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
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
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.