Energis seeks support for planned assault on BT

Telecoms company Energis is on the hunt for PR support to help it attack BT’s dominance of the sector.

Earlier this month, Energis CEO John Pluthero called for the break-up of BT and argued that BT’s proposed access-services division, to allow competitors equal access to its local network, could not be run fairly as BT would still own the division.

Pluthero joined Energis from Freeserve in 2002 as part of the recovery plan put in place following the near collapse of the company that year.

Energis PR manager Antonia Graham said she had already put together a longlist of seven agencies for the media and analyst relations brief. Three agencies will be invited to pitch, and the fees are likely to be between £75,000 and £100,000 a year.

Graham said Energis needed an agency to bolster its in-house communications function. Graham is Energis’s only dedicated PRO, with communications also the responsibility of UK marketing director Simon Cooper.

She added that corporate and financial calendar work would continue to be handled in-house.

Energis was spun off from the National Grid and floated on the stock market in 1997. The company announced last month that it had won more than £500m-worth of contracts in the previous six months.

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