Country bodies hunt for agency to handle merger

The Countryside Commission and Rural Development Commission are looking for a PR agency to handle their merger into a single organisation.

The Countryside Commission and Rural Development Commission are

looking for a PR agency to handle their merger into a single

organisation.



Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott announced the merger of the two

government agencies in March, and the new body will come into being next

April.



The two bodies will invite tenders for PR consultancy work, initially on

a project basis, to help with the new agency’s launch. They will be

seeking advice on how to position the new agency and on its in-house PR

activities.



The Countryside Commission has an in-house PR team of four headed by PR

manager Liz Thompson, and the Rural Development Commission has a team of

three headed by public affairs head Isobel Coy. The structure of the

merged team has not been decided.



The Countryside Commission focuses on environmental and conservation

issues, and the Rural Development Commission is concerned with rural

economic and social development.



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