Technology: The Week in Technology

Launch of online agency Templars PR

Templars PR, an agency with an online focus, has launched this week with four price comparison sites as start-up clients.

The agency was established by Kitty Parry, formerly of Hill & Knowlton and Lansons Communications. Early clients include, which was taken over from incumbent Weber Shandwick, and

WeissComm Group, the global healthcare company, has hired Neville Hobson, social media expert, podcaster and blogger, as head of social media for Europe. Hobson has most recently been running his own consulting practice. He has more than 25 years' experience in public and media relations, marketing communications, employee, compensation and benefits comms as well as investor and financial relations.

1000 heads, the word of mouth agency, has appointed James Whatley, former SpinVox social media strategist, as director of engagement strategy. Whatley started this week in the newly created position at the agency.

Sophos, the IT security and data protection provider, has appointed Trimedia to support its corporate communications strategy. The account was won following a two-way pitch. Trimedia's head of technology Elizabeth Dolcourt will lead the campaign.

Hatch PR has launched a series of ten-minute podcasts to help small businesses and start-ups find their way around public relations. The episodes will cover major aspects of PR and digital media, including writing and distributing news, navigating the changing landscape of digital media and using Twitter as part of a PR strategy. Podcasts available include 'Selecting a PR agency' and 'Social media for small businesses and start-ups.'

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