MADELEINE MCCANN Hanover Communications has stopped working with the McCann family following the six-month anniversary of Madeleine McCann’s disappearance. Family spokesman Clarence Mitchell will now handle all media enquiries.

CSR HSBC Personal Financial Services UK has briefed Consolidated Communications to promote its 2008 Green Sale environmental initiative. Consolidated has also recently picked up a brief from M&S Money.

CORPORATE BBC London’s transport correspondent Andrew Winstanley is to join the UK’s largest engineering consultancy Atkins Global as head of media relations in the new year.

CORPORATE Southeastern, the train operator for Kent, South East London and parts of East Sussex, has brought in Good Relations on a corporate and consumer brief to support the arrival of its new high-speed trains.

CONSUMER More Th>n, the direct financial services arm of Royal & SunAlliance, has hired Cow PR as its retained agency. The appointment followed a competitive pitch.

CSR Elevale PR has been enlisted to promote an eco-friendly carrier bag range by Cotton Kids. The campaign will include presenting Gordon Brown with an internet petition against plastic carrier bags.

PUBLIC SECTOR Former director of comms for the Scottish Labour party Brian Lironi has been appointed senior adviser to Glasgow City Council leader Steven Purcell. Lironi is a former editor of the Scottish Sunday Mail newspaper.

CONSUMER APR Communications will launch VIP concierge service Key-2 Luxury to the consumer press. Senior hedge fund player Stanley Fink of the Man Group has invested in the company and is one of its directors.

AGENCY Former News of the World sports writer James Fletcher has launched a sports agency called Onside PR. Fletcher is currently advising the Professional Footballer’s Association on its 100th anniversary.

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