Fleishman-Hillard International Communications has been named Pan-European Consultancy of the Year 2011 by The Holmes Report, making it the first agency ever to receive this accolade for two consecutive years. The public relations industry newsletter based its decision on the firm’s year-on-year performance since 2009, citing growth in clients, capabilities, geographic footprint, staff and leadership as just a few of the factors that once again put the firm in first place.
Paul Holmes, founder of The Holmes Report, said: “If Fleishman-Hillard had not won our Pan-European Consultancy of the Year trophy last year, it would have been a shoo-in for the award based on its 2010 performance. As it was, we were forced to balance the firm’s impressive year — double-digit growth, at a time when many competitors were celebrating their ability to hold steady — with the desire to share the wealth. At the end of the day, though, Fleishman’s industry-leading growth was too impressive to ignore.”
“This is a proud moment, not only for our team in Europe, but for our entire firm,” said John Saunders, Fleishman-Hillard’s regional president of Europe and Africa. “Over the past five years, we have achieved exceptional growth in Europe, across every aspect of our business. We’ve won great blue chip multinational clients, expanded both our capabilities and our footprint, and hired and retained great talent. In general, we’ve expanded our leadership in the European marketplace, and it’s gratifying to have that leadership recognized for two straight years.”