Market Access lands BA lobbying contract

Market Access has landed British Airways’ pounds 50,000 a year lobbying contract - dashing the hopes of AS Biss and Co that it might hold onto the business.

Market Access has landed British Airways’ pounds 50,000 a year

lobbying contract - dashing the hopes of AS Biss and Co that it might

hold onto the business.



Industry sources suggest that BA may have been attracted by the firm’s

carefully cultivated New Labour credentials - managing director Mike

Craven is a former aide to deputy leader John Prescott and an adviser to

leader Tony Blair.



Another client of Market Access’ transport unit, which is headed by

Peter Moore, is the airports authority BAA.



Des Wilson, BAA’s director of public affairs, denied suggestions that

there could be a conflict for Market Access in working for both

organisations and said the agency had sought his permission to pitch for

the account in advance.



BA’s move brings to an end its ten-year relationship with the team at

Ian Greer Associates - many of whom moved over to AS Biss and Co last

year in the wake of the cash-for-questions affair and Greer’s withdrawal

from a libel suit against the Guardian newspaper.



It is understood that BA had already decided to review the account

before the collapse of IGA.



BA declined to confirm the appointment of Market Access. A BA spokesman

told PR Week: ’We don’t have a contract with any lobby organisation’.



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