In brief: BIS gets new head of news; TVC Group picks up Intu; Johnson King merges into Finn Partners; Mc&T lands B&W

BIS gets new head of news, TVC Group picks up Intu account, Johnson King merges into Finn Partners, hi-fi brand Bowers & Wilkins tunes into Mc&T and more from PRWeek UK.

Yeomans crosses Parliament Square (above, as it was in the 1950s) later this month for a new role (Credit: Leonard Bentley, Flickr)
Yeomans crosses Parliament Square (above, as it was in the 1950s) later this month for a new role (Credit: Leonard Bentley, Flickr)

BIS gets new head of news

Rachel Yeomans will join the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills as head of news, succeeding incumbent Aileen Boughen who has held the role since 2005. Click to read the full story.

TVC Group picks up Intu account

Intu Properties, one of the largest shopping centre owners in the UK, has appointed TVC Group as its first consumer comms firm, following a competitive pitch process handled by the PRCA's Find a PR Agency service. Click to read the full story.

Johnson King merges into Finn Partners

European technology PR firm Johnson King has merged into global agency Finn Partners, becoming Finn Partners Ltd, having been acquired by Finn a year ago. Click to read the full story.

Hi-fi brand Bowers & Wilkins tunes into Mc&T

British hi-fi brand Bowers & Wilkins has awarded a retained PR account to Mc&T, following a competitive three-way pitch. The agency - which was set up in June by a former consumer brands director at Edelman - will manage product launches, festival activations, automotive partnerships and B&W's 50th anniversary next year.

The Sports Show hires Speed for launch

Speed Communications has been appointed by the Sports Show as its lead comms agency for the inaugural show in June 2016. The event, which will be held in Birmingham's NEC, is being set up by former England rugby internationals Austin Healey and Will Greenwood, to inspire kids to get involved in sport.

WaterSafe scheme takes on Create 51

WaterSafe, a campaign that aims to keep household drinking water safe by promoting approved plumbing businesses, has appointed the agency Create 51 to help raise public awareness of its plumber finder service. WaterSafe is funded by the UK water industry and is free to use.

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