Top UK lobbying firm launches ‘no deal hotline’ for anxious businesses
The hotline team is headed by BCW public affairs boss Nick Williams.
Burson Cohn & Wolfe is ramping up its Brexit offer with the launch of a phone line for businesses concerned about the UK crashing out of Europe without a deal.
A spokesman for BCW said that the so-called no deal hotline would provide a “rapid response” to the latest Brexit developments. It will offer political consultancy and crisis communications support to help businesses and other organisations to plan for the impact of a no-deal Brexit and it will give advice on how to engage government directly in the scenario of a no-deal.
A variety of other bespoke services are being promised, including strategic communications advice for communicating no-deal to key stakeholders and internal communications consultation to prepare businesses to communicate to staff around breakdowns in supply chains, temporary or permanent closures of offices or factories and other damage to their ability to operate.
The hotline will be handled by a team of political and crisis communications experts in BCW’s London office and is headed by public affairs managing director Nick Williams.
“The risk of a no-deal Brexit is rising every day. The Government has started to invest heavily for a No-Deal scenario, which will create an extremely challenging environment for businesses everywhere,” said Williams.
“This is why BCW London will be leading the way in advising clients on how to approach this challenge from a communications perspective, in terms of both preparation and in the event of a no-deal.”
However rival lobbying consultancies can be expected to sneer at the latest attempt by a public affairs firm to position themselves as the best equipped for Brexit. One sceptical industry figure said he was reminded of John Major's "cones hotline" which was introduced in 1992 to allow members of the public to enquire about roadworks on the country's roads.
The move by BCW comes as MPs will vote on Theresa May's Brexit deal on Tuesday, 15 January, government sources have confirmed. Meanwhile, more than 200 MPs have signed a letter to Theresa May, urging her to rule out a no-deal Brexit.
The BCW hotline can be reached by any business or organisation that requires short-term consultancy support in the next 82 days before Brexit (March 29th) and for the period following that in a no-deal situation. The No-Deal Hotline, in operation from today, can be reached on +44 7557 313 691, or, alternatively email Brexit@bcw-global.com