Connect wins lobbying for estate agents’ body

Connect Public Affairs has won the retained lobbying account for the National Association of Estate Agents, the leading trade body for the industry in the UK.

Connect Public Affairs has won the retained lobbying account for

the National Association of Estate Agents, the leading trade body for

the industry in the UK.



The win came after a three-way competitive pitch held by association

chief executive Hugh Dunsmore-Hardy.



The appointment represents the first time the association - which has

9,500 members - has used an external public affairs consultancy.



The three-strong account team is led by Connect’s deputy MD Malcolm

George, and reports to Dunsmore-Hardy and the NAEA president Graham

Harris.



Connect is tasked with parliamentary monitoring as well as strategic

political advice. One policy area that interests the association is the

level of stamp duty payable on house purchases. This tax increases

according to the value of the property, and the industry believes the

duty should be as low as possible.



Another area of interest is the recent pilot project in Bristol which

aimed to make selling houses quicker and cheaper. The results of this

are being reviewed and a Government decision on extending the project is

expected within the next few months.



According to George, the association is confident in its ability to

communicate on technical matters to the department of Environment,

Transport and the Regions and the Treasury, but is keen to keep abreast

of political developments in other fields.



The NAEA continues to use Warwick-based PR Support to run its press

office and handle all media relations (PR Week, 16 October 1998).



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