B-M joins forces with Simeka TWS
Burson-Marsteller has teamed up with its first South African affiliate
Simeka TWS. Simeka, a black-owned consultancy, merged with TWS
Communications earlier this month to become the country’s largest public
Clifton and O’Toole join Labour’s team
The Labour Party has added to its seven-strong media team with the
appointment of Natalie O’Toole as press officer and Dan Clifton as
McQueen hires Shandwick Scotland
Galashiels-based direct marketing and fulfilment company McQueen has
hired Shandwick Scotland to handle its PR worldwide. McQueen provides an
integrated manufacturing, fulfilment and marketing service for mainly US
software companies aiming to sell products in Europe. Shandwick will
promote the company to potential clients in its key markets including
the United States, the Netherlands and France.
Hyder is first client for SWALEC man
Huw Roberts, director of public affairs at South Wales Electricity
(SWALEC) is to set up his own consultancy Huw Roberts Associates,
following the company’s acquisition by Welsh Water. His first client is
Welsh Water parent Hyder Group for which he will be providing an
analysis of political and regulatory developments.
Ingham to give health PR pep talk
PR Week columnist Sir Bernard Ingham will give a speech entitled ‘Spin
doctors and their prescriptions’ at The Health and Medical PR
Association (HAMPRA) next month. HAMPRA has also invited Health
Education Authority (HEA) chairman Anthony Close to give a talk in June
on the future of the HEA’s communications.
Ketchum beats two to Saville job
Ketchum PR has beaten Key Communications and Le Fevre to win a pounds
60,000 business to business and corporate PR account from the interview
testing consultancy Saville and Holdsworth. The firm, which devises
personality tests for blue chip clients has briefed the agency to boost
its profile among company directors.
RES picks Icas as first PR agency
Software company RES Holdings, which supplies CAS and Graphics
solutions, has hired Icas as its first PR agency in an appointment
thought to be worth between pounds 50,000 and pounds 100,000 in fees.
Tony Ball in driving seat for car industry
The Institute of the Motor Industry has hired Tony Ball Associates for a
12-month pounds 100,000 budget account following a decision to shift the
PR function out-of-house. The IMI represents around 30,000 members
throughout the motor trade.
Westminster is big in construction
The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), which provides advice
and support on training in areas such as brick-laying, joinery and
plastering, has appointed Westminster Strategy to provide public affairs
support and advice.
PiMS launches financial directory
PiMS and Edinburgh Financial Publishing have joined forces to launch
Cityfile - a directory of brokers, analysts and media contacts for
financial communications updated on a bi-monthly basis.