Hill Murray Public Relations has seen its headcount halve in just
over a year following the loss of key clients.
The agency, formed last June when seven-strong HMPR bought up 18-staff
Rosalind Palmer PR, this week had just 13 employees.
Joint-MD David Freedman conceded staff had left: 'Like any company we
keep a close eye on our overheads'. However, when asked if redundancies
had been made he replied 'at the moment that is a matter for us
According to Freedman, only four of the 18 original RPPR staff now
remain, although he added that 'some' left 'almost immediately' after
Rosalyn Palmer left the firm last December to become a PR consultant to
the Duke of Edinburgh Awards scheme.
Last year the agency offset the loss of airlines incentive brand Air
Miles with a deal with its main rival Buy and Fly (PRWeek, 7 September
2000), but in August it lost three major accounts.
Frozen food giant McCain opted for The Red Consultancy after reviewing
its business, while Thomson Directories repitched its account, and chose
to take on Wyatt International.