Hill Murray group halves in size as key clients leave

Hill Murray Public Relations has seen its headcount halve in just

over a year following the loss of key clients.



The agency, formed last June when seven-strong HMPR bought up 18-staff

Rosalind Palmer PR, this week had just 13 employees.



Joint-MD David Freedman conceded staff had left: 'Like any company we

keep a close eye on our overheads'. However, when asked if redundancies

had been made he replied 'at the moment that is a matter for us

only'.



According to Freedman, only four of the 18 original RPPR staff now

remain, although he added that 'some' left 'almost immediately' after

the takeover.



Rosalyn Palmer left the firm last December to become a PR consultant to

the Duke of Edinburgh Awards scheme.



Last year the agency offset the loss of airlines incentive brand Air

Miles with a deal with its main rival Buy and Fly (PRWeek, 7 September

2000), but in August it lost three major accounts.



Frozen food giant McCain opted for The Red Consultancy after reviewing

its business, while Thomson Directories repitched its account, and chose

to take on Wyatt International.



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