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Exclusive: 90TEN acquired by Envision Pharma Group

Exclusive: 90TEN acquired by Envision Pharma Group

Specialist healthcare agency 90TEN has been acquired by medical comms and technology company Envision Pharma Group, PRWeek can reveal.

Comms recruitment 'cut off at the knees' as businesses fight to retain and motivate staff

Comms recruitment 'cut off at the knees' as businesses fight to retain and motivate staff

Agencies and businesses are holding on to comms staff and honouring many new-starter contracts, although the recruitment market has taken a dramatic dip, recruitment agents confirm.

Sony PlayStation switches to new UK agency

Sony PlayStation switches to new UK agency

Red Consultancy has won the highly coveted PlayStation account following a competitive pitch, PRWeek can reveal.

BCW names new Brussels CEO

BCW names new Brussels CEO

Burson Cohn & Wolfe has appointed Andrew Cecil as chief executive of its Brussels office.

Spikes Asia 2020 cancelled

Spikes Asia 2020 cancelled

The Festival and Awards will not take place in 2020.

72Point-backed consumer agency PLAY launches with flurry of industry hires

72Point-backed consumer agency PLAY launches with flurry of industry hires

PLAY, a consumer PR shop backed by 72Point, has launched with a raft of account wins and industry hires. It combines PR with advertising and commercial partnerships.

MEPRA targets young communicators to help raise awareness of PR in Middle East

MEPRA targets young communicators to help raise awareness of PR in Middle East

The organisation has unveiled its inaugural Youth Board, with the aim of 'shaping the strategy for engaging young communicators in the region'.

‘Virtual event providers have been opportunistic’

‘Virtual event providers have been opportunistic’

Think carefully about going virtual if your event can be postponed to later in the year, says Shaumik Saha from Stride Plus Events in Dubai.

What you need to know about the Job Retention Scheme

What you need to know about the Job Retention Scheme

Employers can access the Job Retention Scheme to continue paying 80% of the salary for employees that would have been laid off.

Coronavirus impact: half of freelancers consider quitting and have lost at least 60 per cent of income

Coronavirus impact: half of freelancers consider quitting and have lost at least 60 per cent of income

About half of freelancers would give up being self-employed, and a similar proportion have lost at least 60 per cent of their income, due to a downturn in work caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, an alarming new study has found.

Weber Shandwick Africa appoints CEO

Weber Shandwick Africa appoints CEO

Weber Shandwick has appointed Deloitte business leader Ipelegeng Thibedi as chief executive of its African operations. She replaces Jill Hamilton.

Instinctif trio launch strategic engagement consultancy

Instinctif trio launch strategic engagement consultancy

A creative and strategic engagement consultancy, United Culture, has launched that combines PR, marketing, brand and HR.

UK agency toasts global Kahlúa win

UK agency toasts global Kahlúa win

John Doe has been appointed global PR agency for Pernod Ricard coffee liqueur Kahlúa. The agency already handles global work for Jameson, Absolut and Malibu.

SEC Newgate freezes recruitment and considers government support schemes

SEC Newgate freezes recruitment and considers government support schemes

SEC Newgate has paused new hires and is looking into a range of programmes for employers in its various markets, but does not plan to furlough staff, PRWeek has learned. The group has appointed a new CFO, who will join in June.

Five Campaigns We Liked in March: your winner revealed

Five Campaigns We Liked in March: your winner revealed

PRWeek's selection of the best PR and comms campaigns from March highlighted some of the best coronavirus-related efforts. Find out the winner below...

Purpose Awards EMEA 2020 judges announced as entry deadline nears

Purpose Awards EMEA 2020 judges announced as entry deadline nears

The lineup of judges has been announced for The Purpose Awards EMEA 2020, the awards scheme from PRWeek, Campaign and Third Sector that recognises campaigns that use creative ideas successfully to further positive causes.

Audiences turn to BBC, Sun and Daily Mail for coronavirus updates

Audiences turn to BBC, Sun and Daily Mail for coronavirus updates

Havas Media Group survey found 64% of people say they are watching more live TV than before pandemic.

Pegasus launches ‘This is my skin’ campaign to normalise eczema

Pegasus launches ‘This is my skin’ campaign to normalise eczema

Healthcare agency Pegasus has launched a campaign on behalf of Cetraben to normalise dry skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.

New initiative to connect unemployed comms pros with struggling organisations

New initiative to connect unemployed comms pros with struggling organisations

A PR professional has set up a not-for-profit venture, Look After, to help out-of-work PR practitioners provide support to businesses and charities struggling through the coronavirus crisis.

‘Crisis management and corporate brand rising up agenda’ – FTSE comms chiefs

‘Crisis management and corporate brand rising up agenda’ – FTSE comms chiefs

The need for better crisis-handling ability and a more defined sense of corporate purpose was rising up the agenda of FTSE 100 companies even before the COVID-19 outbreak, according to a new report by executive search firm Watson Helsby.

Analysis

Will brands' action towards employees affect customer loyalty when the crisis is over?

Will brands' action towards employees affect customer loyalty when the crisis is over?

Brands are bypassing production shops and asking influencers to create assets

Brands are bypassing production shops and asking influencers to create assets

‘Head boy or class clown?’: PA pros compare the Chancellor and Prime Minister’s approach to crisis comms

‘Head boy or class clown?’: PA pros compare the Chancellor and Prime Minister’s approach to crisis comms

Coronavirus in sport: Tokyo Olympics 2020 partners praise postponement call

Coronavirus in sport: Tokyo Olympics 2020 partners praise postponement call

Coronavirus in sport: 'costly' Olympic Games postponement forces sponsors to revise marketing plans

Coronavirus in sport: 'costly' Olympic Games postponement forces sponsors to revise marketing plans

Doing their bit in a crisis: Dyson, Yves Saint Laurent, Spotify, John Lewis and more

Doing their bit in a crisis: Dyson, Yves Saint Laurent, Spotify, John Lewis and more

Coronavirus impact: PR freelancers face 'dire straits' as firms cut budgets

Coronavirus impact: PR freelancers face 'dire straits' as firms cut budgets

’PR is undervalued in the Middle East’ - Weber Shandwick CEO

’PR is undervalued in the Middle East’ - Weber Shandwick CEO

Pitch consultants: Budget disclosure improves results; agencies should demand complete briefs

Pitch consultants: Budget disclosure improves results; agencies should demand complete briefs

Coronavirus: agencies prepare to work from home and offer advice

Coronavirus: agencies prepare to work from home and offer advice

‘PR firms that don’t embrace flexible working will become obsolete’: Weber Shandwick Dubai deputy MD

‘PR firms that don’t embrace flexible working will become obsolete’: Weber Shandwick Dubai deputy MD

Lee Cain: Dominic Cummings' puppet or architect of Number 10's new media order?

Lee Cain: Dominic Cummings' puppet or architect of Number 10's new media order?

Coronavirus: How global agency groups are handling the outbreak

Coronavirus: How global agency groups are handling the outbreak

Coronavirus: 'Panic more infectious than virus' for hard-hit travel industry

Coronavirus: 'Panic more infectious than virus' for hard-hit travel industry

‘Middle East PR industry is fast-growing and dynamic’ - Weber Shandwick India CEO

‘Middle East PR industry is fast-growing and dynamic’ - Weber Shandwick India CEO

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Lexington hires former Labour MP to strengthen Responsible Business practice

Lexington hires former Labour MP to strengthen Responsible Business practice

Lexington has appointed former Wakefield MP Mary Creagh to chair its growing Responsible Business practice.

Movers & Shakers: WPP, M&C Saatchi, Edelman, WE, Gandhi and more

Movers & Shakers: WPP, M&C Saatchi, Edelman, WE, Gandhi and more

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

TheSoul Publishing appoints global comms boss and agencies for transatlantic brief

TheSoul Publishing appoints global comms boss and agencies for transatlantic brief

Independent digital studio TheSoul Publishing has hired Eric Schultz from Golin, and appointed new agency partners Milk & Honey PR and 5W Public Relations, PRWeek can reveal.

Newgate partner returns to in-house government relations in transport

Newgate partner returns to in-house government relations in transport

George Robinson has left Newgate Communications, where he was an associate partner, to take up the role of head of UK government relations at travel platform Trainline.

Insurance firm NHBC hires head of marketing and comms

Insurance firm NHBC hires head of marketing and comms

NHBC, a warranty and insurance provider for new homes in the UK, has appointed Guy Lambert as head of marketing and communications.

Labour strategy chief Carl Shoben joins polling firm

Labour strategy chief Carl Shoben joins polling firm

Former senior Labour and NHS comms figure Carl Shoben has left his role as the party's director of strategy to join polling and research firm Survation to lead its strategic communications division.

Richard Edelman tells global staff: 'No job losses due to coronavirus'

Richard Edelman tells global staff: 'No job losses due to coronavirus'

Edelman has guaranteed to protect the jobs of his global agency's 6,000-strong workforce during the coronavirus outbreak, PRWeek has learned.

Movers & Shakers: MSL, Manifest, The Romans, Hanover Health, and BIT

Movers & Shakers: MSL, Manifest, The Romans, Hanover Health, and BIT

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

MSL hires Talker Tailor's creative lead

MSL hires Talker Tailor's creative lead

MSL has strengthened its creative team with the appointment of creative Kim Allain.

Manifest hires New York Times' global creative director

Manifest hires New York Times' global creative director

Communications agency Manifest has appointed Chomoi Picho-Owiny as a creative director in London, PRWeek can reveal.

Global head of comms moves to The Romans

Global head of comms moves to The Romans

A ‘prodigal son’ has rejoined The Romans as a director and will sit on the agency's management team.

'Nudge unit' hires defence intelligence specialist as MD

'Nudge unit' hires defence intelligence specialist as MD

The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) has appointed intelligence expert Rachel Coyle as managing director, EMEA.

Movers & Shakers: Weber, Ketchum, Brunswick, Teamspirit, Milk & Honey, Ranieri and more

Movers & Shakers: Weber, Ketchum, Brunswick, Teamspirit, Milk & Honey, Ranieri and more

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