News in brief

CORPORATE RHM, the firm behind Hovis and Mr Kipling, is reviewing its UK corporate and crisis management account. Incumbent Financial Dynamics will not repitch but maintains control of RHM’s financial PR.

AGENCY The PR Office has acquired The Seven Partnership. The move reunites two former Chime stalwarts – Seven founder Howard de Souza, who joins as a director, and PR Office chairman Shimon Cohen.

TECH IT services firm Conchango has hired Firefly Communications, ending a five-year relationship with Lewis PR. Lewis picked up the account for Conchango rival Avanade last month.

AGENCY Birmingham-based Seal Communications is merging with Spirit Marketing. Spirit will be re-branded Seal, and the 40-strong firm now has offices in Birmingham and London. Clients include Kumala Wines and Punch Taverns.

CONSUMER Band & Brown Communications' events arm Brando has kicked off a three-month campaign for Wanadoo, seeing off Companycare Communications for the brief.

AGENCY The European arm of sports marcoms agency GEM Group is renaming as brandRapport. Formerly Craigie Taylor, it was bought by CSS Stellar and turned into GEM Europe, before completing an MBO this month. The agency has 50 staff in the UK and six in Hong Kong. Clients include AXA and Cineworld.

AGENCY Hill & Knowlton has entered Morocco via an affiliation with Casablanca-based minnow PR Media. The 16-month-old agency also has representation in Tunisia and Algeria.

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