Hanover hired for bank brief previously held by Bell Pottinger

12 October 2017

Hanover Communications has picked up a public affairs account with the owner of Clydesdale Bank and Yorkshire Bank.

CYBG previously used Bell Pottinger but has now shifted the brief to...

MHP pounces for Lyons in latest Bigg hire by 'ambitious' CEO

11 October 2017

MHP Communications has brought in former lobby journalist and Bell Pottinger partner Jamie Lyons to boost its public affairs offer.

Lyons will line up alongside current MHP managing...

Newgate bags corporate and public affairs account with Hovis

9 October 2017

Hovis has turned to Newgate Communications to handle a major new account spanning corporate and financial PR, media relations and public affairs.

The well-known brand is stepping up its PR...

Giles Kenningham: Political mines await the PM at Tory conference

28 September 2017

My old boss Eric Pickles used to say that no one ever remembered successful conferences. And he was right. To some extent you have everything to lose and not a lot to gain.

Events are...

Mark Flanagan: The perils of predictions in public affairs

1 September 2017

When you hear the names Dogger, Fisher, German Bight you immediately think of the Shipping Forecast, which has just celebrated its 150th anniversary. The Met Office claims the forecast is accurate...

Francis Ingham: Prime predictions from two years of lobbying lunches

17 July 2017

In the summer of 2015, we began this series of PAN interviews, each of them conducted at Shepherd’s Restaurant. Two years on, and 22 interviews later, it’d be fair to say that rather a lot has...

Getting cosy with Corbyn: how lobbyists are ‘doing Labour again’

4 September 2017

If the 2017 general election was a political earthquake, then few professions in the UK have felt the reverberations more than lobbyists.

When Jeremy Corbyn was elected Labour leader in...

Lunch with... Elin De Zoete

29 August 2017

Elin and I met for lunch with the lobbying world still quaking from the general election. I was intrigued to discover if she was one of those Labour lobbyists who were shocked and pleased with...

Lunch with... Paul Bristow

11 August 2017

I caught up with Paul Bristow almost immediately after he’d taken over at the APPC, and just a a little while after the General Election. So, our first topic of conversation was obvious. What did...