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Nationwide hires new agency for corporate PR and public affairs

Nationwide hires new agency for corporate PR and public affairs

Nationwide Building Society has hired MHP to a corporate and public affairs brief following a six-way pitch, PRWeek has learned.

One code, one register, 'no extra cost': PRCA and APPC reveal merger plan details

One code, one register, 'no extra cost': PRCA and APPC reveal merger plan details

A merger of PRCA and APPC will mean a single Public Affairs Code, Register and disciplinary process, while no current member of either body will pay more than they do now, the groups have promised.

Teneo Blue Rubicon makes senior hires from Sky News, Labour and Gala Coral

Teneo Blue Rubicon makes senior hires from Sky News, Labour and Gala Coral

Teneo Blue Rubicon has made three senior appointments: former Gala Coral corporate affairs director Fiona Thorne, former Sky News business editor Rachel Healey-Harris, and ex-Labour Party director of policy Simon Jackson.

Qatar 'dirty tricks' report 'a blemish' on PR sector but 'not common behaviour'

Qatar 'dirty tricks' report 'a blemish' on PR sector but 'not common behaviour'

The alleged 'dirty tricks' carried out by a senior PR executive around Qatar's World Cup bid, and his reported work in Syria, is a "blemish" on the industry but "not at all common behaviour", says the president of the PR Council.

APPC merger with PRCA moves closer

APPC merger with PRCA moves closer

Public affairs and lobbying body the APPC will ask its members to approve a merger with the PRCA, following an approach made by the latter.

TfL director of news to take on external relations in expanded role

TfL director of news to take on external relations in expanded role

As part of a reorganisation of its comms team, Transport for London has expanded the role of director of news Matt Brown to include the management of external relations.

Ketchum hires former Walmart and Hume Brophy staffer to lead London public affairs

Ketchum hires former Walmart and Hume Brophy staffer to lead London public affairs

Ketchum has hired Chris Martin (pictured) as director of public affairs in London.

In brief: Clarion retains Aldi, Greenbrook gets Goldman vet, PRCA Egypt and APPC YCC appoint chairs, Rogerson sets up shop

In brief: Clarion retains Aldi, Greenbrook gets Goldman vet, PRCA Egypt and APPC YCC appoint chairs, Rogerson sets up shop

Clarion retains Aldi BWS brief, Asda leaver launches agency, Greenbrook gets Goldman veteran, and more from PRWeek UK.

British Chambers of Commerce brings in joint campaigns directors on job share

British Chambers of Commerce brings in joint campaigns directors on job share

Business network the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) is taking on two co-executive director of policy and campaigns, with both joining from the same charity.

Julian Assange takes on ex-Labour MP and PR man Richard Hillgrove to seek 'political solution' to extradition impasse

Julian Assange takes on ex-Labour MP and PR man Richard Hillgrove to seek 'political solution' to extradition impasse

Julian Assange has taken on a new team to provide PR, parliamentary engagement and other services, as he attempts to secure a way for him to end his stay in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

From PR pro to working mum: reflections on the maternity leave experience

From PR pro to working mum: reflections on the maternity leave experience

Holly Pither, associate director at Bottle and new mother, has spoken to PRWeek about her experience of maternity leave, returning to her agency early and what the industry should be doing to support women.

Newington and CBI veteran joins business group ahead of Brexit and Crossrail push

Newington and CBI veteran joins business group ahead of Brexit and Crossrail push

Muniya Barua has been made London First's first director of corporate affairs, with other comms figures in the business group given promotions.

In brief: Tfl arrival at Interel, Inbetweeners' Simon makes agency 'friend', Ready10 signs up Kanu, Big hire

In brief: Tfl arrival at Interel, Inbetweeners' Simon makes agency 'friend', Ready10 signs up Kanu, Big hire

Tfl arrival at Interel, Inbetweeners' Simon makes agency 'friend', Ready10 signs up Kanu, Content hire at Big and more from PRWeek UK.

Ex-Fox News executive Bill Shine joins White House to lead comms

Ex-Fox News executive Bill Shine joins White House to lead comms

Shine was previously co-president of Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network.

29 PR pros who have gone places since being in the PRWeek 30 Under 30

29 PR pros who have gone places since being in the PRWeek 30 Under 30

The PRWeek 30 Under 30 has been highlighting the industry's stars of the future since 2006. Now it's the future - so what have the previous entrants been up to?

SEC creates chief sales officer role to improve group visibility and connectivity

SEC creates chief sales officer role to improve group visibility and connectivity

Tom Parker, CEO of Brussels agency Cambre Associates, has been promoted to the newly created role of chief sales officer at its Milan-headquartered parent company SEC.

In brief: New director at Brunswick, WRAS taps Havas PR, Four's property recruit, wins for Launch and Premier

In brief: New director at Brunswick, WRAS taps Havas PR, Four's property recruit, wins for Launch and Premier

New director at Brunswick, WRAS taps Havas PR, property specialist joins Four, Café Rouge orders Launch, and more from PRWeek UK

Opinion and features

Social media killed the political star

Social media killed the political star

Labour has found itself at the heart of two Twitter storms in recent days, but both point to the weakness of its leadership, not a demonstration of its strength.

What Jeremy Hunt's 'Japanese wife' gaffe says about political messaging in the UK and China

What Jeremy Hunt's 'Japanese wife' gaffe says about political messaging in the UK and China

It's 2pm, Beijing time, Monday. Two delegations - one British, led by Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt; the other Chinese, led by his counterpart Wang Yi - face each other across a table. Hunt's introduction breaks the ice with a faux-pas.

Private Members' Bills can prove their worth as a parliamentary ice-breaker

Private Members' Bills can prove their worth as a parliamentary ice-breaker

Private Members' Bills came into the spotlight earlier this summer after Sir Christopher Chope infamously blocked proposed legislation to outlaw upskirting, but as we head into recess it is worth considering what their use means for the work of public affairs consultants.

A rebuttal of "In defence of the APPC"

A rebuttal of "In defence of the APPC"

The APPC Management Committee's proposal to merge with the PRCA has started a debate on how we move forward as an industry. I welcome that.

In defence of the APPC

In defence of the APPC

I was completely stunned by the announcement last week that the APPC Management Committee would be recommending the APPC is subsumed into the PRCA.

Nine questions about how (and if) the APPC-PRCA merger would work

Nine questions about how (and if) the APPC-PRCA merger would work

The APPC's potential merger with the PRCA was announced yesterday. If approved, what would it mean in practice?

Will President Trump benefit from Melania's presence during his visit to the UK?

Will President Trump benefit from Melania's presence during his visit to the UK?

When you're in the public eye, your every move, facial expression and choice is scrutinised.

Grilled: Ross Kempsell on what PRs could do better, wastage in journalism and gammon (of course)

Grilled: Ross Kempsell on what PRs could do better, wastage in journalism and gammon (of course)

Currently chief reporter at political blog Guido Fawkes, Ross Kemspell moves to become talkRADIO's first political editor later this month. He sat down with PRWeek to do our Grilled interview ahead of the announcement.

Is PR ready to share? The employee ownership alternative to the agency model

Is PR ready to share? The employee ownership alternative to the agency model

Despite having some flagship proponents (John Lewis have been flying the flag since 1929), employee ownership uptake has, generally, remained confined to a few core sectors - notably professional services.

Flop of the Month: Runway runaway BoJo fails to show up

Flop of the Month: Runway runaway BoJo fails to show up

Boris Johnson has form when it comes making statements which are politically expedient at the time, only to welch on them when push comes to shove.

Heathrow decision: For aviation communicators, the hard work is just beginning

Heathrow decision: For aviation communicators, the hard work is just beginning

It has become a truism that Heathrow expansion is a totemic issue around which campaigners on both sides of the argument have prosecuted their battle for public and political opinion over at least the last 20 years.

Helping PRs to PR: hiring a dedicated marketing resource makes perfect sense for agencies

Helping PRs to PR: hiring a dedicated marketing resource makes perfect sense for agencies

If anyone is going to be good at self-promotion, it's going to be a PR agency, right?

Cicero buys Westbourne to form 'UK's biggest independent public affairs shop'

Cicero buys Westbourne to form 'UK's biggest independent public affairs shop'

Cicero Group has bought fellow London agency Westbourne Communications, creating what they say is the UK's biggest independent public affairs consultancy.

Appointing 'Remainer' Geordie Greig as Dacre's successor is a gamble for Lord Rothermere

Appointing 'Remainer' Geordie Greig as Dacre's successor is a gamble for Lord Rothermere

The appointment of Geordie Greig as the new editor of the Daily Mail reveals Paul Dacre had limited control over the manner of his departure after more than a quarter of a century in charge.

Recent public/corporate affairs people moves

Weber Shandwick's Swedish agency Prime names new CEO and deputy CEO

Weber Shandwick's Swedish agency Prime names new CEO and deputy CEO

Prime Weber Shandwick, the agency's Swedish operation, has appointed a new CEO and deputy CEO, as the former chief executive moves to an account-management role following the earnout period after Weber's acquisition.

In brief: BCW's Williams on board at PRCA, Goodyear Dunlop comms lead joins Reeves, wins for Triggerfish, Cellet and MRM

In brief: BCW's Williams on board at PRCA, Goodyear Dunlop comms lead joins Reeves, wins for Triggerfish, Cellet and MRM

Burson Cohn & Wolfe's Williams joins PRCA board, Infinite Global hires art director, wins for Triggerfish, Cellet and MRM, and more from PRWeek UK.

Former PR lead for Branson and London's Olympic Park named new LTA comms chief

Former PR lead for Branson and London's Olympic Park named new LTA comms chief

UK tennis governing body the Lawn Tennis Association has hired Victoria O'Byrne as its new comms director.

Finsbury names deputy CEO, head of operations

Finsbury names deputy CEO, head of operations

The appointments follow the exit of North America president Stephen Labaton.

Burson Cohn & Wolfe UK country lead named

Burson Cohn & Wolfe UK country lead named

Cohn & Wolfe's Rebecca Grant has been chosen to lead the UK business of the newly merged Burson Cohn & Wolfe (BCW).

In brief: Newington hires di Leo, Macmillan marcoms man leaves, win for Palm, new role for MacKenzie

In brief: Newington hires di Leo, Macmillan marcoms man leaves, win for Palm, new role for MacKenzie

Newington hires di Leo, Macmillan marcoms man to leave, win for Palm and more from PRWeek UK.