Argyll and Bute Council hires PS Public Service

Argyll and Bute Council has appointed PS Public Service, the new division of Scotland-based PS Communication Consultants, to conduct a communications audit. PS won the account earlier this month following a four-way competitive pitch.

Argyll and Bute Council has appointed PS Public Service, the new

division of Scotland-based PS Communication Consultants, to conduct a

communications audit. PS won the account earlier this month following a

four-way competitive pitch.



The council decided to review its communications after the departure of

one member of its two-strong PR department, PR and marketing manager

Graham Love. Argyll and Bute’s PR is currently being manned by press

officer Fiona Wallace. PS is due to deliver its audit report in August.

The council will then decide whether to continue using an outside PR

agency or rely on its in-house team.



PS Communications set up its public sector arm this month to service its

local authority and health trust clients, which include East Lothian and

North Ayrshire councils. The division is headed by Ian Coldwell, who

joined PS as a director this week from Centrica, the trading arm of

British Gas, where he was community relations manager.



Coldwell said: ’As one of the largest and most sparsely populated areas

of Scotland, Argyll and Bute faces major communications challenges which

we will be helping them to tackle. The twin challenges of the

Government’s ’best value’ programme and budgetary pressures are forcing

councils to review the efficiency of their communications.’



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