City & Corporate: The week in the city

Escher Group, a software firm that has just raised £15.4m through a listing on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange, used Powerscourt to support its financial comms. Escher provides outsourced, point-of-sale software to the postal industry.

Homestrings, a web portal that encourages investment into Africa, has called in Gong Communications to handle its launch in the UK and ongoing financial, corporate and media relations globally.

Dong fang Shipbuilding, the Chinese shipping firm, has brought in Abchurch to support its financial comms around a forthcoming listing on London's AIM market.

FWD hosted a group of underprivileged youngsters last week to enable them to learn about the PR industry. The course gave the youngsters an introduction to the business of news, what a PR agency does and 'what makes news'.

Quest Professional business training has appointed Calacus as its retained UK public relations agency to provide PR support for its expansion plans. Quest Professional, which includes the Lucie Clayton brand along with Queen's Secretarial College and St James's, provides a wide range of business training courses for more than 200 students a year.

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