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Pitch Update: Post Office, LinkedIn, NordVPN, Moonpig, Gozney, BT Wholesale, Ourtime and more

Pitch Update: Post Office, LinkedIn, NordVPN, Moonpig, Gozney, BT Wholesale, Ourtime and more

PRWeek's round-up of pitches and account moves.

Exclusive: Former BT comms lead and Fanclub launch corporate consultancy

Exclusive: Former BT comms lead and Fanclub launch corporate consultancy

Corporate communications consultancy Humankind will help “grow, transform and protect the reputations of digital and technology businesses”.

Pagefield adds clients and senior hires from Edelman, Newgate and more

Pagefield adds clients and senior hires from Edelman, Newgate and more

Pagefield has strengthened its senior team with a raft of hires and announced a fully flexible working model, PRWeek has learned.

Post Office hires PR agency for integrated campaign brief

Post Office hires PR agency for integrated campaign brief

The Post Office has appointed Boldspace to launch a major campaign calling on the Government and industry to ‘Save Our Cash’.

GB News: an opportunity for the PR industry or ‘Gammon TV’?

GB News: an opportunity for the PR industry or ‘Gammon TV’?

GB News, the hotly-anticipated new broadcast channel with a right-wing take, launched last night to muted fanfare due to an unfortunate scheduling clash with a first-round match in the European football championships.

Shelter hires campaigns, policy and communications director

Shelter hires campaigns, policy and communications director

Former Amnesty International marcomms director Osama Bhutta has joined Shelter to lead campaigns, policy and comms.

Former UEFA comms chief and Platini adviser joins Portland

Former UEFA comms chief and Platini adviser joins Portland

Portland has appointed William Gaillard, former UEFA director of communications and public affairs, as a senior adviser.

Mars turns to Innocent for first UK public affairs director

Mars turns to Innocent for first UK public affairs director

Mars UK has appointed former Innocent Drinks comms chief William Blomefield as its first UK public affairs director.

Insurance firm Zurich hires head of external comms

Insurance firm Zurich hires head of external comms

Zurich Insurance UK has appointed Tracy Dickerson as head of external communications, one of the two most senior communications roles at the financial services business, PRWeek has learned.

Foreign Office deputy comms director joins AI firm Faculty

Foreign Office deputy comms director joins AI firm Faculty

AI technology company Faculty has appointed Janine Lloyd-Jones as its first marketing and communications director to help drive the company’s next phase of growth.

Tesco UK and Ireland communications director steps down

Tesco UK and Ireland communications director steps down

David Page, comms director at Tesco UK and Ireland, is leaving the UK’s biggest supermarket after three-and-a-half years

Netflix appoints Facebook policy lead as EMEA comms director

Netflix appoints Facebook policy lead as EMEA comms director

Netflix has hired Anne Laumen as its comms director for the EMEA region.

Bladonmore names CEO and expands to New York

Bladonmore names CEO and expands to New York

Global communications agency Bladonmore has promoted Richard Carpenter to the role of chief executive and opened an office in New York.

Manchester’s ‘largest ever’ regeneration project hires PR agency

Manchester’s ‘largest ever’ regeneration project hires PR agency

Global investor and developer Far East Consortium (FEC) has appointed Citypress as the lead communications advisor on its £4bn Victoria North project in Manchester.

Movers & Shakers: Red Consultancy, Ogilvy, 90Ten, Hallam, H+K, Fleet Street Communications and more

Movers & Shakers: Red Consultancy, Ogilvy, 90Ten, Hallam, H+K, Fleet Street Communications and more

PRWeek's round-up of industry hires, departures and promotions.

Pitch Update: Purplebricks, Philips, Getir, Free Now, Electrolux, Estonia, Mauritius and more

Pitch Update: Purplebricks, Philips, Getir, Free Now, Electrolux, Estonia, Mauritius and more

PRWeek's round-up of pitches and account moves.

Opinion and features

Ghosted, paid late, misrepresented: the client/agency relationship is at its lowest ebb

Ghosted, paid late, misrepresented: the client/agency relationship is at its lowest ebb

There isn’t an agency out there that hasn’t had a rough ride with a client at some point, but post-pandemic (if one can even call this 'post') the tide seems to have turned toward an even tougher stance with agencies.

A Pride campaign by a bunch of straight people? Sure, Jan

A Pride campaign by a bunch of straight people? Sure, Jan

I don't want to be 'that guy' complaining about Pride campaigns – I'm in awe of brands that get it right and I don't want to shame anyone into wanting to show support, but…

Communicators have 'key role to play' as climate change and inclusion become urgent trends

Communicators have 'key role to play' as climate change and inclusion become urgent trends

COVID-19 remains a vivid threat worldwide, but with vaccination accelerating there are grounds for optimism.

From the editor-in-chief: PR agencies starting to master film, but still work to do

From the editor-in-chief: PR agencies starting to master film, but still work to do

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Videoconferencing has been a lifeline, not a curse, for the industry – let’s keep it

Videoconferencing has been a lifeline, not a curse, for the industry – let’s keep it

Zoom fatigue has taken its toll over the past 12 months, with the hours spent at screens straining eyes and draining hearts, but, as the world begins to open up, evidence is rapidly amassing that business as usual will look very different in the future.

Where are they now: Play, Raised by Wolves, Red Lion, Shook and Where Eagles Dare

Where are they now: Play, Raised by Wolves, Red Lion, Shook and Where Eagles Dare

In this two-part series, PRWeek investigates how PR agencies that launched during the coronavirus pandemic are getting on.

Where are they now: BB Partners, Boldspace, Hard Numbers, Inflect Partners, Look After Group & Made By Giants

Where are they now: BB Partners, Boldspace, Hard Numbers, Inflect Partners, Look After Group & Made By Giants

In this two-part series, PRWeek investigates how PR agencies that launched during the coronavirus pandemic are getting on.

The tricky internal and corporate comms challenge of jabs for jobs

The tricky internal and corporate comms challenge of jabs for jobs

With light at the end of the lockdown tunnel, we now know we’ll need some kind of COVID-19 ‘vaccine certificate’ to go on a foreign holiday (remember those?), but not to huddle in a wet pub garden with five friends.

Companies should spare the media budget – climate change is an internal comms job

Companies should spare the media budget – climate change is an internal comms job

Do you have agency to act on climate change? I don’t mean do you have an agency to help you act on climate change – that would be a sales pitch too far. I mean: do you have ‘agency’ to act on climate change?

Uncharted waters: how to be a client's first PR or comms agency

Uncharted waters: how to be a client's first PR or comms agency

As a consultancy starting work with a new client, you may or may not rate the client’s previous agency, but at least its work provides a starting point from which to improve, replicate or overhaul – but what happens when the client has never had consultancy support before?

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Recent City & corporate people moves

FleishmanHillard hires FT Brussels correspondent for senior role

FleishmanHillard hires FT Brussels correspondent for senior role

FleishmanHillard has hired the Financial Times' European correspondent, Jim Brunsden, as senior vice-president, Financial Services, based in its Brussels-EU office.

Ex-Government comms chief moves to Scottish Qualifications Authority

Ex-Government comms chief moves to Scottish Qualifications Authority

Former Scottish Government comms chief John Booth has started a new job as director of comms at the SQA, PRWeek has learned.

Movers & Shakers: Mars, Ogilvy, H+K, Zurich, Portland, Hotwire, Weber Shandwick and more

Movers & Shakers: Mars, Ogilvy, H+K, Zurich, Portland, Hotwire, Weber Shandwick and more

PRWeek's round-up of industry hires, departures and promotions.

H+K appoints corporate affairs managing director

H+K appoints corporate affairs managing director

Hill+Knowlton Strategies (H+K) has hired Lisa Kilmartin as a managing director of corporate affairs and advisory.

Instinctif Partners hires capital markets lead

Instinctif Partners hires capital markets lead

Instinctif Partners has appointed Tim McCall as managing partner and head of its UK capital markets team.

Ogilvy UK PR leader Matt Buchanan takes up global role

Ogilvy UK PR leader Matt Buchanan takes up global role

Matt Buchanan has been appointed to the new post of global head of consumer PR, PRWeek has learned.

NEOM comms manager joins Kekst CNC in senior role

NEOM comms manager joins Kekst CNC in senior role

Kekst CNC has hired Scott Melrose as a director of its Middle East business.