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Bladonmore hires former Superbrands business development lead

Bladonmore hires former Superbrands business development lead

Bladonmore has grown its leadership team with the appointment of development director Liz Silvester.

Public affairs agency Interel acquired by Dentons Global Advisors

Public affairs agency Interel acquired by Dentons Global Advisors

Dentons Global Advisors has acquired public affairs agency Interel for an undisclosed sum, the firm announced this morning.

Lucozade Energy appoints communications agency

Lucozade Energy appoints communications agency

Suntory Beverage & Food GB&I has added Thinkhouse to its Lucozade Energy agency roster following a competitive pitch.

PR's ethnic and gender pay gaps: deadline extended to provide your data

PR's ethnic and gender pay gaps: deadline extended to provide your data

UK PR agencies are urged to provide data on their ethnicity and gender pay gaps for a major new initiative from PRWeek and People Like Us, supported by the PRCA and Women in PR. The deadline for submitting data has been extended to midday on Monday 2 August.

‘A new future and a fresh start’: Mark Penn on MDC and Stagwell finally tying the knot

‘A new future and a fresh start’: Mark Penn on MDC and Stagwell finally tying the knot

The combined company will have global revenues of $2.1 billion and be renamed Stagwell Inc.

Edelman names Duncan Milner executive creative director

Edelman names Duncan Milner executive creative director

Milner will lead work on Edelman’s global Samsung account.

Hope&Glory wins gym chain client

Hope&Glory wins gym chain client

Gymbox has appointed Hope&Glory to run its brand PR.

BT keeps Marcus Rashford tribute messages rolling with virtual wall of hope

BT keeps Marcus Rashford tribute messages rolling with virtual wall of hope

Visitors to the Rashford mural can scan a QR to access the messages.

Puma hires UK comms agency on retainer

Puma hires UK comms agency on retainer

Puma has appointed MSL as its retained strategic comms partner following a seven-way competitive pitch.

Adland’s anger at ‘unacceptable’ tabloid reporting of JWT discrimination case

Adland’s anger at ‘unacceptable’ tabloid reporting of JWT discrimination case

Several adland organisations are set to complain to IPSO about MailOnline's coverage.

Brands2Life hires head of social strategy

Brands2Life hires head of social strategy

Brands2Life has appointed Sophie Crossley to the new role of head of social strategy.

Baby brand Munchkin hires PR agency

Baby brand Munchkin hires PR agency

US baby brand Munchkin has appointed Smoking Gun to handle its UK PR, influencer and social media campaign strategy and implementation.

Powerscourt makes quartet of hires including first head of people

Powerscourt has hired its first head of people alongside a trio of consultant appointments.

Movers & Shakers: Citigate, Powerscourt, Bentley Motors, Berkeley, Langland, Taso, WPR

Movers & Shakers: Citigate, Powerscourt, Bentley Motors, Berkeley, Langland, Taso, WPR

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

Pitch update: Clubhouse, Visit Portugal, Sally Beauty, Carex, Tenjin, Cognita

Pitch update: Clubhouse, Visit Portugal, Sally Beauty, Carex, Tenjin, Cognita

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

Clubhouse signs up Golin as global PR partner

Clubhouse signs up Golin as global PR partner

Clubhouse also said it will no longer require invitations to join.

Unilever ‘fully committed to Israel’ despite Ben & Jerry’s move to withdraw brand

Unilever ‘fully committed to Israel’ despite Ben & Jerry’s move to withdraw brand

Brand owner is continuing to put more money into media.

Fast-growing agency hires former government minister Margot James

Fast-growing agency hires former government minister Margot James

Public affairs agency Taso Advisory has followed rapid revenue growth by marking its second year in business with the announcement of a raft of senior hires – including former digital minister Margot James.

IPG PR firms post double-digit revenue growth in Q2

IPG PR firms post double-digit revenue growth in Q2

For the first six months of the year, the PR firms registered mid-single-digit organic growth.

Break-up looks likely as £100m Engine auction begins

Break-up looks likely as £100m Engine auction begins

Lake Capital could sell the agency group’s divisions – creative, communication and transform – separately, though a single deal has not been ruled out.

Analysis

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

PRWeek Top 150: One in three agencies surrender accounts as clients demand more

PRWeek Top 150: One in three agencies surrender accounts as clients demand more

The Information
PRWeek Top 150: COVID-19 hits project work

PRWeek Top 150: COVID-19 hits project work

The Information
PRWeek Top 150: Rents fall for one in four agencies amid caution on closures and openings

PRWeek Top 150: Rents fall for one in four agencies amid caution on closures and openings

The Information
PRWeek Top 150: Tech PR 'reached saturation' but optimism grows

PRWeek Top 150: Tech PR 'reached saturation' but optimism grows

The Information
Life after Slack: Who are the contenders and what next for Downing Street comms?

Life after Slack: Who are the contenders and what next for Downing Street comms?

The ‘debate is dead’ – flexible working is here to stay: industry analysis

The ‘debate is dead’ – flexible working is here to stay: industry analysis

‘Lead with truth and science’: healthcare comms pros advise Oxford/AstraZeneca as vaccine rollout stalls

‘Lead with truth and science’: healthcare comms pros advise Oxford/AstraZeneca as vaccine rollout stalls

‘A hatchet over our heads’: GCS staff and union voice anger over redundancy programme

‘A hatchet over our heads’: GCS staff and union voice anger over redundancy programme

People moves

PRCA reveals Africa Network board

PRCA reveals Africa Network board

The PRCA has named a 10-strong inaugural board for its Africa Network.

Berkeley Communications UK MD to depart

Berkeley Communications UK MD to depart

Lynsey Barry, UK managing director of Berkeley Communications, is leaving the b2b tech PR agency after six-and-a-half years as it prepares to make big changes in the senior team.

Publicis Health company Langland appoints managing partner

Publicis Health company Langland appoints managing partner

Jake Davis has been promoted to managing partner at Langland, the agency has announced.

Bentley Motors names head of marketing and comms for Europe

Bentley Motors names head of marketing and comms for Europe

Bentley Motors has appointed Amel Boubaaya, former McLaren Automotive head of PR for EMEA, as its new head of marketing and communications for Europe.

Utility Warehouse hires former Cisco comms figure to lead PR

Utility Warehouse hires former Cisco comms figure to lead PR

Utility Warehouse (UW), billed as the UK’s only 'multi-service' utilities provider, has appointed former senior Cisco comms figure Samantha Burrough as head of PR and communications.

Ogilvy Health makes statement of intent with senior social media promotion

Ogilvy Health makes statement of intent with senior social media promotion

Ogilvy Health has promoted Rebecca Carter to the new role of head of social media to reflect the growing importance of this area to the agency and its clients.

Movers & Shakers: BCW, Interpublic, Subway, Blurred, Hanover, 3 Monkeys Zeno and more
3 Monkeys Zeno promotes directors to new leadership roles

3 Monkeys Zeno promotes directors to new leadership roles

3 Monkeys Zeno has grown its leadership team by promoting former head of brand Anna Speight to deputy managing director and Rebecca Wagstaffe to head of business development and marketing, Europe.

Exclusive: BCW London unites corporate and public affairs practices

Exclusive: BCW London unites corporate and public affairs practices

BCW has merged its London corporate and public affairs practices and named Nick Williams group managing director of the new division along with a raft of senior promotions, PRWeek can exclusively reveal.

Hanover hires group digital director

Hanover hires group digital director

Hanover has appointed Adam Naylor as group digital director, the consultancy’s third senior group-level hire of recent months.

Rolls-Royce nuclear programme and Institution of Civil Engineers make senior comms hires

Rolls-Royce nuclear programme and Institution of Civil Engineers make senior comms hires

Rolls-Royce has appointed a government and corporate affairs director for its mini nuclear reactors project, while the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) has hired a new director of communications.

Longtime Disney communications lead Zenia Mucha to step down

Longtime Disney communications lead Zenia Mucha to step down

The veteran company communications leader is reportedly planning to exit early next year.

Channel 4 names new comms director

Channel 4 names new comms director

Channel 4 has hired Sao Bui-Van, former director of communications at King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, as its new comms director.