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Grayling's London office, Portland House, Bressenden Place - also houses oil lobbyists Oil and Gas UK
Grayling Global's Brussels Office, Avenue des Arts 46

Back to Lobbying Portal Grayling is a global PR and lobbying group owned by Huntsworth and established in 1981. Other companies in the Huntsworth Group include: Citigate, Quiller, Hudson Sandler, Hunstworth Health and Red.

Grayling has over 50 offices in more than 30 countries. It is headquartered in London and has 9 US offices.

History

  • Grayling was founded in London in 1981.
  • Its public affairs capabilities started with the formation of Westminster Strategy in 1986 and were gradually expanded to Brussels, Edinburgh and Cardiff.
  • Acquired by Lopex in 1988
  • RS Live became part of Grayling in 1995 with specialist expertise in event management.
  • Lopex sold to Havas in 1999
  • In April 2004, Huntsworth plc acquired a 70% stake in Grayling, while the 30% minority shareholding is held by Grayling's senior managers.[1]
  • In March 2008 Grayling merged with sister firm Global Consulting Group, both subsidiaries of Huntsworth Plc, to form Grayling Global, focused on public affairs, public relations, investor relations and event management.[2]
  • In 2011, parent company, Huntsworth merged two of its companies, Grayling and Dutko, one of Washington's top-earning lobbying firms having bought it in 2009. It became known as Dutko Grayling, but is now known just as Grayling.

Client work

Poisoned farmed Scottish Salmon

Grayling's work for Scottish Quality Salmon was to support their policy communications work with elected members and officials in Edinburgh, London and Brussels. "Our only role was to support SQS to ensure that policymakers were informed of the scientific facts on the issue." (John McGill, Grayling, headd of APPC Scotland)

In January 2004 the Sunday Herald reported:

The US study that sparked the toxic salmon scare has been strongly defended by leading scientists following allegations from the fish farming industry that it was biased and flawed.
"It is based on sound science and the results are undeniable," said George Lucier, former director of the US Department of Health's national toxicological programme and author of more than 200 studies on toxic chemicals. He has been backed by at least three other independent US experts.
The study, by scientists from four US universities and published 10 days ago in the US journal Science, analysed the levels of cancer-causing PCBs, dioxins and pesticides in 700 salmon from around the world. It found that farmed salmon were much more contaminated than wild salmon.
Despite the criticisms that followed, the conclusion has not been seriously challenged. But the subsequent findings - that eating farmed Atlantic salmon "may pose health risks that detract from the beneficial effects of fish consumption" - has provoked bitter argument.
The counterattack has been led by the salmon farming industry, which was forewarned of the study last October. It has alleged the research was biased because it was funded by a trust founded on US oil money.
The role played by the $ 3.8 billion Pew Charitable Trust, which funds research into global pollution, was spelled out in the study, and highlighted by Science magazine, the journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's largest general federation of scientists. Any suggestion that Pew interfered has been denied by all involved.
Nevertheless, the Scottish salmon farming industry maintains it has been the victim of a global conspiracy. "This was a deliberately engineered food scare orchestrated to attack the salmon farming industry in Scotland," said Brian Simpson, chief executive of Scottish Quality Salmon (SQS).
Science's editor-in-chief Donald Kennedy dismissed the allegations. He said that the authors were all respected members of academic institutions. "Pew funded the study but left the authors free to publish their results without review," he told the Sunday Herald, adding that Science's peer-review process"is among the most rigorous in the scientific community".
The levels of contamination reported by the study have been accepted by both the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and Scottish Quality Salmon (SQS) in the UK.
"The levels of dioxins and PCBs found in this study are in line with those that have previously been found by the FSA," stated the FSA on January 8.
The salmon industry was first alerted to the Science study by a talk given to an aquaculture conference in Vancouver, Canada, on October 27 last year. Charles Santerre, of Purdue University in Indiana, said: "Expect this bombshell to be spun in an unfavourable manner, so I think the industry needs to be prepared for it."
Although Santerre was widely quoted as a leading critic of the Science study last week, it was not always made clear that he is a paid consultant of industry group, Salmon of the Americas.[3]

People

Senior people

Lobbyists

Listed UK lobbyists

March 2016-May 2016

Alan Boyd-Hall | Angie Bray | Rikki Butler | Luke Cheadle | Freddie Coleridge | Jonathan Curtis | Bobbie Davies | Catherine Griffith-Williams | Madeleine Hall | Richard Jukes | Suzanna Kerr | Ross Laird | Craig Ling | Iona Macbeth | James McCollum | Christine McKenna | Huw Owen | Alexander Phillips | Matthew Revett | Tim Saunders | Pippa Smith | Thomas Symondson | Katie Thrift | Tim Watkin | Samantha Wiltshire [6]

September 2014-November 2014

Luke Boddice | Alan Boyd-Hall | Leah Bryant | Rikki Butler | Luke Cheadle | Jonathan Curtis | Bobbie Davies | Kathryn Eastwood | Robert Ford | James Ford | Matthew Francis | Robert Girvan | Alistair Gordon | Jay Harman | Rebecca Holmes | Samantha Jay | Richard Jukes | Ross Laird | Patrick Leavey | Rebecca Leech | Craig Ling | James McCollum | Joe Moor | Caroline Narboni | Matthew Revett | Tim Saunders | Mohanvir Singh Saran | Pippa Smith | Peter Stilwell | Jack Storry | Thomas Symondson | Katie Thrift | Tim Watkin[7]

Former employees

Clients

Registrar of consultant lobbyists

The registrar of consultant lobbyists documents those clients on behalf of whom Grayling has met with government ministers, and the firm's listings since 2015 are as follows:

April - June 2016

Hilton Worldwide | National Casino Forum | Wireless Infrastructure Group [12]

January - March 2016

Wireless Infrastructure Group [13]

October 2015-December 2015

Fujitsu | Hilton Worldwide | National Casino Forum | People's Postcode Lottery

July 2015-September 2015

No listing

April 2015-June 2015

Earthport | Hilton Worldwide | Historic Houses Association | Wireless Infrastructure Group

January 2015-March 2015

Hilton Worldwide | Historic Houses Association | People's Postcode Lottery | University of Southampton[14]

Gatwick Airport

On the 18 December 2014 it was confirmed the agency had been appointed to communicate Gatwick's multi-billion transformation programme. The account will be headed up Grayling’s international and network managing director, Susan Hutchinson.[15]

APPC lobbying register

As at 1st March 2016 - 31st May 2016

ABB | AbbVie | Angel Trains | Arthritis Research UK | Automatic Vending Association | Battersea Cats & Dogs Home | Bield Housing Association | Blind Veterans UK | Bookmakers Afternoon Greyhound Service (BAGS) | British Hospitality Association | BT Scotland | BT Wales | Calor | Carillion | Colleges Scotland | Construction Workers Compensation Scheme | DSMEDF Energy | Fields in Trust | Fujitsu Services | Grant Thornton | Guide Dogs | Hager Environmental & Atmospheric Technologies (HEAT) | Hanover (Scotland) Housing Association | Heriot-Watt University | Highways England | Hilton Worldwide | Historic Houses Association | HORIBA MIRAIET | Inch Cape Offshore Ltd | J Sainsbury plc | Landscape Institute | Lloyds Banking Group | Lockheed Martin | LXB Retail Properties | National Association of Cider Makers | National Casino Forum | National Grid | National House Building Council | Network Rail | NHS Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group | Patrizia | Peoples Postcode Lottery | Riverside Housing Association | Scottish Rugby Union | Scottish Tourism Alliance | Sir Robert McAlpine | Southampton Solent University | Stornoway Wind Farm | Taylor Wimpey | Trust Housing Association | UKAS | Wallace Land | Wireless Infrastructure Group [6]

As at 1st December 2015 - 28th February 2016

ABB | AbbVie | Alzheimer's Society(Wales) | Angel Trains | Arthritis Research UK | Automatic Vending Association | Battersea Cats & Dogs Home | Bield Housing Association | Blind Veterans UK | Bookmakers Afternoon Greyhound Service(BAGS) British Hospitality Association | BT Scotland | BT Wales | Calor | Carillion | Carlton James Construction | Colleges Scotland | Construction Workers Compensation Scheme | Earthport | EDF Energy | Fields in Trust | Fujitsu Services | Grant Thornton | Guide Dogs | Hanover(Scotland)| Housing Association | Heriot-Watt University | Highland and Lowland Reserve Forces and Cadets Associations | Hilton Worldwide | Historic Houses Association | HORIBA MIRAIET | Inch Cape OffshoreLtd | J Sainsbury plc Lloyds Banking Group | Lockheed Martin | LXB Retail Properties | National Association of Cider Makers | National Casino Forum | National Grid | National House Building Council | Network Rail | NHS Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group | Patrizia | Peoples Postcode Lottery | Riverside Housing Association | Scottish Rugby Union | Scottish Tourism Alliance | Sir Robert McAlpine | Southampton Solent University | Stornoway Wind Farm | Taylor Wimpey | Trust Housing Association | UKAS | Wallace Land | Wireless Infrastructure Group [16]

As of 1st September 2015 - 31st November 2015

AAYAABB | Alzheimer's Society | Angel Trains | Arthritis Research UK | Automatic Vending Association | Battersea Cats & Dogs Home | Bield Housing Association | Blind Veterans UK | BT Scotland | BT Wales | Calor | Carillion | Carlton | James Construction | Colleges Scotland | Construction Workers Compensation Scheme | Earthport | Fields in Trust | Fujitsu Services | Grant Thornton | Guide Dogs | Hanover Housing Association(Scotland) | Heart Valve Voice | Heriot-Watt University | Hilton Worldwide | Historic Houses Association | IET | Inch Cape Offshore | J Sainsbury | Lloyds Banking Group | Lockheed Martin | LXB Retail Properties | National Association of Cider Makers | National Casino Forum | National Grid | National House Building Council | Network Rail | NHS Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group | Patrizia | Peoples Postcode Lottery | Riverside Housing Association | Scottish Rugby Union | Sir Robert McAlpine | Southampton Solent University | States of Guernsey | Stornoway Wind Farm | Taylor Wimpey | Trust Housing Association | UKAS | Wallace Land | West Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association | Wireless Infrastructure Group[17]

As of 1st June 2015 - 31st August 2015

ABB | Allies and Morrison | Angel Trains | Automatic Vending Association | Battersea Cats & Dogs Home | Bield Housing Association | Blind Veterans UK | BT Scotland | BT Wales | Calor | Carillion | Colleges Scotland | Construction Workers Compensation Scheme | Cummins Turbo Technologies | Earthport | Edinburgh College | Fujitsu Services | Grant Thornton | Hanover (Scotland) Housing Association | Heart Valve Voice | Heriot-Watt University | Hilton Worldwide | Historic Houses Association | IET | Sainsbury | Janssen UK | LLoyds Banking Group | Lockheed Martin | London School of Business and Finance | LXB Retail Properties | National Association of Cider Makers | National Casino Forum | National Grid | National House Building Council | Network Rail | NHS Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group | Patrizia | Peoples Postcode Lottery | Riverside Housing Association | Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Trust | Ryder Cup Europe | SCA | Scottish Rugby Union | Sir Robert McAlpine | States of Guernsey | Stornoway Wind Farm | Taylor Wimpey | Trust Housing Association | UKAS | Wallace Land | West Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association | Wireless Infrastructure Group | WPD.

As of March 2014-May 2014

ABB | Anchor | Angel Trains | Bield Housing Association | British Library | BT Scotland | BT Wales | Calor | Careers Wales | Carillion | CITB-ConstructionSkills | Construction Workers Compensation Scheme | Cyfle Building Skills Forestry | Commission Scotland | Fujitsu Services | GE Healthcare | Hanover (Scotland) Housing Association | Heriot-Watt University | Hilton Worldwide | Historic Houses Association | IET | International Chair on Cardiometabolic Risk | J Sainsbury plc | LLoyds Banking Group | Lockheed Martin | London Clubs International | National Grid | National House Building Council | Network Rail | Patrizia | Peoples Postcode Lottery | PNE Wind | Reed Smith | Riverside Housing Association | Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Trust | Ryder Cup Europe | Scottish Rugby Union | Sir Robert McAlpine[18]

Contacts

Website:
London Address: Portland House, Bressenden Place, London, SW1E 5BH
Edinburgh: 107 George St, Edinburgh, EH2 3ES

Resources

References

  1. website Grayling website
  2. Huntsworth website Home page, accessed 18 November 2008 .
  3. Rob Edwards Scientists back toxic salmon study, Sunday Herald, 18 January 2004.
  4. APPC Register for 1st March 2014 - 31st May 2014, accessed September 2014
  5. Laura Nichols Grayling's Palmer to lead government affairs practice PR Week, 10 December 2014, accessed 18 December 2014
  6. 6.0 6.1 Grayling staff, Mar-May16, APPC, accessed 16 June 2016
  7. Register 1st September 2014 - 30th November 2014 APPC, accessed 20 January 2015
  8. Global Consulting Group Global Consulting is now Grayling Global!, 13 March 2008, accessed 18 November 2008.
  9. Nigel Kennedy Linkedin, accessed 20 January 2015
  10. Matt Cartmell Grayling appoints Alison Clarke UK CEO as Loretta Tobin takes career break PR Week, 3 March 2011, accessed 19 October 2014
  11. Sara Luker Grayling UK CEO Alison Clarke to become PRCA chairman PR Week, 25 November 2011, accessed 19 October 2014
  12. 'Grayling Communications profile 2016', Register of consultant lobbyists, accessed 20 July 2016
  13. Grayling Communications profile 2016, Registrar of consultant lobbyists, accessed 3 May 2016
  14. Grayling Communications profile 2015, Registrar of consultant lobbyists, accessed 23 February 2016
  15. Isabelle Aron Grayling wins pitch for Gatwick Airport PR brief PR Week, 18 December 2014, accessed 18 December 2014
  16. Grayling staff, Register 1st December 2015-28th February 2016, APPC, accessed 11 April 2016
  17. Grayling client list Sep-Nov15, APPC.org, accessed 23 February 2016
  18. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named May
  19. 19.0 19.1 Matt Cartmell, Allianz Worldwide Care Appoints Grayling For Pan-European Brief, PRWeek, 15 June 2011, accessed same day

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