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Bulgaria's foreign ministry appoints APCO for brief covering EU Presidency

Bulgaria's foreign ministry appoints APCO for brief covering EU Presidency

APCO Worldwide's global solutions practice has won a £200,000-plus brief with Bulgaria's Ministry for Foreign Affairs, to provide strategic communication counsel during the state's upcoming EU Presidency.

ABI thanks agency for successful Budget campaign (and for proving insurance industry does have a sense of humour)

ABI thanks agency for successful Budget campaign (and for proving insurance industry does have a sense of humour)

The Association of British Insurers has welcomed Chancellor Philip Hammond's decision not to increase Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) in the Budget, saying that agency Third City's #IPTsUnfair campaign "did the trick".

Budget 2017: Gags and giveaways but 'Spreadsheet Phil' is no showman and can't hide the bad news

Budget 2017: Gags and giveaways but 'Spreadsheet Phil' is no showman and can't hide the bad news

Chancellor Phillip Hammond unveiled the Government's Budget this afternoon, in which he announced cuts to stamp duty for first-time buyers and an investment fund to enliven UK productivity, a significant proportion of which will be spent in high-tech industries such as AI and full-fibre broadband.

Scottish lobbying register urged to emphasise 'positive' aspects of the trade

Scottish lobbying register urged to emphasise 'positive' aspects of the trade

The nascent Scottish Parliament Lobbying Register has been urged to raise awareness of what lobbying is and highlight the positive aspects of it, in a report by a University of Edinburgh lecturer.

Hanover acquires Bell Pottinger's operations in Middle East

Hanover acquires Bell Pottinger's operations in Middle East

UK-based Hanover Group has acquired outright the Middle East business of Bell Pottinger, including its Abu Dhabi operating license, with Archie Berens becoming chair of the new combined operation.

Dods Group and Lord Bell make loans totalling £1m to start-up Sans Frontières

Dods Group and Lord Bell make loans totalling £1m to start-up Sans Frontières

Sans Frontières Associates, the agency set up last year by a former Bell Pottinger partner and chaired by Lord Bell, has been given interest-free loans totalling £1m by its chair and investor Dods Group.

Mexico hires FTI Consulting for NAFTA negotiations

Mexico hires FTI Consulting for NAFTA negotiations

The firm will provide comms and public affairs support to Mexico as the country enters tough NAFTA negotiations.

Angela Merkel campaigns adviser Joachim Koschnicke to become Hering Schuppener partner

Angela Merkel campaigns adviser Joachim Koschnicke to become Hering Schuppener partner

Joachim Koschnicke has been hired by Hering Schuppener, the European sister firm of Finsbury and Glover Park, following a short stint as head of strategic planning and strategic comms to German chancellor Angela Merkel.

In brief: Bridges back to Santander, senior hires at GK, health group hires comms head, Capcom calls in Hope&Glory

In brief: Bridges back to Santander, senior hires at GK, health group hires comms head, Capcom calls in Hope&Glory

Bridges back to Santander, senior hires at GK, health group hires comms head, Capcom calls in Hope&Glory and more from PRWeek UK.

Scouts reviews PR and public affairs briefs held by Portland

Scouts reviews PR and public affairs briefs held by Portland

The Scout Association is reviewing its PR and public affairs briefs currently held by Portland, with retainers on both accounts worth up to £5,000 a month for the successful agency.

Engage by Bell Pottinger boss Hugh Taggart takes senior Edelman role

Engage by Bell Pottinger boss Hugh Taggart takes senior Edelman role

Former Bell Pottinger partner Hugh Taggart has joined Edelman UK in a senior role, giving him oversight of more than 150 staff.

Indicted Trump associate Richard Gates hires Glenn Selig for crisis support

Indicted Trump associate Richard Gates hires Glenn Selig for crisis support

Gates was indicted on Monday morning alongside longtime associate Paul Manafort.

PRCA members may employ peers despite apparent ban in code of conduct

The PRCA has said that member firms may employ members of the House of Lords and remain "absolutely compliant" with its rules, despite confusion in the industry as to whether this is permitted under the body's code of conduct.

OUTstanding list celebrates eight senior LGBT+ figures in UK comms industry

OUTstanding list celebrates eight senior LGBT+ figures in UK comms industry

Senior industry figures in agency and in-house roles have been named in the Financial Times' OUTstanding list of LGBT+ leaders, published this morning.

Ogilvy EMEA MD and former Gordon Brown aides joins WPP government practice

Ogilvy EMEA MD and former Gordon Brown aides joins WPP government practice

Iain Bundred, a top Ogilvy PR executive and former political spokesman to ex-Prime Minister Gordon Brown, has been appointed executive director of WPP's Government and Public Sector Practice.

FTSE250 healthcare property developer Assura swaps Finsbury for Edelman

FTSE250 healthcare property developer Assura swaps Finsbury for Edelman

Assura, the FTSE250-listed owner, operator and developer of 475 medical centres throughout the UK, has appointed Edelman as its retained financial comms and public affairs advisor, following a competitive pitch.

'What about councillors who lobby?' Comms boss calls for local transparency after criticism of MPs working for agencies

'What about councillors who lobby?' Comms boss calls for local transparency after criticism of MPs working for agencies

The boss of Cratus Communications has told PRWeek that there is a lack of transparency around the conflicts of interest created by local councillors working for lobbying agencies - while rejecting Mail on Sunday criticism of an MP working for his agency.

Opinion and features

'A hard road to walk' - can brands advertise with the Daily Mail and still keep customers on side?

'A hard road to walk' - can brands advertise with the Daily Mail and still keep customers on side?

So Paperchase has apologised to its followers on social media after objections were aired to the promotional deal it ran on the front page of Saturday's print edition of the Daily Mail.

Boutique agencies are critical to the future of PR

Boutique agencies are critical to the future of PR

I first started in PR when Instagram didn't exist, Facebook ads weren't really 'a thing' and cost-per-click had yet to evolve into the giant performance marketing industry it is today.

Do we need women-only clubs to foster female entrepreneurs in PR?

Do we need women-only clubs to foster female entrepreneurs in PR?

As we celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week this week, it's as good a time as any to reflect on the fact that I've been an entrepreneur for 15 years.

The poppy has a PR problem

The poppy has a PR problem

It should be a straightforward symbol of remembrance for the war dead, but these days the humble poppy has a PR problem.

What to expect when you hire a PR graduate

What to expect when you hire a PR graduate

After three years of studying a PR degree, I finally made it into PR - but do employers know what to expect from the grads they bring in?

Flop of the Month: Theresa May splutters through her make-or-break moment

Flop of the Month: Theresa May splutters through her make-or-break moment

Theresa May's keynote speech to the Conservative Party Conference was a make-or-break moment.

Five Campaigns We Liked in October 2017: vote for your favourite

Five Campaigns We Liked in October 2017: vote for your favourite

From super-strength, anti-vampire garlic bread, to police wearing nail varnish and 'mummies' marching for better working rights... PRWeek UK chooses its top October campaigns. Vote below for your favourite.

Former GCS deputy director: BBC should publish its audience data for news

Former GCS deputy director: BBC should publish its audience data for news

There is no one left in PR who thinks that data doesn't have a role - or that a cuttings book and maybe a showreel are enough to persuade a client that they have got their money's worth.

What you see is what you get: Why LGBT+ visibility in comms remains vital

What you see is what you get: Why LGBT+ visibility in comms remains vital

Last week, the Financial Times released its OUTstanding list of the 100 most influential LGBT+ leaders in business.

Five ways to fast-track graduates... for their benefit and yours

Five ways to fast-track graduates... for their benefit and yours

The PR industry is unique in the sense that it's the people who matter. The success of an agency or consultancy is almost 100 per cent dependent on the people within it.

If you're 'bored of diversity' in the creative industries, you're bored of what fuels brilliant work

If you're 'bored of diversity' in the creative industries, you're bored of what fuels brilliant work

What a weekus horribilus for Justin Tindall. It all started on a yellow-skied Tuesday when Campaign pressed 'publish' on a piece in which he claimed he was "bored of diversity being prioritised over talent".

The problem with the Today programme: Damned if you do, damned if you don't

The problem with the Today programme: Damned if you do, damned if you don't

I love the Today programme. I adore the Today programme. I listen to the Today programme every morning. It's my anchor in the stormy sea of current affairs; the light that leads the way in the gloom of the early morning.

Let's talk about disability in PR: Disabled employees are a nearly untouched pool of talent

Let's talk about disability in PR: Disabled employees are a nearly untouched pool of talent

Since being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of eight, I have always been hyper-aware of how it differentiated me from my peers.

International Day of the Girl: Two years on, 'Like a Girl' still has something to teach communicators

International Day of the Girl: Two years on, 'Like a Girl' still has something to teach communicators

Two years after it launched, P&G's Like A Girl is still being cited as a great campaign; I was wondering what makes that work so evocative, that it hangs around in our consciousness when other campaigns, award-winning or not, just fade away.

Recent public/corporate affairs people moves

In brief: JBP gets SAD for CEO, wins for Mercieca, Fox, Stand Agency and TAG

In brief: JBP gets SAD for CEO, wins for Mercieca, Fox, Stand Agency and TAG

JBP hires Anderson-Dixon as CEO, Shock win for Mercieca, Fox hired for fintech launch, and more from PRWeek UK.

Remarkable hires ex-Bell Pottinger partner and former Lord Mayor as director

Remarkable hires ex-Bell Pottinger partner and former Lord Mayor as director

Public affairs and property comms agency Remarkable Group has hired former Bell Pottinger partner Steve Summers as a director.

In brief: Deezer hires Good Relations, Powerscourt fits Footasylum, health hires at Hanover and Lexington

Deezer hires Good Relations, Powerscourt fits Footasylum brief, health hires at Hanover and Lexington and more from PRWeek UK.

Jo-ann Robertson named Ketchum London CEO as Kaufmann heads back to the US

Jo-ann Robertson named Ketchum London CEO as Kaufmann heads back to the US

Ketchum London CEO Denise Kaufmann will return to her native US for a new role with the firm in January, with her deputy Jo-ann Robertson stepping up to lead the UK operation.

BBC Radio 4 and Today programme business editor Simon Hamer enters PR

BBC Radio 4 and Today programme business editor Simon Hamer enters PR

Simon Hamer, the business editor for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Digital, has been appointed as a director in Portland's corporate division.

Ogilvy PR's UK boss Marshall Manson to move to Brunswick

Ogilvy PR's UK boss Marshall Manson to move to Brunswick

Marshall Manson, the UK CEO of Ogilvy PR, is moving to Brunswick as a partner in a digital-focused role.