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.