FT’s Voyle mulls agency approaches

Brunswick and Finsbury are understood to be vying to hire Financial Times retail correspondent Susanna Voyle.

Voyle, who has covered Finsbury client Philip Green’s bid for former Brunswick client Marks & Spencer, confirmed that she was considering several job offers and was taking time out from the financial daily.

But she refused to specify whether these offers included approaches from the two agencies connected with last week’s bid for M&S and denied that she had accepted an offer from Brunswick.

FT director of comms Joanna Manning-Cooper said Voyle had ‘made us aware that she had job offers on the table’ and said that the newspaper had decided that Voyle should take a postponed holiday. Manning-Cooper added that Voyle had originally cancelled a planned vacation to report on the M&S story, which began two weeks ago.

Both Brunswick and Finsbury declined to comment.

Brunswick was M&S’s retained adviser for six years until last week, while Finsbury is advising Philip Green.

M&S’s new management, led by former Arcadia CEO Stuart Rose, changed its retained financial PR adviser from Brunswick to Tulchan Communications last week (PRWeek, 4 June).

Voyle replaced Peggy Hollinger as the FT’s retail correspondent in 2000 after Hollinger was promoted to companies editor.

Green is reported to be considering changes to his planned £9bn takeover of M&S and was expected to make another statement this week.

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