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Aberdeen office performing strongly

Big bags first Middle East company

Zoe OgilvieThe Big Partnership’s Aberdeen office has secured its first contract with a Middle East company among new client wins worth more than £350,000.

It will provide media training for senior executives of The Bahrain Petroleum Company.

Elevator, the social enterprise which supports enterprise and entrepreneurs in Aberdeen and Dundee has awarded the agency a 12 month PR contract while intelligent health solutions business, Iqarus, has engaged the agency to provide a wide range of services, including media relations, digital marketing, stakeholder engagement and events support.

To complete the hat-trick in Aberdeen, Big will handle PR for SPE Offshore Europe 2017 in the run-up to and during the major oil and gas conference and exhibition.

A number of small oil and gas businesses have also joined the client portfolio since the beginning of the year, even though a sustained low oil price is taking its toll on the North East. These include subsea production optimisation business Enpro and remote inspection specialists AISUS Offshore.

Zoe Ogilvie (pictured), Big director and head of its Aberdeen office, said: “We’ve had a strong start to the year, putting us in a robust position despite the challenges.

“We are particularly proud of winning the BAPCO work as we were up against international agencies. We have been delivering services in the Middle-east for our Aberdeen-based clients for several years, but this is the first time we have secured a contract with an indigenous business in the region.

“Times are tough in Aberdeen, but we remain quietly optimistic about our prospects for the year ahead. More than ever, energy companies need to tell their stories about the people and innovation that will get them through the next few years.

“It’s easy to panic when the oil price hits new lows.”

While maintaining its position in the Granite City, the firm has also been making progress in Dundee, where it has secured several contracts including the Dundee Repertory Theatre.

The Aberdeen team has been supplemented by the arrivals of account executives Lindsay Ackers, who joined from Hill + Knowlton in London, and Caitlin Boag, from Lettuce Up North.



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