APPC registers new confidence in lobbying

The latest register of public affairs clients, published every six months by the Association of Professional Political Consultants, shows that nine agencies have increased their client numbers, while just three have seen a drop in clients.

The latest register of public affairs clients, published every six

months by the Association of Professional Political Consultants, shows

that nine agencies have increased their client numbers, while just three

have seen a drop in clients.



Between May and November 1997, Citigate Westminster increased its

clients by 19. The increase coincides with the lobbying agency’s

acquisition by Citigate Communications in summer 1997, when its

specialist transport subsidiary, the Newbridge Partnership, was merged

into Citigate Westminster.



Newbridge currently has 25 clients. This in part accounts for the

agency’s dramatic client increase.



Meanwhile, GJW Government Relations saw the biggest drop in client

numbers, from 110 to 104.



Shandwick Consultants’ public affairs division appears in the register

for the first time. Shandwick joined the APPC last year, bringing its

membership to 15.



Colin Byrne, MD of Shandwick Public Affairs, claimed that 27 of the

agency’s 29 listed clients do not retain Shandwick for any other

services, and said the increase in agencies registering with the APPC

was a sign of the industry’s confidence.



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