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Edelman wins Bronze in Cannes Pharma Lions

Edelman wins Bronze in Cannes Pharma Lions

Impact Porter Novelli in Dubai was credited for PR for the Print & Publishing Grand Prix.

Government-backed climate-change organisation appoints agency

Government-backed climate-change organisation appoints agency

The Energy Saving Trust has appointed Kindred to handle a behaviour-change comms brief, winning the account from incumbent Weber Shandwick.

Local news and regional newspapers hit hardest by print circulation declines

Local news and regional newspapers hit hardest by print circulation declines

Popular newspaper brands have suffered double-digit falls in print circulation while broadsheet titles have also suffered significant year-on-year declines, although the Financial Times hit its target of a million paying subscribers a year ahead of schedule.

Watch: Amstel's garden fence pub campaign aims to bring people together

Watch: Amstel's garden fence pub campaign aims to bring people together

The brand director at Amstel tells PRWeek the Dutch brewing company needs to "walk the walk more" as it launched its latest campaign.

Finsbury, Hering Schuppener and GPG network more than doubles headcount as LLYC joins

Finsbury, Hering Schuppener and GPG network more than doubles headcount as LLYC joins

LLYC, the 600-strong Spanish, Portugese and Latin Amercian PR agency, has left Havas' AMO network to join the network headed by WPP agencies Finsbury, Hering Schuppener and Glover Park Group.

Public Affairs Board announces new executive committee

Public Affairs Board announces new executive committee

The board has announced a 19-person committee for the coming year with members from across the UK.

Hotwire global and UK consumer chiefs step down

Hotwire global and UK consumer chiefs step down

Hotwire global head of consumer Emma Hazan has resigned, alongside the agency's UK consumer chief and creative director, PRWeek has learned.

Public affairs agency Connect merges with Belfast's Stratagem

Public affairs agency Connect merges with Belfast's Stratagem

London-based public affairs agency Connect has merged with Belfast consultancy Stratagem, creating a £3m-revenue business with a headcount of 35.

Edelman, Weber, Havas PR, MSL: PR shops on Cannes Lions shortlists as festival begins

Edelman, Weber, Havas PR, MSL: PR shops on Cannes Lions shortlists as festival begins

PR agencies have received multiple nominations in the latest batch of Cannes Lions shortlists, as the International Festival of Creativity begins on the French Riviera.

Cannes Lions: PR Lions entries plummet to lowest level in six years

Cannes Lions: PR Lions entries plummet to lowest level in six years

The Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity has received its lowest number of PR Lions entries for six years - a three-times sharper decline than overall numbers.

'Saudi Arabia and Egypt are the key markets to watch' - Cicero & Bernay's MD

'Saudi Arabia and Egypt are the key markets to watch' - Cicero & Bernay's MD

Tariq Al Sharabi says the oil-rich KSA is going through a complete communications overhaul while Egypt is retaining its position as a major market driven by creative industries

Is influencer marketing taking over traditional marketing?

Is influencer marketing taking over traditional marketing?

PR expert Omar Darwish asks, while influencers can instantly create a social media hype - how long will the trend continue?

Paving the future of communication

Paving the future of communication

Ahmad Itani, founder and CEO of Cicero & Bernay Public Relations and vice chairman of PRCA MENA, says that in a fast-paced market, change is a prerequisite to progress in PR.

'Journalists and social media influencers are too spoiled' - agency CEO on regional PR drawbacks

'Journalists and social media influencers are too spoiled' - agency CEO on regional PR drawbacks

Not a Cliché founder Duha Shabib says, as the region looks to foster its image, PR is needed now more than ever - but the Middle East faces a unique set of challenges.

Leo Burnett MEA wins creative contract for Middle East sustainability pioneer

Leo Burnett MEA wins creative contract for Middle East sustainability pioneer

The agency will develop an integrated re-launch communication strategy for the UAE-based public-private partnership company Bee'ah.

Facebook hires Standard Chartered veteran for senior public policy role

Facebook hires Standard Chartered veteran for senior public policy role

Facebook has hired Standard Chartered's public and regulatory affairs chief Ed Bowles as its UK-based public policy director for Northern Europe.

Porta and SEC agree to merge

Porta and SEC agree to merge

Listed marcomms firms Porta and SEC have agreed to merge in a deal that values Porta - which owns PR shops Newgate, Publicasity and Engage Comms - at around £4.5m.

Cannes Lions entries down as China and India step up

Cannes Lions entries down as China and India step up

The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity has had 30,953 entries, down by four per cent from last year despite introducing new categories. There were entries from 89 countries.

Pitching car crashes: Throwing up, sleeping with the client (and the client falling asleep), boardroom piglet

Pitching car crashes: Throwing up, sleeping with the client (and the client falling asleep), boardroom piglet

From throwing up on the boardroom table to sleeping with clients, not all pitches go to plan. Here are some of the best 'car crash' pitch stories doing the rounds.

YouTube is hiring someone to 'develop empathy' with creators

YouTube is hiring someone to 'develop empathy' with creators

The new hire will serve as the "creator's voice" in internal conversations.

Analysis

'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

What is an influencer? (Even the PR industry can't seem to decide)

What is an influencer? (Even the PR industry can't seem to decide)

Exclusive: Which UK fire and rescue services are best at using social media?

Exclusive: Which UK fire and rescue services are best at using social media?

'A bumpy road ahead for British cycling' - what next for 'the team formerly known as Sky'?

'A bumpy road ahead for British cycling' - what next for 'the team formerly known as Sky'?

Eugene the Egg revealed as 'cracking campaign' for mental health

Eugene the Egg revealed as 'cracking campaign' for mental health

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In brief: Unilever appoints agency, Marvel Live! turns to Instinct, national awareness win for PHA, new MD at 10 Yetis

In brief: Unilever appoints agency, Marvel Live! turns to Instinct, national awareness win for PHA, new MD at 10 Yetis

Unilever appoints The Hoxby Collective for digital content role, Scottish Land and Estates poaches head of comms, and more from PRWeek UK.

Kekst CNC hires first global marketing head

Kekst CNC hires first global marketing head

Kekst CNC has hired Julia Klein, formerly EMEA marketing and comms director at management consultancy Oliver Wyman, to a new role heading global marketing.

Unlimited Group names new CEO

Unlimited Group names new CEO

Former Procter & Gamble, Kellogg and Beam Suntory leader takes over from Michael Richards.

Exclusive: Domino's radical restructure positions comms as 'internal business partners'

Exclusive: Domino's radical restructure positions comms as 'internal business partners'

Domino's has restructured the role of communications, giving the function greater prominence across the company as internal business partners, PRWeek can reveal.

PRCA announces inaugural chair of Borderlands and North East Group

PRCA announces inaugural chair of Borderlands and North East Group

The PRCA has appointed founder and editor of #FuturePRoof Sarah Hall as its Borderlands and North East group chair.

H+K appoints Brussels-based strategy director

H+K appoints Brussels-based strategy director

International public relations agency Hill+Knowlton Strategies has appointed George Candon as its Brussels-based strategy director.

Blurred makes quartet of senior hires to support international growth

Blurred makes quartet of senior hires to support international growth

Launched in October last year by Nik Govier, Katy Stolliday and Stuart Lambert, the consultancy has made four senior hires to support the firm's growing portfolio of international clients.

LAS appoints comms chief with mission to empower staff and build partnerships

LAS appoints comms chief with mission to empower staff and build partnerships

London Ambulance Service (LAS) has appointed Antony Tiernan, one of the architects of the successful NHS 70th birthday celebrations, as its director of comms and engagement.

Instinctif names youngest managing partner amid promotions

Instinctif names youngest managing partner amid promotions

International business communications consultancy, Instinctif Partners, has made two managing partner promotions in its UK business.

Portland hires Worldpay's corporate affairs director

Portland hires Worldpay's corporate affairs director

Portland has strengthened its financial communications practice with the appointment of Worldpay director of corporate affairs Claire Hardy, PRWeek can reveal.

Edelman names Kehoe as new APAC lead after Lin resigns

Edelman names Kehoe as new APAC lead after Lin resigns

Edelman has promoted Stephen Kehoe to president and CEO of its APAC operations after incumbent Jesse Lin resigned.

Exclusive: Google appoints UK and Ireland comms director

Exclusive: Google appoints UK and Ireland comms director

Former Teneo MD Jenny Jamie has been appointed director of communications and public affairs at tech titan Google, PRWeek can reveal.

MSL London hires Kaper founder Chris McCafferty as CEO

MSL London hires Kaper founder Chris McCafferty as CEO

MSL Group has hired Chris McCafferty, founder of PR agency Kaper, as London CEO.