American energy and shipping company UtiliCorp has hired Bankside
Consultants to handle its push into the UK energy market.
Bankside replaces Charles Barker which represented the company during
the passage of the Gas Act 1995, which lays out the timetable for the
introduction of competition in the gas market by 1998.
Bankside director Simon Bloomfield and chairman Keith Irons will work on
the UtiliCorp account.
Both client and agency declined to comment on the value of the account,
although it is thought to carry fees of around pounds 70,000.
The switch of agency coincides with the appointment of Chuck Dempster as
chairman and chief executive of Utili-Corp UK, which operates under the
banner of United Gas in the UK.
Ethan Hirsh, director of corporate communications, said that the UK
represented a key growth area for the firm’s international interests in
distributing, wholesaling, and retailing gas and electricity.