DC firm McBee explores global options with ex-UK government advisers

A Washington, DC-based PR and lobbying firm that counts FedEx and Microsoft among clients is exploring its options in London and beyond, having contracted two former special advisers to HM Treasury to work with its clients.

McBee in DC (l) is working with London-based pair (Credit: Fuse for DC, Creatas Images for London)
McBee in DC (l) is working with London-based pair (Credit: Fuse for DC, Creatas Images for London)

On Monday, the UK's Advisory Committee on Business Appointments (ACOBA) released notes detailing that it had approved that appointments of Will de Peyer, an economic adviser who worked at the Treasury between 2010 and 2015, and Peter Carroll, a campaigner who has been involved with Fair Fuel UK and the Gurkha Justice Campaign and spent 18 months at the Treasury before last year's general election.

Both have worked for the Liberal Democrats, and in Carroll's case has stood as a candidate for the party in the past.

The first part of the respective ACOBA announcements say that the two have been given permission to set up Tendo Consulting, which will provide "general consultancy on how to communicate with government and how to deliver public affairs and public engagement strategies", subject to them not drawing on privileged information available while working for the Treasury, among other conditions.

Both announcements say that de Peyer and Carroll have been given the green light to work with McBee Strategic Consulting (MSC) "to act in a media consultancy capacity to help them gain public awareness and coverage for their clients".

Founded in 2002, MSC's sole office is in Washington, DC. According to its website it offers advocacy, research and analysis, comms and digital media services and has 48 staff and a client list including Microsoft, Intel, Oracle, FedEx and other firms across tech, infrastructure, energy, defence, aviation and security sectors, as well as foundations, local government and universities.

John Procter, head of McBee's international comms practice, said: "MSC is pleased to have established a relationship with Tendo Consulting as part of our firm’s growing international communications practice."

MSC was acquired in December 2014 by the law firm Wiley Rein, with 16 of the lobbying and PR firm's staff departing the following month, the Washington Post reported at the time.

Tendo declined to comment.

The ACOBA announcements were made public this week, having been communicated to de Peyer and Carroll in late February. They also give permission for Tendo to work with trade bodies the Road Haulage Association and Tax Incentivised Savings Association, TSB Bank and veterans' campaign the National Defence Medal Campaign.

Another Tendo campaign given approval is the End Our Pain campaign, which is seeking the legalisation of marijuana for medical use, and was due to launch in the autumn but had its launch date brought forward after the issue became part of a storyline on TV soap Coronation Street.

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