The public sector week

Visit Kent hires Westgate on a retainer, Lancaster University school brings in Communique PR.

Hever Castle: A Kent visitor attraction
Hever Castle: A Kent visitor attraction

Visit Kent, the Canterbury-based body tasked with bringing visitors to Kent, has appointed Westgate as its retained PR agency following a competitive pitch. Westgate will manage Visit Kent's consumer and b2b public relations activity in 2009/10.

Lancaster University Management School has brought in Communique PR to handle a PR and media relations brief to underline its position as one the UK's top management schools. The £328,000 brief will see Comunique using the London, Delhi and Singapore offices of its parent company Burson-Marsteller to push LUMS's offering across the UK, Indian and Malaysian markets.

The London 2012 Olympics has appointed Paul Woodmansey as press officer for culture. Woodmansey leaves his job as account director at Idea Generation, where he has been for three years. He will head PR for the Cultural Olympiad, which is aimed at encouraging and welcoming involvement from communities across the UK.

Norfolk County Council has joined with Norwich City Football Club to launch a campaign to inspire boys and girls to achieve more through sport. A two-year sponsorship worth £200,000 to the club will include the launch of a talent competition for eight- to 16-year-olds and a set of community-based events for children and young people, such as the holding of a'Mini World Cup' tournament.

The all party parliamentary group against anti-Semitism has named Danny Stone as its director. Stone, who was a senior political advisor to the environmental charity RSPB, will seek to develop the activities and membership of the group in conjunction with its Parliamentary members.

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