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'Staff safety is a concern' - Hong Kong PR chief on protests

'Staff safety is a concern' - Hong Kong PR chief on protests

A PR professional has said 'violence is out of the ordinary' in Hong Kong, as protests across the city over the past few weeks have escalated into angry confrontations and the use of tear gas.

Former D&AD director joins Common Industry as MD

Former D&AD director joins Common Industry as MD

Purpose-focussed comms agency Common Industry has appointed Amanda Moorby as its managing director to help strengthen the its brand strategy and business-planning services.

McDonald's blends streetwear and spice with spoof brand 'Schnuggs'

McDonald's blends streetwear and spice with spoof brand 'Schnuggs'

McDonald's has created its own fashion line to promote its Spicy Chicken McNuggets.

BAFTA puts TV awards brief out to pitch

BAFTA puts TV awards brief out to pitch

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) is re-pitching the account for the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards, PRWeek has learned.

In brief: Prova appoints b2b director, wins for Frank, Lewis and Hotwire

In brief: Prova appoints b2b director, wins for Frank, Lewis and Hotwire

Data company awareness brief for TaylorMade, sofa retailer appoints Synergy Creative for transformation support, Prova hires b2b director, and more from PRWeek UK.

Way To Blue hires Starworks London duo for new fashion PR agency

Way To Blue hires Starworks London duo for new fashion PR agency

Global communications shop Way To Blue has set its sights on the worlds of fashion and beauty with a new agency offering.

'Racist, cynical, badly targeted': PR pros slate Home Office #knifefree chicken shop campaign

'Racist, cynical, badly targeted': PR pros slate Home Office #knifefree chicken shop campaign

PR professionals have criticised a new Home Office anti-knife crime campaign that focuses on chicken shop customers for being poorly targeted and with racist undertones.

Ogilvy announces global partnership to help tackle fake followers

Ogilvy announces global partnership to help tackle fake followers

PR agency Ogilvy UK and influencer marketing company Takumi have partnered to harness the power of influence globally while mitigating the risk of fake followers.

'Campaign mode' - strong Brexit message slowly reinvigorating Government departments

'Campaign mode' - strong Brexit message slowly reinvigorating Government departments

After being given greater clarity about the need to leave the EU at the end of October, public affairs professionals are beginning to see Government departments spring back into life.

Total Fitness appoints Manchester PR agency to grow brand positioning

Total Fitness appoints Manchester PR agency to grow brand positioning

Manchester-based PR Agency One has been appointed by Total Fitness to help the brand strengthen its position in the mid-market health club sector.

Be transparent with comms around facial recognition tech, says CIPR AI Panel

Be transparent with comms around facial recognition tech, says CIPR AI Panel

Firms must be transparent in their communications around the use of facial recognition systems, a panel on PR and artificial intelligence has advised, amid the controversy of the technology being used at London's Kings Cross without public knowledge.

Mytaxi reincarnation Free Now appoints consumer and corporate relations agency

Mytaxi reincarnation Free Now appoints consumer and corporate relations agency

Free Now, formerly mytaxi, has hired Brands2Life as its retained consumer and corporate relations agency, following a four-way competitive pitch.

Relevance International hires new MD at London office

Relevance International hires new MD at London office

PR and brand strategy agency Relevance International has announced former head of VIP relations at Selfridges, Fiona Harris, will join the firm as managing director.

Businesses being advised to adjust comms for a 'no deal' Brexit

Businesses being advised to adjust comms for a 'no deal' Brexit

British businesses are quickly adapting their communications plans to the realisation that the Boris Johnson government is likely to force the nation out of the European Union without a deal, according to public affairs chiefs.

Mondelez and Volkswagen fall foul of ASA's gender stereotyping ban

Mondelez and Volkswagen fall foul of ASA's gender stereotyping ban

Clearcast said the ASA's interpretation of the new rules goes 'further than we had anticipated and has implications for a wide range of ads'.

The Epicurean Club chooses UK agency for dual comms brief

The Epicurean Club chooses UK agency for dual comms brief

The Epicurean Club, a collection of inns and pubs in Britain, has appointed Mallory Group to a dual comms brief.

LDR Creative expands drinks portfolio with five-figure wins

LDR Creative expands drinks portfolio with five-figure wins

Specialist drinks brand comms agency LDR Creative has announced more than £200,000 worth of client wins, including a global brief for a drinks fair, and a drinks manufacturer's rebrand.

Edinburgh Fringe denies it banned women's health brand from campaigning at Festival

Edinburgh Fringe denies it banned women's health brand from campaigning at Festival

A row has broken out between Edinburgh Fringe Festival and women's health brand Elvie after the latter accused the Festival of banning its awareness campaign that includes a 19-ft, vagina-shaped blimp.

BCW rolls out entertainment practice

BCW rolls out entertainment practice

BCW Entertainment builds on the core of former Burson-Marsteller shop BWR.

Ella's Kitchen chooses corporate and CSR comms partner

Ella's Kitchen chooses corporate and CSR comms partner

Ella's Kitchen has appointed Kin&Co to handle an integrated comms brief that includes corporate comms, reputation management and comms for its social and environmental strategy and impact.

Analysis

Reputation of big pharma suffering in the UK, research shows

Reputation of big pharma suffering in the UK, research shows

Exclusive: Which government departments are the best at using social media?

Exclusive: Which government departments are the best at using social media?

Salary survey: Corporate comms salaries stagnate as in-house and agencies feel 'Brexit effect'

Salary survey: Corporate comms salaries stagnate as in-house and agencies feel 'Brexit effect'

UK citizens trust vaccines but health comms pros warn against complacency

UK citizens trust vaccines but health comms pros warn against complacency

'I felt like he was a predator': Exclusive sexual harassment survey lifts the lid on abuse in PR industry

'I felt like he was a predator': Exclusive sexual harassment survey lifts the lid on abuse in PR industry

PR pros: 'Huawei is handling crisis well, but could target customers in charm offensive'

PR pros: 'Huawei is handling crisis well, but could target customers in charm offensive'

Kicking the habit: Most large agencies swear off e-cigarette clients

Kicking the habit: Most large agencies swear off e-cigarette clients

'It's particularly prevalent in PR': Agency leaders open up about idea theft and call for stronger protection

'It's particularly prevalent in PR': Agency leaders open up about idea theft and call for stronger protection

Big Tobacco confirm 'earned social media' tactics as ad authorities investigate

Big Tobacco confirm 'earned social media' tactics as ad authorities investigate

PR pros appalled by anti-LGBTI laws, but should brands join Brunei boycott?

PR pros appalled by anti-LGBTI laws, but should brands join Brunei boycott?

New copyright laws 'could spell doom for viral content and Google News'

New copyright laws 'could spell doom for viral content and Google News'

Boeing 'lost control' of comms during turbulence and faces 'mounting crisis of confidence'

Boeing 'lost control' of comms during turbulence and faces 'mounting crisis of confidence'

Profile: Matt Brown, Transport for London's director of news and external relations

Profile: Matt Brown, Transport for London's director of news and external relations

Edelman's 'earned creative' strategy is noble, but does it work?

Edelman's 'earned creative' strategy is noble, but does it work?

'The website looks like a GCSE project': PR pros' take on launch of The Independent Group

'The website looks like a GCSE project': PR pros' take on launch of The Independent Group

Latest Jobs

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Birmingham comms agency hires senior creative and new business exec

Birmingham comms agency hires senior creative and new business exec

Midlands branding and communications agency Wyatt International has hired two senior staff members following its 'best ever year of growth and performance'.

Leidar MENA appoints former Weber chief as managing partner

Leidar MENA appoints former Weber chief as managing partner

Andreas Keller, former head of Weber Shandwick in the region, has moved to Leidar MENA to develop the consultancy's Middle East operation - with a strong focus on the UAE.

Millennium Hotels and Resorts appoints regional senior director of marcomms

Millennium Hotels and Resorts appoints regional senior director of marcomms

Millennium Hotels & Resorts Middle East and Africa has appointed Haitham Assem as regional associate director of marketing and communications for the Middle East and Africa.

Former MHP creative director joins comms agency Launch

Former MHP creative director joins comms agency Launch

Creative comms agency Launch has appointed former MHP senior creative Robin Invest as an associate creative director.

Former Number 10 special adviser joins MSL

Former Number 10 special adviser joins MSL

PR firm MSL has appointed the Lib Dems' ex-head of political communications Sean Kemp, as the agency looks to expand its corporate reputation offer.

Golin picks Paul Parton as group chief strategy officer

Golin picks Paul Parton as group chief strategy officer

Parton has been leading Brooklyn Brothers as president since Golin acquired it in 2016.

In brief: New fellows at CIPR and PRCA, Oracle expands, wins for Purple London, The Lifestyle Agency and KINC

In brief: New fellows at CIPR and PRCA, Oracle expands, wins for Purple London, The Lifestyle Agency and KINC

Medical tech company appoints ROAD, Oracle grows PR team, fashion briefs for Purple London and KINC, and more from PRWeek UK.

Exclusive: Met Police hires Daily Mail executive news editor to lead media work

Exclusive: Met Police hires Daily Mail executive news editor to lead media work

Chris Greenwood, executive news editor at the Daily Mail, is to join the Metropolitan Police as head of media later this year, PRWeek can reveal.

Highland Marketing poaches ex-NHS comms manager

Highland Marketing poaches ex-NHS comms manager

Experienced comms professional Jon Salmon has left Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust, where he was comms manager, to join health tech specialist Highland Marketing as an account director.

Tourism marketing agency MMGY Hills Balfour hires new MD

Tourism marketing agency MMGY Hills Balfour hires new MD

Tourism marketing company MMGY Hills Balfour has appointed Caroline Moultrie as managing director, in what the agency describes as an "enhanced leadership structure".

Jo Swinson appoints former Clegg press officer

Jo Swinson appoints former Clegg press officer

Ben Rathe will return to the Liberal Democrats in a few months to serve as press secretary for new leader Jo Swinson.

Peloton promotes global comms head Jessica Kleiman

Peloton promotes global comms head Jessica Kleiman

Kleiman has hired six comms staffers since she joined Peloton last April.

Freuds appoints Prince Harry's former secretary and adland creative

Freuds appoints Prince Harry's former secretary and adland creative

Freuds has grown its senior ranks by recruiting Prince Harry's former private secretary and an experienced adland creative.