Finsbury takes on financial PR for British ports

Associated British Ports (ABP), the UK’s largest port operator, has appointed Finsbury to handle its financial PR.

Associated British Ports (ABP), the UK’s largest port operator, has

appointed Finsbury to handle its financial PR.



ABP has previously retained Financial Dynamics but has not used external

financial PR support for several months. In addition to financial PR,

Finsbury is to provide political consultancy, advising on ABP’s

reactions to issues such as the Government’s proposed new port safety

code and its transport white paper.



ABP owns 23 ports, including Ipswich, Hull and Southampton and is a

listed company capitalised at around pounds 1.2 billion. It recently

moved into overseas operations for the first time with the acquisition

of American Port Services for pounds 107 million.



Finsbury reports to ABP chairman Sir Keith Stuart. Finsbury also liaises

with a five-strong corporate communications team headed by corporate

communications manager Margie Collins.



ABP has recently taken measures to build an image of social

responsibility with the recent publication of its first environmental

review, intended to make public its policy on the environmental impact

of each of its sites.



It hopes that the review will encourage dialogue with the company when

issues of port development arise.



ABP also intends to increase the number of services it offers at its

ports. For instance, it intends to run grain and container terminals in

addition to collecting fees from ship owners.



- Finsbury has also been appointed to handle financial PR for retailer

Monsoon. The incumbent was Brunswick.



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