Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) has brought in Octopus on a corporate brief. The credit report firm wants to build its profile in the UK, which is relatively low outside of the data marketing and credit sectors. 'Particularly in these uncertain economic times, knowing the credit risk of a supplier or a customer has never been so important,' said Octopus MD Jon Lonsdale. 'This brief is to ensure D&B's target audience understand how its information can minimise the risks they face in daily business decision-making.'
- The PR Office is advising REIT as F&C Asset Management looks to combine its property business with the specialist investment group in an £8.5bn deal. As reported last week, Tulchan advises F&C. The deal will see the creation of F&C REIT, in which F&C will have a 70 per cent stake with the remainder owned by REIT. Shimon Cohen, chairman of The PR Office, leads the REIT account.
- Bank of Scotland Corporate has completed a deal worth £20m with Iris Worldwide. Iris is an international integrated marketing business with a PR arm, and a UK PR arm under director Bill McIntyre. The bank's growth capital team offered Iris a combined financial package that includes both debt finance and an equity investment of almost £3m. Earlier this year, Iris bought management consultancy firm Concise in a deal worth £5m. It has grown at a rate of almost 50 per cent year on year, with an annual turnover of £53m.
- Tottenham Hotspur FC has brought in two new senior comms staff as it readies for the new Premiership football season. Daniel Cooper has joined as head of media, having held the same position at consumer agency Henry's House. Adam Davison has joined the club in a CSR role as head of community relations, having formerly been associate V-P at FD-LLM.
- Intec Telecom Systems has brought in Sarah Webb in a corporate role as PR manager. Webb joins the telecoms support firm from The CC Group (formerly Companycare Communications). The newly created post will see Webb develop the corporate PR strategy across the business, and 'roll out global market and product-centric campaigns'.