Business secretary’s £65m research institute turns to Hanbury
Greg Clark announced the establishment of the Faraday Institution in 2017.
Hanbury Strategy has been called in to advise to a new, multi-million pound research institute.
The lobbying firm won a pitch to help The Faraday Institution which has been set up to drive and accelerate fundamental research in developing battery technologies.
It was announced in 2017 that the institution would have a budget of £65 million over four years to spearhead the drive to put the UK on the map as being at the forefront of battery technology worldwide. “We are cementing our position as the 'go-to' destination for battery technology so we can exploit the global transition to a low carbon economy,” stated business secretary Greg Clark last year.
Now it has emerged that the institute has called in Hanbury to provide “communications advice”. The lobbying agency is understood to have won a competitive pitch and been initially appointed for a period of four months.
Hanbury was set up in 2016 by former Conservative special advisers Ameet Gill and Paul Stephenson and has previously picked up briefs with clients ranging from Barclays and GSK to the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
The Office of the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments has given Gill to go-ahead to advise the Faraday Institution, which is an executive non-departmental body funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
In a letter to Gill, Acoba noted: "This has some connection to your previous role, in so far as it relates to a government-backed initiative. However you confirmed you had no involvement with this initiative."