Latest news and analysis across the PR and communications industry


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Rival threatens to knock out Next 15 bid for M&C Saatchi

AdvancedAdvT now says it will vote against Next 15’s offer – as things stand.

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ACF Investment Bank appoints agency to manage global comms

SEC Newgate has been selected to manage global strategic communications for ACF Investment Bank, after a competitive pitch.

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Edelman splits with Standard Bank Group

The decision reportedly stems from Edelman’s refusal to work on the East African Crude Oil Pipeline.

21:12 announces MBO from SEC Newgate

The board of SEC Newgate today announced it had agreed to a £1.3m management buyout proposed by the 21:12 leadership team. The deal means financial comms agency 21:12 will separate from the SEC Newgate group.

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The First Group appoints agency to PR and social media brief

Brazen MENA has been appointed by The First Group to manage its PR and communications, after a competitive pitch.

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Watchfinder appoints agency after five-way pitch

Watchfinder & Co, the pre-owned luxury watch retailer, has appointed Red Consultancy as its PR agency following a competitive pitch.

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Movers and Shakers: MHP Mischief, Ogilvy PR, Lexington, Comité Champagne and more…

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

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Pitch Update: Bentley Motors, Havas, Finn Partners, The Booker Prize Foundation and more…

PRWeek’s round-up of pitches and account moves

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Hotwire owner exceeds FY earnings expectations

Net revenue in the division of Enero that includes comms agencies Hotwire and CPR grew 11 per cent in the year to 30 June, as the group outperformed its earnings expectations overall.

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PRWeek UK rounds up campaign launches from the past seven days.

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Spectrum Science acquires UK comms shop

Spectrum and Aurora Healthcare Communications will operate under the Global Health Marketing & Communications banner.

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CIPR adds to calls for new trade deal with India

The Chartered Institute of Public Relations has joined other UK trade bodies in writing to the Government requesting ‘a commercially meaningful and comprehensive’ new free trade agreement between the UK and India.

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MPs demand overhaul of government obesity campaigns

The House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee has warned that attempts to tackle obesity have relied too much on changing behaviours rather than dealing with the root causes of the problem.

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Lexington makes government comms hire as it grows senior team

Strategic consultancy Lexington has announced six appointments, including that of its first head of data and insights, head of news, and head of integration.

Mark Read: we read BoE forecast with some concern

Mark Read: UK faces 'challenging few months and quarters'

WPP chief executive recommends brands stay close to customers and get ready to change their work if they need to.

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ABPI comms chief takes role at European pharma trade body

Elaine Towell has stepped down as director of media and communications at the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry to become media and comms lead at the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations.

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SEC Newgate reports ‘positive and solid’ H1

SEC Newgate’s like-for-like turnover grew 29 per cent to €46.78m in the first half of 2022, a performance it described as ‘positive and solid’.

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Ex-Metro editor and PR stalwart launch ‘media shop for tough times’

Kenny Campbell, former editor of the Metro newspaper, and experienced PR agency staffer Howard Bowden have joined forces to set up their own agency, called Pepshop.

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Ogilvy PR names first earned media director among hires

Ogilvy PR has announced four appointments, including a new strategy director and its first earned media director.

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Bentley Motors enlists fresh PR support in global agency overhaul

Bentley Motors has hired luxury lifestyle PR firm Simon+Simon among its new agency partners to transform the car-maker's comms strategy in line with its carbon reduction pledge.

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MHP Mischief expands Studio with four senior hires

MHP Mischief has announced an expansion of its Studio creative content team, with four senior appointments including a new strategy director and creative director.

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Movers and Shakers: FleishmanHillard, FA, The Romans, Jockey Club, Milk & Honey and more...

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

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FleishmanHillard names UK head of youth and partnerships

FleishmanHillard UK has appointed Vijaya Varilly, former strategy director at W Communications, in the new role of UK head of youth and partnerships.

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RNIB names first director of comms amid comms function shake-up

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has appointed Charlotte Jackson, currently associate director of engagement and communications at Parkinson’s UK, as its first director of comms.

Anthony Payne is to become executive chairman of Peregrine Communications

Peregrine Communications founder steps down as CEO

Industry veteran Anthony Payne has stepped down as chief executive of Peregrine Communications Group, the financial services specialist agency he founded almost 20 years ago, the firm announced today.

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Venture capital firm Antler hires first marketing and PR chief for Europe

Antler, the global early-stage venture capital firm, has appointed Jack Davies, formerly of UK PR agency Seven Hills, as its first director of marketing and PR for Europe.

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Jockey Club hires ex-Nationwide comms chief to head up corporate affairs

The Jockey Club has appointed Nationwide Building Society’s former director of communications, Stuart Williamson, as chief corporate affairs officer, it announced today.

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The Romans opens in Dubai with hire from Teneo

The Romans has opened its third global office, in the United Arab Emirates, led by a new senior appointment: Alexandra Dewar.

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Movers and Shakers: BCW, The Romans, Five by Five, Hill+Knowlton and more…

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

Alison Clark: joined Mars in 2007

Mars Food and Multisales corporate affairs chief to stand down

Alison Clark, vice-president of corporate affairs at Mars Food and Multisales, will leave the business in December after 15 years with the company.

Cavendish Advocacy hires ex-Scottish Conservatives media chief

Michael Tait, Scottish Conservatives media director from 2011 to 2015 and spokesman for then-leader Ruth Davidson, has joined Cavendish Advocacy as director of media relations.

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Hill+Knowlton adds behavioral scientists to data team

Hill+Knowlton Strategies has hired Dr Zac Posada-Baynham as head of behavioral science and Nadine Rose-Smith as a behavioural science consultant.

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BCW’s Steve Hawkes joins FTSE30 Paddy Power owner

Steve Hawkes is leaving his role as head of strategic media at BCW UK to become director of reputational and public affairs in the UK and Ireland at gambling and gaming group Flutter Entertainment.