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B-M joins forces with Simeka TWS

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

relations company



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

broadcasting officer.



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.



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