EDF puts MHP on alert

Written by David Singleton on 8 February 2016 in News

Four agencies in the running to take big-money account with French energy giant

EDF Energy has put its lucrative public affairs account with MHP Communications out to pitch and invited four agencies to tender, Public Affairs News has learned.

The French energy giant is said to be among MHP’s biggest clients and the agency is desperate to hang on to the business.

But MHP is set to face stiff competition from three other agencies, with Burson-Marsteller, Insitictif Partners and Portland all invited to tender for the work in the coming weeks.

The pitch was first reported by PAN in last Friday's lobbying lowdown memo. It comes just weeks after MHP revealed that it had signed up former energy secretary Ed Davey as a senior adviser.

The firm said in January 2016 that the ex-Liberal Democrat MP would be primarily working with its team to give high-level advice on sectors including energy, infrastructure and logistics, to develop thought leadership and to provide counsel to clients as appropriate.

The EDF account is understood to be worth close to £50,000 a month to MHP and the agency's chief executive Gavin Devine stressed that the statutory review had been on the cards for some time.

He told PAN: "We have had a very close and successful relationship with EDF Energy for more than 10 years and as the contract comes up for its statutory review we look forward to responding to the brief."

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