It is believed that incumbents Weber Shandwick, Stripe Communications, Golley Slater and Consolidated are on the list. They are understood to have been joined by 3X1, Grayling, Smarts, Material Marketing and Porter Novelli. The final roster will be decided later this year and include five of the shortlisted agencies.
LGComms is to run another Future Leaders programme following the success of this year's course. Designed to help young comms talent reach senior positions in the public sector, it will relaunch early next year. The move comes after the recent graduation of this year's students, who took part in sessions covering reputation, leadership, strategy and working in a political environment.
Word Association has won work with housing association Wellingborough Homes, in Northamptonshire. The brief will see the agency cover PR, branding, marketing, e-zines, websites and social media.
Alex Aiken, director of comms and strategy at Westminster City Council, has written this week's public sector column about the potential comms opportunities around Ofcom being given new duties by Parliament to license local TV. To read it, go to prweek.com/uk and click on opinion.