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Mind+Matter reinforces health practice with senior hires in consumer and wellbeing

Mind+Matter reinforces health practice with senior hires in consumer and wellbeing

Mind+Matter has hired two experienced health comms professionals to strengthen its consumer health and wellbeing offering, the agency announced today.

Journalists urge PRs to 'stop relentless chasing' amid COVID-19 crunch, study finds

Journalists urge PRs to 'stop relentless chasing' amid COVID-19 crunch, study finds

Stretched journalists value good PR but have no time to respond to press releases and pitches they will not write about. They have urged PR practitioners to avoid follow-ups as the pandemic decimates newsrooms.

Clarity buys creative SEO and analytics agency

Clarity buys creative SEO and analytics agency

Global comms agency Clarity has bought UK consultancy 3WhiteHats, a creative SEO, paid and analytics specialist, and is in "active conversations" about further acquisitions.

Headland sells minority stake to 'accelerate growth'

Headland sells minority stake to 'accelerate growth'

Fast-growing PR agency Headland has secured a minority investment from LDC, the private equity arm of Lloyds Banking Group.

Pitch Update: Yes Auto, Brown-Forman, Business Iceland, Hush Puppies, Aqua Pura and more

Pitch Update: Yes Auto, Brown-Forman, Business Iceland, Hush Puppies, Aqua Pura and more

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

Movers & Shakers: Bupa, Government Communication Service, FleishmanHillard, Hanbury and more

Movers & Shakers: Bupa, Government Communication Service, FleishmanHillard, Hanbury and more

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

Engine MHP+Mischief boosts health team with hires from Sanofi and Government

Engine MHP+Mischief boosts health team with hires from Sanofi and Government

Engine MHP+Mischief has hired Sanofi’s former head of corporate comms, Louise Farmer, and the Department for Health and Social Care’s (DHSC) chief press officer, Jaber Mohamed.

British Airways puts staff at the heart of 'return to skies' campaign

British Airways puts staff at the heart of 'return to skies' campaign

British Airways today (Friday) kicks off its first campaign since 2019 signalling a fresh direction for the world’s best-known airline brand.

David Lammy tops Labour poll as party’s best spokesperson

David Lammy tops Labour poll as party’s best spokesperson

David Lammy, MP for Tottenham, is the Parliamentary Labour Party’s best communicator and should play a bigger role as a spokesman, a survey has found.

Only 8% of WPP’s most senior leaders in the UK are from a non-white background

Only 8% of WPP’s most senior leaders in the UK are from a non-white background

WPP reveals the breakdown of its staff's ethnicity, gender and age.

Revealed: PRWeek UK Best Places to Work Awards 2021 winners

Revealed: PRWeek UK Best Places to Work Awards 2021 winners

Welcome to our coverage of the PRWeek Best Places to Work Awards 2021, which recognise the top employers in the UK communications sector.

SEC Newgate plans first dividend payment after 'positive' 2020

SEC Newgate plans first dividend payment after 'positive' 2020

SEC Newgate plans to make its first dividend payment of 0.5p per share after outperforming its original budget for 2020.

Kier Group ups public affairs chief to corporate affairs director

Kier Group ups public affairs chief to corporate affairs director

Construction company Kier Group has promoted group public affairs director Sophie Timms to corporate affairs director, with responsibility for government relations and communications.

Take the PR and Communications Census 2021 from PRCA and PRWeek

Take the PR and Communications Census 2021 from PRCA and PRWeek

PRCA and PRWeek´s 2021 PR and Communications Census Survey has launched, with PR professionals urged to provide information to help paint a comprehensive picture of the UK PR and comms landscape.

MDC Partners organic revenue drops but profits rise in Q1

MDC Partners organic revenue drops but profits rise in Q1

Healthcare, consumer products and financial services drove growth.

PR agency Williams Nicolson hires four business big hitters

PR agency Williams Nicolson hires four business big hitters

Williams Nicolson, the comms agency launched this year by experienced PR figures Steffan Williams and Louise Nicolson, has announced a quartet of senior hires including its first chairman.

FA bids to ignite grassroots participation with England Football brand identity

FA bids to ignite grassroots participation with England Football brand identity

The new brand aims to talk directly to consumers.

Haymarket launches new global brand Performance Marketing World

Haymarket launches new global brand Performance Marketing World

New title will be 'source of truth' for fast-growing digital sector.

Exclusive: Alex Aiken to leave GCS this autumn after surviving PM’s cull last year

Exclusive: Alex Aiken to leave GCS this autumn after surviving PM’s cull last year

Alex Aiken, executive director of the Government Communication Service (GCS), will leave in the autumn amid claims by senior government comms sources that he 'survived being pushed out' by Boris Johnson last autumn during a wider cull of Civil Service staff. This included the exit of the Prime Minister's most senior adviser, Dominic Cummings, and his director of comms, Lee Cain.

Brown-Forman hires UK PR agency

Brown-Forman hires UK PR agency

Jack Daniel’s owner Brown-Forman has appointed Tin Man as its retained UK PR agency following a two-stage, competitive pitch.

Analysis

PRWeek Top 150: Agency gender balance changes little

PRWeek Top 150: Agency gender balance changes little

PRWeek Top 150: One in three agencies surrender accounts as clients demand more

PRWeek Top 150: One in three agencies surrender accounts as clients demand more

The Information
PRWeek Top 150: One in five UK PR agencies have no BME employees

PRWeek Top 150: One in five UK PR agencies have no BME employees

PRWeek Top 150: COVID-19 hits project work

PRWeek Top 150: COVID-19 hits project work

The Information
PRWeek Top 150: Rents fall for one in four agencies amid caution on closures and openings

PRWeek Top 150: Rents fall for one in four agencies amid caution on closures and openings

The Information
PRWeek Top 150: Tech PR 'reached saturation' but optimism grows

PRWeek Top 150: Tech PR 'reached saturation' but optimism grows

The Information
Life after Slack: Who are the contenders and what next for Downing Street comms?

Life after Slack: Who are the contenders and what next for Downing Street comms?

The ‘debate is dead’ – flexible working is here to stay: industry analysis

The ‘debate is dead’ – flexible working is here to stay: industry analysis

‘Lead with truth and science’: healthcare comms pros advise Oxford/AstraZeneca as vaccine rollout stalls

‘Lead with truth and science’: healthcare comms pros advise Oxford/AstraZeneca as vaccine rollout stalls

‘A hatchet over our heads’: GCS staff and union voice anger over redundancy programme

‘A hatchet over our heads’: GCS staff and union voice anger over redundancy programme

A matter of life or death: The unique comms challenge of the vaccine rollout

A matter of life or death: The unique comms challenge of the vaccine rollout

'It’s demeaning' – corporate comms staff reveal COVID-19 pay-cut anger in survey

'It’s demeaning' – corporate comms staff reveal COVID-19 pay-cut anger in survey

'We will get through this' – hospitality PR defiant as it works toward recovery

'We will get through this' – hospitality PR defiant as it works toward recovery

Harassment, racism, unfair pay: women in public affairs reveal serious concerns

Harassment, racism, unfair pay: women in public affairs reveal serious concerns

Exceptional communicator with a ‘touch of Machiavelli’: Who is ‘Slacky’, Downing Street’s new comms chief?

Exceptional communicator with a ‘touch of Machiavelli’: Who is ‘Slacky’, Downing Street’s new comms chief?

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People moves

Premier Foods names first director of corporate affairs and ESG

Premier Foods names first director of corporate affairs and ESG

Premier Foods has expanded the role of corporate affairs director Hannah Collyer to include responsibility for environmental, social and governance (ESG). She also joins the executive leadership team.

Hanbury Strategy hiring spree woos partners from politics and agencies after strong growth

Hanbury Strategy hiring spree woos partners from politics and agencies after strong growth

Hanbury Strategy has announced a series of promotions and hires – including Iain Carter, a former political director for the Conservative Party – as the agency said it was on track to double its annual revenue.

Weber Shandwick and Brunswick veteran Jon McLeod joins DRD Partnership

Weber Shandwick and Brunswick veteran Jon McLeod joins DRD Partnership

PR industry stalwart Jon McLeod has joined strategic communications firm DRD Partnership as a partner.

Movers & Shakers: Edelman, British Airways, O2, Blurred, WPP & Sorrell, Grayling, Lansons and more

Movers & Shakers: Edelman, British Airways, O2, Blurred, WPP & Sorrell, Grayling, Lansons and more

PRWeek's roundup of industry hires, departures and promotions.

Hume Brophy continues senior hire spree with chair and digital strategy lead

Hume Brophy continues senior hire spree with chair and digital strategy lead

Hume Brophy has appointed industry stalwart and former chair of Hanover Communications and Blue Rubicon, Alastair Gornall, as the consultancy’s new chair, and Robin Hamman as group director of digital strategy.

WPP refuses to pay final long-term bonuses to ex-CEO Sorrell in new clash

WPP refuses to pay final long-term bonuses to ex-CEO Sorrell in new clash

Agency giant claimed Sorrell was responsible for “disclosure of confidential information” to the media.

Staffordshire’s combined police and fire comms team appoints head of news

Staffordshire’s combined police and fire comms team appoints head of news

Catherine Foster has been appointed head of news for the combined comms team at Staffordshire Police and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Exclusive: British Airways hires new corporate affairs director

Exclusive: British Airways hires new corporate affairs director

British Airways has appointed Lisa Tremble as its new corporate affairs director.

Edelman names Brussels CEO

Edelman names Brussels CEO

Edelman has named Stefan Borst, founder of the consultancy IDA Group, as CEO of its business in Brussels.

Aspectus names joint MDs including PRWeek 30 Under 30 alumna

Aspectus names joint MDs including PRWeek 30 Under 30 alumna

PR agency Aspectus has promoted two senior employees to joint managing director.

Lansons Intermarket names new CEO

Lansons Intermarket names new CEO

Lansons Intermarket has hired former Prosek Partners MD Josh Passman as CEO of the New York-based agency, which it says marks a new phase of integration at the business.

NHS England and Improvement picks new comms chief

NHS England and Improvement picks new comms chief

James Lyons has been appointed as the new director of comms for NHS England and Improvement (NHS E&I).

Comms chief chosen for Virgin Media-O2 merged business

Comms chief chosen for Virgin Media-O2 merged business

Telefonica UK (O2) corporate affairs director Nicola Green will be the chief communications and corporate affairs officer of the merged Virgin Media-O2 entity, if the merger passes regulatory hurdles.