The Request

Received on 8 August 2017 (clarified on 25 August 2017)

From: British Council [] 

Sent: 04 August 2017 13:11

To: IG_Disclosures

Subject: Form submission from: Information Request Form

What are the major vendors used for marketing/promotion activities by the British Council. Please also provide any possible contract information in a similar fashion as with the FOI request related to software applications (ref: FOI/2015/58).



Sent: 25 August 2017 03:53

To: IG_Disclosures

Subject: Re: Request for information (FOI_2017_58)


Thank you for the update. I would still be interested in the vendor names and annual spend. Please provide that information

Thank you in advance


Our Response

Responded on 31 August 2017

From: IG_Disclosures 

Sent: 31 August 2017 08:45

To: Rick Bonhof

Subject: Request for information (FOI_2017_64)

Case Reference: FOI_2017_64

31 August 2017


Thank you for your request for information dated 25 August 2017 concerning vendor names and annual spend for global marketing/promotion campaigns in the UK, Canada, China and India. Your request has been handled under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000 and has been passed to me for reply.

I can confirm, under section 1 (1) (a) of the FOIA, that the British Council does hold the information you have requested.

For your ease of reference, I have restated your request below in bold and have provided our response beneath.

I would still be interested in the vendor names and annual spend. Please provide that information. This was a follow on to your previous request, which asked for information concerning vendors used for global marketing/promotion campaigns in the UK, Canada, China and India.


Vendor Name Description Annual Spend
Dentsu Aegis Network UK Advertising agencies £1,800,392.66
StudyPortals Marketing materials £676,915.64
MultiAdaptor Ltd Graphic design £500,311.20
Dentsu Aegis Network FZ LLC Advertising agencies £362,883.98
Columns Designs and Associates plc Marketing materials £141,995.41


Concept Communication Limited Advertising agencies £101,921.16
Disha Communications Private Ltd Advertising agencies £83,544.26
ISHTIHAAR Advertising agencies £65,989.60
Google India Private Limited Internet advertising £65,694.28
White Rose Advertising Pvt Ltd Newspaper adverts £56,244.20


9310 8686 Quebec Inc. Marketing materials £66,914.07
Espace M Internet advertising £55,417.13
ZENERGY COMMUNICATIONS Public relations £8,588.96


北京品友互动信息技术股份公司 Advertising agencies £426,907.02
北京博丰恒远印刷设计有限公司 Billboard adverts £112,470.53
上海爱奇艺文化传媒有限公司北京分公司 Internet advertising £106,786.20
YING HE ADVERTISING (BEIJING) CO LT Public relations £89,505.22
北京世联环宇科技有限公司 Promo merchandise £68,578.58

I hope the information provided has been useful. 

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have the right to ask for an internal review. Internal review requests should be submitted within two months of the date of receipt of the response to your original letter and should be addressed to: 

Information Governance Advisor (Disclosures)

Information Governance and Risk Management 

British Council

Bridgewater House

58 Whitworth Street


M1 6BB 


If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have a right to appeal to the Information Commissioner for a decision at: 

The Information Commissioner’s Office

Wycliffe House

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Phone: 0303 123 1113 


Yours sincerely

Information Governance Advisor (Records and Disclosure) | Information Governance and Risk Management Team