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Project New Bank calls in Pelham Bell Pottinger for support

Project New Bank, the retail bank acquisition vehicle led by two City heavyweights, has called in Pelham Bell Pottinger for comms and media relations support. The venture, led by Lord Levene, chairman of Lloyd's of London insurance, and Government adviser Sir David Walker, has been using the agency since June. Project New Bank has been set up to buy state-owned Northern Rock and Lloyds Banking Group branches.

The Clapham House Group has appointed FD as its retained financial public relations adviser, taking over from Redleaf Communications. FD will work with the firm to build its communications programme and to raise its profile within the City. The account is being headed by financial communications MD Jonathon Brill. The AIM-listed group operates the restaurant brands Gourmet Burger Kitchen and The Real Greek.

GolinHarris has retained a six-figure account with computing firm EMC after a six-way pitch. EMC was looking to completely refresh its PR function to change the way it communicates to technology and business stakeholders. GolinHarris' account will be led by Alexis Dalrymple, a new director who joined from Hotwire.

Lombard Risk Management, the financial software provider, has appointed Walbrook PR as its financial PR and IR adviser. Walbrook's brief is to advise Lombard Risk on its communications with the media, investment community and third-party stakeholders.

Hermes Fund Managers has appointed Asmita Kapadia as associate director in PR. She will be responsible for strategically driving PR globally and was previously deputy director of corporate communications at M&G.

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