FH lands PowerGen public affairs brief

Top five UK energy firm PowerGen has brought in Fishburn Hedges as its retained public affairs agency after a four-way pitch, understood to have included the incumbent of more than three years, GPC.

Top five UK energy firm PowerGen has brought in Fishburn Hedges as

its retained public affairs agency after a four-way pitch, understood to

have included the incumbent of more than three years, GPC.



The brief covers government and stakeholder relations. In addition to

maintaining contacts with the Department of Trade and Industry and other

state bodies, FH has been tasked with widening the company’s

’stakeholder base’ to include think-tanks, environmental groups and

trade unions.



Director Anne Rossiter, together with consultants Miles Celic, Lee

Whitehead and Tim Matthews, will run the account, reporting to corporate

affairs director Esther Kaposi and public affairs manager Chris Norton,

who ran the pitch.



Issues facing PowerGen include the climate change levy, a tax included

in the Finance Bill during the last budget. It is aimed at deterring

companies from overusing energy by charging for every megawatt used. The

levy is set to come into force for the next fiscal year.



The company, which owns and builds power stations as well as retailing

gas, electricity and telecoms space, is also concerned by the new

electricity trading arrangements set down by the Government.



Kaposi said: ’PowerGen is entering an exciting phase with continuing

change in the UK energy market.’ The company, which is listed on the

London Stock Exchange, uses Brunswick for financial and corporate

communications.



For product and pricing PR, effectively the consumer strand, PowerGen

retains Lexis PR.



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