DEPARTURE: Schroders director of corporate comms Julian Samways is leaving to be Harmonic Capital Partners head of business development.
SETTLEMENT: Yachtswoman Tracy Edwards has paid Sports Impact £5,000 in legal costs awarded to it earlier this year. The agency had already received the £30,000 fees it had been awarded and is continuing to pursue her through the courts for a further sum of more than £50,000.
CONSUMER: Talkback Thames has hired Taylor Herring PR to promote the UK version of TV show The Apprentice, fronted by Sir Alan Sugar.
B2B: Greetings-card firm Newton’s Law has hired MCC to build interest in its soft-toy licence among toy stores. The agency will position the toy as ‘the connoisseurs bear’ using celebrity endorsement and product placement.
CONSUMER: P1, the car-racing venture founded by former Formula 1 world champion Damon Hill, has hired Resonate to promote membership of the performance car club.
APPOINTMENT: Gresham PR has hired former Insurance Day editor Richard Banks. Banks quit as Insurance Day’s Americas bureau chief last month and joined Gresham as account director.
CONSUMER: Clothing retailer Republic is using Chase PR to promote store openings, regional promotions, trade features and news stories in the consumer press.
PUBLISHING BREAK: PRWeek is now taking its annual publishing break. The next issue will be out on 7 January. Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.