March 20 – 24: the most read people news on Gorkana News this week

Your bitesize update on the latest people news and moves featured on Gorkana News this week: Hotwire’s Brendon Craigie steps down Hotwire’s group CEO, Brendon Craigie, announced his resignation this week as he looks to “pursue other interests”. A successor is expected to be announced in due course. In the interim, Hotwire’s global leadership team will […]

Smoking Gun wins Arriva Buses North West PR brief

Smoking Gun PR has been appointed to handle the PR for Arriva Buses in the North West and Wales. Arriva is one of the largest bus and train transport services organisations in Europe, employing around 34,000 people. Smoking Gunwill handle media relations and crisis comms, as well as provide support across stakeholder relations and internal […]

nextbike hands UK brief to Nathan Rous PR

Nathan Rous PR has been chosen to handle the UK PR for public bike sharing scheme nextbike. The nextbike scheme, which launched in 2004, is based in over 100 cities globally, with more than 35,000 bikes now in service. With councils and cities under increasing government pressure to reduce pollution levels, nextbike said now is […]

Five ways PRs and brands can get ready for Christmas 2017

Christmas may only have taken place three months ago, but savvy retail brands are already planning for their most profitable time of year in 2017, says Courtney Rogers, founding partner of Christmas in July, an annual platform for retailers to showcase their Christmas gift ranges to the press in one location. “Getting gift products into the […]

Tin Man wins PR brief for Funkin Cocktails

UK cocktail mixer brand Funkin Cocktails has hired creative comms agency Tin Man to launch a new range of cocktail mixers, following a competitive pitch. Funkin, founded in the late 1990s, now operates under soft drinks company AG Barr and offers a range of cocktail purees, pre-batched mixers and syrups. Tin Man’s remit is to […]

10 Yetis Digital to launch BettingTips4You and BiggestFreeBets

Online betting tips provider BettingSpin has chosen 10 Yetis Digital to handle its PR, as part of a marketing drive to raise awareness for two of its sites; BettingTips4You and BiggestFreeBets. An online provider of free betting tips and odds enhancers, BettingSpin wants a dedicated PR campaign to launch the BettingTips4You and BiggestFreeBets brands to […]

Sony hands retained PR brief to Fever

Sony has appointed Fever as its retained UK PR agency to manage its smartphone and IoT products, following a competitive pitch. The appointment will see Fever work across Sony’s Xperia range. The agency’s remit includes press office and integrated brand campaigns. Fever will work as part of Sony’s retained UK agency collective, working alongside Mediacom, Hey Human and Haygarth […]

Clarion appoints new SAD

Clarion has appointed Cirkle’s Laura Oakley as a senior account director. With 10 years FMCG PR experience, Oakley joins Clarion from Cirkle, where she was an account director. Prior to Cirkle, she was at Burson-Marsteller for eight years and before that a regional journalist for Johnston Press. Oakley has worked with brands including Morrisons and […]

Micro Scooters hires Cow PR

Scooter brand Micro Scooters has appointed Cow PR as its retained UK PR agency, following a four-way pitch. Micro Scooters was founded in Switzerland by Wim Ouboter in 1999, who was voted the 9th best toy inventor of all time in the ToyNews 2016 Inventors Workshop survey. It went on to be launched in the […]

Nasima Hussain joins Promote PR as managing partner

Speed Communications’ former managing partner, Nasima Hussain, has joined sport, fitness, wellbeing and tech specialist Promote PR as managing partner. Hussain has more than 20 years’ experience in PR and comms across sectors including health and wellbeing, beauty, entertainment and FMCG. With previous senior roles at agencies including Bray Leino, Grayling and The Communications Store, […]