Hill & Knowlton to take over BVCA's public affairs role

The British Venture Capital Association (BVCA) has moved its public

affairs account to Hill & Knowlton.

H&K won the account following a five-way pitch and takes over from

Consolidated Communications, which had held the account for three years

and also repitched.

The BVCA was considering an option of appointing one agency for a newly

created combined public affairs and media relations brief. It has now

rejected that option and will continue working with its retained media

relations agency, Havas-owned Hudson Sandler.

The three-strong H&K team is headed by director Simon Miller who reports

to BVCA communications director Mark Fox. Fox joined the BVCA from the

Mail On Sunday earlier this year.

H&K public affairs managing director Andrew Pharaoh said there will be a

'parliamentary' focus to its work with BVCA.

He said: 'Venture capital is a vital part of the economy and deserves

better coverage. Increasingly we are seeing career politicians, who

perhaps don't have a business background. It's important that we get the

BVCA's message to them.'

BVCA research shows an estimated one million people are employed by

companies backed by venture capital.

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