The Week

Boots UK is launching a consumer pitch process thought to be worth £1m. The pharmacy chain uses Lexis PR and is thought to be its biggest-paying client.

HSBC's head of UK comms Richard Lindsay has stepped down after a restructuring of the bank's comms function. He remains employed by HSBC and is taking an unspecified amount of time off to consider his options.

Lewis PR chief operating officer Paul Charles is leading a management buy-out of the agency's travel division, while Lewis prepares to swoop for a UK consumer shop.

Carrot Communications founder and ICCO president Richard Houghton has joined corporate agency Aspect Consulting as managing director for London.

PZ Cussons Beauty has appointed Andrew Perera to the new role of director of global comms and PR. He joins from PR agency Neville McCarthy.

Weber Shandwick head of creativity Steve Strickland has joined Freud Communications as a senior creative.

Bathstore has picked Good Relations to work on a profile-building campaign across consumer, b2b and corporate comms.

DesignWine, an online retailer of premium Italian wines, has drafted in The Communications Store to handle the PR for its UK launch.

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