Public sector news in brief

LONDON Economic development agency Creative London has hired Fishburn Hedges. The body’s first PR agency will promote its range of business development programmes to help develop the capital’s second biggest industry after finance. The FH account team is being led by associate director Martin Brown.

AWARDS Public sector events organiser PSE has unveiled its inaugural awards, to be held on 7 November at The British Academy of Film and Television Arts' offices in Piccadilly. Recognising excellence in public sector comms, the categories will include Most Influential Communicator of the Year, Most Effective Mixed Media Campaign, Central Government Department of the Year and Council of the Year.

LEEDS Cardiff City Council head of PR Robert Webb and Green Communications MD Andy Green will be among the speakers at a one-off CIPR event to discuss the role of communicators in the wake of the 7 July attacks. The event, which will take place on 8 December at the Thackray Museum in Leeds, will examine how organisations can develop meaningful community relations. Diversity, equality and social cohesion specialists have also been invited. Go to www.ipr.org.uk for details.

WEST MIDLANDS The Safer Sandwell Partnership is promoting a poster campaign to warn people committing fireworks offences that they can face penalties of up to £5,000 and six months' imprisonment. The introduction of the Fireworks Act 2004 gave councils wider powers regarding firework-related nuisance.

EDUCATION The Teacher Support Network has backed the Teaching Development Agency's ongoing campaign to recruit more male primary school teachers. The network is targeting media with case studies to attract more men to the profession.

PUBLISHING The Post Office is drawing up a shortlist of publishing agencies to produce its latest PR tool – its first customer magazine. The publication will be distributed in its branches to raise awareness of services.

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