DIARY: Leaving the Oval to become Parliament squares

The end of an era beckons. GJW Government Relations are to forsake their home near the Oval after more than ten years for the more mainstream charms of Westminster.

The end of an era beckons. GJW Government Relations are to forsake

their home near the Oval after more than ten years for the more

mainstream charms of Westminster.



The company, now 35-strong and growing, has finally run out of space at

64 Clapham Road. It has sold its building and is taking a lease on the

Millennium Commission’s building on Little Smith Street.



The trainspotters among you may see a trend emerging - GJW is one of

several lobbying firms to head for Westminster this year. Ludgate Laud

moved from Charterhouse Square in the City to Dean’s Yard in April and

Jeremy Galbraith, the youthful head of Burson-Marsteller’s government

relations division, is currently looking for premises for a Westminster

satellite office, although he stresses he has no intention to move out

of B-M’s Bloomsbury HQ altogether.



So much for hanging around the lobby being a thing of the past. As

Galbraith says: ‘If you are a political consultancy, the perception is

that you should be based in Westminster.’



It’s nothing to do with being in Westminster, says my mole at GJW ‘we

are not Parliamentary lobbyists in the way other people are’.



Still, I dare say they’ll save a fortune on cab fares.



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