Connect Public Affairs has won the retained lobbying account for
the National Association of Estate Agents, the leading trade body for
the industry in the UK.
The win came after a three-way competitive pitch held by association
chief executive Hugh Dunsmore-Hardy.
The appointment represents the first time the association - which has
9,500 members - has used an external public affairs consultancy.
The three-strong account team is led by Connect’s deputy MD Malcolm
George, and reports to Dunsmore-Hardy and the NAEA president Graham
Connect is tasked with parliamentary monitoring as well as strategic
political advice. One policy area that interests the association is the
level of stamp duty payable on house purchases. This tax increases
according to the value of the property, and the industry believes the
duty should be as low as possible.
Another area of interest is the recent pilot project in Bristol which
aimed to make selling houses quicker and cheaper. The results of this
are being reviewed and a Government decision on extending the project is
expected within the next few months.
According to George, the association is confident in its ability to
communicate on technical matters to the department of Environment,
Transport and the Regions and the Treasury, but is keen to keep abreast
of political developments in other fields.
The NAEA continues to use Warwick-based PR Support to run its press
office and handle all media relations (PR Week, 16 October 1998).