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African Minerals hands brief to Pelham PR, Imperial Innovations brings in College Hill.

Pelham PR has won the financial PR brief for African Minerals, a mineral exploration and development company with significant interests in Sierra Leone. The firm was previously using Citigate Dewe Rogerson for financial PR. African Minerals recently raised more than $100m to grow its iron ore deposit business in Sierra Leone.

Synchronica, the AIM-listed mobile email and synchronisation specialist, has appointed Walbrook PR as its financial PR and IR adviser. The account is the first new client win for Walbrook, founded by Paul McManus and Ben Knowles in April 2009. Walbrook was appointed by Synchronica to work on the collaboration agreement and £4.7m fundraising announced in June.

Imperial Innovations Group has appointed College Hill to manage its financial and corporate communications after a four-way pitch. The agency will be charged with raising awareness of the firm as a leading player in tech investment. Imperial Innovations' business model encompasses the identification of ideas, the protection of intellectual property, the licensing of technology and the formation and funding of technology businesses.

Tribal Group, the specialist public services consultancy firm, has brought in Weber Shandwick to handle its financial PR. The agency is charged with improving the momentum behind its communications with existing and potential investors.

CSR, a FTSE 250 semi-conductor firm, has handed its financial communications account to FD. The Cambridge-based firm is primarily known for manufacturing components to enable Bluetooth communication between devices. FD's team will be led by James Melville-Ross, co-head of the agency's technology, media and telecoms team.

Ernst & Young has promoted Kevin Russell to become global head of strategic communications after nine years with the firm. Will White will move internally to become global and EMEA head of media relations, based in London, and Sarah Jurado will become its head of media relations for the UK and Ireland.


Phoenix Four draft in help

Media House International is helping the Phoenix Four - the quartet of business executives who bought MG Rover from BMW in 2000 - to fight back against a new wave of media criticism.

Following Lord Mandelson's announcement the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) would investigate the collapse of MG Rover in 2005, the four have published a dossier in which they accuse PM Gordon Brown of blocking aid for MG Rover.

Media House was appointed last year by the Phoenix Four - John Towers, Nick Stephenson, John Edwards and Peter Beale - to argue their case in advance of the Financial Review Reporting Panel's report into MG Rover, which remains unpublished.

'They have been subject to a media feeding frenzy and wanted to correct inaccurate information that has been published,' said Media House executive director, Ramsay Smith. 'They were worried the role of Government in the affair would not be highlighted.'

The next part of their media campaign will centre on the numerous freedom of information requests the Government has refused.

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