Here’s a bumper round-up of the last two weeks’ PR news, featuring the countdown to CommsCon, W’s acquisition of LOTUS and account wins for The Academy and Headland.
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Alex Clough, creative strategy director at Splendid Communications, discusses the findings of the agency’s Brands’ permission to speak report into social purpose campaigns.
Barratt London has appointed Building Relations PR to manage consumer PR for its landmark developments across the capital, including Landmark Place in the City, Upton Gardens at West Ham’s former Boleyn Ground and Hendon Waterside.
OMRON Healthcare Europe, a provider of medical equipment for health monitoring and therapy, has appointed Hotwire to handle a brief to increase brand awareness in key audiences across the UK, Germany, France, Spain and Italy.
Stand Agency has secured two new account wins. It will deliver integrated campaign activity for SSAFA, the armed forces charity, while it will also develop a comms strategy for Waltham Forest Council.
Private equity firm Horizon Capital has appointed Brackendale Consulting to handle a media relations brief.
Video game publisher 2K has appointed Kayleigh Watson as senior PR manager. She will work across all of 2K’s titles, with a particular focus on its core games.
Sarah Stimson has left her position as Taylor Bennett Foundation CEO to launch Ladder Talent, a consultancy which aims to help businesses in the creative industries develop talent and improve diversity.
Cicero Group has hired Aideen Ginnell as its Ireland director to lead the group’s Dublin office.
Jam_ has hired Claire Robinson as account director and Dan Muir as senior creative as part of its move towards creating a fully integrated business.
Wild Card PR has made additions to its senior team. It has appointed Aaron Huckett and Jasmin Hannington as head of digital and head of news respectively, while it has promoted Sophie Langridge to brand divisional director and Victoria Prior to food and drink divisional director.
Tech PR agency Whiteoaks International has made a number of promotions to its senior team. It has promoted associate directors Tom Webb and John Broy to client services directors, with the pair joining the agency’s board. It has also elevated Simon Moss to the role of associate director and head of business development.
Havas PR has appointed three new account executives. Alex Minion and Kitty Barraclough join the agency’s Manchester team, while Lynne Webster will work in its Edinburgh office.
W has acquired a majority stake in specialist travel consultancy LOTUS. The deal enables W to broaden and deepen its travel expertise, while LOTUS will access enhanced creativity and lifestyle connectivity.
Innovation and investment specialist FieldHouse Associates has launched a new office in Cambridge, led by former BBC journalist Debbie Mayhew.
Jago has opened a new office in Dublin to strengthen its offering for clients in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and the EU.
The PRCA is set to create a number of books providing practical advise to comms professionals. The PRCA Practice Guides will cover topics ranging from agency management, crisis communications and digital PR.
Following the Association of Professional Political Consultants (APPC) merger into the PRCA, the body has created the Public Affairs Board, formed of members of the APPC and the PRCA Public Affairs and Lobbying Group.