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WPP, Omnicom restructure agency set-ups for Johnson & Johnson

WPP, Omnicom restructure agency set-ups for Johnson & Johnson

Omnicom's Velocity and WPP's Neighborhood are new networks supporting J&J.

In brief: FTI takes on FT vet, Dacia hires Eulogy, consolidation at Hoover, CIPR allies with CBI

FTI takes on FT vet, Dacia hires Eulogy, Hoover sucks up agencies in UK consolidation, and more from PRWeek UK.

Protein World told by ASA to change 'Carb Blocker' product name and avoid claims of health benefits

Protein World told by ASA to change 'Carb Blocker' product name and avoid claims of health benefits

Protein World, the supplement company behind 2015's infamous 'beach body' ads has been ordered by the Advertising Standards Authority to change the name of one of its products and to cease claims about its effects.

Weber Shandwick creates new leadership roles in UK health and consumer

Weber Shandwick creates new leadership roles in UK health and consumer

The leaders of Weber Shandwick UK's consumer marketing and health practices have been promoted to more senior roles, while their respective deputies have been made MDs for London.

Big pharma posted less on social last year, but which firm got the best engagement?

Big pharma posted less on social last year, but which firm got the best engagement?

Big pharma firms posted less content on their social feeds last year, but grew their communities, according to a new report.

NHS celebrates 70th birthday with 70-day recruitment campaign

NHS celebrates 70th birthday with 70-day recruitment campaign

The NHS is attempting to attract and retain nursing talent with a celebratory campaign that recognises the contribution of its staff over the past 70 years.

In brief: new PR apprenticeship live, Silence opts for Optimum, Ramarketing expands

New PR apprenticeship goes live, Silence opts for Optimum, Ramarketing expands to Manchester, and more from PRWeek UK.

'This is not about fat shaming': Cancer Research UK stands by anti-obesity campaign after backlash

'This is not about fat shaming': Cancer Research UK stands by anti-obesity campaign after backlash

Cancer Research UK says it is standing by its campaign that explicitly links obesity to cancer, after being accused on social media of 'body shaming'.

'I think it's a pity': Cannes Lions Health jury chair on Publicis' sabbatical

'I think it's a pity': Cannes Lions Health jury chair on Publicis' sabbatical

The Cannes Lions Health jury leaders also explained changes to the awards at an event in New York this week.

In brief: Syneos hires ex-Health Unlimited trio, wins for Frank and Hanover, Grayling recruits

In brief: Syneos hires ex-Health Unlimited trio, wins for Frank and Hanover, Grayling recruits

Syneos hires Health Unlimited trio, Hanover boards P&O crisis brief, Grayling hires Bell Pott leaver, and more from PRWeek UK.

In brief: Creston's Lowe launches new firm, Young Lions winners, Publicis Health promotes integration, FHF hires

In brief: Creston's Lowe launches new firm, Young Lions winners, Publicis Health promotes integration, FHF hires

Creston's Lowe sets up performance.io, FHF hires new business lead, winners named in UK Young Lions PR, Publicis Health promotes integration and more from PRWeek UK.

Ogilvy Healthworld UK chief de Gruchy joins Reynolds Mackenzie as CEO

Ogilvy Healthworld UK chief de Gruchy joins Reynolds Mackenzie as CEO

Reynolds Mackenzie, the OPEN Health group's specialist PR agency, has appointed former Ogilvy Healthworld UK group chief Matt de Gruchy to the newly created role of CEO.

Freuds and Abbvie launch digital quiz in 'Fear of Finding Out' health project

Freuds and Abbvie launch digital quiz in 'Fear of Finding Out' health project

Pharma company AbbVie, in association with Freuds and charity The Patients Association, is launching the next stage of its preventative health campaign to help the UK overcome FOFO - the 'Fear of Finding Out'.

Watch: Moonpig and NHS Blood & Transplant focus on organ donation for Valentine's

Watch: Moonpig and NHS Blood & Transplant focus on organ donation for Valentine's

Online card and gift retailer Moonpig has worked with NHS Blood & Transplant for its Valentine's Day campaign this year - focused on encouraging couples to think about organic donations if their partner falls ill.

Golin loses batch of senior London staff but wins extension with energy client

Golin loses batch of senior London staff but wins extension with energy client

Marketing and talent lead Jane Fordham and head of digital Alex Brittain (pictured) are among a spate of senior figures leaving Golin's London office, although the business has recently been boosted after successfully re-pitching for npower.

Opinion and features

Swift action halts brewing racism storm for Starbucks

Swift action halts brewing racism storm for Starbucks

This morning I met a colleague in a coffee shop. They were late, so I waited to order until they arrived. I asked to use the bathroom. No one lifted an eyebrow. But then I'm white.

Let's get flexible in the PR industry

Let's get flexible in the PR industry

Flexible working is crucial not only for working mums and dads, but the PR industry as a whole.

The joys and challenges of working with your siblings

The joys and challenges of working with your siblings

Working with family can be challenging, as well as highly beneficial. To celebrate National Siblings Day today, these are my five top tips to successfully work with siblings.

The Brexit Diaries, revisited: No one feels like they are winning

The Brexit Diaries, revisited: No one feels like they are winning

PRWeek continues its partnership with insight and strategy consultancy BritainThinks in a unique project to take the temperature of both leave and remain voters.

In an integrated world, PR must trade on its 'secret sauce': storytelling

In an integrated world, PR must trade on its 'secret sauce': storytelling

All marketing is meeting in the middle: PR agencies are increasingly focusing on paid tactics; digital and media agencies are looking at earned media; and every man and his dog is peddling owned content.

How do you get the best out of your new creative director?

How do you get the best out of your new creative director?

Agencies are hiring creative directors in increasing numbers, but how should they go about getting the best out of them?

We all need to tackle diversity in PR in 'defining year'

We all need to tackle diversity in PR in 'defining year'

There is a lot more we can and must do to improve diversity in PR, and new guidelines will help the industry make a difference, says PRCA director-general Francis Ingham.

SXSW: Alexa, how do you define PR? Sorry, I don't know that...

SXSW: Alexa, how do you define PR? Sorry, I don't know that...

As an industry, we sometimes have a reputation as lazy early adopters. We are fascinated by new technology, but it takes a lot for us to actually start using something.

PR agencies should try harder to raise their own profile

PR agencies should try harder to raise their own profile

It's time for PR consultancies to turn their vast array of in-house skills, expertise, experience and connections to their own commercial advantage, says PRWeek's Pitch Witch.

Recent healthcare people moves

Former MHP corporate chief joins MSL in London

Former MHP corporate chief joins MSL in London

Jonathan Lomax has been hired by MSL to lead its London corporate comms and reputation management practice, with another senior director also starting.

Marian Salzman exits Havas PR for Philip Morris International

Marian Salzman exits Havas PR for Philip Morris International

She is relocating to Switzerland for the role.

Edelman and Centrica veteran picked to lead UK corporate at Weber Shandwick

Edelman and Centrica veteran picked to lead UK corporate at Weber Shandwick

Weber Shandwick is welcoming a second new leader in its corporate, financial and public affairs unit in as many months.

London Ambulance Service appoints Network Rail's Pauline O'Brien as head of media and campaigns

London Ambulance Service appoints Network Rail's Pauline O'Brien as head of media and campaigns

London Ambulance Service has hired Pauline O'Brien as head of media and campaigns. She talks to PRWeek about her love of public sector comms and the challenges she faces in her new role.