Search for AEA agency narrows
The Department of Trade and Industry has narrowed its search for a PR
agency to handle the flotation of AEA Technology to four firms: Ludgate,
Cardew, Citigate and Grandfield. The Government originally invited six
financial agencies to pitch but Brunswick and Financial Dynamics both
declined. Pitching takes place this Friday.
Edwards leaves Lowe Bell for Guinness
Lowe Bell Political consultant Allan Edwards has joined Guinness as
government affairs manager. Edwards, who was at Lowe Bell for 18 months
and at Westminster Strategy for seven years before that, will handle
public affairs work for Guinness’ brewing and distilling interests
worldwide. He will report to Guinness head of government affairs Wendy
Places are filling up fast for the 1996 Hard Commercial Edge of PR
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and the PRCA, the conference is aimed at all those who want to extract
maximum value from their PR efforts. The event features 35 top speakers
including: Peter Gummer; Observer editor Will Hutton; Des Wilson; FT
media correspondent Raymond Snoddy and Lord McNally. With two full
conference programmes, and a series of in-depth seminars, it tackles the
key issues in every area from marketing communications, to corporate and
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Icas PR beats five to go Continental
Continental Tyres has picked Icas PR to manage its estimated pounds
100,000 corporate PR brief. The agency beat five others in a four month
selection process to win the business, which covers its Continental,
Uniroyal and Semperit brands.
H&K considering Millar replacement
Hill and Knowlton is ‘considering its options’ for the replacement of
director designate Richard Millar, who leaves to join Habitat as
marketing director on 1 July. Accounts handled by Millar, who joined H&K
from Shilland and Co in 1991, include Adidas and Porsche.
Knight goes it alone with Lodestone
Gordon Knight, Paragon Communications’ former managing director, has set
up his own consultancy, Lodestone Communications. Knight who quit
Paragon in February, accepted an out-of-court settlement from the
company last week after earlier threatening legal action against the
firm for breach of contract (PR Week, 15 March).
King set to ring the changes at Pearl
Pearl Assurance is reviewing its in-house PR operation following the
appointment of its first director of communications, Joy King, in April.
King, who left her job as director of PR at British Gas Trading in
February, is preparing to put a series of proposals before Pearl
managing director Richard Surface. ‘I expect there to be some changes,
in both structure and resourcing,’ she told PR Week.
Iwanivk quits B-M for Shell issues
Burson-Marsteller associate director Yvonne Iwanivk is leaving to join
Shell International’s external relations department. Shell refused to
reveal her job title or duties but it is understood she will be working
on issues management, focusing on criticism of its operations in