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Half of PRCA members expect client budgets to drop, survey says

Half of PRCA members expect client budgets to drop, survey says

Almost half of PR professionals believe client budgets will be reduced in the next 12 months following the EU referendum result, according to an exclusive PRWeek/PRCA survey.

Stronger In pledges to 'hold Brexit campaigners to account' over promises

Stronger In pledges to 'hold Brexit campaigners to account' over promises

Pro-EU campaign group Stronger In has pledged to hold 'leave' campaigners to account for the promises and claims made in the lead-up to the EU referendum, following a consultation with supporters.

Opportunity for small agencies as Government shakes up comms procurement

Opportunity for small agencies as Government shakes up comms procurement

The Government has overhauled its procurement arrangements for comms and campaigns in a move that could see it working with smaller agencies, and those that have never done public sector work in the past.

Freuds hires Duke and Duchess of Cambridge comms man Nick Loughran

Freuds hires Duke and Duchess of Cambridge comms man Nick Loughran

Nick Loughran, the deputy comms secretary to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, will join Freuds in September.

Ex-BBC creative chief joins Parkinson's UK in new role overseeing comms and digital

Ex-BBC creative chief joins Parkinson's UK in new role overseeing comms and digital

Charity sector digital champion and former BBC creative director Julie Dodd will join the charity Parkinson's UK in a newly created digital and comms leadership role in August.

How the huge #wearehere Somme tribute surprised and moved the UK public

How the huge #wearehere Somme tribute surprised and moved the UK public

1,400 volunteers dressed in World War One uniforms, co-ordinated by a group of 27 organisations, created a moving, eerie memorial on Friday (1 July) to mark a century since the bloodiest day in British military history.

How and why the 'big six' got behind the UN goals with Common Ground alliance

How and why the 'big six' got behind the UN goals with Common Ground alliance

WPP CEO and founder Sir Martin Sorrell and the United Nations comms leader tell PRWeek how and why the world's six biggest marcoms holding groups got together to launch a scheme in support of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.

Seismic shock for UK PR as country votes out but practitioners highlight opportunities to help clients adapt

Seismic shock for UK PR as country votes out but practitioners highlight opportunities to help clients adapt

As the UK awoke to the news that Britain had voted to leave the EU by a margin of 52 per cent to 48 per cent and that Prime Minister David Cameron will leave office in the autumn, UK PR firms told PRWeek what they think the implications are for their businesses and their clients.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon unites holding firms behind Sustainable Development Goals

UN chief Ban Ki-moon unites holding firms behind Sustainable Development Goals

United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon will bring together the world's biggest marcoms groups in support of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Humanitarian and purpose-driven campaigns come to fore in PR Lions shortlist

Humanitarian and purpose-driven campaigns come to fore in PR Lions shortlist

Two senior PR network executives have told PRWeek they see a trend towards recognition for purpose-driven and humanitarian work at the PR Lions - but they also noted the lack of data and insight entries in today's shortlist for the prizes, and the jury's view of the value of earned media.

In brief: Bellenden and AAT hires, Sarcoma UK appoints House, maternity discrimination campaigners

Bellenden and AAT make senior hires, cancer charity Sarcoma UK appoints House to raise awareness, 'Pregnant Then Screwed' launches buddy service for women going through tribunal system and more from PRWeek UK.

PRCA Census 2016: How do PR professionals spend their time?

PRCA Census 2016: How do PR professionals spend their time?

Part five of the PRCA's 2016 Census reveals that digital and social media work has massively increased, while other traditional PR tasks appear to be on the wane.

PRCA Census 2016: Regional variations emerge in pay, gender and ethnicity

PRCA Census 2016: Regional variations emerge in pay, gender and ethnicity

Part three of the PRCA's 2016 Census looks at regional variations, with the South East showing the highest pay levels and the most diversity.

Opinion and features

Every PR and comms professional should spend time in a newsroom or magazine office

Every PR and comms professional should spend time in a newsroom or magazine office

I used to be the kind of journalist who grumbled about PRs. Particularly ones who sent irrelevant press releases, rang up 20 times a day (to see if I'd got their irrelevant press releases) and began emails with phrases like "hope you're enjoying the sunshine".

Purpose is not old news - it has just evolved

Purpose is not old news - it has just evolved

There was talk of 'cause fatigue' at Cannes this year, but that doesn't mean the industry should move on - it's simply that purpose has evolved.

Why 'leave' is doing itself no PR favours in aftermath of Jo Cox's death

Why 'leave' is doing itself no PR favours in aftermath of Jo Cox's death

PRWeek EU Referendum Panel: The 'leave' campaign risks turning off moderate voters with its comments on Jo Cox's murder and UKIP's controversial poster, despite Boris Johnson's efforts, writes Zoe Gardner, a charity comms officer and PRWeek 30 Under 30 entrant for 2016.

Cannes entries show that PR has some big ideas and even bigger balls

Cannes entries show that PR has some big ideas and even bigger balls

Hello from the midway point of jury duty at Cannes - we've seen pretty much everything we're here to judge, but we're yet to get to the pointy end of shortlist and silverware selection.

Is Euro-transparency in lobbying fit for purpose?

Is Euro-transparency in lobbying fit for purpose?

As the UK teeters on the brink of Brexit, it is perhaps fitting that last week I made my first journey to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.

Making people feel stupid is a bad campaign strategy in the referendum

Making people feel stupid is a bad campaign strategy in the referendum

When was the last time someone made you feel stupid? And how did you feel afterwards?

Brexit: The Movie shows the power of simplifying the story

Brexit: The Movie shows the power of simplifying the story

The most common criticism of your opponent's campaign is that it represents nothing more than a "chaotic talking shop". This is something aimed levelly and squarely at the Brexit campaign on a daily basis.

Mind the gap - how to gain the trust of senior clients as a young PR consultant

Mind the gap - how to gain the trust of senior clients as a young PR consultant

PRWeek's 2013 PR Census showed that 46 per cent of all PR agency employees were aged between 25 and 34. So how can today's generation of great young PR people be confident in the boardroom?

Can the PR industry afford another generation of 'lost women'?

Can the PR industry afford another generation of 'lost women'?

The PR and comms sector is waking up to the 'national blind spot' that employers seem to have when it comes to the gender pay gap - but does it need to do more?

Didier Drogba must use all tools at his disposal to defend his reputation

Didier Drogba must use all tools at his disposal to defend his reputation

The claims made against ex-Chelsea striker Didier Drogba have highlighted serious concerns about reputational damage and the knock-on effect this can have - in this case putting a significant question mark over his charity's credibility.

Recent people moves

Comms director Barry Gardner leaves banking group CYBG after senior staff cull

Comms director Barry Gardner leaves banking group CYBG after senior staff cull

Barry Gardner has ended a six-year tenure as corporate comms director at CYBG, the holding company of Clydesdale Bank and Yorkshire Bank, PRWeek has learned.

ICAEW comms chief hired by Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

ICAEW comms chief hired by Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) will welcome a new director of brand and corporate reputation in October, joining from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).

May assembles Downing Street comms and advice team including Perrior and Hill

May assembles Downing Street comms and advice team including Perrior and Hill

Prime Minister Theresa May's Downing Street comms and special adviser team began to take shape last night with several key appointments, including head of comms Katie Perrior and PRWeek UK Power Book entrant John Godfrey.

Vote Leave comms chief lines up for Gove, while national organiser backs May in race for Number 10

Vote Leave comms chief lines up for Gove, while national organiser backs May in race for Number 10

Paul Stephenson, latterly the PR head of Vote Leave, has joined the team steering Michael Gove's campaign to become Prime Minister.

In brief: Onken takes on Kaper, new PPS partner, Argos hires Playtime, ADPR wins

Yoghurt brand Onken takes on Kaper, Ensor is PPS partner, Argos engages Playtime PR and more from PRWeek UK.

In brief: Senior hires at Golin, Virgo Health and Bite, wins for Aspectus and Stand

Golin boosts digital team, Virgo Health hires comms lead, valve firm hires Aspectus and more from PRWeek UK.

In brief: RMS hires Aspectus, H+K promotes in Brussels, wins for BIG and Connect

RMS appoints Aspectus, H+K promotes in Brussels, wins for BIG and Connect, and more from PRWeek UK.

In brief: Benugo hires Fleet Street, FTI strengthens public affairs, Pernod Ricard promotes

Benugo hires Fleet Street, FTI strengthens public affairs, Pernod Ricard promotes and more from PRWeek UK