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.