News in brief

CONSUMER Stanley Casinos has taken on Biss Lancaster to build its brand and promote recent changes to gambling laws, which allow people to gamble as soon as they enter a casino.

CONSUMER Dunlop Slazenger has hired Manchester firm Mere Communication to handle consumer PR. Mere is overseeing comms for the firm's Dunlop, Slazenger and Carlton sporting goods brands.
appointment London Hilton on Park Lane has appointed Alex Huggan to the newly created role of PR manager. He has formerly worked at Freud Communications.

CONSUMER US online travel firm Travelzoo is using Launch PR to promote its brand in the UK. Separately, Launch has hired Sue Skeats, formerly at Nelson Bostock, as a consultant director.

AGENCY Food and drink specialist agency PBC has changed its name to Touch PR. It was set up in 1998 by Philippa Browning, who went into partnership with Amanda Baiden and Tim Inskip in 2000.

CONSUMER High-street food chain EAT has brought in Mission PR as
its first agency, to promote its involvement with charity recipe publication Best Soup Book in the World. The tie-up includes store appearances by celebrity chefs.

EVENT BT director of comms Peter Morgan, LloydsTSB head of corporate relations Mary Walsh, Department for Constitutional Affairs head of comms Lucian Hudson and Charity Commission head of comms Antony Robbins are to speak at 'Public Sector vs Private Sector', an event organised by PR Recruitment at the IoD on 15 November.

CLARIFICATION: 21st Anniversary Supplement PRWeek would like to make it clear that although WMC Communications was approached by the Bin Laden construction group for advice, WMC did not actually work for the group.

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