The British Retail Consortium is upping its lobbying activity in
the run up to the election with the appointment of extra staff.
Charles Anglin, formerly a senior consultant at public affairs agency
Communique, has been taken on as head of parliamentary affairs, and is
to be joined in the near future by an as-yet-unappointed parliamentary
The BRC’s parliamentary activity has been on hold for the last six
months or so following the departure of parliamentary officer Leigh
Tomkins, who left to join The Communication Group in January.
This was preceded last November by the departure of BRC director general
Ann Robinson, who was only replaced in July by Bill Moyes. His arrival
helped spark a revamp, and the expanded lobbying team is one of the
The need for an extra person has been brought about, in part, by the
consortium’s desire to increase its coverage on a local and regional
level, according to director of external affairs Ann Grain.
Anglin’s role is to help shape and promote the BRC’s relationships with
Westminster and Whitehall. ’Despite being such a dynamic industry, not
enough people in Government and Parliament understand our needs and
concerns,’ she said. ’My job is to set out a clear agenda with
Government for retail in the 21st century.’
The BRC describes itself as the ’voice of British retailing’, and
represents 90 per cent of the retail trade, by turnover, in Britain.
Issues the group deals with include food safety, employment legislation
and the single European currency.