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.