Connect tightens grip on Thames Gateway brief

Connect Public Affairs has fought off three agencies to keep hold of its account with the Thames Gateway London Partnership.

The agency has won a competitive pitch to continue lobbying for investment in the area. In particular, it will seek to ensure that regeneration of the gateway - which stretches along the banks of the Thames - does not fall off the political radar now that Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott is no longer heading the relevant government department.

The Thames Gateway London Partnership is comprised of businesses and public bodies. It is understood that the group invited at least three other public affairs agencies to pitch as part of a long-running overhaul of its PR and PA rosters that was first mooted last year (PRWeek, 20 April 2006).

The partnership's chief executive Eric Sorensen said there had been ‘tough competition' for the account but Connect had been retained because of its ‘ability to foster our network with parliamentarians'.

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