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Gatwick Airport calls in former Blair spokesman Godric Smith

Gatwick Airport has brought in the agency of former Tony Blair spokesman and Olympic delivery communications chief Godric Smith to help it in the political battle for a second runway.

 

Around the World in 80 Days Race hires CRC to win over Boris

The organisers of a planned race for zero-emission vehicles inspired by the adventures of Phileas Fogg have hired CRC Communications to lobby for London to host the event in 2016.

 

Redleaf Polhill sells to Newgate owner Porta for seven-figure sum

Redleaf Polhill shareholders Emma Kane, Ian Rosenblatt and Julian Polhill have sold their agency to Porta Communications, netting a sum likely to be greater than £2m over time.

 

Interpublic PR group claims double-digit growth in Q1 revenues

Interpublic Group's PR agency unit saw double-digit revenue growth in the first quarter of 2014, according to Weber Shandwick CEO Andy Polansky.

 

Max Clifford trial jury sent home after fourth day of deliberations

The jury in the trial of celebrity publicist Max Clifford has been sent home to reconvene tomorrow for further deliberations about its verdicts on 11 charges of indecent assault.

 

Newgate to expand Middle Eastern presence with Qatar office

Newgate Communications is opening its second office in the Middle East, located in Doha, Qatar

 

British Airways retains Grayling for Europe and Asia

British Airways has reappointed Grayling as its retained PR agency for 39 European and Asia-Pacific markets following a competitive pitch.

 

Ireland's Murray Consultants opens London office with Andrew Sharkey hire

Leading Irish corporate specialist Murray Consultants has launched its London office with the hire of Andrew Sharkey.

 

Bell Pottinger creates four partners in first annual selection process

Bell Pottinger has made four staff partners in the agency after running a formal annual selection process for the first time since becoming a limited liability partnership (LLP) at the start of last year.

 

3 Monkeys bolsters corporate divsion with hire of Shell's Guy Dennis

3 Monkeys Communications has recruited Shell's Guy Dennis in the new role of director of corporate communications.

 

John Lewis to tell brand story with "tasteful" 150th anniversary celebrations

Department store John Lewis is to use its 150th anniversary this year to talk about its history, which "not enough people know about", according to director of communications Peter Cross.

 

Labour hires Obama election strategist David Axelrod to fight General Election

The man who helped Barack Obama win the 2008 and 2012 US presidential elections is to work for Labour along with members of his team.

 

Trading Places: this week's people moves

Gail Gallie, the chief executive of Fallon London, departs and former M&S marketing head Steve Sharp signs up as a consultant for WPP, in this week's round-up of people moves in advertising, marketing media and PR.

 

Sky adds Fever PR to its roster after splitting with Cake

Pay-TV giant Sky has added Fever PR to its agency line-up for a wide-ranging brief covering products and services.

 

Home Office brings in Munro & Forster to campaign against FGM

The Home Office has tasked Munro & Forster (M&F) with supporting its campaign to eradicate female genital mutilation (FGM) as part of a wider retained brief.

 

Former White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers to join Warner Bros

Warner Bros has appointed former White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers as EVP for worldwide corporate communications and public affairs, effective September 2.

 

Three more agencies sign up to PR Internships For All campaign

Brunswick, Cohn & Wolfe and MSL Group London have joined the PRWeek/PRCA initiative to boost diversity in the PR industry, which has also attracted support from Leeds Metropolitan University's Business School.

 

We Are Social owner BlueFocus reports revenue growth of 65 per cent

Chinese marketing services group BlueFocus has reported a revenue increase of 64.8 per cent year on year to more than $578m (£343m) in 2013.

 

Growing number of clients plan PR budget increases

The number of marketers planning to increase their PR budgets during 2014 has climbed, according to the latest quarterly Bellwether survey by the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising.

 

DWP communications chief Richard Caseby secures apology from The Guardian

The Guardian has apologised today for a Polly Toynbee comment piece which gave incorrect details about the hiring of former Sun and Times managing editor Richard Caseby by the Department for Work and Pensions.

 
 

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