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Phoenix and the Ashes

With the Ashes in mid-flow, it seems timely that Phoenix, the PR boutique set up by former Quill Communications partner Gordon Puckey three months ago, has signed up Aussie Lauren Stewart from Schroders.

Stewart’s flight to Phoenix gives Puckey an excellent opportunity for a bit of rare Aussie-baiting should Freddie and co continue to deliver.

l Leeds & Holbeck Building Society is supporting the Disasters Emergency Committee’s Niger Crisis Appeal by setting up an account into which customers can make donations. Money can be donated at any of the 57 L&H branches around the UK to help purchase and distribute food, animal fodder, seeds and medicines.

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