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EMEA News In Brief (September 8, 2014)
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EMEA News In Brief (September 8, 2014)

New business for Cicero, MHP, Whiteoaks, Headland; new people at Octopus; a new partner for PROI; a new office for Remarkable.

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LONDON—Cicero Group has announced a partnership with Let Britain Fly, the campaign to expand airport capacity in the UK to support jobs and growth. Cicero, which has offices in London, New York, Singapore and Brussels, will sponsor and speak at receptions at each of the three UK party conferences.

ZAGREB—Communications Office Colic Laco & Partners in Croatia has been added to PROI Worldwide’s roster of member firms, adding to PROI’s existing CEE offices in Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, Romania, the Slovak Republic and its planned expansion into Bulgaria. The agency’s clients include Allianz, Coca Cola, the Croatian Banking Association, the Croatian Employers Association, the Croatian Red Cross, Vipnet (Member of Telekom Austria Group) and Styria Croatia. Services include issues, crisis and reputation management, investor relations, internal communication consulting and public affairs.

LONDON—MHP Communications has been selected to provide senior communications and corporate affairs support to the Wine & Spirit Trade Association. MHP's brief is to provide strategic counsel and support to the WSTA with campaigns, public relations, policy and media engagement. MHP will also support the association with its corporate social responsibility priorities to promote responsible drinking and tackle alcohol-related harm.

FARNHAM, Surrey—Techne-Comm has appointed Whiteoaks to provide comprehensive PR and marketing services for Mailsafe, its email archiving product designed for the NHS. Techne-Comm has tasked Whiteoaks with significantly increasing its presence in the NHS market. The campaign includes a mixture of PR and marketing tactics to directly engage the NHS and rapidly raise awareness of Mailsafe.

LONDON—Octopus Group, the tech PR and integrated communications firm, has added three to its specialist marketing services team. Steevan Glover joins as head of marketing services after serving as marketing services lead at Quantum Marketing; Duncan Begg is the group's new head of content, following a career as a newspaper reporter and sub-editor at The Sun, The Guardian, Daily Mirror and Daily Mail; and Ed Schnadhorst has been appointed head of digital.

BRISTOL—Communications agency Remarkable Group has launched a new office in the Bristol area to meet growing demand for its services in the South West and Wales, building on a Manchester office launched in April this year and a London office that opened in 2013. Leading the South West team is associate director Laura Wyatt and senior account managers Will Morgan and Toby Savage.

LONDON—Headland has been hired by Grosvenor Group, the privately owned international property group, to advise on corporate communications following a competitive pitch. Headland will work closely with Grosvenor’s press office team headed by Naomi Curtis and group communications director Fenella Gentleman on corporate reputation management, financial communications, media relations support and campaign management. 

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