The Week

Gordon Brown has hired Daily Mail political correspondent Michael Lea as his chief writer, based in the Downing Street strategic comms unit.

The Public Administration Select Committee is to investigate the role played by Damian McBride and other special advisers in government.

Fred Perry, the British sportswear brand, has handed a brief to sports specialist agency Pitch.

Fleishman-Hillard has promoted director Jennie Scott to head of its 20-strong consumer team.

Frank PR has been handed the six-figure UK PR account of G-Shock, the Casio watch brand.

3x1 PR has launched an office in Edinburgh and picked up two new briefs, with VisitScotland and the Fife Alcohol Partnership.

Golley Slater's Birmingham office has been hired by Warwickshire County Cricket Club to promote the launch of the Twenty20 cricket season.

McCann Erickson is reported to have landed an overarching marketing brief for the 2012 Olympics.

clarification Owing to a failure to follow the correct entry procedure, Shine Communications did not appear in PRWeek's latest Top 150. The agency's fee income grew by 19 per cent in 2008 to £3,722,542, which would have put it in 61st position.

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