Qure team

This week’s PR news in brief (17-21 July)

Here is a round-up of the essential PR stories, account wins and people news that have been announced over the past week.

Account wins

Little Red Rooster has been appointed to handle the press and publicity for premium menswear brand Mr Quintessential.

Italian manufacturing company Fenix Group has appointed RKM Communications to handle the UK launch and ongoing media campaign for its EndoSPHÈRES therapy system.

Rockpool Acquisitions has selected Abchurch to provide ongoing Financial PR and corporate communications advice, following its recent IPO.

Integrated agency ilk will support the launch of healthcare app Qure by providing local experiential activities in Clapham, as well as developing a London-wide and national engagement plan.

Campaign Collective, the social enterprise providing communications advice to charities and campaigners, has been appointed to support the Power to Change Community Business Weekend following a competitive pitch.

Fanclub PR has been appointed by health food brand The Paleo Foods Co. to support its UK growth, following a competitive pitch.

People news

Andy Silvester will join The Sun as its head of PR, after Dylan Sharpe left the paper last month to become Damian Green’s special adviser. Silvester joins from the Institute of Directors where he was head of campaigns and deputy director of policy.

Ranieri founder Pietro Ranieri has become the consumer tech and lifestyle agency’s group MD, making way for former director Sarah Tokeley to take the helm as managing director. Jaime Carron has also been promoted to associate director.

Financial services consultancy Quill PR has appointed Ellis Ford as an account director to work across a range of clients within the asset and wealth management sectors.

London-based insight agency Opinium Research has hired Hall & Partners’ Wez Eathorne as its new research director.

Oxford-based agency Bottle PR has appointed Anna Hardman and Gillian Foley as head of editorial and editor respectively.

Allison+Partners has promoted Lisa Schmidtke from senior vice president to general manager of the agency’s Phoenix office.


The PRCA’s South East and East Anglia DARE Awards were held in London on Wednesday 19 July, recognising PR and communications excellence in 18 categories.

Hope&Glory won Event, Launch or Stunt of the Year for its IKEA ‘The Dining Club’ campaign. The agency also won the Charity/Not for Profit award with Marie Curie for ‘ Garden of Light’.

Retirement care provider Anchor Trust won the In-House Team of the Year award, and the Media Relations award with Stand Agency for Standing Up 4 Sitting Down.

Large Consultancy of the Year went to Eulogy, Small Consultancy of the Year was awarded to The Honey Partnership and New Consultancy of the Year went to Talker Tailor Trouble Maker.

Rising Star of the Year went to Ella Roche, client director at The Honey Partnership. Industry Leader of the Year went to Lesley Singleton, Playtime PR’s founder and managing director.

Francis Ingham, PRCA director general, said: “A huge congratulations to all of the winners at this year’s PRCA DARE Awards South East and East Anglia. The standard of entries really impressed our judges, who had an extremely tough job in deciding on the winners.”

  • Pictured: (left to right) Qure’s Alex Templeton, Charlie Harrington and Dr Ed Hatley
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