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Heck cut to shreds over response to Boris Bangers PR stunt

Heck cut to shreds over response to Boris Bangers PR stunt

Heck has responded to claims it endorsed Boris Johnson claiming it invited the other Tory leadership hopeful, Jeremy Hunt, and that it wanted to ask candidates what Brexit meant for its business.

Edelman UK names new public affairs MD as Walden temps for Boris Johnson

Edelman UK names new public affairs MD as Walden temps for Boris Johnson

Edelman UK has promoted James Morris to public affairs MD, as incumbent Will Walden takes a "short period" away to provide support to Conservative leadership candidate Boris Johnson.

Fur flies as PRCA's public affairs chief departs for policy role

Fur flies as PRCA's public affairs chief departs for policy role

Nicholas Dunn-McAfee, the PRCA's head of public affairs, policy and research, is to leave the trade association this month to take up a new role as public policy and engagement manager for the British Fur Trade Association (BFTA).

PRCA's Matt Cartmell to leave to set up agency

PRCA's Matt Cartmell to leave to set up agency

The PRCA's second in charge, deputy director general Matt Cartmell, is leaving the industry body to launch an agency that provides content and communications services.

Public First hires former House of Commons deputy speaker

Public First hires former House of Commons deputy speaker

Former Labour MP and deputy speaker of the House of Commons Natascha Engel has joined campaigns and policy consultancy Public First as a partner to head up the agency's growing specialism in infrastructure and regulation.

Former Pagefield partner relishes 'fascinating and enormous task' after joining Brexit Party

Former Pagefield partner relishes 'fascinating and enormous task' after joining Brexit Party

Ex-Pagefield creative director and partner Lesley Katon joined the Brexit Party in March this year to help with its European Elections launch.

Sir Nick Clegg named world's most powerful PR player

Sir Nick Clegg named world's most powerful PR player

Sir Nick Clegg, former UK deputy prime minister and Facebook's current VP of global affairs and comms, has been named the most powerful player in the global PR industry by PRWeek US.

PRCA investigating use of 'violent language' after complaint

PRCA investigating use of 'violent language' after complaint

A public affairs veteran is being investigated by the industry body for his use of "violent language" online after a complaint from another member.

Huawei appoints new head of media relations

Huawei appoints new head of media relations

Huawei has strengthened its UK corporate press office with the recruitment of Katy Ringsdore as head of media relations, PRWeek can reveal.

Saving Superdry: How strategic comms helped co-founder Julian Dunkerton defeat hostile board

Saving Superdry: How strategic comms helped co-founder Julian Dunkerton defeat hostile board

Seven Dials City PR helped devise a successful campaign to return co-founder Julian Dunkerton to the board of Superdry when the fashion retailer was in the doldrums. Written off from the the get-go, here's how they did it.

Former Scottish Lib Dems leader joins Scottish Rugby as head of external affairs

Former Scottish Lib Dems leader joins Scottish Rugby as head of external affairs

Parliamentary veteran Tavish Scott has left 'the hurly burly of politics' to join Scottish rugby's governing body in the newly created role of head of external affairs.

PR's image problem: 92% think PR pros 'hide the truth' and lie, majority don't understand industry

PR's image problem: 92% think PR pros 'hide the truth' and lie, majority don't understand industry

PR has a public perception problem as a majority of people believe brands and organisations use it to hide the truth and cover up their mistakes, a new study of 1,500 Britons has found.

PRWeek and PRCA launch landmark Asia-Pacific study

PRWeek and PRCA launch landmark Asia-Pacific study

The PRCA and PRWeek UK are launching the first PR and Communications Census for the Asia-Pacific region, in conjunction with research partner YouGov.

Tory peer James O'Shaughnessy re-joins Portland as member of its advisory council

Tory peer James O'Shaughnessy re-joins Portland as member of its advisory council

Conservative peer and former Tory minister James O'Shaughnessy has re-joined Portland as a member of the agency's advisory council, PRWeek can reveal.

Watch: Pride's moving Jubilee tribute to the Queer revolt

Watch: Pride's moving Jubilee tribute to the Queer revolt

This year marks fifty years since the Stonewall Uprising: the series of events that sparked the modern Pride movement.

Nike video with Olympian Caster Semenya calls for acceptance

Nike video with Olympian Caster Semenya calls for acceptance

Nike has launched a video starring Olympic 800-metre champion Caster Semenya that calls for acceptance and echoes its recent social purpose videos with Raheem Sterling, Colin Kaepernick and Serena Williams.

Cannes slammed for placing Philip Morris on 'Good Track' while it runs cigarette campaigns in Indonesia

Cannes slammed for placing Philip Morris on 'Good Track' while it runs cigarette campaigns in Indonesia

Philip Morris International's involvement in Cannes Lions' 'Good Track' has been criticised after it emerged the tobacco giant has launched new cigarette brands and run new ad campaigns in Indonesia and Israel.

Opinion and features

NHSX & Alexa: A power couple, but with reputational pitfalls for both

NHSX & Alexa: A power couple, but with reputational pitfalls for both

NHSX announced its first big initiative late last week and they didn't go small - it's a partnership with Amazon's Alexa, the tech giant's AI-powered voice assistant.

If you want to run a campaign for good: be credible, be authentic and mean it

If you want to run a campaign for good: be credible, be authentic and mean it

This week we are celebrating the winners of the second Campaigns for Good Awards.

Am I dreaming big enough? Why are there so few female founders in the PRWeek Top150?

Am I dreaming big enough? Why are there so few female founders in the PRWeek Top150?

Whilst thrilled to be included in this year's PRWeek Top 150 list, a flippant insta post from Matthew Freud in which he joked about winning the annual tallest dwarf competition made me question the value of such an accolade.

Spare us the spin: You can't promote a 'smoke free future' in Cannes while selling cancer to Indonesia

Spare us the spin: You can't promote a 'smoke free future' in Cannes while selling cancer to Indonesia

Philip Morris International's crusade for a 'smoke free world' and Facebook's promise to better protect user privacy are a classic case of corporate double-speak. In many cases, brands that undermine their social purpose are better off not pretending to have one at all.

Does the PR fallout over misogyny even matter to voters in the Conservative leadership battle?

Does the PR fallout over misogyny even matter to voters in the Conservative leadership battle?

For anyone who has concerns about the treatment of women by Tory MPs, last week was a new low.

Fellow students say 'PR sucks' but I have renewed faith in the power of earned

Fellow students say 'PR sucks' but I have renewed faith in the power of earned

Tell people that you're leaving a perfectly good job to go and be a full-time student and everyone is lovely and positive. They can spot a mid-career crisis a mile off.

Greater use of employment tribunals could reduce sexual harassment in PR and comms

Greater use of employment tribunals could reduce sexual harassment in PR and comms

The PRCA survey into sexual harassment is sad reading but not surprising, and is borne out by my experience in advising NUJ members in the PR industry and indeed across other sectors of the media.

Sexual harassment is damaging the reputation of the public affairs sector

Sexual harassment is damaging the reputation of the public affairs sector

Talking about sexual harassment is never a comfortable conversation.

'The special attention - and career prospects - ended when I told him I had a new boyfriend'

'The special attention - and career prospects - ended when I told him I had a new boyfriend'

A low point in my career was being warned before an evening event that a client I was hosting was "a bit handsy".

Trump doesn't want the NHS - he wants more access for US pharma

Trump doesn't want the NHS - he wants more access for US pharma

While visiting London last week, President Trump made a splash by seeming to suggest that the NHS was of interest to the US as part of a potential post-Brexit trade agreement.

What does the modern PR professional look like in 2019?

What does the modern PR professional look like in 2019?

It is time for PR pros to upskill and improve their understanding of digital marketing in order to survive as an industry.

Game of coverage: The diary of a Westeros PR man

Game of coverage: The diary of a Westeros PR man

Spinnius Flack is the Grand Maester of King's Landing Coverage - Westeros' leading PR agency.

Top of the Month: Brexit Party effortlessly fills the political void

Top of the Month: Brexit Party effortlessly fills the political void

Nigel Farage's latest political vehicle, The Brexit Party, swept the board at this month's European elections to return the largest number of MEPs, a remarkable achievement for a political party that did not exist just six weeks before the vote.

Time for public affairs to step up to the Tory leadership challenge

Time for public affairs to step up to the Tory leadership challenge

It's finally upon us. After weeks, months and even years of endless speculation, the PM has announced her intention to resign and the official campaign for leader of the Conservative Party will begin on 10 June.

Recent public/corporate affairs people moves

Tesco Bank media relations head moves to Student Loans Company

Tesco Bank media relations head moves to Student Loans Company

Adam Treslove, former head of media relations and public affairs at Tesco Bank, has been appointed head of corporate affairs for the Student Loans Company (SLC).

Changes at the top at tech PR agency following client wins

Changes at the top at tech PR agency following client wins

Integrated technology communications specialist Ballou has expanded its senior leadership team following several client wins.

Ben Boyd leaves Edelman after 14 years to join BCW

Ben Boyd leaves Edelman after 14 years to join BCW

He starts September 3 as global chief strategy and operations officer.

BCW appoints The Sun's deputy political editor Steve Hawkes

BCW appoints The Sun's deputy political editor Steve Hawkes

BCW (Burson Cohn & Wolfe) has hired The Sun's deputy political editor Steve Hawkes to the new role of head of strategic media in London.

H+K recruits Edelman director to its energy and industrials team

H+K recruits Edelman director to its energy and industrials team

Hill+Knowlton Strategies (H+K) has appointed Edelman's Heather Bull as a director in its energy and industrials team.

Instinctif names new global public policy chief as Warwick Smith takes new role

Instinctif names new global public policy chief as Warwick Smith takes new role

Instinctif has appointed Lucy Cronin, managing partner of its Dublin office, to head the global public policy practice, replacing Warwick Smith who moves to a new advisory role after 12 years.