Camargue Oxford office to close as its MD leaves

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

affairs in-house.

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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