Diary: Agency prices up negotiating skills

Any clients thinking of hiring Media Strategy take note: the agency's senior staff are cutting a dash as some of the sharpest contract negotiators in town.

PRWeek was fascinated to hear from board director Gregor Mackay over lunch last week that five of the agency's senior staff have attended a full day's training on better negotiation skills - and are already speculating as to how much cash they could each save in their private lives as a result.

Mackay, the former Tory Central Office spinner and Hill & Knowlton senior consultant, tells us: 'We reckon (associate partner) Mark Glover could have saved £400 on his wedding - and (agency partner) Andrew Harrison could certainly have got £300 off his new kitchen.'

And what about agency boss Charles Lewington? Mackay quips: 'He could have got £10,000 off his new house in Wandsworth - a very small percentage for him.'

Indeed.

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