April 24, 2005

Threepipe wins UK Online

Threepipe Communications - the agency set up by Jim Hawker and Eddie May - has won another piece of business, this time in the consumer tech space.

ISP UK Online has appointed the company to promote its services, including a £10 a month broadband deal which it claims is the cheapest around.

New PR manager at Yahoo!

Ged Carroll has been appointed search PR manager at Yahoo! UK and Ireland.

April 21, 2005

Spin Bunny returns!

Spin Bunny is back!

"After being gagged at an agency's request a few weeks back, we have since thought about the consequences and come to a simple conclusion - sod it."

http://spin_bunny.typepad.com/spin_bunny/2005/04/sod_it_i_though.html

April 20, 2005

Financial Dynamics wins software float

Micro Focus has chosen FD to support its listing on the London Stock Exchange.

Brunswick and Tulchan are also thought to have been in the running.

April 19, 2005

European software business up for grabs

US software company The MathWorks is looking for an agency to co-ordinate its PR across the UK, Germany and six other European countries.

The company provides technical computing software for engineers and scientists in industry, government, and education

EML appears to be the UK incumbent.

Firefly hires interim head of consumer PR

Matt Wood, perhaps best known as heading up Joe Public Relations, has joined Firefly as the new interim head of its consumer PR business. Wood was last at Fishburn Hedges' consumer operation, Seventy Seven.

Rainier buys Lighthouse

Rainier PR has bought Lighthouse PR. The deal was announced earlier today.

Apparently Lighthouse PR will become a discrete business unit within Rainier.

Joint MD's at Rainier - Steve Earl and Stephen Waddington - remain in that position. Sean Gough, MD of Lighthouse, joins the Rainier management board.

Lighthouse's analyst relations business appears not to have been part of the acquisition.

Neither side is commenting on how much Rainier paid or how the deal is structured.

http://www.rainierpr.co.uk/home_pages/news_042.html

April 12, 2005

Video conferencing firm reaches out to SMEs

Noiseworks is to run a media relations campaign for video conferencing company Tandberg. It will target SMEs via trade media.

Quiet week in PR world?

PR Week's reporting that Wanadoo has hired an interim head of PR to replace Nadia Kelly who is going on maternity leave. Michael Wadley gets the temporary job. He was previously with BT.

At the same time, Wanadoo has hired Sasha Bradbury as senior PR executive. She was previously a SAM with Consolidated Communications.

Search engine firm hires new PR agency

Search engine company Blinkx has hired Hotwire as its PR agency. Hotwire replaces Mantra.

Novell closes door on PR agencies

Novell has already been in contact with all the agencies it is planning to talk to as part of its European communications review.

Nadia Scully, who is heading up the process, said that a shortlist of around six agencies would be finalised in mid April.

The review will initially cover pan-European "hub" activity and the UK brief. Reviews of in-country PR around Europe will follow.

April 06, 2005

Goodbye Spin Bunny

Spin Bunny is no more.

From the site http://spin_bunny.typepad.com/spin_bunny/:

"Spin Bunny received a gagging order last week from solicitors representing a UK PR agency offended by a Bunny story, and seeking recourse to Bunny’s sources. The order prevents us from naming the PR firm.

"The team behind Spin Bunny has done its utmost in negotiations over the last week to keep Bunny alive and reach resolution out of court. That effort failed this morning and Bunny’s only option now is to shut down the Spin Bunny blog in order to protect the anonymity of its contributors and its sources."

Thanks for the memories.

April 03, 2005

Font to watch

Brands2Life has won the PR business from Monotype Imaging, the largest provider of fonts and font technologies.