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.