Addison Lee turns towards FTI after competitive pitch process

Written by Rod Muir on 21 January 2019 in News

The taxi firm has moved on from Burson Cohn & Wolfe after three years.

Minicab company Addison Lee switched its retained public affairs and corporate comms account to FTI Consulting.

The firm has made the change after more than three years with Burson-Marsteller, now known as Burson Cohn & Wolfe.

FTI emerged triumphant from a competitive pitch. It comes after former Burson-Marsteller UK CEO made the move to FTI Consulting last year.

It is understood that Burson Cohn & Wolfe declined to take part in the pitch process. 

Addison Lee has ambitious growth plans, including launching self-driving taxis in London by 2021. The move will pit it against rival ride-hailing app Uber, which is also planning to roll out driverless cars on its network in the future, pending regulatory permission.

More problematically Addison Lee has been lobbying against Sadiq Khan's plans to remove the congestion charge exemption for private hire taxi companies in London.

It has also been facing pressure to pay the national minimum wage to its drivers. A recent employment appeals tribunal found that minicab drivers for Addison Lee are not self-employed contractors but workers with rights and are entitled to the national minimum wage and paid holidays.



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