On Monday 8 October, members of the Association of Professional Political Consultants (APPC) voted to merge into the Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) to present a ‘united voice’ for the UK lobbyists.
The APPC is the self-regulating body for professional lobbyists, founded in 1994 with the aim of providing transparency to the lobbying industry. An emergency general meeting held on the 8th October has cemented this new path for the organisation, with 57% of the 90% member turnout choosing to support the merger.
Launched in 1969, the PRCA is the largest PR trade association in Europe. Under this new agreement the APPC will dissolve and become a standalone public affairs board within the PRCA, adopting its code of conduct.
Paul Bristow, the chair of the APPC, said:
“This is an historic night for the lobbying industry in the UK. By combining forces with the PRCA we not only elevate the voice of lobbying in the UK, but we have the opportunity to offer much greater support to our members.”
“The APPC was formed in the wake of direct challenges and threats facing our industry. Almost a quarter of a century on our members face new, albeit different, threats from the growth of regulation,” Bristow said. “By merging with the PRCA we can now offer our members a stronger and more united voice.”