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Madano appoints managing directors as part of £20m growth plan

Strategic comms agency Madano has promoted four of its team leaders to the role of managing director.

Hotwire introduces AI to data and analytics offering

Global tech comms agency Hotwire has brought in data intelligence tools that use AI and data insights to ‘identify the most impactful messaging, storylines, reporters, and influencers’.

Dementia UK appoints consumer PR agency

The charity Dementia UK has hired a PR agency to lead the third phase of its brand campaign, entitled ‘We Live With Dementia’.

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

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Words + Pixels names first MD

PR consultancy Words + Pixels has promoted Oli Bradley to the new role of managing director following what it called a year of ‘exceptional growth’.

Ikea Christmas dinner, Natwest board game, Dunkin and Bisto - Campaigns round-up

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

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MEPRA Awards 2023 winners announced

Discover which agencies topped the bill at this year’s MEPRA Awards 2023 at the Atlantis, The Palm hotel in Dubai.

Clarion Comms joins up with SEO specialist on digital PR offer

Consumer and b2b comms and marketing agency Clarion Communications has relaunched its digital offering, setting up a new partnership with search marketing specialist Search Seven.

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Heathrow reviews corporate PR roster

Heathrow Airport is reviewing its corporate PR roster and placing Portland Communications and Stonehaven on notice, PRWeek has learned.

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What PRs are reading: Top 10 most-read PRWeek UK stories in November

Here are PRWeek UK’s most-read articles for November, measured by the number of industry professionals who log in to the website.

Which PR agencies end 2023 with B Corp status?

While one major agency has had its B Corp accreditation reviewed in the latter half of this year, a range of other PR shops have celebrated completing their assessments.

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Pharma’s ESG comms is failing, research finds

The pharma sector is failing to effectively communicates its environmental, social and governance (ESG) activities, new research suggests.

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FCA greenwashing crackdown announced

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has announced a raft of measures to tackle exaggerated or misleading sustainability claims, including an anti-greenwashing rule that will affect tens of thousands of companies in the financial sector.

Havas buys latest comms agency for H/Advisors

Havas has made its third acquisition this year to add to its global strategic advisory network, H/Advisors.

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Fight or Flight hires Instinctif deputy MD

B2B comms agency Fight or Flight has made a senior hire from Instinctif Partners.

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Purpose Awards EMEA 2024 opens for entries

The Purpose Awards EMEA – the awards scheme from PRWeek, Campaign and Third Sector – is now accepting entries for 2024.

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Actum hires ex-UK government adviser as MD

Consulting firm Actum LLC has appointed a former special adviser to Baroness Warsi as its managing director.

Michael Baggs

Full Fat hires ex-Diageo digital lead

Creative communications agency Full Fat has appointed a head of social.

Lynn Davidson, Caroline Holtum, Anna Boehm, Camilla Born

‘Difficult – sometimes nerve-wracking’ – What’s it like handling comms at COP?

COP28, the 2023 edition of the UN’s annual climate summit, gets underway tomorrow (30 November). But what is it like to run comms at the world’s biggest gathering of governments trying to find ways to save the planet?


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Grayling, Hope&Glory, Red Havas, Finn Partners – Agency bosses on mandated in-office working

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Gillian Keegan’s ‘hot mic’ moment – what are comms pros saying?

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RSPB ‘sorry’ for calling ministers liars – can charities do punchy comms?

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‘Not just about slapping logos onto jerseys anymore’ – Unilever on FIFA Women’s World Cup strategy

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The loss of TweetDeck – how are PRs coping?

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'Change is in the air' – are tech PR firms through the worst?

‘There is an H in HR for a reason’ – can AI solve the PR hiring crisis?

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‘Journalistic instincts remain primal’ – comms lessons from Huw Edwards case

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Does Gen Z think PR is a ‘lazy girl job’?

Where are all the Women’s World Cup campaigns?

‘It’s hardly deepfake territory’ – Maybelline’s mascara digital PR masterclass

Gemma Moroney, April Hogan, Rick Guttridge, David Phillips

Budget uncertainty, rising costs – how tough is it for small PR agencies?

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‘A symbol for change’ – EA comms boss on major rebrand

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‘Flexi-committed clout-chasing allyship’ – Bud Light shows tentative stances won’t wash for brands

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‘Propaganda… errr I mean public relations!’ – Should the industry take Musk’s swipe at PR seriously?

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Rostrum senior management shake-up

Comms agency Rostrum has announced a change in its senior leadership.

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Citigate Dewe Rogerson UK CEO to depart

Citigate Dewe Rogerson (CDR) UK chief executive Lorna Cobbett is set to leave the business on 1 December after almost two years, PRWeek has learned.

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Ogilvy appoints EMEA head of influence

Ogilvy PR has appointed a head of influence for the EMEA region, in response to ‘complex client briefs’ in the influencer marketing discipline.

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Kate Wall

KFC appoints marketing director

Fast-food chain KFC UK and Ireland has promoted from within the business to fill the role of marketing director.

Tara Singh

Hill & Knowlton hires PA chief

Hill & Knowlton has appointed a former Downing Street adviser to the new role of managing director, public affairs, in the UK.

Theo Bamber, Fiona Brown, Mario Theodorou

Blakeney continues expansion with three senior hires

Blakeney, the London-based strategic comms and public affairs consultancy, has made three appointments as part of its expansion plans.

Alison Doughty, Peter Impey

Ex-90TEN global heads join Ovid Health

Ovid Health has appointed two former global heads of 90TEN as board advisors to help double its revenue to more than £3m by 2026.

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Ready10 bolsters team with senior hire

Consumer PR firm Ready10 has appointed a senior associate director to support the agency’s growth.

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Finn Partners hires new lead in Germany

Independent marketing and comms firm Finn Partners has appointed a leader for its German offices.

Christian Cubitt

GCS director takes top comms job at Defra

A Government Communication Service director with almost 20 years of experience in Whitehall comms has been appointed group director of communications at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Andrew Stevens

Havas Red names UK and Europe ECD

Global comms agency Havas Red has promoted UK executive creative director Andrew Stevens to the new role of executive creative director for the UK and Europe.