NEWS: Good Relations beats a retreat from Scotland

Lowe Bell Good Relations is to shut down its Glasgow branch, signalling its retreat from the Scottish public relations market.

Lowe Bell Good Relations is to shut down its Glasgow branch, signalling

its retreat from the Scottish public relations market.



The office, which was founded six years ago and has four staff, will

close at the end of August.



It is unclear whether Scottish clients, which include management

consultants Arthur Anderson, law firm McGrigor Donald and property

developer Shawlands Development, will continue working with Lowe Bell

Good Relations from London or will move their accounts to other PR

agencies.



Lowe Bell chairman Sir Tim Bell explained that the closure of the

Glasgow office had been prompted by the decision of directors Sheena

Campbell and Alyson Lamb to leave full-time employment at the agency.

Campbell, he said, wished to spend more time with her family while Lamb

had decided to pursue an MBA course in the US.



Bell added that he had been unable to find suitable replacements and

that the potential for growth in the Scottish PR market did not justify

buying another agency to fill the gap.



‘I’ve looked at the Scottish market and the potential is not great,’ he

said. ‘It’s a very small market with a small number of large companies

within it. We already work for clients such as Scottish and Newcastle,

General Accident and Standard Life out of London. Those clients don’t

want to work with agencies in Scotland.’



Bell said he would re-examine the Scottish market in a year’s time but

refused to say whether this would mean buying an agency or starting up a

new branch.



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