Development agency EEDA hands account to FH

The East of England Development Agency (EEDA) has appointed Fishburn Hedges to develop its public affairs strategy after a three-way pitch.

An EEDA spokesman said that in the five years since its establishment, the body had staged regular receptions in Westminster to update the Government on its moves to develop the region and its economy.

FH has been asked to review this process and develop EEDA’s strategy for enhancing its communications with the Government and EU. ‘We have to convince Whitehall that we are doing a good job using government funds,’ he said.

The appointment comes at an important time for EEDA, whose budget has risen from £50m in its first couple of years to more than £90m.

In the past year, the Government has given it the additional responsibility of ensuring sustainable development of farming and housing.

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