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Consultancy Onevoice aims high

Bates Investment Services chairman Graham Bates and former Mail on Sunday journalist Gaynor Pengelly have set up a communications consultancy representing financial services companies and captains of industry.

Onevoice, which has the financial backing of Bates, will be run by managing director Pengelly and former BIS senior adviser Kerry Nelson, who becomes director of financial services. Bates will become non-executive chairman.

Onevoice is seeking only a small pool of high-profile clients from across industry, including fashion and music as well as financial services. It is also due to head the press campaign of Bless, a charity established by Sway chief executive John Maguire, which boasts Pele and Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page as patrons.

Nelson, who will continue to advise clients but will not be an employee of Bates, says Onevoice is in talks with a number of insurance and investment companies. The firm will also have a corporate events division headed by fashion journalist and socialite Mohieb Dahabieh.

Nelson says: “Unlike other PR companies, we do not need to go through a learning curve. Onevoice already has the financial expertise at both industry and consumer levels to deliver exactly what the client wants.”

Pengelly says: “Our clients in fashion, music and entertainment will inject a bit of sex appeal into the Square Mile by working closely with financial services groups on corporate and charitable events.”

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