Crick to chase down winners of 2017 Public Affairs Awards
In the running for the top agency gong are: Cascade, Cicero, Connect, Hume Brophy, JFG and Newington.
Six public affairs agencies are in the running to be named Consultancy of the Year at the 2017 Public Affairs Awards, to be hosted by the intrepid Channel 4 News political correspondent Michael Crick.
Hume Brophy is hoping to pick up the coveted award after boosting its UK lobbying credentials this year by hiring former Tory minister James Wharton and boosting its firepower in New York with the acquisition of the agency Madaket+Co.
But it will face stiff competition from Cicero Group, Connect Communications and Newington Communications.
Meanwhile the lesser-known agencies Cascade Communications and JFG Communications are hoping to cause an upset.
Cascade is an 11-strong property and planning public affairs specialist founded in 2011 by former Bell Pottinger director Emma Waterfall. Its "proudest achievements" include approvals for the iconic Battersea Power Station and two of London’s tallest new towers in Vauxhall.
JFG was set up last year by Jo Field, former head of campaigns, communications and engagement at Transport for London. On its website, the fledgling firm describes itself as “a boutique consultancy specialising in stakeholder engagement, public affairs and gender diversity for the transport and infrastructure sectors”.
The rank outsider for the best agency gong, it only lists one other member of staff alongside Field, while listed clients include Heathrow Airport and the All Party Parliamentary Group for Women in Transport.
Grayling, which was last year's winner, has not been shortlisted this time around.
In the running for the other key gong of In-house Team of the Year are: Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, Cats Protection, Federation of Master Builders, National Farmers Union, National Union of Students and Railway Industry Association.
The 2017 awards take place at the Park Plaza hotel near Westminster on 14 December.
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