STOP PRESS: Lowe Bell kicks rugby bill into touch

Sir Tim Bell has asked us to point out that in last week’s report on Lowe Bell’s work for the RFU (PR Week, 13 June), the figure given for the agency’s fees was not accurate. In fact, Lowe Bell charged the RFU fees totalling pounds 140,000 for the period September 1996 to March 1997 as per its contract. Although the agency’s executive time summary showed Sir Tim Bell’s time valued at pounds 750 per hour, the RFU was not charged at this rate because the contract was not arranged on a time cost basis.

Sir Tim Bell has asked us to point out that in last week’s report

on Lowe Bell’s work for the RFU (PR Week, 13 June), the figure given for

the agency’s fees was not accurate. In fact, Lowe Bell charged the RFU

fees totalling pounds 140,000 for the period September 1996 to March

1997 as per its contract. Although the agency’s executive time summary

showed Sir Tim Bell’s time valued at pounds 750 per hour, the RFU was

not charged at this rate because the contract was not arranged on a time

cost basis.



What the leaked internal document showed is that Lowe Bell charged the

RFU less than half what it cost to handle the business in terms of hours

spent. We are happy to clarify the position, and apologise for any

confusion caused.



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