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Davos 2016: how PRs can realise the true opportunity this week's forum presents

This week's World Economic Forum (WEF), held in Davos and commonly referred to by its place-name, is both star-studded, including celebrities from Bono to Leonardo DiCaprio, and attended by heavyweight business and world leaders, from Draghi to Tsipras. Many key comms professionals and PRs and their clients attend, but what is the real PR opportunity Davos presents? And do you need to be at an event which could cost an individual, according to International Business Times, an average of £22,000 in the last couple of years to attend, writes Kaltrina Bylykbashi.

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British Gas appoints Weber Shandwick as its retained B2B and consumer agency

British Gas, the Centrica-owned energy and services company, has brought in Weber Shandwick as its retained B2B and consumer adviser, following a competitive pitch.

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Vigo Communications advises oil and gas Rockhopper Exploration on its merger with Falkland Oil & Gas

Rockhopper Exploration, a UK-based oil and gas exploration company, worked with strategic comms consultancy Vigo on its merger last year with Falkland Oil & Gas (FOGL) to create the largest holder of discovered oil resources in the North Falkland Basin.

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McCann's Mark Lund named non-exec chair of Smart Energy GB

Mark Lund, chief executive of McCann Worldgroup UK, has been appointed non-executive chair of Smart Energy GB, the national campaign for Britain’s smart meter rollout.

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60 seconds with Alastair Turner, Aspectus PR

Alastair Turner, CEO of Aspectus PR, on walking the line between the creative and commercial, his favourite piece of content and the misconception that PR is all G&Ts and long lunches.

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Energy Networks Association hands integrated PR brief to Kindred for consumer power helpline launch

Energy Networks Association (ENA), which represents the UK’s gas and electricity network operators, has brought in Kindred to promote the upcoming launch of an emergency helpline, which will allow people to report power failures and related issues by calling 105.

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Energy company Eneco promotes former comms chief Zoisa Walton to UK country director

Zoisa Walton, who has worked for Eneco for the last five years as head of communication and public affairs and most recently business development director, takes up her new role as UK chief for the Dutch company on 1 January.

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SME energy supplier Opus Energy briefs Bottle to increase brand awareness

Opus Energy, an energy supplier for UK SMEs and corporate enterprises, has hired Bottle to lead its external comms programme.

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Tech developer Lanner Group hires Aspectus for oil and gas push

Lanner Group, a developer of predictive simulation technology, has appointed Aspectus as its global communications partner.

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Coast Hill Farm hires Social Communications for renewable energy project

Surrey-based Coast Hill Farm, an arable farm which is part of the Manor Farm Holding, has appointed Social Communications to support a planning application consultation and PR for a new anaerobic digestion system which will enable the production of natural fertiliser and renewable energy for the farm.

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