The Restaurateurs Association of Great Britain has hired APCO to serve
up some extra lobbying bite.
The association, which has 1,100 members, needs to tackle a number of
key political and social policy issues ranging from liquor licensing and
working hours to the minimum wage.
APCO was approached because of its connections and experience in the
leisure sector, said RAGB chief executive David Harrold.
‘It’s an organisation that in the past has not focused a lot of time on
lobbying or political communications,’ said APCO managing director Nick
‘But they want to make sure that their interests are not overlooked.’
The business, believed to be worth around pounds 40-50,000 a year in
fees, was not put out to pitch.
The Restaurateurs Association contacted APCO on the back of its work for
leisure sector bodies the British Entertainment and Discotheque
Association and Business in Sport and Leisure.