Hill and Knowlton’s joint CEOs David McLaren and Andy Laurence have
double identities. Not only do they run one of the UK’s largest PR
agencies, but both men are pub landlords. Landlords, that is, of the H&K
agency bar. As they are not required to pull pints and mop up, running a
bar has, to date, proved a carefree activity for them both.
But all that changed when H&K decided to move offices to larger premises
on Theobalds Road in central London, and the two had to apply to Camden
Council for a new drinks licence. Disaster almost struck when it
transpired that Laurence would be on holiday when the council wanted to
hear H&K’s re-application for the licence.
Determined not to let his staff go thirsty, McLaren decided to approach
Camden council on his own, and managed to convince the council to make
him sole proprietor of the bar and H&K’s official publican. Now all that
remains is for the bar to be named. ’Any suggestions will be most
welcome,’ says Laurence.