Independent consultancy Portcullis Public Affairs has suffered the loss of one of its highest profile clients, the multinational chemicals manufacturing company Ineos.
Ineos operates the Grangemouth petrochemical plant which last week secured a Government loan guarantee of £230m to build Europe’s largest ethane storage tank.
In November 2013 Grangemouth was the site of a bitter industrial dispute between Ineos and the Unite union.
The Ineos account has moved to Burson Marsteller, the new home of former Portcullis Public Affairs managing director Stephen Day. Portcullis director of client services James Worron has also recently joined Instinctif Partners as an associate partner.
Speaking on recent changes, Portcullis chairman Charles Cockburn said:
“This year, we have invested in hiring very experienced consultants as well as some talented young professionals. Having rebalanced the consultancy so as to reinforce our brand, positioning and values, we are all very much looking forward to our 25th anniversary party towards the end of this year.”
“We note last Thursday’s announcement by Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, that INEOS would benefit from a loan guarantee of £230 million to underpin the investment in the Grangemouth plant to enable it to store and process shale gas shipped in from the US. We are proud of the part we have played in producing this excellent result, which will secure jobs in Scotland while benefiting the wider UK chemicals industry.”