H&K closes its Manchester HQ

Hill and Knowlton is shutting down its Manchester office in order to put its full weight behind its London headquarters.

Hill and Knowlton is shutting down its Manchester office in

order to put its full weight behind its London headquarters.



The consultancy will close on 25 April ending eight years

operation in the region.



Hill and Knowlton chief executive David McLaren said there would

be ’very few’ redundancies and several of its seven staff have

been offered posts in London.



McLaren added that Hill and Knowlton Manchester’s clients had

been informed of the closure and offered the option of

transferring to the south.



Its key clients are the Bradford and Northern housing

association, Movex, the UK subsidiary of the Swedish software

firm Intentia, and the Manchester-based British Council.



McLaren said the office is closing because Hill and Knowlton’s

priorities ’lie in London’, which, he added, has grown

’prodigiously’ over the last three years.



However the timing was influenced by general manager Joan

Walmsley’s announcement that she is to pursue a full time career

in politics. She is the Liberal Democrat prospective

parliamentary candidate for Congleton and will stand for election

on 1 May.



Walmsley arrived at Hill and Knowlton last October to replace

Adam Roscoe, who quit to join rival Manchester public relations

firm Greenwood Tighe.



McLaren said Hill and Knowlton is a national, rather than a

regional player and will now invest all its efforts in its

200-strong London office.



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