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Florida Department of Citrus appoints agency to expand UK presence

Florida Department of Citrus appoints agency to expand UK presence

The Florida Department of Citrus has appointed Spider to work with its Florida Grapefruit team on a retained basis.

Pitch update: Metro Bank, Beefeater Gin, ManpowerGroup and more

Pitch update: Metro Bank, Beefeater Gin, ManpowerGroup and more

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

Movers and Shakers: TikTok, Transport for London, Franses and more

Movers and Shakers: TikTok, Transport for London, Franses and more

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

The Romans reimagines dystopian classic ‘1984’ for privacy campaign

The Romans reimagines dystopian classic ‘1984’ for privacy campaign

The Romans has reimagined and released George Orwell’s seminal dystopian novel ‘1984’ as ‘2021’ in a campaign for its client, digital security and privacy firm Avast.

ICO fines Cabinet Office £500,000 for ‘complacent’ data breach

ICO fines Cabinet Office £500,000 for ‘complacent’ data breach

The Information Commissioner’s Office has issued the Cabinet Office with a £500,000 fine after the postal addresses of 2020's New Year Honours recipients were disclosed online.

Labour in Comms launches diversity drive to support future political leaders

Labour in Comms launches diversity drive to support future political leaders

Professional network Labour in Communications has launched the second stage of a mentoring scheme to encourage people from minority and disadvantaged communities to pursue careers in politics or comms.

Beefeater Gin hires agency to run seasonal consumer campaign

Beefeater Gin hires agency to run seasonal consumer campaign

PR firm Instinct has been appointed by Beefeater Gin to drive consumer coverage for the brand into 2022 and work on its creative platform.

Exclusive: Peretti Comms managing partner to launch luxury agency next year

Exclusive: Peretti Comms managing partner to launch luxury agency next year

The managing partner of luxury PR agency Peretti Communications is setting up her own firm called Sekoya, as founder Francoise Peretti shifts the focus of her eponymous business to educational and philanthropic opportunities.

Onyx Health appoints head of content and chief storyteller amid strong growth

Onyx Health appoints head of content and chief storyteller amid strong growth

Lindsay Gill has been appointed head of content at Newcastle agency Onyx Health, which has also hired Benjamin Park as chief storyteller and digital strategist, the consultancy announced today.

Half of b2b bosses don't believe they deliver 'bold' comms campaigns, study reveals

Half of b2b bosses don't believe they deliver 'bold' comms campaigns, study reveals

Almost all b2b PR chiefs wish to deliver ‘bold’ comms campaigns but only half say they actually achieve this on a regular basis, according to a new report by UK agency Brands2Life.

Quorn appoints agency to promote health and environmental benefits

Quorn appoints agency to promote health and environmental benefits

Evergreen PR has been hired to support Quorn’s sustainable nutrition work following a competitive pitch.

Global staffing business ManpowerGroup appoints PR agency

Global staffing business ManpowerGroup appoints PR agency

ManpowerGroup has appointed Red Havas as its UK agency of record following a competitive pitch process.

Purpose Awards EMEA 2022 opens for entries

Purpose Awards EMEA 2022 opens for entries

The Purpose Awards EMEA – the awards scheme from PRWeek, Campaign and Third Sector – is now accepting entries for 2022.

Daily Mail head of PR made redundant when Geordie Greig departed

Daily Mail head of PR made redundant when Geordie Greig departed

The Daily Mail’s head of PR, Jon Wynne-Jones, was made redundant when the paper’s former editor, Geordie Greig, left suddenly last month, PRWeek has learned.

Condé Nast PR manager joins Franses to lead media relations

Condé Nast PR manager joins Franses to lead media relations

Franses has appointed former Condé Nast PR manager Sophie Mitchell to lead its media relations work.

Metro Bank hires two agencies for community-based projects

Metro Bank hires two agencies for community-based projects

Cow and Launch PR have been appointed to Metro Bank’s agency roster for a series of community projects, following a competitive pitch.

R. Agency hires former Frank director as MD

R. Agency hires former Frank director as MD

Laura Jones has joined R. Agency in the new role of managing director.

Whitty and Vallance top health-tech influencer list

Whitty and Vallance top health-tech influencer list

The COVID-19 pandemic has propelled Professor Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Vallance to be among the most influential individuals in western Europe in the sector of health tech, according to a new report by PR agency Tyto.

TikTok hires Deliveroo’s head of public affairs

TikTok hires Deliveroo’s head of public affairs

Giles Derrington has left Deliveroo, where he has been head of public affairs since 2019, to join TikTok as senior public policy and government relations manager, PRWeek has learned.

GB News debuts ad campaign following London Advertising appointment

GB News debuts ad campaign following London Advertising appointment

The campaign was developed by London Advertising and is the first work for the network, which has been struggling for viewers and faced advertiser boycotts.

Analysis

Which retailers won the Christmas campaign battle on social media?

Which retailers won the Christmas campaign battle on social media?

What will the reputational price be for Randox from the Owen Paterson scandal?

What will the reputational price be for Randox from the Owen Paterson scandal?

Dear Facebook, you’re really not helping yourself

Dear Facebook, you’re really not helping yourself

Masks, vaccines and ‘Plan B’: Can comms tackle creeping COVID-19 complacency?

Masks, vaccines and ‘Plan B’: Can comms tackle creeping COVID-19 complacency?

‘Welcome to Planet Boris’: Public affairs pros react to Johnson's conference speech

‘Welcome to Planet Boris’: Public affairs pros react to Johnson's conference speech

Up, down, or stable? Size of government comms teams revealed by official figures

Up, down, or stable? Size of government comms teams revealed by official figures

A 'watershed moment' for the Met as it faces biggest reputational crisis in decades

A 'watershed moment' for the Met as it faces biggest reputational crisis in decades

Well-targeted or shallow – are pro-vax campaigns aimed at young people hitting the mark?

Well-targeted or shallow – are pro-vax campaigns aimed at young people hitting the mark?

Publicis revenues jump back above pre-pandemic levels after 17% growth in Q2

Publicis revenues jump back above pre-pandemic levels after 17% growth in Q2

Will people pivot from ‘diktat to discretion’ on 'Freedom Day' with the Government’s message on masks?

Will people pivot from ‘diktat to discretion’ on 'Freedom Day' with the Government’s message on masks?

Exclusive: Corporate comms salary growth falls and women bear the brunt of cuts

Exclusive: Corporate comms salary growth falls and women bear the brunt of cuts

GB News: an opportunity for the PR industry or ‘Gammon TV’?

GB News: an opportunity for the PR industry or ‘Gammon TV’?

Publicis, Headland, Hotwire, Clarity: PR M&A shifts up a gear with familiar trends

Publicis, Headland, Hotwire, Clarity: PR M&A shifts up a gear with familiar trends

PRWeek Top 150: Agency gender balance changes little

PRWeek Top 150: Agency gender balance changes little

PRWeek Top 150: One in five UK PR agencies have no BME employees

PRWeek Top 150: One in five UK PR agencies have no BME employees

People moves

Movers & Shakers: Teneo, FTI, Instinctif, Instinct, British Beer & Pub Association and more

Movers & Shakers: Teneo, FTI, Instinctif, Instinct, British Beer & Pub Association and more

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

Cabinet Office comms chief moves to beer industry for public affairs role

Cabinet Office comms chief moves to beer industry for public affairs role

Henry Jamieson has left his job as deputy director, Prime Minister and Cabinet Office comms, to take up a new role as director of comms and marketing at the British Beer & Pub Association.

Teneo adds more MDs in Europe

Teneo adds more MDs in Europe

Teneo has continued to make senior appointments across Europe, including managing directors in Berlin, Frankfurt and Brussels.

Royal College of Psychiatrists appoints comms chief

Royal College of Psychiatrists appoints comms chief

Bex Couper has been promoted to the role of director of strategic communications at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, taking over from Kim Catcheside, PRWeek has learned.

Instinctif hires Grayling's Tom Nutt and makes senior promotions

Instinctif hires Grayling's Tom Nutt and makes senior promotions

Instinctif Partners has hired Tom Nutt from Grayling to the new role of head of UK corporate & campaigns and promoted two senior members of staff.

Former senior Telegraph journalist Julia Bradshaw joins FTI

Former senior Telegraph journalist Julia Bradshaw joins FTI

FTI Consulting has appointed Julia Bradshaw as a senior director in its life sciences and healthcare team within the company’s strategic communications arm.

Movers & Shakers: Interpublic, Instinctif, Cancer Research UK, 3 Monkeys Zeno, Accor, WA and more

Movers & Shakers: Interpublic, Instinctif, Cancer Research UK, 3 Monkeys Zeno, Accor, WA and more

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

Michael Roth retires as Interpublic chairman

Michael Roth retires as Interpublic chairman

Departure contrasts with peers Maurice Lévy and Martin Sorrell, who have continued to work.

Cancer Research UK hires senior Ministry of Justice comms figure to lead comms

Cancer Research UK hires senior Ministry of Justice comms figure to lead comms

Cancer Research UK has appointed Luke Robinson, a former BBC journalist who currently works at the Ministry of Justice, as its director of communications.

Capita corporate affairs chief Katja Hall to depart in restructure

Capita corporate affairs chief Katja Hall to depart in restructure

Capita corporate affairs director Katja Hall is leaving her role at the end of the year following a restructure at the outsourcing and professional services company, PRWeek has learned.

Big Partnership appoints former SNP aide as head of public affairs

Big Partnership appoints former SNP aide as head of public affairs

Glasgow-based agency Big Partnership has appointed Paul Robertson to the new position of head of public affairs.

Senior public affairs adviser to leave BBC for royal role

Senior public affairs adviser to leave BBC for royal role

Jason Keen is to leave his job as a senior public affairs adviser at the BBC to become assistant private secretary to the Earl and Countess of Wessex, PRWeek has learned.

Charity Commission hires director of external affairs

Charity Commission hires director of external affairs

Jonathan Stock has left the City of London Corporation, where he was senior comms lead for London's COVID-19 response, to take up a new role as assistant director, external affairs, at the Charity Commission.