Property PR agency Camargue is to close its Oxford office as its
MD, Martin Hughes, is leaving to become director of public affairs at
the Construction Confederation.
Hughes's move follows the promotion of incumbent PA director Stephen
Ratcliffe to CEO of the body, which represents the interests of more
than 5,000 construction companies active in the UK.
Camargue group MD Andrew Litchfield denied that the loss of the Oxford
base would adversely affect the agency: 'Martin does a lot of political
planning work and he wanted to live in Oxford. Without him there's no
need for this small office.'
The bureau handles just five per cent of the firm's business, Litchfield
claimed, and this will now be transferred to Camargue's other offices
when Hughes leaves in September.
At the Construction Confederation, Hughes will assume control of the
eight-strong PA team reporting to Ratcliffe. The Confederation does not
retain any external agencies, and has traditionally handled all PR
The Confederation addresses a number of issues on behalf of its members,
who are responsible for more than 75 per cent of the construction work
undertaken in the UK.
The PA portfolio is likely to include topics such as health and safety
in the sector, as well as ongoing issues such as image and recruitment
problems in the industry.
The organisation was created in June 1997, amalgamating eight trade
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