News in brief

MARCOMS The UK Independence Party (Ukip) – which this week announced plans to ditch the ‘UK’ from its name – is on the hunt for a marcoms agency to promote its new identity. Media head Adrian Lithgow is spearheading the search.

CONSUMER Coca-Cola is on the verge of bringing in an agency to work on a Europe-wide music account.
PRWeek understands that around five agencies have pitched.

EVENT The European Council of Religious Leaders has brought in Global Tolerance ahead of its conference in Birmingham from 12-14 February. Its brief covers crisis management and promoting the religious leaders’ work.

PUBLIC AFFAIRS Former US congress- woman and vice-presidential nominee Geraldine Ferraro has left her role as chair of The Global Consulting Group’s PA arm. Ferraro will continue as an adviser, and is replaced by internal appointments Maureen Kindel and Cristina Rose.

CONSUMER Google has selected five consumer agencies to pitch for an account promoting its annual ‘Doodle for Google’ competition. Incumbent Cow PR is among those agencies invited to pitch.

CONSUMER David Lloyd Leisure is using Consolidated Communications to boost membership sales. The project brief is to target 25 to 55-year-olds in the run-up to the spring and summer periods.

CONSUMER Killa Communications founder Richard Lamballe has re-emerged as director of online outfit 20ltd, which sells 20 high-end exclusive items at a time. Killa became part of Resonate last year (PRWeek, 30 June 2006).

CORPORATE German real-estate outfit IVG Immobilien used Brunswick during negotiations for the £630m purchase of the ‘Gherkin’ in London. The Sir Norman Foster-designed tower, located at 30 St Mary Axe in the capital, was bought from reinsurance broker Swiss Re last week.

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