Gavin Anderson poised to win Kingston contract

Kingston Telecommunications, the Hull-based telecom group, is close to appointing Gavin Anderson to handle its financial PR. The company, owned by Kingston-upon-Hull Council, does not currently retain a financial PR firm.

Kingston Telecommunications, the Hull-based telecom group, is close

to appointing Gavin Anderson to handle its financial PR. The company,

owned by Kingston-upon-Hull Council, does not currently retain a

financial PR firm.



The appointment of Gavin Anderson is likely to lead to speculation that

Kingston is considering a stock market flotation to generate funds for

expansion. The company, which is the only municipally owned telecom

company in the UK, has been in existence for almost 100 years. Any

flotation would be likely to generate considerable interest from local

investors in Hull.



Kingston Telecommunications supplies telecom services to the city of

Hull but has also diversified into other services, such as software

development through its Edinburgh-based division Kingston-SCL and a

trial with Video Networks allowing viewers to select films and

programmes via their television.



It also has a joint venture with Yorkshire Electricity called Torch

Telecommunications which is setting up a network for corporate

users.



Kingston was recently criticised by the outgoing director-general of

regulator Oftel, Don Cruickshank, for its outmoded technology and may

need to invest to raise standards.



A Kingston Telecommunications spokesman said: ’We can not confirm the

appointment (of Gavin Anderson). We are still in discussions.’



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