Associated British Ports (ABP), the UK’s largest port operator, has
appointed Finsbury to handle its financial PR.
ABP has previously retained Financial Dynamics but has not used external
financial PR support for several months. In addition to financial PR,
Finsbury is to provide political consultancy, advising on ABP’s
reactions to issues such as the Government’s proposed new port safety
code and its transport white paper.
ABP owns 23 ports, including Ipswich, Hull and Southampton and is a
listed company capitalised at around pounds 1.2 billion. It recently
moved into overseas operations for the first time with the acquisition
of American Port Services for pounds 107 million.
Finsbury reports to ABP chairman Sir Keith Stuart. Finsbury also liaises
with a five-strong corporate communications team headed by corporate
communications manager Margie Collins.
ABP has recently taken measures to build an image of social
responsibility with the recent publication of its first environmental
review, intended to make public its policy on the environmental impact
of each of its sites.
It hopes that the review will encourage dialogue with the company when
issues of port development arise.
ABP also intends to increase the number of services it offers at its
ports. For instance, it intends to run grain and container terminals in
addition to collecting fees from ship owners.
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