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Porter Novelli UK co-MD Nicole Yost joins BCW in senior healthcare role

Porter Novelli UK co-MD Nicole Yost joins BCW in senior healthcare role

Former Porter Novelli co-MD Nicole Yost has joined BCW in the new role of MD of healthcare business transformation.

Government and NHS launch film to educate public on ‘Test and Trace’

Government and NHS launch film to educate public on ‘Test and Trace’

The Government and the NHS have launched a campaign around its ‘Test and Trace’ app to combat the spread of coronavirus.

Movers & Shakers: Become, H+K, W Communications, Lotus, Bubble, Liquid and more

Movers & Shakers: Become, H+K, W Communications, Lotus, Bubble, Liquid and more

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

Become hires Sport England external affairs duo behind This Girl Can

Become hires Sport England external affairs duo behind This Girl Can

Lisa Watch and Rhiannon Clapperton will share the role of director of policy, campaigns and communications as the charity looks to scale its campaigning capacity.

Pitch Update: Honda, RAF, British Red Cross, World Gold Council, RBW and more

Pitch Update: Honda, RAF, British Red Cross, World Gold Council, RBW and more

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

Twitter censors Trump for 'glorifying violence' as President's row with social media platforms escalates

Twitter censors Trump for 'glorifying violence' as President's row with social media platforms escalates

Following the death of George Floyd earlier this week, Twitter has made the decision to hide a Tweet from President Trump, which the social media giant said glorified violence.

PRWeek UK Awards 2020: Final entry deadline extended

PRWeek UK Awards 2020: Final entry deadline extended

The final deadline for entering the PRWeek UK Awards has been extended to Tuesday 16 June.

Rogers and Cowan PMK cuts 10% of staff

Rogers and Cowan PMK cuts 10% of staff

'There is a lot of talent, content, brand and influencer work that is still being done,' says CEO Mark Owens.

Survey: two-thirds of Tory comms pros believe mainstream media is biased

Survey: two-thirds of Tory comms pros believe mainstream media is biased

A survey by Conservatives in Communications (CiC) has found that two-thirds of its members do not feel the mainstream media provides balanced or unbiased reporting.

Forty per cent of PR chiefs to continue remote working as coronavirus caution grips industry

Forty per cent of PR chiefs to continue remote working as coronavirus caution grips industry

Two-fifths of agency leaders plan to maintain remote working policies for the foreseeable future as concerns about the coronavirus pandemic linger, a new survey of PR chiefs has found.

W Communications hires head of Corporate amid account wins

W Communications hires head of Corporate amid account wins

W Communications has grown its Corporate team and added six new clients in recent weeks.

Ready10 wins PR brief for British Red Cross and Huggg COVID-19 campaign

Ready10 wins PR brief for British Red Cross and Huggg COVID-19 campaign

Ready10 has launched a campaign for UK tech start-up Huggg and the British Red Cross to help vulnerable and isolated people access supermarket shopping during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Honda hires PR agency to support dealerships and transition to electric cars

Honda hires PR agency to support dealerships and transition to electric cars

Honda has hired Cirkle to support its 140-strong network of independent and franchised dealerships across the UK, following a three-way competitive pitch.

Lars Erik Grønntun leaves Hill+Knowlton for online learning company Kahoot

Lars Erik Grønntun leaves Hill+Knowlton for online learning company Kahoot

Grønntun is starting in the COO and CMO roles next Monday.

The PR Show podcast: 'Government urgently needs new approach to coronavirus comms'

The PR Show podcast: 'Government urgently needs new approach to coronavirus comms'

The Government needs to relinquish its tightly controlled, 'campaign driven' approach to coronavirus communications for a more nuanced approach for it to be effective, according to a panel of comms professionals.

Exclusive: British Transplant Games reappoints agency for three years as donation law changes

Exclusive: British Transplant Games reappoints agency for three years as donation law changes

Liquid has been reappointed to raise the profile of the Westfield Health British Transplant Games (BTG) and awareness of organ donation for a further three years.

Public want brands to move 'beyond crisis' and be more 'playful'

Public want brands to move 'beyond crisis' and be more 'playful'

The UK public increasingly want to hear from brands about things other than the coronavirus, as brands are urged to move beyond crisis comms, new research suggests.

MDC Partners merges KWT Global, HL Group

MDC Partners merges KWT Global, HL Group

KWT’s Aaron Kwittken will be global CEO of the combined shop.

Case study: Grayling used Premier League injury data to highlight podiatry careers

Case study: Grayling used Premier League injury data to highlight podiatry careers

Grayling’s campaign for the College of Podiatry, to raise students' awareness of working in the specialism, resulted in 2,000 sessions on the professional association’s careers website, as well as national media coverage during the three-week campaign.

Hill+Knowlton hires Kelli Parsons, Philippe Maze-Sencier as global chairs

Hill+Knowlton hires Kelli Parsons, Philippe Maze-Sencier as global chairs

Parsons and Maze-Sencier will be H+K’s global chairs of corporate affairs and public affairs, respectively.

Analysis

Has the Government’s decision to back Dominic Cummings ‘trashed’ its own public health message?

Has the Government’s decision to back Dominic Cummings ‘trashed’ its own public health message?

How will the collapse of Number 10’s truce with the media affect its comms in the pandemic?

How will the collapse of Number 10’s truce with the media affect its comms in the pandemic?

WFH 'forever' – could the PR industry follow Twitter's lead?

WFH 'forever' – could the PR industry follow Twitter's lead?

PRWeek Top Consultancies 2020: Asia-Pacific

PRWeek Top Consultancies 2020: Asia-Pacific

COVID-19 marcomms survey: 'Fewer redundancies, pay cuts and performance declines in PR'

COVID-19 marcomms survey: 'Fewer redundancies, pay cuts and performance declines in PR'

Damned if you do, damned if you don’t: will party conferences go ahead this autumn?

Damned if you do, damned if you don’t: will party conferences go ahead this autumn?

To furlough, or not furlough?

To furlough, or not furlough?

Too nice for politics or just what it needs? Who is Labour’s new comms chief?

Too nice for politics or just what it needs? Who is Labour’s new comms chief?

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

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Movers & Shakers: Heineken, MHP, Enero, Cicero/AMO, M&C Saatchi Talk and more

Movers & Shakers: Heineken, MHP, Enero, Cicero/AMO, M&C Saatchi Talk and more

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

LADbible hires head of marketing and communications

LADbible hires head of marketing and communications

Maya Orr, a former senior marketer at Lidl, has joined LADbible Group to lead marketing and communications.

Exclusive: Cicero/AMO hires Chancellors' former adviser

Exclusive: Cicero/AMO hires Chancellors' former adviser

Cicero/AMO has hired Sonia Khan, who was a special adviser to two recent Conservative Chancellors, as a director working across its public affairs and corporate comms teams.

APCO Worldwide hires veteran Conservative minister in advisory role

APCO Worldwide hires veteran Conservative minister in advisory role

APCO Worldwide has appointed former Conservative business minister and Brexit sceptic Richard Harrington as a senior adviser, following his decision to step down at December's general election.

M&C Saatchi Talk CEO: ‘Furloughing has been a life-saver’

M&C Saatchi Talk CEO: ‘Furloughing has been a life-saver’

The leadership of new (merged) agency M&C Saatchi Talk has sung the praises of Government support that allowed it to place staff on furlough, rather than be forced to make “heavy decisions” early on in the coronavirus crisis.

Number 10 special advisor joins MHP

Number 10 special advisor joins MHP

Downing Street special advisor Nick Vaughan has joined MHP’s 20-strong public affairs team as an associate director, PRWeek can reveal.

M&C Saatchi Talk begins new era with 'renewed confidence'

M&C Saatchi Talk begins new era with 'renewed confidence'

The newly merged M&C Saatchi Talk has officially started trading with a more solid cash position and new tools it hopes will prove a more compelling proposition for clients. CEO Jane Boardman said: 'It feels like we're out of that very stressful time.'

Heineken appoints global corporate affairs chief

Heineken appoints global corporate affairs chief

Stacey Tank returns to the brewing company next month to take up the role of chief corporate affairs and transformation officer.

Freuds CEO: ‘We've kept all staff and don’t believe in state aid unless vital’

Freuds CEO: ‘We've kept all staff and don’t believe in state aid unless vital’

Freuds has kept its promise to retain all of its staff during the coronavirus crisis. Chief executive Arlo Brady said the agency will not furlough people unnecessarily. Grayling and Cicero/AMO have also stressed their commitments to staff.

Movers & Shakers: Weber Shandwick, Ogilvy, Freuds, Grayling, Newgate, Pretty Green and more

Movers & Shakers: Weber Shandwick, Ogilvy, Freuds, Grayling, Newgate, Pretty Green and more

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

Former Xbox EMEA PR lead joins PrettyGreen

Former Xbox EMEA PR lead joins PrettyGreen

PrettyGreen has appointed Luke Jackson-Smart as an associate director to lead the agency's consumer tech and gaming team, PRWeek can reveal.

Exclusive: Roche Diagnostics hires public sector health comms veteran

Exclusive: Roche Diagnostics hires public sector health comms veteran

Roche Diagnostics has appointed public sector and charity health communications specialist Rachel Clinton as its external comms manager.

Engine Mischief hires new creative director

Engine Mischief hires new creative director

Engine Mischief has appointed Greg Double as creative director in its Planning & Creative team. He will work on brands including Vodafone, LEGO, Asda and Shaftesbury.