Ian Greer Associates gets MPs’ votes
Lobby firm Ian Greer Associates was named as market leader by 31 per
cent of MPs in a syndicated survey of 160 MPs by Harris Research. The
firm was also seen as the most effective - with 65 per cent of MPs
describing it as ‘very’ or ‘quite’ effective. However, IGA rated as
‘low’ or ‘very low’ for honesty and ethical standards by 28 per cent.
Chairman Ian Greer blamed the latter on publicity generated by ‘unfair
accusations in the Guardian’ in 1994 which he hoped would be brought to
court this year.
Mark Borkowski scores with three tenors
Mark Borkowski PR is to handle publicity for the UK leg of this summer’s
Three Tenors world tour. UK promoter Matthias Hoffman has hired the
agency to win coverage for the Wembley appearance of Jose Carreras,
Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti in front of an audience of 60,000.
Public affairs review for IMRO
IMRO, the regulator for investment managers, is reviewing its public
affairs account. Four firms, including incumbent Market Access, have
been asked to pitch for the business which involves parliamentary
monitoring and advice on identifying key political influencers. The
review is being led by IMRO’s head of press Judy Delaforce who joined
from Fidelity Investments last August.
Humphreys heads United’s public policy
United Utilities, Britain’s first ‘multi-utility’ company, has appointed
Stephen Humphreys to the new post of head of public policy unit.
Previously group media relations manager at the company, he will now
report directly to company chairman Sir Desmond Pitcher.
Kleeman to raise funds for Labour
Amanda Kleeman has joined the Labour Party as fund-raising development
consultant. Kleeman will concentrate on raising funds among high net
worth individuals and corporate donors, reporting to the head of the
party’s 20-strong fund-raising department, Michael Cunnington.
Segaworld poaches Kelly from F-H
Segaworld, the indoor theme park set to open in London’s Trocadero
Centre this summer, has poached Fleishman-Hillard’s IT group team leader
Karin Kelly as its PR manager.
Gannon communicates for Lincolnshire
David Gannon is to join Lincolnshire County Council in June as its first
head of communications. Gannon, who has been head of marketing with
Kirklees Metropolitan Council since 1992, will lead a press and PR team
Lowe Bell Political takes on school fees
The School Fees Insurance Association, a leading provider of private
school fee savings plans, has hired Lowe Bell Political. The firm will
lobby against Inland Revenue proposals to scrap tax relief on
contributions to school fee plans. The campaign will target the
Treasury, Department for Education and MPs.
Edelman dedicates unit to public affairs
Edelman London has created a dedicated public affairs unit headed by
Nick Archer. Edelman MD Abel Hadden said the unit would strengthen its
existing strong public affairs capability. Cathy Byrne, from Westminster
Strategy, and Rob Mallow from IGA joined the unit this week.