Rowland signs with European Social Fund

Rowland signs with European Social Fund

The Rowland Company’s Brussels office has finally signed a multi-million

pound communications contract with the European Social Fund - eight

months after it first won the business. The one-year contract, worth

pounds 4.2 million is renewable for up to three years. The brief covers

a range of activities including media relations, corporate identity,

publications and internal communications.

O’Mara joins Advocacy Partnership

Maureen O’Mara, former Labour Party constitutional officer, has joined

Advocacy Partnership as an account director. At the Labour Party O’Mara

advised on the selection of candidates for the General Election and

organised the National Policy Forum, the party’s senior policy debating


Affinity wins job pride campaign

Affinity has been recruited by the National House Building Council to

handle a pounds 70,000 PR campaign for its ‘Pride in the Job’ scheme. It

won the business, previously handled by its sister ad agency BMP

Countrywide, after a three-way pitch. The incumbent did not pitch as

parent company Omnicom considered Affinity to be more appropriate.

Shandwick gets on the rail property track

Shandwick Consultants has been hired by Railtrack Property to promote

mainline rail stations to property developers, retailers and passengers

in a win thought to be worth more than pounds 100,000 in fees. The

division is keen to position its sites as profitable commercial centres.

Graphique selects Sandpiper for PR

Biss Lancaster off-shoot Sandpiper Communications has been hired by

design consultancy Graph-ique to provide PR support. It won the

business, thought to be worth more than pounds 90,000, with fees of

pounds 50,000, without a pitch. The appointment marks Sandpiper’s third

win since its February launch.

PPU guide to bid lobbying pitfalls

The Public Policy Unit has just published the third, revised edition of

Bid Lobbying: the Complete Guide. The 55-page manual advises on handling

the influences on the decision-making process during bids and mergers.

It costs pounds 25 and is available from Angela Dunne at the PPU, 50

Rochester Row, London SW1P 1JU.

Twigg to labour for Rowland Sallingbury

Stephen Twigg, political and research assistant to Labour MP Margaret

Hodge, has joined lobbyist Rowland Sallingbury Casey as a consultant. He

has also been selected as the prospective parliamentary candidate for

the Labour Party in Enfield Southgate.

IPR launches book to boost business

The IPR this week launches its booklet aimed at promoting PR to

business. The initiative is co-funded by the DTI, and backed by the

PRCA. Winning Business With Public Relations is being sent to 10,000 UK

companies. The IPR will monitor responses to the brochure and invite

businesses to a follow-up meeting in a bid to raise the position of PR

on the business agenda.

Thompson awarded CAM Fellowship

PRCA director Colin Thompson has been awarded the Fellowship of the

Communication Advertising and Marketing Education Foundation, in

recognition of his work in public relations education and training.

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