Lawson Lucas Mendelson, the strategic lobbying agency formed last
month when two key Labour figures broke away from Lowe Bell Political,
has won its first account.
The National House-Building Council, the industry body which regulates
the quality of new homes, appointed LLM last week. The agency pitched
against three others for the account which carries fees of pounds
100,000 a year. It will advise the NH-BC on how to approach the new
Government, and on a review of its standard setting role and the
warranty it offers new home buyers .
The NH-BC hopes to play a wider role in the industry, and is keen to
offer its expertise during the Government’s pounds 5 billion housing
project announced this month.
Over the next five years, billions will be released from local authority
budgets to spend on repair and maintenance of council homes, housing
associations and new homes built by the private sector.
NH-BC’s chief executive, former Leicester City Council chief Imtiaz
Farookhi, has hired Fishburn Hedges as external consultants (PRWeek, 13
June), and Focus Communications for trade work.
- The NH-BC (not the NHBF, which was incorrectly mentioned in a headline
in our 13 June issue) is also looking for a head of communications to
replace Liz Male who has joined Fishburn Hedges as a senior consultant
(PR Week, 13 June).