Michael Craven, managing director of top four UK lobbying firm GPC
Market Access, took the industry by surprise this week by announcing his
Craven joined the company, then known as Market Access International, in
1988. The firm was bought by Omnicom in 1994, just before Craven became
MD. Last year the agency was merged with Omnicom’s newly-acquired
Canadian-based lobbying group, GPC International, to create the world’s
largest lobbying agency.
’I am not joining a competitor,’ said Craven, adding: ’I am considering
a number of possibilities. In the short term, I have some political
Craven previously worked as a researcher to Deputy Prime Minister John
Prescott for five years, and still has close links with his former
He will be campaigning in the London referendum in May this year, as
newly-appointed treasurer for the ’London says Yes’ campaign.
’This is a real blow for Market Access; Craven is one of the leading
stars in the firmament of Labour lobbyists,’ said one industry
GPC Market Access, like other Omnicom agencies, is under considerable
pressure to keep increasing profits. Under Craven the firm’s fee income
has doubled in three years and it now employs 45 staff, compared to 35
GPC founder Jon Johnson said he expects to announce a new UK managing
director before March, when Craven leaves the company.