The London Chamber of Commerce is preparing for a PR overhaul if
its long-planned merger with lobby group London First gets the green
LCC campaigns director Piers Merchant said the communications division
would be reviewed if the merger goes ahead. A restructuring would then
The group has put on hold its search for a media manager following the
departure of Vincent Burke late last year.
Burke left to join London Electricity (LE) as group media relations
executive, reporting to group media relations manager Derek Salter.
At the same time, LE hired Victoria Garner as policy executive from the
Independent Healthcare Association.
Merchant said the LCC would wait until the outcome of the merger and any
possible communications reviews before embarking on a recruitment
'There's bound to be a degree of internal reorganisation if the merger
goes through but I'm not sure how it will pan out. It may be that two
departments are merged and we may find we don't need to make an
appointment,' said Merchant.
LCC employs nine PR staff. London First's PR is run by executive
director of comms Anna Barlow and senior manager Clare Convey.
LCC and London First have been in talks over a merger since last
January, but have faced problems over LCC's tax status. A decision on
the merger is expected within the next few months.