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CORPORATE Hotel group Marriott International is using its retained UK agencies, Moore Communications and Ellis Associates, in conjunction with its Washington DC-based corporate PR team, to advise on its handling of last weekend's 'dodgy lasagne' affair. On Sunday, ten Tottenham Hotspur FC players fell ill after eating a meal in London's Canary Wharf Marriott.

CONSUMER Fashion shop M+M Management is promoting a 'beach towel that doubles up as a bag'. The product, Itsa, has hidden pockets, loops for headphones and ties so it can be secured to sun loungers. It will be available online from June.

AGENCY Fishburn Hedges Design has taken on Robert Soar in the newly created role of creative director, reporting to MD Adrian Day to develop the group's integrated offering. He has 20 years' experience in corporate branding, most recently running Soar Design.

CONSUMER Golden Goose PR and Juliet Rowe Press Relations
were this week collaborating on the launch of the Boodles Castaway Collection at Paper on London's Regent Street. Supermodel Jasmine Guinness was due to attend an event this Wednesday evening in £1.3m worth of Boodles diamonds.

EVENT The cream of the UK's regional PR scene will descend on Newcastle-upon-Tyne this Thursday (11 May) for the first CIPR PRide Grand Prix event. PRWeek is the competition's media partner. See next week's magazine to find out who won.

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