Greenhaus Public Communication

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Greenhaus Public Communication is a lobbying firm based in Scotland.

Services

Some of the the services offered by Greenhaus include:

  • identifying and designing the appropriate political strategy, specific to the clients needs.
  • identifying key audiences and agreeing key messages
  • Networking activities to assist with profile and positioning

They also "give expert only advice, assistance and co-ordination" to help with:

  • Issue management
  • Government relations
  • Media relation
  • Procurement[1]

Political links

Director Chris Winslow and associate consultant Jo Nove both worked for the Labour Party. Winslow was a special adviser to Donald Dewar in 1999 and worked closely with John Rafferty another special adviser and Dewar's chief of staff. Rafferty was forced to resign over an issue of reported dishonesty. Winslow went soon after. The pair were linked again after Winslow set up Greenhaus and won a lucrative PR contract with UnLtd a sort of venture philanthropy organisation engaged in 'social enterprise'. UnLtd was based in the same offices as the Demos think tank and was run by John Rafferty.

It is open to speculation whether the close links Greenhaus have to Scottish Labour help them provide some of their public affairs services. Greenhaus themselves clearly infer this. Its website states that "Greenhaus is ideally placed to assist companies and organisations that are concerned with maximising their profile and reputation within Scottish public life" given their access to "the relatively small and interlinked networks of Scottish Politics, decision makers and the media [which] can often be difficult to penetrate". It is ideally placed to penetrate these networks as they themselves are part of these very networks. As they suggest: "The expert only senior counsel that Greenhaus public communication brings to a client portfolio combines first-hand knowledge of the parliament and the Scottish Executive, potential policy outcomes, legislative direction, personalities and its limitations. This provides unique insight and value to any external relations strategy".[2]

Former employee, Stephen Gethins became SNP MP for North East Fife in May 2015.

People

Former employees

  • Jamie Maxton; son of ex Labour MP John Maxton.
  • Tony McElroy worked for Greenhaus after acting as a press officer for Scottish Labour during the 1999 Scottish election and the 2001 General Election. He is now a lobbyist for Tesco in the devolved nations.
  • Stephen Gethins; current SNP MP for North East Fife. Gethins is a former special adviser to former Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond until the end of 2012, helped draft the SNP manifestos for Government ahead of the 2007 and 2011 election, head of office for the SNP Westminster Group[3]
  • Neil Gillam, former associate director

Client case studies

First Group: won a lucrative public contract when they were a client of Greenhaus. In 2004 they were awarded the £1.75 billion contract to run Scotland's railways. While Chris Winslow admitted to setting up meetings with senior First Group figures and Labour MSPs he denied any improper conduct, reported the Sunday Times (13 June 2004). Coincidentally, Nicol Stephen, the Lib-Dem Scottish Transport Minister and now the Lib-Dem leader and Deputy First Minister, was previously employed by First Group as a consultant.[4]

Boston Scientific: Greenhaus is also represented on the Scottish Parliament Cross-Party group on Diabetes. Kate Cunningham an employee of Greenhaus was at a meeting on the second of February 2005. One of Greenhaus' clients is the pharmaceutical company Boston Scientific who in 2005, published results of their clinical trials of their new Coronary Artery disease treatment Taxus Express- Paliaxel eluting coronary stent system. They state that one of the main groups of beneficiaries could be diabetics.

Lloyds Pharmacy: Another client, Lloydspharmacy, is working with PR and lobbying firm APCO in England. Their reasoning is as APCO UK director Martin Sawer said: 'We need to ensure Lloyds Pharmacy is engaged in the revolution in healthcare, which means making services more accessible to the public.' Their strategy involves courting favour in Westminster. In July 2005, PR Week reported:

"[Lloyds Pharmacy] will operate a diabetes 'testing station' in the House of Commons this October, hosted by diabetes sufferer Sir Steve Redgrave, to test MPs for the condition. The company's in-store consultation areas currently offer customers blood, cholesterol and diabetes screening".

It also noted that:

"APCO will work with lobbying firm Morgan Allen Moore in Wales and Green-Haus Communications in Scotland to help service the account, which it has held for the past six years".[5]

This suggests that the involvement of Greenhaus in the cross-party group on diabetes is clear. To ensure Lloyds Pharmacy gain an advantage in the burgeoning 'market' of healthcare.

Clients

APPC

September 2016-November 2016

No clients registered.

June 2016-August 2016

No clients registered.

March 2016-May 2016

Centrica Energy | Coca Cola Enterprises Ltd | EE | Heritage Lottery Fund | Johnson & Johnson | Wrigley Company [6]

December 2015-February 2016

No clients registered.

September 2015-November 2015

Centrica Energy | Coca Cola Enterprises Ltd | EE | Heritage Lottery Fund | Johnson & Johnson | Wrigley Company [7]

June 2015-August 2015

Centrica Energy | Coca Cola Enterprises Ltd | EE | Heritage Lottery Fund | Johnson & Johnson | Wrigley Company [8]

February 2015-May 2015

BMRA | Centrica Energy | Coca Cola | EE | Heritage Lottery Fund | HSBC | Johnson & Johnson | Sanofi Pasteur MSD | Specsavers | Wrigley

Contacts

Website:http://www.green-haus.com

Resources

References

  1. Greenhaus website, accessed Feb 2009
  2. Greenhaus website, accessed Feb 2009
  3. [http://ukpollingreport.co.uk/2015guide/scotland-european-candidates-2014/ Scotland European candidates 2014
  4. BBC news website
  5. Public Affairs: Lloydspharmacy sticks with APCO amid shake-up, PR Week, 22 July 2005
  6. Register for 1st March 2016 - 31st May 2016, APPC, accessed 24 November 2016.
  7. Register for 1st September 2015 - 30th November 2015, APPC, accessed 24 November 2016.
  8. Register 1st June 2015-31st August 2015APPC, accessed 28 September 2015

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