Sport England in U-turn over hire

Government body Sport England has reneged on plans to hire a new PA consultancy despite seeing proposals from six agencies.

Teams from Bell Pottinger Public Affairs, Blue Rubicon, Citigate Public Affairs, Hill & Knowlton, LLM Communications and four-year incumbent AS Biss & Co pitched for the contract, only to be told late last week that there would be no appointment.

Head of PA Bruce Philips said it had opted not to ‘split out’ its PA needs. It is understood that AS Biss will provide project-based advice.

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