A new public affairs consultancy has been launched by former Money Marketing journalist Iain Anderson and former colleagues from the public relations firm Golin/Harris Ludgate.
Cicero Consulting is aiming to establish itself as a firm offering clients public affairs and Government relations assistance.
Based in London, the founders hope to establish offices in Brussels and Paris. The four principal consultants were all previously with the public affairs section of Golin/Harris.
Following a failed management buyout of the division last year, Anderson, Stephen Lock, Richard Elsen and Sunil Sharma left the firm to set up their own practice.
The group has raised £500,000 from a number of industry sources, which Anderson says provides the necessary funding for two years' operation.
One of Cicero's early clients is MP turned regulator Dr Oonagh McDonald who, as reported in MM last week, is launching a campaign to convince all three political parties to include a commitment to reform annuity policy in their election manifestoes.
Anderson says: “We are looking forward to helping a range of financial services clients with their corporate communications crises and issue solution needs.”