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
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