Friday noticeboard: Weber Shandwick, DB Advertising

PUBLIC relations consultancy, Weber Shandwick, has announced two appointments to boost its public relations and public affairs team in Edinburgh.

Ex-Grampian TV reporter and Scottish Water senior press and PR officer, John MacNeil, joins as an account director. John has more than ten years’ experience in journalism and PR. He has previously been communications manager for VisitScotland and a reporter with the West Highland Free Press.

Meanwhile, Ross Hornsey has been taken on as an account manager, having previously worked for public affairs consultancies, PPS Group and APCO Scotland, and the Scottish Executive Health department.

Says Weber Shandwick Scotland managing director, Nora Farrell: “John and Ross join us at a time when we have seen the client list grow with new client wins and organic growth through new projects. Their particular areas of expertise will be an asset to strengthen our offering and provide senior counsel to clients.”

Last week, the company was shortlisted for six Chartered Institute of Public Relations (Scotland) awards, Scotland’s leading public relations competition. It has four offices in Scotland: in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Inverness.

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AND across in Glasgow, an advertising agency is celebrating the winning of various new clients, including The Princess Royal Trust for Carers and the Scottish Institute for Enterprise.

DB Advertising describes itself as “one of Glasgow’s fastest-growing advertising companies”, was formed nine years ago, and its expanding portfolio includes materials and transport conglomerate, Clyde Blowers, whose marketing manager, Dean Riley, says:

“We were pleased to take on DB Advertising because they operate in an area that other design/marketing companies fail to occupy. They give strategic advice and support, normally associated with bigger agencies, at an affordable price. I certainly appreciate the new direction they are giving to our marketing collateral, which provides the latest design techniques, transforming the image of our company and how the market perceives us.”

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THE ‘Friday noticeboard’ is aimed squarely at the Scotland’s PR and marketing communities, who have news snippets to share, including details of commissions won and people on the move, which might make for useful conversation starters in the pub later on.

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