I can count three PR firms that are willing to bid for this new contract (there were no bids last year during the protests).
Edleman, MSL and Redhill.
According to documents seen by PRovoke, the virtual briefing session run by the government's Information Services Department (ISD) drew attendance from PR firms based inside and outside Hong Kong. These included APCO Worldwide, CT Group, Edelman, Omnicom PR Group (OPRG), Publicis firms Qorvis/MSL, Ruder Finn and WPP's BCW and Ogilvy.
Of that group, Edelman confirmed that it will take part in the tender. "This brief is to support the Hong Kong economy overseas and that is an issue that impacts all of us, thatâ€™s why we are happy to be participating in this important pitch," said a spokesperson for the world's largest PR firm.PRovoke also understands that MSL has bid for the one-year assignment in conjunction with sister firm Qorvis, the Washington DC public affairs firm that is perhaps best known for its relationship with the Saudi Arabian government. An MSL representative declined to comment.https://www.provokemedia.com/latest/...ong-governmentIn addition, Singapore-headquartered PR consultancy Redhill, one of the world's fastest-growing firms, confirmed that it would take part in the tender.
While many of the remaining firms either declined to comment or did not respond to request for comment, PRovoke understands that APCO, BCW, Ogilvy, OPRG (including FleishmanHillard and Ketchum) and Ruder Finn all passed on the opportunity.