City & Corporate: The Week in City & Corporate

Corfin Comms to help eco taxi firm, Saxo Bank brings in CitySavvy for Benelux region.

- Eco City Vehicles, an AIM-listed developer and supplier of eco-friendly commercial vehicles and the London licensed taxi, has appointed Corfin Communications as its retained financial PR and corporate comms agency. Last week the firm announced interim results, which saw revenues increasing 22 per cent to £12.4m as losses fell from £667,000 to £131,000.

- Saxo Bank, the online trading and investment specialist, has appointed CitySavvy to provide PR advice and support throughout the Benelux region. The agency was hired initially to launch the bank in the Netherlands and has now been retained on an ongoing basis. Saxo Bank Netherlands offers private and institutional investors in the Netherlands online trading, portfolio and wealth management package services. Saxo is the largest provider of online FX trading worldwide.

- Edelman has hired Ben Morton, previously director of comms at BAA Heathrow Airport, to head its Middle East operations. He joins as general manager, Middle East and Africa, based in the firm's Abu Dhabi office. As well as BAA Heathrow, he has previously headed comms at Russian metals firm SUAL and the Commonwealth Development Corporation. At Edelman he will manage client relationships through the region and be in charge of further expansion into new jurisdictions.

- NorthStar Equity Investors, a venture capital firm focused on the North East, has brought in FD to grow its reputation on a national basis. The firm specialises in early-stage investment in start-up and high growth firms in the North East, via funding from ONE North East and the European Regional Development Fund.

- Autoproactive, an automotive-specialist agency, has been launched by Steven Johnson, former director of comms at DriveTech. Following the acquisition of driver risk management and training firm DriveTech by the AA Group, Johnson was made redundant and has launched his own consultancy. The new agency will offer a full range of marketing comms services for organisations in the vehicle fleet arena and those in the Midlands-based automotive manufacturing sectors.

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