Biss ousts TCG for Camelot lobbying work

Camelot has ended its four-year relationship with The Communication Group’s public affairs division and appointed AS Biss as its lobbying agency.

Camelot has ended its four-year relationship with The Communication

Group’s public affairs division and appointed AS Biss as its lobbying

agency.



Biss saw off competition from TCG, APCO and GPC for the work. Its main

brief is to manage a political campaign for Camelot’s pending National

Lottery licence renewal.



The agency will report to government affairs director Richard Brown, who

heads a four-strong team. Its tasks include monitoring and strategic

advice on other issues than licence renewal, including e-commerce and

gaming deregulation.



A spokeswoman for Camelot said: ’We’re pleased with what TCG have done,

but wanted a fresh approach. We need to make sure we are in the best

position to promote Camelot.’ The appointment of a new licence-holder

for the National Lottery will be made by next June.



She added that former TCG political division MD Peter Bingle’s departure

to GPC over the summer triggered the review. Bingle headed the Camelot

account. Camelot’s contracts with Brunswick, MacLaurin Communications

and Harrison Cowley for financial and corporate PR, consumer and

regional PR respectively are unaffected by the new appointment.



- Former TCG public affairs consultant Jo Nove has joined Shandwick

public affairs. She is the fourth consultant to leave TCG’s political

division in the last two-and-a-half months.



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