Collins sets up Vico Partners after collapse of Bell Pottinger
Senior Tory lobbyist teams up with ex-colleague John Sunnocks and businessman Iain Rawlinson.
Former Bell Pottinger public affairs chief Tim Collins has joined forces with two other senior figures to set up a new agency focused on "strategic communications consulting".
Collins is a former Conservative MP and Tory party communications director, who was most recently chairman of Bell Pottinger's political practice.
For the new venture, called Vico Partners, Collins has teamed up with former colleague John Sunnocks. Until a few weeks ago, Sunnocks was chairman of Bell Pottinger’s financial practice and seen as a contender to become the next chief executive.
Also on board is barrister and businessman Iain Rawlinson. He is a former executive chairman of recently-defunct travel firm Monarch Group and runs the advisory firm Rawlinson Partners.
Companies House Records show that Collins, Sunnocks and Rawlinson have equal stakes in Vico Partners. The new business was incorporated on 8 September, four days after Bell Pottinger was excluded from the PRCA. The once-mighty PR firm went into administration on 12 September.
Vico Partners has registered offices in Lincoln’s Inn Fields in central London. It is not clear whether the agency has any retained clients yet.
Another former Bell Pottinger director, Stuart Leach, is setting up a major new operation with Mark Gallagher, founder of public affairs firm Pagefield.
Leach and Gallagher have established a standalone company called Pagefield Global Counsel and 18 members of the crisis communications team at Bell Pottinger are due to move across to the new firm.