Government in £100k Tech City PR agency spend

The government is paying a marketing agency close to £100,000 per year to promote David Cameron’s Tech City overseas, a Whitehall department has confirmed.

In the same week that saw ministers applaud major reductions in government advertising and the axing of around a quarter of in-house government communications jobs, business minister Mark Prisk told MPs that PR firm Hill and Knowlton would be paid £99,945 to promote Tech City overseas for 12 months.

Speaking to Publicservice.co.uk, UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) said no concerns had been raised in government about spending the sum on the marketing campaign, which they believed to represent “excellent value for money”.

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