GPC replaces GJW BSMG on Scottish Power remit

Scottish Power has handed its group-wide public affairs brief to

GPC International at the expense of incumbent GJW BSMG, following a

competitive three-way pitch.

GPC London MD and vice-chairman Kevin Bell is to lead the account as

senior counsel, as GPC assumes control of the firm's lobbying work in

Westminster, Edinburgh, Cardiff, and Brussels.

The utility group includes acquisitions Manweb, Southern Water, and

Utah-based electric concern Pacificorp, as well as a stake in telecoms

firm Thus.

The account reports to Scottish Power director of corporate affairs

Dominic Fry, who joined the firm in September 2000. The appointment of

GPC follows a review of Scottish Power's PR function after Fry's

appointment, precipitated by the departure of Sue Clarke to the same

role at Railtrack (PRWeek, 27 April).

The brief is to operate on an annual retainer basis from 1 July, pulling

in fees believed to be well into six figures. GPC is added to an agency

roster that includes financial PR agency Tulchan and CGI on a corporate

reporting brief.

Scottish Power changed chief executive in April this year, when Ian

Russell replaced Sir Ian Robinson.

In May the group reported a fall in annual turnover to pounds 176m,

attributed to price reviews by industry regulators and financial losses

in the US of pounds 722,000 per day due to a damaged power plant.

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