Ketchum’s Drobis eyes UK acquisitions
Ketchum PR chairman and chief executive David Drobis was in London this
week looking at potential UK acquisitions in its core growth areas of
corporate, healthcare, consumer and technology, following the completion
of Ketchum’s own pounds 32 million sale to Omnicom two weeks ago.
QBO and Molson call time on PR
Molson Canadian Breweries has parted company with its PR agency of eight
years, The Quentin Bell Organisation, and hired consultant Su-Lin Ong.
Huw Pennell, Molson marketing and trade manager, said the change
reflected a decision to reduce spending on consumer public relations in
favour of above-the-line marketing.
Winter is Countrywide’s personal trainer
Countrywide Communications has hired Barry Winter, 36, in the new board-
level role of management development director. Winter, ex-group training
and development manager at the National Grid Company, will head
recruitment, training, personal development and succession planning.
Child-Villiers to leave Tie Rack
Tie Rack press officer Sophia Child-Villiers is to leave the company
next week to travel round the world. She joined Tie Rack two years ago
with a brief to build a press division.
Westminster Healthcare hires Lowe Bell
Lowe Bell Political was hired this week to handle public affairs for
Britain’s biggest nursing home Westminster Healthcare, which recently
launched a pounds 70 million hostile bid for rival nursing facility
Goldsborough. Financial Dynamics, which has worked for the group since
1994, is managing the financial PR campaign.
Edelman to push Apollo Leisure’s profile
Apollo Leisure, the privately-owned theatre and leisure group, has
recruited Edelman PR to raise its corporate profile. Apollo operates 60
units across the UK including cinemas, social and bingo clubs, public
houses, night clubs and theatres.
Beattie Media in Scottish Motor Trade drive
The Scottish Motor Trade Association, which represents manufacturers,
dealers and consumers, is investing pounds 200,000 in a six month PR
drive to raise its profile and has hired Beattie Media to execute the
campaign. Around pounds 50,000 of this total fee and budget figure will
be spent on promoting the Scottish Motor Show, due be staged in
Snook picks up Centaur and Research
Hertz Europe’s former director of public affairs, Jeremy Snook, has
picked up two clients for his new venture, Jeremy Snook PR. The clients
are Centaur Exhibitions for its Business Travel 97 show and US research
company Total Research.
Luchford to promote Bank and Hirst
Luchford GBH Management and PR, the start-up consumer shop run by ex-
Freud Communications consultants Barnaby Levy and Kelly Luchford, has
won pounds 80,000 of business from London restaurant Bank and artist
Damien Hirst. It will promote the launch of Bank by former Quaglino’s
general manager Eric Garnier and Hirst’s first book.
Comfort joins Politics International
Nick Comfort, former political editor of the Daily Record, has joined
lobbying firm Politics International as a political and media