Human resource consultancy William M Mercer has created a 70-strong
internal communications practice in the UK through its merger with HR
consultancy Sedgwick Noble Lowndes (SNL).
Rival internal communications agency Smythe Dorward Lambert has 75 staff
in the UK, and six in Boston. The Marketing and Communications Agency
(MCA), another leader in the field, employs 75 in the sector
Management consultancies most active in this area include
PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Andersen Consulting in the UK and Shepherds
and Towers Perrin in the US, but these companies do not have separate
Peter Harlow, UK organisational communication head at the merged
practice, said management consultants were better placed to take
advantage of the growing market for internal communications than people
from a PR background.