Lodestone links up with European lobbying firms as Brexit bites
David Wild’s agency is teaming up with agencies in Paris and elsewhere.
Fast-growing public affairs firm Lodestone has announced a link-up with lobbying agencies in Belfast, Paris, Berlin, Rome and Brussels.
Lodestone will introduce the new “affiliate network” at an event in London next year as a new European Parliament and Commission take office. With Brexit and complex trade negotiations also on the horizon, the firm is moving to expand its international reach so it can offer clients pan-European public affairs and political risk advice.
Core members of the network include the Northern Ireland based-strategic communications consultancy Stratagem, French communications and public affairs firm CommStrat, Berlin-based public affairs consultancy jsk.berlin and Italian PR and lobbying firm Open Gate Italia.
Also involved is Brussels and London-based market access advice company Tradepeers Ltd which claims to “keep you informed about the nitty-gritty of the talks between the EU and the UK so you can optimise your business planning”.
Lodestone chairman David Wild said: “This is an exciting time for our business and I am delighted to welcome these talented partners into our affiliate network. At the core of what we do is providing sharp political analysis and they will add unrivalled insight for the organisations we work with.”
Managing director Martha Dalton said: “The Brexit vote and the rise of populism in the past two years have fundamentally changed the political outlook in the UK and Europe, where many of the organisations we work with operate. The uncertainty that this has created will provide both opportunities and challenges for political communications experts. At Lodestone, we felt that now was the right time to grow our commercial operations in key continental markets.”
Last week, PAN reported that Newington Communications had also made a move to expand its reach beyond the UK. Mark Glover’s firm is now a partner in IPREX, a $380 million network of communication agencies with 1,600 staff and 110 offices worldwide.
Lodestone was set up by former Jefferson directors in 2013 and recently reported a massive 41 per cent jump in revenue. It is one of six firms in the running for consultancy of the year at this year’s Public Affairs Awards.