Propel Finance, one of Britain’s biggest independent finance houses, has appointed public affairs specialist Cicero/AMO as its retained PR agency.
Pagefield has strengthened its senior team with a raft of hires and announced a fully flexible working model, PRWeek has learned.
Advertisers on GB News have begun responding to online pressure for funding GB News, with one promising to boycott the new TV channel.
The Post Office has appointed Boldspace to launch a major campaign calling on the Government and industry to ‘Save Our Cash’.
GB News, the hotly-anticipated new broadcast channel with a right-wing take, launched last night to muted fanfare due to an unfortunate scheduling clash with a first-round match in the European football championships.
Mars UK has appointed former Innocent Drinks comms chief William Blomefield as its first UK public affairs director.
The controversial award of an £560,000 contract for COVID-19-related comms and research to political comms agency Public First was unlawful, the High Court has ruled.
‘You are either utterly disingenuous… or turning a blind eye’ – Ingham responds to Parliament statement on passes scandal
A lobbying industry leader has described parliamentary authorities as either “complacent, naïve or utterly disingenuous” amid revelations that parliamentarians are providing inappropriate access to various interest groups.
‘A scandal of decades of undue influence’: MPs and Lords providing ‘inappropriate’ parliamentary access to dozens
The PRCA is calling for an overhaul of rules governing who receives parliamentary passes after new analysis found the system is open to abuse, with 210 passes handed to charities, think tanks, business groups, trade unions and consultants.
Global investor and developer Far East Consortium (FEC) has appointed Citypress as the lead communications advisor on its £4bn Victoria North project in Manchester.
In a hotly anticipated appearance before a parliamentary select committee this morning, Dominic Cummings doubled down on his claim that the Government’s official plan until the middle of March was to achieve herd immunity.
Allegory, Cirkle, Smarts and 23red are among the agencies backing a code of conduct, launched today, that is intended to improve the wellbeing of people working in comms and advertising.
Group head of communications Rebecca Reilly's remit will now include responsibility for public affairs, as long-serving corporate responsibility, sustainability and public affairs lead Judith Batchelar steps down to pursue a new challenge.
BCW has hired Caroline Winters as a senior adviser, specialising in public affairs, corporate reputation and issues management.
The Labour Party has appointed BritainThinks co-founder Deborah Mattinson as its director of strategy, with a remit to work on its core narrative.
Alex Challoner, founder of Cavendish Advocacy, has stepped down as managing director and been replaced by his long-time colleague Gareth Morgan, the agency has announced.
Edelman UK has hired the former head of public affairs at the Financial Conduct Authority, Wes Ball, as a director. He joins the Advocacy and Public Affairs leadership team led by managing director Luciana Berger.
Last year, at 2.29am, I became a dad for the first time, but it was the second time that year I had created something new.
Public affairs firms must take action to attract good people who want to do good work
A link between contracts for agencies and their net zero plans has been made – and it’s here to stay
Any agency leaders who thought they didn’t need to worry about climate action will have had something of a shock last week.
There isn’t an agency out there that hasn’t had a rough ride with a client at some point, but post-pandemic (if one can even call this 'post') the tide seems to have turned toward an even tougher stance with agencies.
'Draw the Line' and 'Hope United' are having an impact, but it is too early to judge how effective the campaign has been at curtailing online abuse. BT's consumer division corporate affairs director, Mat Sears, wants other brands to take up the fight and continue to press social media platforms to do more.
I don't want to be 'that guy' complaining about Pride campaigns – I'm in awe of brands that get it right and I don't want to shame anyone into wanting to show support, but…
The BBC’s response to the Martin Bashir scandal has been to announce a “Review of Editorial Policies” and an investigation into the re-hiring of Bashir by the Corporation in 2016.
Whether it's been badged as "rebalancing the economy", or as Theresa May's short-lived "industrial strategy", the concept of 'levelling up' has been at the centre of political and economic thinking for years.
Zoom fatigue has taken its toll over the past 12 months, with the hours spent at screens straining eyes and draining hearts, but, as the world begins to open up, evidence is rapidly amassing that business as usual will look very different in the future.
With light at the end of the lockdown tunnel, we now know we’ll need some kind of COVID-19 ‘vaccine certificate’ to go on a foreign holiday (remember those?), but not to huddle in a wet pub garden with five friends.
Do you have agency to act on climate change? I don’t mean do you have an agency to help you act on climate change – that would be a sales pitch too far. I mean: do you have ‘agency’ to act on climate change?
As a consultancy starting work with a new client, you may or may not rate the client’s previous agency, but at least its work provides a starting point from which to improve, replicate or overhaul – but what happens when the client has never had consultancy support before?
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 12 months (which you may have been, due to COVID-19) you can’t have failed to notice a rise in women talking about the menopause.
Back in March, the UK Government finally said it was ‘BAME over’ for this 'reductionist idea' of an acronym, which is frequently used to group all ethnic minorities together.
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Hill+Knowlton Strategies (H+K) has hired Lisa Kilmartin as a managing director of corporate affairs and advisory.
Portland has appointed William Gaillard, former UEFA director of communications and public affairs, as a senior adviser.
Zurich Insurance UK has appointed Tracy Dickerson as head of external communications, one of the two most senior communications roles at the financial services business, PRWeek has learned.
Engine MHP has hired a head of strategy and head of creative and announced the launch of a 20-person creative content team, called Studio, for the combined MHP+Mischief business.
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