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WORLDCOM PR GROUP ENHANCES ITS FOOTHOLD IN THE EMEA REGION


Three new partner agencies based in the UK, Hungary and the Baltic region have joined the world’s largest network of independent public relations firms

Milan, Italy. 6 October 2006 – The Worldcom Public Relations Group, the world’s largest network of independently owned public relations counseling firms, has elected three new partners in the EMEA (Europe/Middle East/Africa) region. Clients will now be able to rely on services for the Hungarian, Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian markets, as well as an extended coverage of the UK market with a new agency based in Bristol, the country’s second largest financial capital after London.

Admitted at the recent regional meeting held in Warsaw, Poland this past September, the three new agencies - PR Net Baltic, Probako Communications and Winningtons - were selected by the Worldcom PR Group for their outstanding track record in the PR industry, demonstrated both within their home countries and abroad.

PR NET Baltic (www.prnetbaltic.net) has been offering quality PR services in the Baltic States since 1995.   With three offices in Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania, PR Net serves clients such as Logitech, Cisco Systems, Tele2, and Procter & Gamble.

Probako Communications (www.probako.hu), based in Budapest, Hungary, was founded in 2003.  The agency’s partners share several years of experience in journalism, PR, and media. In addition, Probako boasts several industry awards including the Silver Blade Award and the 2006 Golden Blade Hungarian Advertising People's Choice Award. Clients include Sony, ING, TELE”, MTV, and Tele2.

Winningtons (www.winningtons.co.uk) is a financial and corporate communications agency established in 1997, with offices in Bristol and London and affiliates in Leeds and Edinburgh. Clients include Bioganix, Clearstream Technologies, Abbeycrest plc and MilleniumAssociates AG.

“The addition of these three very competent and experienced partners further underpins our efforts to strengthen the network’s capabilities in the EMEA region,” said Diego Biasi, chair of the EMEA Region of the Worldcom PR Group.  “Our membership committee has done an excellent job in identifying quality membership candidates that are able to meet the stringent entry conditions set by the Worldcom PR Group charter. Our aim is to maintain this momentum so as to best serve our clients, who increasingly require support across the region”.

About the Worldcom EMEA Regional Meeting
The 2006 Regional Meeting was held September 15 – 17 in Warsaw, Poland and gathered senior-level delegates from Worldcom partner firms across the EMEA region. During a Membership Review session, Worldcom members reviewed the candidate agencies’ credentials and decided to unanimously vote in all three.

Commenting on this year’s Regional Meeting, Anna Garwolinska, CEO of Glaubicz Garwolinska Communications in Warsaw, who hosted the event said, “We’re delighted with the positive feedback we’ve had from the participants at the 2006 Worldcom EMEA conference. It was very encouraging to see lots of new faces as well as an increasing tendency towards shared projects and events across frontiers”.


About Worldcom EMEA and the Worldcom PR Group
Worldcom EMEA currently consists of 25 agencies with a strong expertise in consumer goods, food & beverage, healthcare, technology, finance and public affairs. Thanks to a collaboration model that focuses on high quality and results, the Worldcom EMEA regional agencies today share a number of clients including Cotton Council International, Rockwell Automation, Allied Telesis, D-link and the E.U. Anti-Tobacco Campaign.

Worldcom EMEA is part of the Worldcom Public Relations Group, the world’s largest network of independently owned public relations counseling firms, with 100 offices in 133 cities worldwide.  Established in 1988, it was formed so that the strongest, most capable independent public relations firms could serve national, international and multi-national clients while retaining the flexibility and client-service focus inherent in independent agencies. Through Worldcom Group, clients have on-demand access to in-depth communications expertise from professionals who understand the language, culture and customs of the geographic arenas in which they operate. In addition to Worldcom EMEA clients have access to Worldcom Americas and Worldcom Asia Pacific agencies. Visit www.worldcomgroup.com for more information.

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