The Gorkana Weekly Industry News Brief: 27 August – 2 September 2016

Missed out on this week’s PR News? Get your handy round-up of the essential highlights of PR and media stories, features and events content over the last seven days on Gorkana News.

Behind the scenes with No Man's Sky and Bill Bailey (2)

Bill Bailey for No Man’s Sky

People News


Alex Bigg

Edelman’s former London GM, Alex Bigg, has been named CEO of MHP Communications.

International law firm Pinsent Masons has appointed Andrew Henderson as director of public policy to launch a UK public policy unit, following client demand for advice on government relations in the wake of Brexit.

Aspectus has promoted PR Week 30 Under 30 member, Laura Illey, to head of energy role.

Pitch Wins


Jinn app

Home furnishing retailer IKEA has selected Kaper as its retained UK corporate PR agency, following a competitive pitch.

Specialist recruitment company Hays has appointed sports and entertainment marketing agency Pitch to raise the profile of its partnership with Manchester City Football Club.

Jinn, an online courier service which claims to let users order “anything they wish”, has appointed W to lead its PR, as the brand embarks on a UK-wide roll-out programme.

The Smalls, a content marketplace that connects filmakers with brands, publishers and agencies, has brought in consumer lifestyle PR agency See.Saw to handle the PR for the 11th annual Short Film Festival, which starts today (2 September).

Agency News

Clarity PR is setting up a ‘Launchpad’ division to provide early-stage, non-venture capital funded, European start-ups with access to ‘affordable’ communications services.

Lisa Hunt, a former PR manager at Debenhams, has launched a new PR and social media agency called TWENTYTHREE PR, with four new clients.

LSE 2016 2

Clients are grouped according to their listing on the London Stock Exchange

The BIG Partnership has opened its fifth Scottish office in Dundee – and seventh in the UK – after securing contract wins worth £250,000 in its Manchester base, which it launched two months ago.

Adviser Rankings’ Financial PR Ranking for the third business quarter (4 May – 3 August) show that FTI Consulting has added three FTSE 100 clients, as well as two FTSE 250 clients. The firm tops the FTSE 250 list, and Brunswick tops the FTSE 100 client list with 26.


Bill Penn BC

Bill Penn

How Abba can guide you through Brexit’s comms challenge
Bill Penn, chairman at Aspectus, explains why Abba’s enduring pop hit Knowing Me, Knowing You perfectly describes how comms experts should communicate around Brexit.

Making the most of employee-led storytelling 
Sophie Lister, a client director at Hudson Sandler who specialises in corporate storytelling, talks about the value of an employer brand, and shares some tips for engaging staff and sharing that positive message.

News Analysis

IFA Berlin image 2

Sony stall, IFA 2015

IFA Berlin: what PRs need to know
IFA Berlin
is one of Europe’s largest consumer electronics trade shows, bringing in major tech brands such as Samsung, Sony, Lenovo and Motorola. As the conference opens its doors to exhibitors this week ( Friday September 2), Gorkana finds out how the location makes it stand out as a media event and asks comms pros how PRs can best secure coverage.

Does ‘silly season’ still exist for PR agencies?
Agencies Launch PR, FleishmanHillard Fishburn, Nelson Bostock Unlimited and Porter Novelli tell Gorkanathat the traditionally slower news cycle commonly experienced by PRs across the summer, or ‘silly season’, no longer affects them as it has done in the past.

Journalist News

Thea Darricotte has been promoted from retail editor to executive editor at Conde Nast Traveller (UK).

Mark Hayhurst has been appointed editor at Sports Insight.

Danielle Radojcin has been promoted editor-at-large at ASOS, moving from her previous role as editor of daily content.

Eve Hartley is now multimedia editor at The Huffington Post (UK), moving from her former role as video writer.

Future plc have launched  Horrorville; a quarterly title the focuses on horror film, literature and television in a contemporary and mature way.


PR Case Study: No Man’s Sky
To celebrate the release of the highly anticipated space adventure game No Man’s Sky on PlayStation 4, Fever enlisted the help of comedian Bill Bailey to “go where no man has been before”. The result? Sales targets smashed and No Man’s Sky became the second biggest PS4 launch.

60 Seconds with Manifest CEO Alex Myers
Alex Myers, founder and CEO at Manifest, talks about office moves, international growth and his ambition to have five offices on five continents by 2020.

Gorkana Meets…Emerging Europe
Andrew Wrobel, head of editorial at Emerging Europe, talks to Gorkana’s Ben Spencer about the online publication’s focus in terms of content and audience and its special projects, including the upcoming report on Belarus.

Related Posts
Sara Collinge, Clarity PR
Clarity PR to promote ‘conversational marketing’ platform iAdvize
iAdvize, a platform that helps businesses engage customers and prospects with real-time messaging, has appointed Clarity PR as its UK comms agency. The firm has briefed [...]
Mike Robb MHP
Neptune Investment Management appoints MHP Communications
UK-based active fund manager Neptune Investment Management has appointed MHP Communications as its retained PR adviser, following a competitive pitch. MHP will be responsible [...]
Aspectus promotes Tim Focas to capital markets lead
Aspectus names Tim Focas as capital markets lead
Financial services, energy and technology comms agency Aspectus has promoted Tim Focas to lead its capital markets sub-sector. Focas will be responsible for providing [...]
Aspectus to run Meritsoft’s global comms
Aspectus to run Meritsoft’s global comms
Software company, Meritsoft has appointed Aspectus as its retained global comms agency. Aspectus, the financial services, energy and technology specialist, will focus on [...]