ENERGY and property specialists have appointed Scottish PR agency Holyrood PR to handle communications for its developments north of the border.
Banks Group, which has a thriving Scottish base in Lanarkshire, is involved in a number of wind farm proposals, as well as surface mining projects and property developments. The group’s companies include Banks Renewables, Banks Property and Banks Mining.
With its growing portfolio of work in Scotland, the company took the decision to augment its existing communication and community engagement activity by appointing a dedicated Scottish agency.
Edinburgh-based Holyrood PR was appointed following a five way pitch, during which the team impressed Banks’ directors with their extensive media contacts, incisive story spotting and campaign planning.
Mark Dowdall, environment and community director of at the Banks Group, said: “Everything we do is centred round our development with care philosophy, so our business depends on open communication and transparency and those were the qualities we looked for in a PR agency.
“The Holyrood PR team is a great fit with our business and impressed us with their knowledge of our sector, as well as the Scottish media landscape.
“We’re proud of our reputation for environmental excellence and have a record of bringing real, financial benefits to the communities we work with. So, with Scotland at the forefront of renewable energy in the UK, we have a compelling story to tell.
“Holyrood PR will give us a distinctive Scottish voice, to help us tell our story and that will give us the most solid foundation for all of our communication and engagement moving forward.”
Among the first projects for Holyrood PR will be to get involved with the proposed Ard Ghaoth Wind Farm near Drymen in Stirlingshire, which will produce enough clean, green energy to power approximately 11,000 homes – while bringing significant financial benefits to the local community.
Raymond Notarangelo, co founder of Holyrood PR said: “Our agency credentials are already well established in sectors as diverse as social care, retail, legal, accountancy, utilities and hospitality. We are delighted Banks Group has become one of our clients.
“The way they conduct their business impressed us. The company’s commitment to open communication and transparency will make working with them a great experience.”
Holyrood PR has extensive experience working with renewables and energy firms, including WilloWind, Ennova and microgeneration consultants at Bell Ingram.
Banks Renewables is part of the Banks Group, a family firm founded in 1976, which now employs 380 people in the mining, renewable and property sectors. As a group it generates power from wind farms and supplies coal for UK power stations from its surface mines. The group is already well known for the close work it carries out with local communities via its development with care approach.