As another survey testifies to the stressful nature of public relations
(PR Week, 13 September) it’s heartening to find one agency which
respects its staff’s life outside of work hours.
Fishburn Hedges, it seems, turned down the chance to handle the TR
European Growth investment trust bid for the pounds 500 million
Kleinwort European Privatisation Investment Trust, not for reasons of
client conflict, budget or past history - but because the key agency
staff were due to go on holiday.
Neil Hedges, managing director of Fishburn Hedges, which already works
for TREG’s managers Henderson Touche Remnant, tells me he wasn’t tempted
to bang the desk and tell his people to call off their holidays.
‘It was the right decision under the circumstances’ says Hedges, with
conviction, assuring me that the holidaymakers ‘came back relaxed’.
Good on him, I say.