Lee Publicity rejects report it refused to share building with ex-offenders charity

A London fashion PR agency that reportedly refused to share its rented office with a charity working with female ex-offenders has said it would not have had a problem working alongside the charity.

Office space: Overcrowding fears in Islington (credit: Shutterstock)
Office space: Overcrowding fears in Islington (credit: Shutterstock)

Lee Publicity, which has worked with brands including Debenhams, River Island, Selfridges and Asda, was reported earlier this week by City AM to have taken exception to the charity Working Chance running CV writing and interview skills workshops for ex-offenders in the Islington premises it occupies.

The paper said that estate agency Currell had informed the charity "the fashion people on the first floor have said they would not be happy with workshops being held there".

This reportedly led to the charity ending discussions with the landlord, who did not want to lose Lee Publicity as a tenant.

While the charity did not respond immediately to City AM's request for comment on its story, a spokesperson for the company has since responded to PRWeek with a statement.

It said: "Our only concern expressed to our landlord was that we were concerned about the offices used as workshops due to the additional pressure it would put on the already stretched facilities, i.e. we currently share two female toilets across three companies."

"We were absolutely fine with the charity to use the office space (as this would be a defined number of people and it’s a very small space) and fully support the work it does. We currently share the building with a number of charities."

Other occupants of the building are market research data agency Perspective, and environmental and training charity Groundwork.

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