News in brief

CONSUMER The Outside Organis­ation media director Vicki Brookes has left to join L'Oreal as comms manager for luxury brands Kiehl's and Shu Uemura. Brookes - formerly PR manager at Capital Radio - replaces Charlotte Adjchavanich.

AGENCY PR group Huntsworth posted strong full-year figures for 2006, seeing pre-tax profits leap from £9m in 2005 to £21.7m last year. The group, which owns agencies Citigate Dewe Rogerson, The Red Consultancy and Trimedia, also picked up £53m worth of net new business.

CONSUMER De Vere, the hotel and conference chain, has brought in Publicasity after a two-way pitch against Hills Balfour Synergy. The chain was merged with Verve Venues last year, prompting the comms account review.

CORPORATE Adventis Group's pre-tax profits for 2006 were up 75 per cent on 2005 to £1.8m. The results represent the company's second full trading year since admission to the AIM. It owns financial and property PR agencies.

ENTERTAINMENT Tim Campbell, the first winner of TV series The Apprentice, has left Amstrad to set up social enterprise initiative The Bright Ideas Trust. Campbell is using Public Image to promote the venture.

CONSUMER Foster's-owned wine brand Penfolds has hired its first UK consumer PR support. Nelson Bostock Communications has been briefed to boost Penfolds' ‘luxury credentials'.

CONSUMER Seafood chain Loch Fyne has brought in Forster to target ethical consumers. The firm wants to highlight its use of environmentally friendly, sustainable fish sources.

PUBLIC SECTOR The Energy Saving Trust has enlisted Munro & Forster Communications and Blue Rubicon. The body has moved its comms from retained agency Consolidated Communications to a dual project-based account. Blue Rubicon will work on Energy Saving Week in October.

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