Head of public affairs and media Kate Hinton said she expected all of the EST’s PR agencies – which include Hill & Knowlton, Luther Pendragon and Consolidated Communications – to pitch for just one contract, which she said was being reviewed in a bid to streamline the EST’s PR work and make it more cost-effective.
In addition to Consolidated, which handles consumer PR, Luther Pendragon, which deals with B2B, and H&K for corporate and public affairs, the trust also uses Grayling for local government work, Proscot PR Consultants for Scottish work and Stratagem for work in Northern Ireland.
A source close to the pitch put the EST’s current annual PR agency spend at about £750,000, adding that this was expected to fall when the appointed agency starts work this November.
Hinton declined to comment on fees. The EST was set up by the
Government in 1992, after the Earth Summit that took place in Rio de Janeiro.