The following figures set out the Commission for Rural Communities’ (CRC) spend on public relations companies over the last three years, 1 April 2007 to 31 October 2009.
Total (£) 2007-08 1,697.58 2008-09 45,935.65 2009-10 26,938.44 Grand total 74,571.67
CRC has contracted with the following bodies:
Pam Beddard PR (south west)
Navigator PR (north east, north west and Yorkshire and the Humber)
Kendalls (east of England)
Aura PR (east Midlands)
Rhian French Communications (south east)
Danks Cockburn Public Relations (west Midlands)
The increase in 2008-09 was largely due to the preparation and publication during that year of the CRC’s “State of the Countryside” report. The CRC has used public relations companies to support activities relating to the gathering of evidence and the launching and dissemination of reports, research and guidance, particularly at a regional level.
Due to commercial sensitivity and constraints CRC will not be placing copies of the contracts in the Library.
The Commission for Rural Communities (CRC) contracted one public affairs company, Connect Public Affairs, to provide events management and communications support in respect of the CRC’s activities at the 2007 and 2008 party conferences. The cost was as follows:
Total (£) 2007-08 11,889.88 2008-09 25,329.83 2009-10 0 Grand total 37,219.71
Due to commercial sensitivity and constraints CRC will not be placing these contracts in the Library.