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H&K to handle public affairs for LIFFE

H&K to handle public affairs for LIFFE



Hill and Knowlton has been hired as public affairs adviser to LIFFE, the

London International Financial Futures and Options Exchange. The agency

won the business after a competitive pitch. LIFFE, which has seven staff

working in its internal press and public affairs departments, uses

Fishburn Hedges for PR support (Analysis p7).



Kirkcaldy quits Shandwick North



James Kirkcaldy has resigned as MD of Shandwick North. Kirkcaldy ran the

operation for two years after it was formed from the merger of Paragon

North East and Stockport-based John Fowler and Partners. Kirkcaldy

declined to comment on his decision or his career plans



Golley Slater aims to bring tourists to Wales



Tourism South West Wales has picked Cardiff-based Golley Slater to help

draw more visitors to the region. The appointment follows competitive

pitches from Lowe Bell Good Relations and Glasgow PR firm Media House

earlier this month.



Pendragon widens its BVA brief



Luther Pendragon has added public affairs to its existing PR brief for

the British Video Association. The media management agency won the new

business for the video industry body after pitching against incumbent

firm Charles Barker. The combined worth of public affairs and PR is

thought to be more than pounds 90,000.



Dial puts Affinity in its PR driving seat



Affinity Consulting is to handle the PR tranche of a pounds 900,000

integrated marketing campaign for car fleet firm Dial. Affinity, which

teamed up with direct marketing agency Tullo Marshall Warren, beat off

competition from six other consultancies.



Grandfield splits operations three ways



Corporate and financial consultancy Grandfield has formed three

operating divisions: Grandfield PR, headed by founder Charles Cook;

Grandfield Design under Julie Giddens, and Grandfield Public Affairs,

which will be run by former Tory MP Chris Butler. Julie Giddens replaces

Alex Glover who has resigned to join The Communication Group as deputy

MD of its financial division.



Holmes and Marchant win Liberty Pensions



Liberty International Pensions has appointed Holmes and Marchant as its

PR adviser. The brief includes media relations and marketing strategy

work for the company, which intends to start selling low cost pensions

in the autumn.



Educational PR sought for school unit



An information centre to promote state schools could be up and running

by the end of this year. Last month, the Secondary Heads Association

outlined plans to set up a unit to counteract negative publicity about

comprehensive schools. President John Dunford said the association was

looking for a PR professional with experience of the education sector to

head up the centre.



Schering endorses condom and pill together



Following our story about Schering’s campaign to encourage women to use

both condoms and the pill (‘H&K making pill easy to swallow’, PR Week 3

May), we have been asked to point out that Femodene, which was named in

last year’s Department of Health advice to doctors and pharmacists, has

not been ‘blacklisted’ and is still available on prescription. We

apologise for any confusion.



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