Search for AEA agency narrows

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


Conference call

Places are filling up fast for the 1996 Hard Commercial Edge of PR

conference on 8 July. Backed by PR Week, Marketing, Management Today,

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

financial PR, lobbying and public affairs. For more information call

Gillian Tyler on 0171 413 4116.

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


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