Scottish buy out for Westminster Comms

Scottish buy out for Westminster Comms

Westminster Communications has bought out Citigate, its joint venture

partner in Edinburgh-based lobbying firm Scottish and Westminster.

Meanwhile account director Craig Harrow, who currently heads the office,

is leaving to join Asda. Westminster Communications is expected to

announce new appointments within the next few weeks.

Air Miles invites pitches in PR review

Air Miles, the British Airways subsidiary, is reviewing its PR. The

company, which has used Handel Communications for its trade PR for the

last five years and The Public Relations Business for its consumer PR

since October 1994, is known to have invited at least two agencies to

pitch for a consumer and business-to-business contract.

Water work for Lowe Bell Financial

French companies General Utilities and Saur Water have hired Lowe Bell

Financial to represent them in their bid for Mid Kent Water. Financial

Dynamics previously handled the account together with Westminster

Strategy, which continues to lobby on their behalf. Shandwick is

handling the defence of Mid Kent Water.

Greaves heads new Sussex authority

Liza Greaves has been appointed head of communications and PR for the

new unitary authority of Brighton and Hove. She previously worked for

Brighton, Harlow and Haringey councils.

Eight agencies bid for EC’s TACIS contract

Eight PR agencies have submitted tenders for the European Commission’s

2.2 million ecu TACIS programme. Aimed at encouraging economic reform

and democratisation in the former Soviet Union, the account has been

with The Rowland Company for three years.

Hanson hires Cardew to handle demerger

Industrial conglomerate Hanson has appointed Cardew and Company to

handle the third and final stage of its demerger - the formation of The

Energy Group. The PR campaign, worth an estimated pounds 150,000, will

begin in earnest next month in preparation for a stock market flotation

in April.

New project for East Midland’s Akers

East Midlands Electricity’s corporate relations manager Nick Akers has

moved to the firm’s marketing department to assist with a 12-month

project. Media relations manager Julian Evans will temporarily take over

his role. The company is currently being bid for by Dominion Resources

of the US.

Owens leaves radio for own comms shop

Mike Owen, operational director of Capital Radio subsidiary Birmingham

Broadcasting, has resigned to set up his own communications business.

Birmingham Broadcast owns two local stations: 1152 XTRA and 96.4FM BRMB.

Overseas volunteers sought by Raleigh

Youth development charity Raleigh International is looking for two

volunteer press officers to work on four month assignments next year.

The first, starting in January, is in Chile. The second is in Malaysia

from April. Call 0171-371 8585.

Fila gives CMT a sporting chance

Fila, the sportswear company, has taken on CMT International to execute

a UK consumer and trade programme involving sponsorship, links with

fashion colleges and Internet promotions. The hiring is part of a 1997

pounds 2 million UK marketing spend.

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