Public Affairs: The Week in Lobbying

Anglian Water is holding a full pitch for public affairs. Richard Gard, the utility company's head of public affairs, could not be reached for comment but sources confirmed it had seen a number of agencies over the past fortnight. Anglian Water has previously used Edelman for public affairs projects.

Novo Nordisk, a Danish pharmaceutical firm, is on the hunt for a public affairs agency in the UK. The company is said to be keen to bolster its reputation in Whitehall and Westminster following controversy last year about counterfeit needles. Novo Nordisk featured in a BBC TV programme that reported on the discovery of a batch of fake needles a year earlier.

Luther Pendragon has been appointed by the Gas Safety Trust to undertake a 12-month public affairs campaign. The lobbying offensive will complement the Gas Safety Trust's key objective of improving gas/fossil fuel safety for the public and industry in the UK.

PLMR has won two awards for PR and public affairs work at the 2011 Cannes Lions Festival. The agency won Gold Lions for public affairs and media relations on behalf of Durand Academy - two weeks after its work for the London school made national newspaper headlines amid criticism from the TaxPayers' Alliance.

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