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ACF Investment Bank appoints agency to manage global comms

ACF Investment Bank appoints agency to manage global comms

SEC Newgate has been selected to manage global strategic communications for ACF Investment Bank, after a competitive pitch.

News & analysis

21:12 announces MBO from SEC Newgate

The board of SEC Newgate today announced it had agreed to a £1.3m management buyout proposed by the 21:12 leadership team. The deal means financial comms agency 21:12 will separate from the SEC Newgate group.

Anthony Payne is to become executive chairman of Peregrine Communications

Peregrine Communications founder steps down as CEO

Industry veteran Anthony Payne has stepped down as chief executive of Peregrine Communications Group, the financial services specialist agency he founded almost 20 years ago, the firm announced today.

Jack Davies

Venture capital firm Antler hires first marketing and PR chief for Europe

Antler, the global early-stage venture capital firm, has appointed Jack Davies, formerly of UK PR agency Seven Hills, as its first director of marketing and PR for Europe.

Gay Collins

FTSE 250-listed Pantheon International hires comms agency

Pantheon International, the FTSE 250-listed private equity investment trust, has retained Montfort Communications as its strategic communications adviser.

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Edelman Smithfield launches globally

The financial comms boutique has 250 advisers in 15 countries.

 Lorraine Kelly and her dog in a garden

'Lorraine was 100 per cent on message' - Behind the Campaign, ‘Paws for a Smile’

Grayling director Joey Ng discusses the agency's recent campaign for More Than.

Opinion & features

PRWeek's most read comment articles of 2021

PRWeek's 21 most-read comment articles of 2021

From Mr Potato Head and BrewDog to finding the next float-it-down-the-Thames, PRWeek UK reveals its most-read articles from 2021.

Meera Naran and Mina Smallman

UK Communicators of the Year 2021 (numbers 15-11) revealed by PRWeek

Who got their message across most effectively in this tumultuous year.

Chemistry is as important as competency in the pitch process, argues James Coyle

The rise of the ch-itch: where competency and chemistry collide

Through the teary eyes and frustration of a lost pitch – one that you almost certainly deserved to win – we’ve all complained about pitch processes that seemed unfair.

Cameron has botched crisis comms basics in Greensill scandal

Given his previous role as director of corporate affairs for Carlton, now part of ITV, you would be forgiven for thinking that David Cameron would be well equipped to handle his own personal PR crisis.

The dilemma of maternity leave: coping with FOMO and hiring a ‘new me’

If ever a milestone year for communications and the banking industry was foreseen, then 2021 is it – but, with my impeccable timing, in a couple of months I’ll be bidding adieu to my role as head of external communication at Metro Bank and going on maternity leave.

It’s time for three revolutions in financial comms

Financial communications is arguably the most successful part of the global public relations industry.