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How big could virtual PR agencies get?

How big could virtual PR agencies get?

Virtual agency models and non-traditional working patterns are increasingly demanded by staff and gaining the blessing of clients - but how big could a PR firm without an office realistically get?

Government tells public sector: Spend 10 per cent of campaign budgets on evaluation

Government tells public sector: Spend 10 per cent of campaign budgets on evaluation

Public sector comms teams need to ensure that they are properly demonstrating the effectiveness of their work, according to an evaluation framework published by the Government Communication Service (GCS) this month.

In brief: Montfort hires Bastin, AxiCom wins Computacenter, Sermelo gets director, Cirkle appoints creative

In brief: Montfort hires Bastin, AxiCom wins Computacenter, Sermelo gets director, Cirkle appoints creative

Montfort hires Bastin, AxiCom wins Computacenter, Sermelo gets director, Cirkle appoints creative, and more from PRWeek UK.

Which PR agencies won the most Cannes Lions?

Which PR agencies won the most Cannes Lions?

Lions wrought from varying shades of metal will arrive in PR offices across the globe this week as their winners return from Cannes. But who bagged the most?

Weber Shandwick UK public affairs head Joey Jones joins Cicero

Weber Shandwick UK public affairs head Joey Jones joins Cicero

Weber Shandwick UK head of public affairs Joey Jones is joining Cicero, the comms agency that last week announced the acquisition of Westbourne Communications.

Trash Isles PR Lions victory a 'light bulb moment' showing impact of 'social publishers'

Trash Isles PR Lions victory a 'light bulb moment' showing impact of 'social publishers'

The success of Trash Isles - the PR Lions Grand Prix winner from AMV BBDO and LADbible - should be a "light bulb moment" demonstrating the impact of social publishers, according to LADbible's head of comms.

RAF Museum creates integrated comms campaign for centenary makeover

RAF Museum creates integrated comms campaign for centenary makeover

Armed Forces Day, on Saturday 30 June, will see the relaunch of a revamped Royal Air Force Museum in Colindale, London, as part of the RAF's centenary celebrations.

Sorrell reveals WPP regrets in not moving faster with 'horizontality'

Sorrell reveals WPP regrets in not moving faster with 'horizontality'

Sir Martin Sorrell regrets not simplifying WPP faster in terms of client-focused work, more country management and making sure this it is underpinned by digital.

Finsbury chairman Roland Rudd's chauffeur 'interviewed in FCA insider trading probe'

Finsbury chairman Roland Rudd's chauffeur 'interviewed in FCA insider trading probe'

The chauffeur of Finsbury chairman Roland Rudd has been interviewed by the UK's Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) as part of a probe into insider trading, City AM has reported.

China BBDO duo win Young PR Lions amid controversy over lack of Bronze

China BBDO duo win Young PR Lions amid controversy over lack of Bronze

China's representatives at the Young PR Lions at Cannes - from ad agency BBDO - won Gold yesterday, although there has been criticism that no Bronze award was given.

Unilever global comms and sustainability chief Sue Garrard to step down

Unilever global comms and sustainability chief Sue Garrard to step down

Sue Garrard, Unilever's global comms chief and one of the most influential and respected figures in corporate PR, will leave her role at the end of August, PRWeek has learned.

Edelman campaign for Adobe wins Social & Influencer Bronze Lion

Edelman campaign for Adobe wins Social & Influencer Bronze Lion

It's the second non-PR Lion for Edelman and the Make the Cut campaign.

Creative shops (again) win Lion's share of PR trophies at Cannes

Creative shops (again) win Lion's share of PR trophies at Cannes

FleishmanHillard, Edelman, and Ketchum bagged PR Lions on Thursday.

Watch: Big Narstie goes to школа (that's 'school' in Russian) for 888sport

Watch: Big Narstie goes to школа (that's 'school' in Russian) for 888sport

Grime star Big Narstie struggles with the Russian language in the latest episode of a World Cup-themed content series produced by online bookmaker 888sport.

This PR agency is not going to be open on Fridays any more

This PR agency is not going to be open on Fridays any more

Independent UK agency Radioactive PR is going to be getting that Friday feeling a day early than everyone else from next week, as the agency trials cutting down its working week to four days.

In brief: Babel takes on Polycom, Mango briefs Aisle 8, Hollywood win among Volpa briefs

In brief: Babel takes on Polycom, Mango briefs Aisle 8, Hollywood win among Volpa briefs

Babel takes on Polycom, Mango briefs Aisle 8, Hollywood win among Volpa briefs, and more from PRWeek UK.

Burson UK CEO Stephen Day 'made redundant' as part of BCW merger

Burson UK CEO Stephen Day 'made redundant' as part of BCW merger

Burson-Marsteller UK CEO Stephen Day has left the company as part of its merger with Cohn & Wolfe, PRWeek understands.

HSBC calls social media pitch in the UK with incumbent withdrawing

HSBC calls social media pitch in the UK with incumbent withdrawing

HSBC is reviewing its social media account in the UK.

Government comms veteran made comms chief at Barnardo's

Government comms veteran made comms chief at Barnardo's

Sagar Sharma will join the children's charity Barnardo's as director of policy and comms at the end of July, following nearly a decade and a half in Government comms.

9 creativity tips from ad legend John Hegarty

9 creativity tips from ad legend John Hegarty

The Bartle Bogle Hegarty co-founder sat down with Financial Times' global media editor Matthew Garrahan at Cannes.

Analysis

Local elections post-mortem: how council comms strategies affected voter turnout

Local elections post-mortem: how council comms strategies affected voter turnout

Where your favorite YouTube star is taking their talents

Where your favorite YouTube star is taking their talents

'Stuff your conscious mind with information' - talking creativity with Taylor Herring's Pete Mountstevens

'Stuff your conscious mind with information' - talking creativity with Taylor Herring's Pete Mountstevens

Singing CEO cops flack, but PR must be on song for Sainsbury's and Asda merger

Singing CEO cops flack, but PR must be on song for Sainsbury's and Asda merger

'Don't let your officials take the blame or they'll have revenge' - comms pros on Rudd's resignation

'Don't let your officials take the blame or they'll have revenge' - comms pros on Rudd's resignation

Crisis communicators give Zuckerberg high marks for testimony

Crisis communicators give Zuckerberg high marks for testimony

'A watershed moment': have people woken up to how their Facebook data is used following the Cambridge Analytica scandal?

'A watershed moment': have people woken up to how their Facebook data is used following the Cambridge Analytica scandal?

Which government departments are the most effective at using Twitter?

Which government departments are the most effective at using Twitter?

Time's up: Exclusive survey shows extent of sexual harassment in PR and comms

Time's up: Exclusive survey shows extent of sexual harassment in PR and comms

'Politicians' worst nightmare': Tone, social savvy make Parkland students authentic advocates

'Politicians' worst nightmare': Tone, social savvy make Parkland students authentic advocates

'Reputations are hard won and easily lost' - PR chiefs dissect Oxfam's crisis

'Reputations are hard won and easily lost' - PR chiefs dissect Oxfam's crisis

Salary survey shows contrast between financial and corporate comms - and identifies gender pay gap of up to £75k

Salary survey shows contrast between financial and corporate comms - and identifies gender pay gap of up to £75k

People want quality journalism but delivered in a more compelling way, says Edelman's latest update

People want quality journalism but delivered in a more compelling way, says Edelman's latest update

Why Davos is bucking the populist trend to stay on agency leaders' calendars

Why Davos is bucking the populist trend to stay on agency leaders' calendars

Was Virgin Trains crazy to pick a fight with the Mail? Comms experts analyse this week's big story

Was Virgin Trains crazy to pick a fight with the Mail? Comms experts analyse this week's big story

Latest Jobs

People moves

Allison+Partners hires Barbara Laidlaw as global reputation risk MD

Allison+Partners hires Barbara Laidlaw as global reputation risk MD

She previously worked at Burson-Marsteller.

In brief: Phipps extends lucrative 20-year wine brief, Estrella Damm toasts new agency, Boldt hires senior three

In brief: Phipps extends lucrative 20-year wine brief, Estrella Damm toasts new agency, Boldt hires senior three

Phipps extends lucrative 20-year wine brief, Estrella Damm toasts new agency, Boldt hires senior three and more from PRWeek UK.

Government comms chief departs for senior policy role

Government comms chief departs for senior policy role

Sam Lister, the director of comms at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has left his job to take on a senior cross-government policy role, PRWeek has learned.

StubHub brings on Kate Brinks to lead comms

StubHub brings on Kate Brinks to lead comms

She has replaced Glenn Lehrman in the role.

In brief: Four's Wembley Park win, Huntsworth's Brexit hire, Pernod Ricard recruits, new brief for Frank

In brief: Four's Wembley Park win, Huntsworth's Brexit hire, Pernod Ricard recruits, new brief for Frank

Four wins Wembley Park regen work, Pernod Ricard hires external chief, Huntsworth hires lawyer for Brexit offer and more from PRWeek UK.

Facebook's Elliot Schrage exits

Facebook's Elliot Schrage exits

Schrage, the company's head of comms and public policy, has worked there since 2008.

FTI London public affairs MD moves to Bupa

FTI London public affairs MD moves to Bupa

Fiona Holroyde, FTI Consulting's public affairs MD in London, is leaving the agency to join Bupa as public affairs director.

Cognito hires four directors, in UK and US

Cognito hires four directors, in UK and US

Financial comms specialist Cognito has appointed four new directors focused on growing its brand, content and digital marketing capabilities.

Freuds consumer chief Caroline Wray to depart

Freuds consumer chief Caroline Wray to depart

Freuds consumer MD Caroline Wray is leaving the agency after 14 years, with her deputy Jo Grierson also set to depart.

Weber Shandwick veteran Jon McLeod to join Brunswick

Weber Shandwick veteran Jon McLeod to join Brunswick

Weber Shandwick veteran Jon McLeod is joining Brunswick as head of public affairs in the London office.

PMK-BNC names Monica Chun president

PMK-BNC names Monica Chun president

Chun has worked at PMK-BNC for 22 years.

H+K appoints new EMEA healthcare chief

H+K appoints new EMEA healthcare chief

Hill+Knowlton Strategies (H+K) has named Wendy Naughton as its new EMEA practice lead for healthcare.

Edelman UK promotes tech chief Justin Westcott to new GM role

Edelman UK promotes tech chief Justin Westcott to new GM role

Edelman UK has promoted technology practice MD Justin Westcott to a new general manager role for the agency's sectors and specialisms.