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About Hanover

Brussels Office Since

2010

Firm Description

Founded in 1998, the Hanover Group celebrated its 21st year in 2019 as a 180-strong strategic consultancy with offices in London, Brussels, Dublin and the Middle East.

The company’s mission is to improve the reputation, recognition, relationships and results of every business, institution, individual and organisation we advise. We design and deliver strategies that unlock insight, shape narratives, harness influencers, activate campaigns, navigate regulations and access markets.

Our strategic approach is underpinned by data-led research and robust measurement practices to ensure that we create outstanding returns for our clients.

We pride ourselves on hiring the best people and investing heavily in innovation to enable them to deliver outstanding client work. Hanover’s entrepreneurial, collaborative and excellence-driven culture is underpinned by six core values: “Know your stuff”, “Be trail-blazing”, “Tell it like it is”, “Give your all”, “Remember how good you are” and “Show respect”.

Ownership Structure

Hanover Group is part of AVENIR GLOBAL.

International Structure

As part of AVENIR GLOBAL, a global powerhouse of specialist agencies, our teams are connected to 1,000 of their peers in 25 countries across North America, Europe and the Middle East.

Key Strengths

Hanover Brussels is a leading independent communications and public affairs consultancy located in the heart of the EU quarter. Our team works closely with businesses, trade associations, NGOs and public sector bodies to bridge the gap between their business objectives and the policy environment they operate in.

We provide tailored integrated services across the spectrum of public affairs, corporate communications, and media relations to clients in healthcare, financial services, media, technology, transport, environment, FMCG, energy and international trade.

Our ability to deliver distinctive political intelligence and analysis enables us to develop bespoke EU and international advocacy, reputation and relationship building campaigns that make a difference. In healthcare we have a specialism in supporting companies to strengthen their market access strategies through shaping the external policy and regulatory environment.

The team is led by Christian Hierholzer, Claudia La Donna, and Emma Eatwell.

In recent years, Hanover was named Global Public Affairs Agency of the Year and EMEA Healthcare Agency of the Year by The Holmes Report and the Best In-house Consultancy Collaboration and the Best Newcomer awards at the Public Affairs Awards Europe.

Number of Public Affairs Consultants

21

Key Clients

AESGP, Airbnb, Apple, Astra Zeneca, BASF, Endeavor, European Branded Clothing Alliance, Gas Naturally, Intellia Therapeutics, Intercept, Ipsen, Lexmark, Nestlé Health Science, Nickel Institute, Nike, Sanofi Pasteur, Vaccines Europe, Vertex, Vifor, Warner Media, SBFE/LRS, Shire, Sky, Wiley.

Thought Leadership

At Hanover, we speak often about the need for ‘uncommon sense’ in uncertain times such as these. The path towards Net Zero may seem lengthy but business planning needs to start now, with companies and governments taking an integrated approach from the very beginning to ensure that they are on track to meet targets.

Read our latest report Net Zero Unpacked: the Essential Guide  https://www.hanovercomms.com/insight/net-zero-unpacked-the-essential-guide/ on how businesses must play a key role, taking responsibility, leading the debate and driving their purpose. To ensure change, our businesses need to be that change.

As the world prepares for the forthcoming revolution brought about by the growing prevalence of AI, we asked whether companies are ready for the potential reputational and regulatory challenges that come with this in our latest report, Decoding Brand Reputation in the Age of Artificial Intelligence.

Testimonials and why clients like to work with us

“Hanover has become an extension of our team. Their proactive and energetic support has become an essential part of our ability to effectively work on and shape many files simultaneously. The team is very knowledgeable, technically adept, and helps fill in any gaps we have. They’re also a real pleasure to work with.”
Daniel Friedlaender, Head of EU Office, Sky

“The Hanover team continues to leverage their excellent expertise and knowledge of the EU sphere to support Vertex in developing innovative policy and advocacy approaches. The team has helped to position Government Affairs as a key partner across the functions within Vertex.”
Benjamin Gannon, Head of International Government Affairs, Public Policy and Patient Engagement, Vertex

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