NEWS: Biss gathers up IGA staff for new lobbying firm

Adele Biss, the co-founder of PR firm Biss Lancaster, has emerged as the surprise saviour of Ian Greer’s crumbling UK lobbying business.

Adele Biss, the co-founder of PR firm Biss Lancaster, has emerged as the

surprise saviour of Ian Greer’s crumbling UK lobbying business.



Biss, whose interest in IGA was first revealed by PR Week (18 October),

has hired about half of the firm’s remaining 14-strong team in the UK,

including former managing director Jeremy Sweeney and director Perry

Miller. She denied she was buying IGA but said: ‘Ian and I are still

talking about how it will work out.’



One source pointed to sometimes acrimonious negotiations as Greer held

out for a sale. No deal was forthcoming and Greer finally agreed to make

all his staff redundant and wind up the business.



The new company, AS Biss and Company, opens for business on Friday based

at IGA’s offices in Catherine Place. However, Biss said it was likely to

be in new offices from the New Year.



Biss declined to name any clients but said: ‘We’ve had a lot of

encouragement and support from the existing client base.’



Biss stepped down as managing director of Biss Lancaster in 1988. She

spent three years as joint chairman of the English Tourist Board and

British Tourist Authority until her contract ran out last May.



Biss said she spoke to Ian Greer for the first time three weeks ago.

Asked about her credentials for running a lobbying consultancy, Biss

said: ‘I know more about public affairs than I knew about public

relations when I started Biss Lancaster.’



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