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Salix & Co forms partnership with The Brain Tumour Charity for awareness campaign

Salix & Co forms partnership with The Brain Tumour Charity for awareness campaign

Salix & Co has decided to lend its expertise in health and social policy to The Brain Tumour Charity on an unpaid basis.

Viral image used to raise awareness of Nepal earthquake could damage trust in charities

Viral image used to raise awareness of Nepal earthquake could damage trust in charities

An image of two children that went viral on social media after the first of two devastating earthquakes hit Nepal could hinder charitable appeals, after it was misused.

Habitat for Humanity appoints Dissident for EMEA and Asia housing campaign

Habitat for Humanity appoints Dissident for EMEA and Asia housing campaign

Global housing charity Habitat for Humanity has appointed Dissident to develop a programme to raise awareness of housing poverty and homelessness in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia.

The Relations Group to provide broadcast comms for Nepal Earthquake Appeal

The Relations Group to provide broadcast comms for Nepal Earthquake Appeal

Broadcast and digital PR firm The Relations Group has been appointed to provide UK-focused comms support for the Nepal Earthquake Appeal.

Public affairs tactics will need to change radically after the general election

Public affairs tactics will need to change radically after the general election

Notwithstanding a sudden surge in the fortunes of one of the major parties, the general election is likely to result in either a slim Parliamentary majority of the kind not seen since Sir John Major's ill-fated 1992-1997 administration nearly 20 years ago, or a minority government. This in turn presages a radical change in the tactics employed by public affairs agencies to influence the Government's legislative programme. PRWeek speaks to three public affairs professionals to get their insight on the opportunities and challenges presented by the composition of the next government.

European Network of Cyber Security appoints Aspectus PR to grow membership base

European Network of Cyber Security appoints Aspectus PR to grow membership base

The European Network of Cyber Security (ENCS), a non-profit member organisation for infrastructure stakeholders and security experts, has appointed Aspectus PR to help the company increase engagement with its target audience across Europe as it looks to grow its membership base.

Mental health groups demand more responsible media coverage after Germanwings crash

Mental health groups demand more responsible media coverage after Germanwings crash

They say coverage of the crash can lead to witch hunts of people dealing with mental-health issues in the workplace.

Beware the pitfalls of debate: The personal comms of David Cameron and Ed Miliband

Beware the pitfalls of debate: The personal comms of David Cameron and Ed Miliband

It is already received wisdom that the general election result is too close to call, with a host of smaller parties entering the fray and creating havoc for the calculations of the main contenders. But in the end, only David Cameron or Ed Miliband can realistically become Prime Minister and, while the UK electorate votes for parties rather than prime ministers, some argue that personalities will have the largest effect on which party the electorate votes for. On the eve of the hotly anticipated seven-way debate between the party leaders, PRWeek looks at a month in the comms strategies of Cameron and Miliband, how they resonate with voters and, crucially, what they should do next.

19 artist Paul Hardcastle hires Up Communications for album launch

19 artist Paul Hardcastle hires Up Communications for album launch

Paul Hardcastle, producer of the popular 1980s song '19', has appointed Up Communications to handle PR for his new album to mark the 30th anniversary of the hit single.

Strategic PR move by Anthony Nolan charity to sponsor British Transplant Games

Strategic PR move by Anthony Nolan charity to sponsor British Transplant Games

The charity Anthony Nolan will be a sponsor of the British Transplant Games this summer and will field its own team as part of a strategic PR move to raise the profile of the organisation.

Association of Dogs and Cats Homes drafts in Pegasus

Association of Dogs and Cats Homes drafts in Pegasus

Pegasus has been appointed to handle comms for the Association of Dogs and Cats Homes (ADCH) during 2015, following a competitive pitch against four other agencies.

Frank PR appointed for Shaun the Sheep fundraising campaign

Frank PR appointed for Shaun the Sheep fundraising campaign

Wallace & Gromit's Children's Charity has appointed Frank PR to launch its latest fundraising effort, Shaun in the City.

Victory for charity softball league campaign as Royal Parks backs down

Victory for charity softball league campaign as Royal Parks backs down

The London Charity Softball League has forced The Royal Parks agency to drop its plans to introduce a fee to play sports in the parks, after a final consultation and a two-year campaign.

Opinion and features

How do you keep a tragedy like the Syrian conflict in the news?

How do you keep a tragedy like the Syrian conflict in the news?

Little surprises me about this month's Twitter trends. Top of the list is Britain's Got Talent, shortly followed by the new Mad Max film.

Dramatise your data to win in business

Dramatise your data to win in business

I teach story seminars to creative fiction writers, screenwriters and directors. But over time, I saw many business executives sitting at my seminars.

Political parties must work harder to win the votes of women

Political parties must work harder to win the votes of women

In the run up to the election, The Equality Movement launched a digital campaign asking political parties to address gender equality as a mainstream economic issue, and here is why: fewer women will vote in this general election than men.

PRWeek Global Awards 2015: In pictures

PRWeek Global Awards 2015: In pictures

Check out our gallery from the PRWeek Global Awards 2015, hosted at the Park Lane Hotel.

Today's communicators need an appetite for disruption

Today's communicators need an appetite for disruption

Changing minds requires a jolt as well as a nudge.

Mental ill-health: It's time for us to grow up and talk about this problem in PR

Mental ill-health: It's time for us to grow up and talk about this problem in PR

When I read the PR Week/PRCA survey on Mental Wellbeing, I did so with a sense of relief.

Woodland Trust partners with Yorkshire Tea for tree-planting campaign

Woodland Trust partners with Yorkshire Tea for tree-planting campaign

The Woodland Trust and Yorkshire Tea have formed a partnership to plant 500,000 trees over the next five years, plus a further 500,000 in Africa.

MoneySuperMarket launches campaign for World Autism Awareness Week

MoneySuperMarket launches campaign for World Autism Awareness Week

Epic Dave, the character from the MoneySuperMarket adverts, has recreated his signature 'Epic Strut' at the National Autistic Society (NAS) as part of a campaign for World Autism Awareness Week.

The South Georgia Heritage Trust saves seabird sanctuary from rats

The South Georgia Heritage Trust saves seabird sanctuary from rats

Scottish charity the South Georgia Heritage Trust has been successful in its campaign to eradicate rodents that were threatening a globally important seabird sanctuary in South Georgia, a British overseas territory in the South Atlantic.

Showcase: Keep The Safety Net

Showcase: Keep The Safety Net

Champollion with The Cripplegate Foundation, April 2014-February 2015

Recent people moves

Leonard Cheshire Disability hires Macmillan's Gus Baldwin to corporate affairs role

Leonard Cheshire Disability, the UK's largest voluntary sector provider of services for disabled people, has appointed Macmillan Cancer Support head of public affairs Gus Baldwin to a new, expanded corporate affairs role.

Christie's appoints Catherine Manson as global head of comms

Christie's appoints Catherine Manson as global head of comms

Christie's, the fine arts auction house, has appointed Catherine Manson as global head of communications.

Former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith hired by Westbourne Communications

Former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith hired by Westbourne Communications

Westbourne Communications has hired former Labour Party Home Secretary Jacqui Smith to chair its public affairs practice.

Natasha Hill leaves Cancer Research to join Bottle PR

Natasha Hill leaves Cancer Research to join Bottle PR

Natasha Hill, former brand and strategic marketing director at Cancer Research UK, has been appointed director of consumer and social comms at Bottle PR.

Marie Curie appoints Jude Bridge to top comms role

Marie Curie appoints Jude Bridge to top comms role

The cancer charity Marie Curie Cancer Care has appointed Jude Bridge as its new executive director in charge of comms and public affairs.

Former Cabinet and PM's comms adviser Lucy Maggs joins Smart Energy GB

Former Cabinet and PM's comms adviser Lucy Maggs joins Smart Energy GB

Smart Energy GB has appointed former Prime Minister's Office and Cabinet Office comms adviser, Lucy Maggs, as its new head of media.

Lansons' Beth Murray quits corporate PR for charity sector

Lansons' Beth Murray quits corporate PR for charity sector

Lansons' associate director Beth Murray has left the corporate world to head up comms at the crime prevention charity Only Connect.

Haringey Council hires Simon Jones amid £1bn redevelopment effort

Haringey Council hires Simon Jones amid £1bn redevelopment effort

Haringey Council has hired Simon Jones to lead comms as parts of the borough undergo major redevelopment.