DIARY: Bell Pottinger’s secret ski weapon helps pip Sector PR at the post

I observed some anti-competitive behaviour at PR Week’s slalom challenge last week.

I observed some anti-competitive behaviour at PR Week’s slalom

challenge last week.



Eight teams of agencies were competing to see who could make it down the

dry slope at the Ski and Snowboard show at Olympia.



Hurling themselves into oblivion were people from Bell Pottinger Good

Relations, Charles Barker BSMG, Lansons Communications, Nelson Bostock,

Oakes Bacot PR, Sector PR and Vousden Levick Publicity.



In the end Bell Pottinger triumphed in a neck-and-neck against Sector

PR. Bell Pottinger’s victory was controversial, as one of their team

members just happened to be Konrad Bartelski, Britain’s most successful

ever downhill skier. Bartelski, contrary to agency claims, does not work

on Bell Pottinger’s accounts, but is a good friend of agency director

Simon Pearson.



After a highly competitive first run, Bell Pottinger’s ringer gallantly

accepted to tackle the second on one ski.



Runners-up Sector also had a surprising team member. In his capacity as

executive director of the PRCA, Chris McDowall is supposed to be neutral

when it comes to supporting agencies.



But as the father of Sector account executive Nina McDowall, he did his

best to ensure her agency got ahead in the race. And Mrs McDowall made

enough noise at the foot of the piste with her rattle to ensure that

Sector won the award for noisiest support.



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