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'The impact on PR will be somewhere between dreadful and disastrous' - agency publicly backs Brexit people's vote

'The impact on PR will be somewhere between dreadful and disastrous' - agency publicly backs Brexit people's vote

London agency Uprise PR has thrown its weight behind The People's Vote - a grassroots campaign to give the public a democratic vote on any Brexit deal.

Facebook demands political advertisers prove their identity in transparency push

Facebook demands political advertisers prove their identity in transparency push

Facebook is demanding that UK political advertisers verify their identity on its platform as part of a range of transparency measures announced today.

In brief: Vuelio acquires ResponseSource, Milk & Honey bolsters leadership, account wins for PHA Group, Splendid

In brief: Vuelio acquires ResponseSource, Milk & Honey bolsters leadership, account wins for PHA Group, Splendid

Lgcomms unveils executive team, account wins for Brandman, Aduro and Ignition, software firm acquires ResponseSource, Milk & Honey bolsters leadership, and more from PRWeek UK.

Bell Pottinger liquidator pursues £3.8m from former partners

Bell Pottinger liquidator pursues £3.8m from former partners

Bell Pottinger's liquidator BDO is pursuing £3.8m in repayments from 90 partners of the collapsed public affairs agency.

Gladstone Place resigns account with Saudi Public Investment organization

Gladstone Place resigns account with Saudi Public Investment organization

The boutique firm quit the account this week following the disappearance of a 'Washington Post' columnist.

Post-APPC merger reaction: 'Time for unity, wider consultation and opportunity to improve governance'

Post-APPC merger reaction: 'Time for unity, wider consultation and opportunity to improve governance'

PRWeek approached APPC members on both sides of the merger debate to gather their views on what the vote means for the industry and what should happen now.

APPC members vote in favour of merger with the PRCA

APPC members vote in favour of merger with the PRCA

APPC members have voted in favour of a merger with the PRCA at an extraordinary general meeting tonight. The ballot attracted a 90% turnout with 39 members (57%) voting in favour a merger and 29 members opposed.

Case study: 'Protect The Protectors' campaign results in new legislation

Case study: 'Protect The Protectors' campaign results in new legislation

A Police Federation-led campaign to increase maximum sentences for people who assault emergency workers resulted in a new law that will double the length of jail time for offenders from the current maximum of six months.

New political party United for Change kicks off agency hunt

New political party United for Change kicks off agency hunt

Organisation aims to launch after Brexit and wants a shop that understands people outside the capital.

Hit or Miss? Theresa May's speech to the 2018 Conservative Conference

Hit or Miss? Theresa May's speech to the 2018 Conservative Conference

Theresa May addressed the Conservative Party Conference today, in a speech which touched on hope and sought to quell fear, as well as laying the ghosts of last year's iteration to rest.

Public First launches new practice to focus on pay-gap, skills and social mobility

Public First launches new practice to focus on pay-gap, skills and social mobility

Policy, strategy and comms specialist Public First has launched a new 'Human Capital' practice, staffed by two high profile hires from the worlds of politics and public affairs.

Hit or Miss? Jeremy Corbyn's speech to the 2018 Labour Conference

Hit or Miss? Jeremy Corbyn's speech to the 2018 Labour Conference

Jeremy Corbyn addressed the Labour Conference today, taking to the stage with the now familiar chant of "ohhhh, Jeremy Corbyn" ringing in his ears.

New registrar named for ORCL as ministers rapped by parliament over appointment process

New registrar named for ORCL as ministers rapped by parliament over appointment process

The Government has named the former chief executive of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Harry Rich, as its preferred candidate to be the new Registrar at the Office of the Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists (ORCL).

Senior lobbyists call for pause to APPC-PRCA merger vote

Senior lobbyists call for pause to APPC-PRCA merger vote

Four senior lobbyists have urged the APPC to put the merger vote on ice until a wider consultation process can be carried out, to help overcome "significant division within the industry".

APPC-PRCA merger: Here are the final pitches for both sides of the debate

APPC-PRCA merger: Here are the final pitches for both sides of the debate

As ballot papers are sent out to APPC members today (14 September), PRWeek has summarised the final pitches from both sides of the APPC-PRCA merger debate.

BCW appoints veteran foreign affairs PR

BCW appoints veteran foreign affairs PR

International comms specialist Nicholas Lunt has joined Burson Cohn & Wolfe (BCW) as managing director for comms in Brussels, reporting to CEO Karen Massin.

Downing Street events adviser joins Portland

Downing Street events adviser joins Portland

Portland has appointed former Downing Street senior staffer and Conservative Party operations and events manager Jonathan Stock as its head of events and marketing.

Opinion and features

Climate change comms in the post-truth, fake news era

Climate change comms in the post-truth, fake news era

Scanning the news headlines last Monday morning, the scale of communicating the climate change challenge waltzed past my eyes.

The reason we dropped the 'PR' abbreviation in our name

The reason we dropped the 'PR' abbreviation in our name

As we enter the "age of earned media", as asserted recently at the PRCA conference, public relations has never been more relevant.

Why agencies are sitting on the next pay gap time bomb

Why agencies are sitting on the next pay gap time bomb

Comms professionals should be sounding the warning bell and providing counsel on what the ethnicity pay gap consultation and its findings could mean.

They say I'm crazy; I really don't care

They say I'm crazy; I really don't care

When I saw those statues aboard ITV last year, I thought one thing: stunt!

Conservative Party Conference 2018: The Party of Opportunity?

Conservative Party Conference 2018: The Party of Opportunity?

Messaging at the 2018 Tory conference reads: "Opportunity. The Conservative Party is the Party of opportunity. The Conservative Party is the Party that will deliver a Brexit which gives Great Britain the opportunity to thrive on the global stage."

So, you want my job? Media and public affairs manager at London Air Ambulance

So, you want my job? Media and public affairs manager at London Air Ambulance

PRWeek takes a sidelong look at recruitment in public sector comms. Do you fancy Alexandra Sutherland's job as media and public affairs manager at London Air Ambulance?

Labour Conference 2018: This is Corbyn's party and businesses have stopped being dismissive of it

Labour Conference 2018: This is Corbyn's party and businesses have stopped being dismissive of it

The Labour Party conference, in comparison with the recent past, is a sea of tranquility; Corbyn is in charge of his party and it looks united.

The pitch process is broken: this is how to fix it

The pitch process is broken: this is how to fix it

It's September, and prime pitching season is upon is. We all know the drill: chemistry meeting, RFI, Q&A session, pitch, anxious wait for a decision. But one size doesn't fit all when it comes to the pitch process.

Drop the heavily branded press releases and approach journalists with tailored content

Drop the heavily branded press releases and approach journalists with tailored content

Talkability and shareability should be the prime drivers of how content is shaped and the traditional "PR release" should be consigned to the media relations history book.

Will GDPR sound the death knell for the old-fashioned sell-in?

Will GDPR sound the death knell for the old-fashioned sell-in?

The PR industry has long been aware of the cries of exasperated journalists receiving hundreds of daily pitch emails.

Public Affairs: Does politics need influencers?

Public Affairs: Does politics need influencers?

In fact, aren't politicians really just professional influencers themselves?

So, you want my job? Public affairs officer at the National Police Chiefs' Council

So, you want my job? Public affairs officer at the National Police Chiefs' Council

PRWeek takes a sidelong look at recruitment in public sector comms. Do you fancy Robert Hardware's job as public affairs officer at the National Police Chiefs' Council?

Civil war over the proposed APPC merger will leave it in tatters, whatever the outcome

Civil war over the proposed APPC merger will leave it in tatters, whatever the outcome

If gold standard public affairs and PR are about delivering excellence in communication with key stakeholders, the recent row about the proposed APPC-PRCA merger is a case study in how such dialogue should definitely not be handled.

Flop of the Month: Jeremy Corbyn falters amid disapproval

Flop of the Month: Jeremy Corbyn falters amid disapproval

PRWeek could probably name Jeremy Corbyn or Theresa May as Flop of any given month, but it's hard to look beyond the Labour leader's mishaps in August.

Recent public/corporate affairs people moves

Former Bush official Lanhee Chen joins Brunswick Group

Former Bush official Lanhee Chen joins Brunswick Group

Brunswick Group has appointed former George W Bush administration official Lanhee Chen as a senior counsellor.

Burson Cohn & Wolfe global chief creative officer Tom Eslinger exits

Burson Cohn & Wolfe global chief creative officer Tom Eslinger exits

He left BCW earlier this month.

In brief: Talk.Global secures Socker, Fever gets ASK Italian account, wins for MWWPR and Triangle

In brief: Talk.Global secures Socker, Fever gets ASK Italian account, wins for MWWPR and Triangle

Talk.Global nets Socker, senior appointments for Hanover Brussels and Tavistock, wins for Fever and MWWPR, Future to accept crypto payments, and more from PRWeek UK.

Day rises once again to take on senior FTI role

Day rises once again to take on senior FTI role

Former Burson-Marsteller chief executive Stephen Day has joined FTI consulting as a partner, it was announced this morning.

AA names first 'innovation' chief, heading marketing communications, digital and more

AA names first 'innovation' chief, heading marketing communications, digital and more

The AA has named its first chief innovation officer, a multi-faceted role that includes responsibility for external comms and campaigning plus marketing and brand development.

Philip Morris International hires Aaron Sherinian

Philip Morris International hires Aaron Sherinian

Sherinian previously worked at the U.N. Foundation and Aga Khan Development Network.