: Speyside goes to Iran, Kazoo nets Young's Seafood, plus Burson, Threepipe

In brief: Speyside goes to Iran, Kazoo nets Young's Seafood, plus Burson, Threepipe

Speyside launches Inside Iran, Kazoo nets Young's Seafood, Burson's Chris Cartwright heads to Farner and more from PRWeek UK.

UK pharma body launches Value Story campaign to enhance industry reputation

UK pharma body launches Value Story campaign to enhance industry reputation

The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) is rolling out a multi-year campaign to highlight the positive values of the industry, following a number of new hires in its comms team.

Watch: RSPCA lays egg campaign with John Hurt ahead of Pancake Day

Watch: RSPCA lays egg campaign with John Hurt ahead of Pancake Day

RSPCA Assured, the RSPCA's new ethical food label, has launched an integrated campaign in the run-up to Pancake Day (Tuesday 9 February).

Artists Against TTIP appoints tpr media to promote campaign

Artists Against TTIP appoints tpr media to promote campaign

Artists Against TTIP, a group of high-profile UK artists and actors who are raising awareness of what it says are the threats posed by the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), has appointed tpr media to promote the campaign's work in the UK and overseas.

Watch: Portland helps NSPCC to campaign for support for abused children

Watch: Portland helps NSPCC to campaign for support for abused children

Portland Communications has worked with the NSPCC to develop narrative and content for the children's charity's new campaign, It's Time.

Trust in media and government rising - but less so among lower demographics, finds Edelman Trust Barometer

Trust in media and government rising - but less so among lower demographics, finds Edelman Trust Barometer

Edelman's Trust Barometer 2016 found that public trust in UK institutions rebounded last year, with traditional media a particular winner - although it also found a growing 'trust gap' between the UK's haves and have nots.

The Ten Commandments of responsible lobbying

The Ten Commandments of responsible lobbying

This week, the UK chapter of the anti-corruption organisation Transparency International set out 'ten commandments' for responsible political engagement. The move follows TI-UK's December report into the lobbying activities of the 40 largest FTSE 100 companies, in which the gas giant BG Group, GSK and British American Tobacco received the top scores for accountable lobbying while WPP, HSBC and RBS received the lowest scores.

Does Dry January send out 'confusing' message? Alcohol Concern responds

Does Dry January send out 'confusing' message? Alcohol Concern responds

Alcohol Concern, the charity that runs Dry January, has responded to an article in medical journal The BMJ questioning whether it and similar campaigns could do more harm than good to drinkers.

Interactive dual narrative film from WaterAid supports Deliver Life appeal

Interactive dual narrative film from WaterAid supports Deliver Life appeal

International development charity WaterAid has launched an interactive dual-narrative film featuring midwife Delia Jepson of Channel 4's One Born Every Minute, in support of its Deliver Life appeal.

Clients of FitzGibbon Media raise funds for staff following abrupt closure

Clients of FitzGibbon Media raise funds for staff following abrupt closure

Clients of international PR firm FitzGibbon, which was forced to close last month after allegations relating to its founder, have set up a fund for former employees who received no severance pay.

Irene Constantinides to join Arts Council in March as media chief

Irene Constantinides to join Arts Council in March as media chief

Arts Council England, the funding body that distributes hundreds of millions of pounds annually, has appointed Irene Constantinides as its new director of media and stakeholder relations.

Telegraph hack's UKIP bet sees him streak through Westminster for charity (and Ladbrokes)

Telegraph hack's UKIP bet sees him streak through Westminster for charity (and Ladbrokes)

The Telegraph's political commentator, Dan Hodges, has streaked down Westminster (nearly) naked to raise money for charity the Terrence Higgins Trust - with Ladbrokes sponsoring the stunt.

Former Ed Miliband health adviser moves to The Health Foundation

Former Ed Miliband health adviser moves to The Health Foundation

Tim Horton, former health policy adviser to Ed Miliband and head of public services at the Labour Party, has joined charity The Health Foundation.

Opinion and features

24 hours in Davos

24 hours in Davos

Day one in Davos has come to an end and I can say with certainty that I've walked away with some important learnings - some that make me optimistic for the future, others that are more concerning, writes Barri Rafferty at Ketchum.

Be more Bowie: Lessons for the PR industry from the master of reinvention

Be more Bowie: Lessons for the PR industry from the master of reinvention

"I don't know where I'm going from here, but I promise it won't be boring." Boring is not a word you would ever associate with David Bowie, writes Tony Garner of Viva PR.

PR winners and losers of 2015

PR winners and losers of 2015

It has been another tumultuous year in the world of PR. But who were the biggest PR winners and losers of the year? Here are my top three in each category, writes Phil Hall of PHA Media.

The 17 opinion pieces that shook 2015

The 17 opinion pieces that shook 2015

If there is something the PR and comms industry is never short of, it's an opinion. Here are the opinion pieces which floated your boat, rattled your cage and flipped your pancake in 2015.

The ten most testing questions facing PR in 2015

The ten most testing questions facing PR in 2015

From the trouble with Tesco's brand to the underlying causes of the gender pay gap, the industry faced some testing questions in 2015, writes Ian Griggs.

People not positions are the key to growth

People not positions are the key to growth

The ability to attract talent is key to growing a business, but how do you achieve this, asks Victoria Wright of Publicis LifeBrands Resolute.

The nine PR appointments that surprised the industry this year

The nine PR appointments that surprised the industry this year

Here is a round-up of the top movers and shakers in the industry - take a look to see where they have ended up.

PR's 10 biggest scandals of 2015

PR's 10 biggest scandals of 2015

It was sex and drugs and rock 'n' roll in the PR world in 2015. Well, actually it's only drugs that feature in this list of the 10 biggest industry scandals of the year, unless you count gender discrimination as sex...

A licence to copy?

A licence to copy?

Last month saw the launch of the NLA's revamped PR agency licence, bringing to the market a shiny new flat-rate licensing model and offering PRs everywhere a timely reminder of the dangers of copying and distributing newspaper and magazine articles without permission, says solicitor Alex Maloy.

PR: It's a sailor's life for me

PR: It's a sailor's life for me

As someone who works for a shipping and energy PR consultancy, I'm comfortable with whatever challenges my maritime clients throw at me, says BLUE Communications' Simon Phillips.

Recent people moves

Mike Love steps down as chairman of Burson-Marsteller UK

Mike Love steps down as chairman of Burson-Marsteller UK

Mike Love, chairman of Burson-Marsteller UK, will leave his role with immediate effect.

In brief: Hangzhou Tourism appoints McCluskey, Threepipe wins FSA work, Consilium appointed by Sanofi, Burger & Lobster brings in Manifest London

In brief: Hangzhou Tourism appoints McCluskey, Threepipe wins FSA work, Consilium appointed by Sanofi, Burger & Lobster brings in Manifest London

Hangzhou Tourism appoints McCluskey, Threepipe wins FSA work, Consilium appointed by Sanofi, Burger & Lobster brings in Manifest London and more from PRWeek UK

Artemis Associates hires former UK royal family chief of staff as VP

Artemis Associates hires former UK royal family chief of staff as VP

Naomi Butson joins boutique PR agency with significant comms experience after handling the royal household's public appearances

In brief: India Tourism appoints McCluskey, Shine to launch Unicef's London fireworks, Portland appointment, wins for Ketchum, Kaizo and John Doe

In brief: India Tourism appoints McCluskey, Shine to launch Unicef's London fireworks, Portland appointment, wins for Ketchum, Kaizo and John Doe

Shine to launch Unicef's London fireworks, India Tourism appoints McCluskey, ECCO appoints Ketchum and more from PRWeek UK.

In brief: Four to promote Costa Rica tourism, Camarco hires Buchanan's Poole, new business for Atomic, Instinctif, Semaphore, Dirt & Glory and more

In brief: Four to promote Costa Rica tourism, Camarco hires Buchanan's Poole, new business for Atomic, Instinctif, Semaphore, Dirt & Glory and more

Four is Costa Rica Tourism's first UK PR consultancy, Instinctif wins national estate agency, Sharp hires Dirt & Glory, Camarco appoints Buchanan's Gordon Poole and more from PRWeek UK.

Banking body BBA hires Save the Children media man as comms director

Banking body BBA hires Save the Children media man as comms director

Richard Warburton has today joined the BBA as the trade association's new director of comms.

In brief: Former minister joins Hume Brophy, tech vendor SolidFire takes on Champion, BBC's Reid leads comms at environment group, Westminster Policy Institute hire

In brief: Former minister joins Hume Brophy, tech vendor SolidFire takes on Champion, BBC's Reid leads comms at environment group, Westminster Policy Institute hire

Former minister joins Hume Brophy, tech vendor SolidFire takes on Champion, BBC's Tim Reid leads comms at environmental group, former Cameron research joins Westminster Policy Institute and more from PRWeek UK.

In brief: 30 Under 30's Emma Carr joins Hanover, Tangerine wins Sport Relief work, Lapthorne's Doll merged into Premier, National Trust appoints Good Agency

In brief: 30 Under 30's Emma Carr joins Hanover, Tangerine wins Sport Relief work, Lapthorne's Doll merged into Premier, National Trust appoints Good Agency

30 Under 30's Emma Carr joins Hanover, Tangerine wins Sport Relief work, Lapthorne's Doll merged into Premier, National Trust appoints Good Agency and more from PRWeek UK.