Storm Communications also claims to have been short changed by BBQ Promotions.
Nexus Communications won the account from Frank PR and worked on the 2005 and 2006 campaigns. Storm Communications has run this summer’s campaign. The contract ended in July.
Jon Meakin, director of Nexus Communications, said that he has been in a legal dispute with the company over alleged unpaid fees from 2006.
Nexus is owed £27,358. Meakin told PRWeek: ‘Our court date was supposed to be this week but now the money is unrecoverable.’
Elinor Tyler, senior account director at Storm Communications, was more guarded. She said: ‘There was a small outstanding amount but we are happy with the payment. We would work with them again in the future.’ Storm is still owed £12,572.
BBQ Promotions went into liquidation last month.
It had been funded by sponsorship from companies including Birds Eye and Kumala Wine.
Company director and president of the National BBQ Association Brian George said: ‘It is unfortunate that BBQ Promotions had to close, but it has no impact whatsoever on the forthcoming national BBQ campaign. We are already planning for next year’s 12th campaign, which will be even bigger and better than ever, and hopefully this time it will be supported by a sizzling and not a soggy summer.’
George was also a director of BBQ Promotions. He refused to comment on any debts left by the company.
Hill & Knowlton was handed the consumer brief in March of this year, at the same time as Storm won the trade account. But after only a period of three months, Storm took on the total account.