Double success for GCA as PRovoke announces shortlisting

The GCA is pleased to announce the success of two of its member agencies, Bijl PR and PLMR, in being shortlisted for PRovoke’s 2020 Agencies of the Year Awards, in the 2020 Benelux PR Consultancy of the Year and EMEA Public Affairs Consultancies of the Year categories respectively.

Headquartered in Rotterdam, Bijl PR ( provides crisis communications, reputation management and traditional and social media support to clients across the healthcare, retail, industry, and sports sectors, as well as government and non-profit organisations. Last year, Bijl PR enjoyed a fee income of around €1.7 million, working with a range Dutch and international clients, and has already received three SABRE nominations this year alone for their campaigns for the Dutch Heart Federation, the Veterans Institute and Foster Care Netherlands.

Founded in 2006, PLMR ( has experienced rapid growth across the UK, now serving a range FTSE 100 companies across a variety of sectors from offices in London, Glasgow, the East of England and the Midlands. In 2019, PLMR experienced achieved triple-digit revenue growth in regional markets and total revenue growth of nearly 8% to well over £5 million, driven by strong performance in core areas of the business including planning, health and social care, education communications, and energy and sustainability.

Susan Smith, Chair of the GCA and Principal of Bluesky Strategy Group in Ottawa, Canada, said:

“This is great news for our partner organisations, Bijl PR and PLMR, which have both enjoyed growth across a range of sectors, impacting governments, charities and individuals alike.

 “These nominations reaffirm the Global Communications Alliance as a network of high-performing corporate and public affairs agencies, providing top-level integrated communications services to a diverse range of blue-chip clients.

 “The Global Communications Alliance was founded on the principles of sharing expertise from around the world and it is always a pleasure to see the work of our members recognised in such esteem.”



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