Beattie accuses Edinburgh over Pagoda account

Edinburgh City Council is embroiled in a row over its decision to hire Pagoda PR to support its housing stock transfer.

Gordon Beattie, CEO of Beattie Media, which was in the running for the account, said that because Pagoda listed housing regulator Communities Scotland as a client, the hire raised ‘concerns over conflict of interest’. He has written to communities minister Malcolm Chisholm, urging him to

investigate the matter.

Pagoda MD Ian Coldwell said there was no problem because the agency no longer worked for Communities Scotland. The regulator confirmed this, saying Pagoda had carried out an internal communications project last year.

But Beattie has insisted there was still a problem because the agency was listing the regulator as a client on its website.

Coldwell said: ‘It is disappointing that Beattie Media feels the need to respond in this way.’

He added that it was the agency’s standard practice to keep clients listed on the site for around a year after work has finished.

A Scottish Executive spokesman said it was unlikely the minister would take any action.

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