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Expedia ribs Harry & Meghan, Sainsbury's trolls Beyonce - Creative Hits & Misses of the Week

Expedia ribs Harry & Meghan, Sainsbury's trolls Beyonce - Creative Hits & Misses of the Week

Davnet Doran, head of brand PR at Britvic Soft Drinks and non-executive director of Fanclub PR, reveals her creative tops and flop of the past seven days.

Neilson Active Holidays' 'best job in the world' launches

Neilson Active Holidays' 'best job in the world' launches

Neilson Active Holidays has taken a fresh slant on the 'best job in the world' concept, with a campaign by travel PR specialist Brighter Group launching this week.

Pitch update: AfterShokz, Tracks, Audoo, Good Catch, Visit Denver, Gulliver's Valley Theme Park and more

Pitch update: AfterShokz, Tracks, Audoo, Good Catch, Visit Denver, Gulliver's Valley Theme Park and more

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

Movers & Shakers: H+K, We Are Social, Sard Verbinnen, Infinite Global, Clark Comms and more

Movers & Shakers: H+K, We Are Social, Sard Verbinnen, Infinite Global, Clark Comms and more

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

Portland hires director from Kekst CNC

Portland hires director from Kekst CNC

Portland has appointed financial and corporate communications veteran Simon Evans as a director.

Exclusive: Former parliamentary aide joins WA Communications

Exclusive: Former parliamentary aide joins WA Communications

Lisa Townsend, a former senior parliamentary assistant to Conservative MP James Morris, has been appointed as a director at WA Communications.

Vauxhall Motors owner Groupe PSA searching for product PR agency

Vauxhall Motors owner Groupe PSA searching for product PR agency

French multinational car manufacturer Groupe PSA is searching for an agency to lead on product PR across its Vauxhall, Peugeot, Citroën and DS brands, PRWeek can reveal.

Women in PR unveils most diverse committee in its history

Women in PR unveils most diverse committee in its history

Women in PR (WPR) reveals new committee members and pays tribute to the contribution of longstanding members who have stepped down.

TGI Fridays books retained PR agency

TGI Fridays books retained PR agency

TGI Fridays has appointed Stripe Communications London as its retained PR consultancy for 2020, following a competitive pitch process.

Cash bonus as BritainThinks marks transfer to employee ownership

Cash bonus as BritainThinks marks transfer to employee ownership

Employees at strategic insight consultancy BritainThinks have been given a one-off cash bonus of £1,000 this month, to mark the agency's decision to transfer ownership of its business to its 50 staff.

Milk & Honey PR hires Weber's Caroline Gruen in recruitment spree

Milk & Honey PR hires Weber's Caroline Gruen in recruitment spree

Milk & Honey has appointed Gruen as an associate partner and made several other hires in January.

Weber Shandwick launches A-Hub tech platform

Weber Shandwick launches A-Hub tech platform

The platform has both pre-campaign strategy and post-campaign analysis capabilities.

Happy Socks appoints UK consumer PR agency

Happy Socks appoints UK consumer PR agency

Swedish fashion brand Happy Socks has appointed Pitch Marketing Group as its retained PR agency in the UK, following a competitive pitch process.

Agency execs launch app to tackle the industry's 'wellbeing crisis'

Agency execs launch app to tackle the industry's 'wellbeing crisis'

A former DeVries UK art director has launched an employee support platform called Juno, aimed specifically at the marcomms industry, in an attempt to tackle the sector's 'wellbeing crisis' head-on.

Foot Locker launches agency review

Foot Locker launches agency review

Foot Locker has begun a review of its social media agency.

'New blood' required as LGcomms chair announces decision to step down

'New blood' required as LGcomms chair announces decision to step down

Simon Jones is to step down as chair of LGcomms in April, to make way for "new blood" to lead the association of local government comms leaders.

Facets PR owes £190,000 after entering liquidation

Facets PR owes £190,000 after entering liquidation

Specialist jewellery communications agency Facets PR owes almost £190,000, including more than £51,000 to former employees, and money to W Communications.

eBay hires UK head of corporate comms from Gumtree

eBay hires UK head of corporate comms from Gumtree

eBay has hired Gumtree head of PR Fergus Campbell as head of corporate communications.

Competition is GREAT: Agencies vie for multimillion-pound government contract

Competition is GREAT: Agencies vie for multimillion-pound government contract

One of the government's single biggest comms and marketing contracts has been put out to tender, with a reported £10m-a-year fee on offer to the successful agency.

Celebrity fundraising platform Omaze chooses UK launch partner

Celebrity fundraising platform Omaze chooses UK launch partner

US-based celebrity fundraising platform Omaze has appointed Olley Goss PR to lead consumer and corporate PR campaigns for its official UK launch next month.

Analysis

Battle lines drawn between activists and police in comms war

Battle lines drawn between activists and police in comms war

Weber Shandwick: does Rachel Friend's shock departure point to unresolved issues at the UK business?

Weber Shandwick: does Rachel Friend's shock departure point to unresolved issues at the UK business?

Bushfires crisis: PR pros slam Australian PM's failure of crisis comms and leadership

Bushfires crisis: PR pros slam Australian PM's failure of crisis comms and leadership

The new normal for media relations in Boris Johnson's Britain

The new normal for media relations in Boris Johnson's Britain

General Election Panel: 'parties need a simple message that is guaranteed to stick'

General Election Panel: 'parties need a simple message that is guaranteed to stick'

General Election Panel: Avoidable errors in the final week of campaigns, but will they affect the outcome?

General Election Panel: Avoidable errors in the final week of campaigns, but will they affect the outcome?

Five days in November: Inside the multi-agency comms response to the flooding

Five days in November: Inside the multi-agency comms response to the flooding

General Election Panel: Public turns the screws on leaders during televised debate

General Election Panel: Public turns the screws on leaders during televised debate

Exclusive analysis: How Facebook's targeting can help parties win marginal seats

Exclusive analysis: How Facebook's targeting can help parties win marginal seats

General Election Panel: Dirty tricks on social media muddy the waters

General Election Panel: Dirty tricks on social media muddy the waters

General Election Panel: Tories energised as Brexit Party blinks first

General Election Panel: Tories energised as Brexit Party blinks first

Is the NHS being 'weaponised' for the General Election? Healthcare comms experts give their verdict

Is the NHS being 'weaponised' for the General Election? Healthcare comms experts give their verdict

General Election Panel: Conservatives misfire as parties move into full campaign mode

General Election Panel: Conservatives misfire as parties move into full campaign mode

Exclusive: London Fire Brigade overwhelmed by media during Grenfell disaster

Exclusive: London Fire Brigade overwhelmed by media during Grenfell disaster

PR professionals urged to combat irresponsible influencers

PR professionals urged to combat irresponsible influencers

Latest Jobs

People moves

Weber Shandwick seeks London ECD as James Nester moves to Germany

Weber Shandwick seeks London ECD as James Nester moves to Germany

Weber Shandwick is seeking a UK-based ECD after its EMEA creative chief, James Nester, moved to Germany in an expanded role.

Manifest expands into Manchester and hires new MD

Manifest expands into Manchester and hires new MD

Manifest has opened its second UK office in Manchester and appointed Bec Chelin as Manchester managing director.

Publicis Media hires UK comms director from rival Dentsu

Publicis Media hires UK comms director from rival Dentsu

Publicis Media has appointed Dentsu Aegis Network's Mandy Rayment to be its director of communications.

Google poaches Microsoft public affairs specialist

Google poaches Microsoft public affairs specialist

Google has appointed Tom Morrison-Bell, a former government affairs manager for Microsoft, as its government affairs and public policy manager.

Former No 10 press secretary joins Lexington

Former No 10 press secretary joins Lexington

Comms consultancy Lexington Communications has hired ex-Downing Street press secretary Paul Harrison as it expands its senior team.

NHS Property Services appoints comms head from BCW

NHS Property Services appoints comms head from BCW

NHS Property Services (NHSPS) has hired former BCW director Simon Richards as its new head of communications.

Blurred hires telco comms veteran Matt Peacock to head consulting arm

Blurred hires telco comms veteran Matt Peacock to head consulting arm

Former Vodafone corporate affairs chief Matt Peacock has joined Blurred as a partner.

Budweiser appoints UK legal and corporate affairs director

Budweiser appoints UK legal and corporate affairs director

Budweiser Brewing Group has appointed a director of legal and corporate affairs from rival Pernod Ricard.

Movers & shakers: PLMR, Facebook, Shawbrook, Run, The Inner Circle, Rise at Seven and more

Movers & shakers: PLMR, Facebook, Shawbrook, Run, The Inner Circle, Rise at Seven and more

Our weekly roundup of industry hires, departures and promotions.

Battenhall appoints new UK MD amid leadership shake up

Battenhall appoints new UK MD amid leadership shake up

Communications agency Battenhall has appointed Steph Bennett as its UK managing director and Phil Sheard as director. Founder Drew Benvie becomes global CEO.

Red Havas appoints client services director

Red Havas appoints client services director

Red Havas has promoted Nuala O'Neill to the role of client services director and plans to strengthen its creative team.

Bluestripe Group appoints Patrick Herridge as chairman

Bluestripe Group appoints Patrick Herridge as chairman

B2B communications, content and media group has hired the former MWWPR UK chair.

Former ABPI public affairs chief and London mayoral adviser joins healthcare agency

Former ABPI public affairs chief and London mayoral adviser joins healthcare agency

The former head of government affairs for pharma trade body the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) has been hired as a director at specialist healthcare agency OVID.