BRC steps up lobbying with new appointments

The British Retail Consortium is upping its lobbying activity in the run up to the election with the appointment of extra staff.

The British Retail Consortium is upping its lobbying activity in

the run up to the election with the appointment of extra staff.



Charles Anglin, formerly a senior consultant at public affairs agency

Communique, has been taken on as head of parliamentary affairs, and is

to be joined in the near future by an as-yet-unappointed parliamentary

officer/researcher.



The BRC’s parliamentary activity has been on hold for the last six

months or so following the departure of parliamentary officer Leigh

Tomkins, who left to join The Communication Group in January.



This was preceded last November by the departure of BRC director general

Ann Robinson, who was only replaced in July by Bill Moyes. His arrival

helped spark a revamp, and the expanded lobbying team is one of the

results.



The need for an extra person has been brought about, in part, by the

consortium’s desire to increase its coverage on a local and regional

level, according to director of external affairs Ann Grain.



Anglin’s role is to help shape and promote the BRC’s relationships with

Westminster and Whitehall. ’Despite being such a dynamic industry, not

enough people in Government and Parliament understand our needs and

concerns,’ she said. ’My job is to set out a clear agenda with

Government for retail in the 21st century.’



The BRC describes itself as the ’voice of British retailing’, and

represents 90 per cent of the retail trade, by turnover, in Britain.

Issues the group deals with include food safety, employment legislation

and the single European currency.



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