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No. 10 seeks political comms operative to lead White House-style press briefings

No. 10 seeks political comms operative to lead White House-style press briefings

Downing Street has begun the search for a £100,000-a-year political press spokesman to “communicate with the nation on behalf of the Prime Minister” in televised briefings from the autumn, with several industry names under consideration.

Johnson election campaign architects and former Telegraph editor set up consultancy

Johnson election campaign architects and former Telegraph editor set up consultancy

The men behind Boris Johnson and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s election victories have teamed up with The Daily Telegraph’s former political editor to set up a strategic communications agency.

Controversial ex-Government comms chief joins anti-extremism campaign

Controversial ex-Government comms chief joins anti-extremism campaign

Former journalist and government comms chief Kirsty Buchanan has joined anti-extremism organisation Mainstream as its campaign director.

UKIP leadership contender among founders of public affairs agency offering ‘Brexpertise’

UKIP leadership contender among founders of public affairs agency offering ‘Brexpertise’

Six ex-politicians, including former UKIP deputy chair, Suzanne Evans, have launched a public affairs agency, offering clients their ‘Brexpertise’ as the UK continues the process of leaving the European Union.

Ex-Cicero Research MD launches marcomms 'agency collective' for financial services

Ex-Cicero Research MD launches marcomms 'agency collective' for financial services

Former Cicero Research managing director Phil Wickenden has launched a full service marcomms agency that combines research, consultancy, design, digital, PR and corporate communications.

PRWeek UK launches awards for healthcare PR, corporate comms and public affairs

PRWeek UK launches awards for healthcare PR, corporate comms and public affairs

PRWeek UK has launched two new award schemes: one celebrating the best in healthcare and pharma comms, and the other recognising outstanding achievements in corporate and financial PR and public affairs.

Atos hires agency for expanded brief

Atos hires agency for expanded brief

Engine MHP has expanded its remit with Atos UK & Ireland - the digital transformation and tech services consultancy - to include PR, public affairs and digital comms.

Ofcom's Chris Wynn joins John Lewis Partnership to lead corporate and public affairs

Ofcom's Chris Wynn joins John Lewis Partnership to lead corporate and public affairs

The John Lewis Partnership has appointed Ofcom's director of communications, Chris Wynn, as director of corporate communications and promoted Gillian Taylor to head of brand communications for the group, PRWeek can reveal.

Lib Dems hire former journalist to lead on strategy and messaging

Lib Dems hire former journalist to lead on strategy and messaging

The Liberal Democrats have appointed former journalist and media comms chief Mimi Turner as the party’s director of strategy.

Huawei uses local projects in drive to restore battered image overseas

Huawei uses local projects in drive to restore battered image overseas

Localisation is Huawei's branding strategy for the year. Its work in Canada is one example.

BECG acquires public affairs agency to enhance client offer

BECG acquires public affairs agency to enhance client offer

Built Environment Communications Group (BECG) has acquired fellow public affairs agency Cavendish for an undisclosed sum and has relaunched it as Cavendish Advocacy.

Movers & Shakers: Edelman, Portland, Teneo, Fleet Street, APCO, Nestle and more

Movers & Shakers: Edelman, Portland, Teneo, Fleet Street, APCO, Nestle and more

PRWeek's weekly roundup of industry hires, departures and promotions. This column for the week commencing 6 July.

Public Affairs Board elects new chair for 12-month term

Public Affairs Board elects new chair for 12-month term

Members of the PRCA’s Public Affairs Board (PAB) have elected Liam Herbert as the new chair of the organisation.

'Governments using fake news laws to silence political opponents on social media' - Middle East academic

'Governments using fake news laws to silence political opponents on social media' - Middle East academic

Middle Eastern governments are using social media to spread disinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic, while at the same time creating laws to combat ‘fake news’ to silence dissenting voices, a regional academic has warned.

Porter Novelli collaborates with Global Situation Room for new services

Porter Novelli collaborates with Global Situation Room for new services

Porter Novelli has expanded its collaboration with public affairs firm Global Situation Room to launch additional offerings for clients.

Pharma firm hires charity policy specialist to lead government affairs

Pharma firm hires charity policy specialist to lead government affairs

Pharma firm Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS) has appointed charity public affairs specialist Jagtar Dhanda as its policy advocacy and government affairs manager.

Sir Lynton Crosby's group merges agencies to form financial and intelligence consultancy

Sir Lynton Crosby's group merges agencies to form financial and intelligence consultancy

The consultancy group headed by political strategist Sir Lynton Crosby has merged two of its existing agencies to form a new consultancy focused on "intelligence advisory" and financial insights.

Opinion and features

The COVID-19 Diaries: Blame and division, but we want a better future

The COVID-19 Diaries: Blame and division, but we want a better future

PRWeek continues its ongoing partnership with strategic insights consultancy BritainThinks to gauge the public mood on COVID-19.

Having a diverse workforce isn’t just about hiring BME people, it’s about keeping them

Having a diverse workforce isn’t just about hiring BME people, it’s about keeping them

Recently, I saw a video of former West Indies cricketer Michael Holding, reflecting on the racism faced by his parents in the UK, in which he breaks down in tears.

Five ways I learned to cope with the return to agency life after time out

Five ways I learned to cope with the return to agency life after time out

For anyone on furlough – or for those who find themselves made redundant – finding a way back to work after time out can be tough.

This is what governing like you’re campaigning looks like

This is what governing like you’re campaigning looks like

What are the three most important things we know about election campaigns? First and foremost, they don’t change anyone’s mind.

The Government’s Brexit preparedness campaign is a 'new start' built on old lies

The Government’s Brexit preparedness campaign is a 'new start' built on old lies

The ‘Let’s get going’ Government information campaign is now all but unavoidable.

Industry employers: overlook itchy feet at your peril

Industry employers: overlook itchy feet at your peril

Even though companies are now looking at getting back into the office post-lockdown, the road to normality feels like a long one.

'Even a campaign with no budget can force a government U-turn' – Behind the Campaign with Quash Quarantine

'Even a campaign with no budget can force a government U-turn' – Behind the Campaign with Quash Quarantine

Paul Charles, chief executive of The PC Agency, discusses the recent campaign to fight the UK Government's coronavirus quarantine plans for the sake of hospitality and travel firms.

Believe it or not, the pandemic is a perfect time to set up a new agency

Believe it or not, the pandemic is a perfect time to set up a new agency

It sounds counterintuitive, but if you have been thinking about creating your own PR agency or going solo, then now is a great time.

Redundancy comms: compassion and clarity, not a thesaurus, are vital

Redundancy comms: compassion and clarity, not a thesaurus, are vital

“Tim, we’ve decided to adapt your role in a strategically streamlined way.” Do people really speak like this when announcing job losses to their colleagues?

Diversification of PR services is vital in a ‘post-earned’ world

Diversification of PR services is vital in a ‘post-earned’ world

The basis of the modern PR agency is a well-trodden path. In essence, leveraging an established base of media contacts, knowledge and strategy to sell media relations to clients at a decent margin has been the route to success.

COVID-19 is a catalyst for the evolution in public affairs

COVID-19 is a catalyst for the evolution in public affairs

How you influence political decision-makers has evolved over the years, but in recent times it has changed dramatically, catalysed by the coronavirus experience.

‘Build back better’ is a neat phrase; it would look good on a baseball cap

‘Build back better’ is a neat phrase; it would look good on a baseball cap

The PR industry has always been a sucker for a good imperative. 'Just Do It', 'Make Poverty History', 'Think Different' to name just a few.

Top of the Month: Marcus Rashford's crusade to feed children is a masterclass in campaigning

Top of the Month: Marcus Rashford's crusade to feed children is a masterclass in campaigning

The Manchester United forward displayed real leadership, humility and humanity to put food on the table of children at a time when these traits are increasingly rare in British politics.

‘If morals were money, Facebook would be bankrupt’ – PR leaders on ad boycott

‘If morals were money, Facebook would be bankrupt’ – PR leaders on ad boycott

Facebook’s response to an advertising boycott has been slow and inadequate, but are brands joining the boycott merely virtue signalling, or can they drive meaningful change? We ask five industry leaders.

Recent public/corporate affairs people moves

Movers & Shakers: BCW, Finsbury, Instinctif, PrettyGreen, Don't Cry Wolf, Threesixty and more

Movers & Shakers: BCW, Finsbury, Instinctif, PrettyGreen, Don't Cry Wolf, Threesixty and more

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

Movers & Shakers: John Lewis Partnership, BCW, Milk & Honey, Lib Dems, UK Space Agency and more

Movers & Shakers: John Lewis Partnership, BCW, Milk & Honey, Lib Dems, UK Space Agency and more

PRWeek's weekly roundup of industry hires, departures and promotions.

Chuka Umunna joins Edelman UK

Chuka Umunna joins Edelman UK

Chuka Umunna is to join fellow former Labour and Change UK MP Luciana Berger at Edelman UK - as executive director and head of its environmental, social, governance (ESG) consultancy offer.

Movers & Shakers: Edelman, Red Havas, Bulb, Teamspirit and more

Movers & Shakers: Edelman, Red Havas, Bulb, Teamspirit and more

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

Energy firm Bulb hires former WeWork comms chief and easyJet CMO

Energy firm Bulb hires former WeWork comms chief and easyJet CMO

Renewables energy company Bulb has appointed a former WeWork EMEA comms chief and an ex-easyJet chief marketing officer to lead its marcomms in a leadership hiring spree.

WPI hires former PWC corporate affairs director to lead post-COVID project

WPI hires former PWC corporate affairs director to lead post-COVID project

Political and research consultancy WPI Strategy has hired Anna Wallace, a former corporate affairs director for professional services giant PWC, as an associate.