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Publicis Groupe UK hires diversity head from Stonewall

Publicis Groupe UK hires diversity head from Stonewall

Kate Williams will take up head of diversity and inclusion role in March.

PRWeek UK launches search for 30 Under 30 2021

PRWeek UK launches search for 30 Under 30 2021

PRWeek UK has launched its annual 30 Under 30 project to showcase young stars of PR.

Ex-Synergy trio Parfitt, Gladstone and Raincock launch agency

Ex-Synergy trio Parfitt, Gladstone and Raincock launch agency

Former Synergy, Engine Sport and Pitch leaders have reunited to set up The Space Between.

SEC Newgate buys Newington outright and merges it with sister shop

SEC Newgate buys Newington outright and merges it with sister shop

SEC Newgate has increased its stake in Newington to 100 per cent and merged it with sister shop SEC Newgate UK – the first step to rebranding all its agencies SEC Newgate by the year end, excluding consumer-focused Publicasity.

Edelman hires Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall comms chief

Edelman hires Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall comms chief

Julian Payne, comms secretary to The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, is moving to Edelman in the new role of chair of corporate affairs, EMEA.

Pitch Update: Philips, Celebrity Cruises, Bulk, Piaggio Group, Birmingham City Council and more

Pitch Update: Philips, Celebrity Cruises, Bulk, Piaggio Group, Birmingham City Council and more

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

Movers & Shakers: Edelman, Finsbury, Teneo, Milk & Honey, Clarity, PRCA and more

Movers & Shakers: Edelman, Finsbury, Teneo, Milk & Honey, Clarity, PRCA and more

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

Supreme Court rules for policyholders in landmark COVID-19 insurance case

Supreme Court rules for policyholders in landmark COVID-19 insurance case

Thousands of UK businesses are a step closer to receiving insurance payouts due to losses arising from pandemic restrictions after the Supreme Court ruled in favour of policyholders in a landmark case between the markets regulator and insurance industry.

Hotels PR specialist NewDog launches

Hotels PR specialist NewDog launches

The agency will cater to the hotels industry, with a focus on the investment arm of the sector. It launches at a time when most hotels have adapted to lockdown rules, but remain a “mainstream asset class" with "a lot of pent-up demand”.

Philips puts $300 million global integrated account up for bid

Philips puts $300 million global integrated account up for bid

The Dutch electronics company is reviewing creative, media and communications globally, and has invited four major holding companies to participate.

Philips puts $300 million global integrated account up for bid

Philips puts $300 million global integrated account up for bid

The Dutch electronics company is reviewing creative, media and communications globally, and has invited four major holding companies to participate.

Celebrity Cruises books Good Relations as global PR agency

Celebrity Cruises books Good Relations as global PR agency

The Royal Caribbean Group cruise line has consolidated its PR agency support to one agency, having previously worked with regional agencies around the world.

Cannes Lions will go ahead in person, organisers confirm

Cannes Lions will go ahead in person, organisers confirm

Event was cancelled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

WPI Strategy and former Matt Hancock spad launch healthcare research centre

WPI Strategy and former Matt Hancock spad launch healthcare research centre

WPI Strategy has teamed up with Richard Sloggett, previously a special adviser to health secretary Matt Hancock, to launch a healthcare research centre, the public affairs agency announced today.

Edelman’s ‘new era of information bankruptcy’: An existential threat to media and comms businesses?

Edelman’s ‘new era of information bankruptcy’: An existential threat to media and comms businesses?

Edelman’s annual global trust barometer was unveiled yesterday (13 January).

PR professionals: ‘Chartwells' reaction as insufficient as its food parcels’

PR professionals: ‘Chartwells' reaction as insufficient as its food parcels’

Chartwells’ reaction to a being called out over its meagre food parcels for vulnerable schoolchildren was defensive, lacked empathy and only “threw fuel onto the fire”.

BA to BT, Tesco to Tesla: 13 corporate comms teams to watch in 2021

BA to BT, Tesco to Tesla: 13 corporate comms teams to watch in 2021

Which corporate in-house teams can expect a busy and eventful year ahead?

Good Relations opens first international office in New York

Good Relations opens first international office in New York

Good Relations has expanded into New York with the first international office in the agency's 60-year history, PRWeek has learned.

Under Armour hires UK comms agency

Under Armour hires UK comms agency

Global sportswear and equipment brand Under Armour has appointed Canoe as its UK PR agency.

Antarctica eco-tourism operator appoints UK PR agency

Antarctica eco-tourism operator appoints UK PR agency

Luxury eco-trips provider White Desert Antarctica has hired The PC Agency.

Analysis

'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?

Could consumer PR’s 'resurgence' shake up marcomms?

Could consumer PR’s 'resurgence' shake up marcomms?

‘This is not the end of populism' – how will a Biden presidency shake up UK political comms?

‘This is not the end of populism' – how will a Biden presidency shake up UK political comms?

PR leaders concerned for practitioners as UK 'mental health crisis' escalates

PR leaders concerned for practitioners as UK 'mental health crisis' escalates

UK slips down freedom of expression ranking for attempts to erode public service media

UK slips down freedom of expression ranking for attempts to erode public service media

Fake news jeopardising chances of COVID-19 vaccine success, study warns

Fake news jeopardising chances of COVID-19 vaccine success, study warns

Fears for tiers? Councils hand down verdict on new multi-level messaging

Fears for tiers? Councils hand down verdict on new multi-level messaging

‘Brilliant communicator, but what about the leadership?’ Public affairs pros react to PM’s conference speech

‘Brilliant communicator, but what about the leadership?’ Public affairs pros react to PM’s conference speech

Can Sunak’s furlough scheme replacement save jobs in PR's hardest-hit agencies?

Can Sunak’s furlough scheme replacement save jobs in PR's hardest-hit agencies?

Biggest government comms teams revealed by official figures

Biggest government comms teams revealed by official figures

'No big campaigns, plenty of direct comms' - how big banks should respond to 'dirty money' report

'No big campaigns, plenty of direct comms' - how big banks should respond to 'dirty money' report

Keir Starmer: Public affairs pros give verdicts on the first online-only party-leader conference speech in history

Keir Starmer: Public affairs pros give verdicts on the first online-only party-leader conference speech in history

Latest Jobs

People moves

APCO names ex-government minister as first UK chairman

APCO names ex-government minister as first UK chairman

APCO has promoted former UK business minister Richard Harrington to the new role of UK chairman.

Ex-government comms chief returns to private sector as agency founding partner

Ex-government comms chief returns to private sector as agency founding partner

Toby Orr, former director of comms and marketing at the Department for International Trade, has joined fledgling agency Shearwater Global as a founding partner.

Clarity hires global head of planning and impact

Clarity hires global head of planning and impact

Alex Judd, who joins from Grayling, will lead integrated planning, measurement and insights.

Mobile gaming company Scopely hires Ben Webley as CMO

Mobile gaming company Scopely hires Ben Webley as CMO

He’s worked at Facebook, Zynga and EA.

W Communications launches in the US

W Communications launches in the US

W Communications has expanded its operations into the US, opening a ‘Little London’ office to serve UK brands seeking a greater US presence, PRWeek has learned.

Edelman UK names new Smithfield MD amid leadership shake-up

Edelman UK names new Smithfield MD amid leadership shake-up

Edelman UK has announced leadership changes at its Smithfield financial PR and strategic comms team, with head of special projects Iain Dey promoted to managing director.

Universal Pictures marketer joins NOW TV to lead marcomms

Universal Pictures marketer joins NOW TV to lead marcomms

Sky-owned streaming service NOW TV has hired Jamie Schwartz as director of brand, marketing and merchandising.

Sir Oliver Letwin among five new senior advisors at Teneo

Sir Oliver Letwin among five new senior advisors at Teneo

Teneo has added five names to its list of senior advisors, including ex-UK Conservative cabinet minister Sir Oliver Letwin and former Credit Suisse UK chief executive Russell Chambers.

Comic Relief appoints new chief executive

Comic Relief appoints new chief executive

Samir Patel has spent the past eight years at the digital media and comms agency Blue State.

Cirkle hires strategy and digital directors

Cirkle hires strategy and digital directors

Cirkle has strengthened its leadership team with the appointment of directors from Edelman and Splendid Communications.

Greenbrook makes double hire from Citigate and Lansons

Greenbrook makes double hire from Citigate and Lansons

Investment comms firm Greenbrook has added to its team with the appointment of a director and consultant.

Finsbury Glover Hering names regional CEOs as merger completes

Finsbury Glover Hering names regional CEOs as merger completes

New corporate comms powerhouse Finsbury Glover Hering (FGH) has completed its merger and named regional chief executives for the UK, US and Europe.

Zeno Group hires new regional healthcare lead

Zeno Group hires new regional healthcare lead

Zeno Group has appointed Avril Lee as its head of healthcare in the UK and Europe.