WPI Strategy steals top Quiller account with British Land
Quiller loses business with the company behind the ‘Cheesegrater’ skyscraper.
British Land Company, one of the largest property development and investment companies in the UK, has moved its public affairs account out of Quiller Consultants after five years.
The business has been picked up by WPI Strategy, the consultancy set up in 2014 by former Number 10 adviser Sean Worth and ex-Policy Exchange communications director Nick Faith.
Worth worked for Quiller for around a year after leaving his job as special adviser to David Cameron in Downing Street in 2013.
British Land kicked off a pitch process earlier this year, with Newington Communications among the other agencies invited to compete for the business.
The FTSE 100 firm owns, manages and develops retail and leisure properties around the UK and is the company behind the 'Cheesegrater' skyscraper in the City of London.
High-profile deals during the past year included the sale of the company’s 50% stake in the Cheesegrater, officially known as the Leadenhall Building, to China’s CC Land for £1.15bn.
Quiller had held the account since 2012 and worked alongside FTI Consulting, which handles corporate PR. The account loss comes after the news that Quiller CEO Howell James is leaving the lobbying agency and will be replaced by partner and Jonathan Chandler.
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