The Week in City & Corporate

Hacks boost Brunswick team, Redleaf wins property investment brief.

Brunswick has bolstered its senior team with the appointment of The Daily Telegraph writer David Litterick as a director. He joins after eight years at the paper and is currently editor of the investment column Questor. The Times property and professional correspondent James Rossiter is also joining the agency as a director in November. He has previously worked on the business desk of the Evening Standard.

Redleaf Communications has been signed up by property investment company Dawnay, Day Carpathian to handle its financial PR activity. Sister company Redleaf Relations has also been brought on board as the company's private client fund manager relations adviser. The financial account will be led by Redleaf chief executive Emma Kane.

Creston, the UK-listed marcoms conglomerate, has announced a five per cent like-for-like revenue growth during the first quarter April to June 2008. The firm's member companies include healthcare PR agency Red Door Communications.

Next Fifteen, the tech PR umbrella group, has issued a trading update, predicting strong revenues despite the current economic downturn. Analyst expectations are that annual revenues will be £62.7m to July 2008.

US-based chairman Will Whitehorn described the tech and consumer PR markets as 'robust', adding that the group expects further revenue growth in 2008-09. Whitehorn and his team expect that their corporate offering will grow.

He added that he remains 'cautiously optimistic' but said a reduction in US interest rates and a strong Euro could hit the group in the coming year.

Next Fifteen is the parent company of UK tech PR outfits Bite Communications and Text 100, among others. The group, which has Tim Dyson as its CEO, said it will announce its full-year results on 14 October.

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