The latest register of public affairs clients, published every six
months by the Association of Professional Political Consultants, shows
that nine agencies have increased their client numbers, while just three
have seen a drop in clients.
Between May and November 1997, Citigate Westminster increased its
clients by 19. The increase coincides with the lobbying agency’s
acquisition by Citigate Communications in summer 1997, when its
specialist transport subsidiary, the Newbridge Partnership, was merged
into Citigate Westminster.
Newbridge currently has 25 clients. This in part accounts for the
agency’s dramatic client increase.
Meanwhile, GJW Government Relations saw the biggest drop in client
numbers, from 110 to 104.
Shandwick Consultants’ public affairs division appears in the register
for the first time. Shandwick joined the APPC last year, bringing its
membership to 15.
Colin Byrne, MD of Shandwick Public Affairs, claimed that 27 of the
agency’s 29 listed clients do not retain Shandwick for any other
services, and said the increase in agencies registering with the APPC
was a sign of the industry’s confidence.