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PRIDE AWARDS: The IPR’s regional PRIDE Awards are open for entries until 8 July. Those wishing to enter the events, running between October and February 2005, should visit ipr.org.uk or call Paula Kelsey at Cloud 9 Management on 0115 8419699.

TECHNOLOGY PR: Citigate Dewe Rogerson divisional MD Suzi Frith has resigned. Frith is to leave the corporate and technology practice she ran with Deborah Saw and Jonathan Flint in two weeks.

CONSUMER PR: Online casino software manufacturer VueTec has hired Harrison Cowley. The previous agency to work on the account was Max Clifford Associates, which promoted its launch.

FINANCIAL PR: Deutsche Bank director of corporate finance Michael Rummel has joined Merlin Financial Communications as director. His appointment follows Merlin’s hiring of Gavin Anderson associate director Rebecca Penney as associate director.

CONSUMER PR: Health club chain Fitness First has appointed Promote PR to handle its UK consumer and trade PR. The Berkshire-based agency formerly worked for rival chain LA Fitness.

AGENCY LINK-UP: Reading-based PR agency Companycare Communications has formed an alliance with Plymouth-based marketing agency tmaglobal. The companies are sharing an office in London’s Soho Square.

B2B: US software company Motive is seeking to win business outside its traditional tech client base from enterprise companies such as banks and pharmaceuticals. It has appointed Johnson King to implement a B2B media relations campaign targeting business heads.

APPOINTMENT: Fleishman-Hillard UK has appointed Matthew Millard-Beer as consumer marketing associate director. He was formerly a director at travel PR agency CIBpr.

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