SCOTTISH public relations firm Beattie Group is to accelerate its international expansion plans by strengthening operations in North America.

Beattie chief executive Laurna Woods, pointing to Britain’s climate of uncertainty following the General Election, launched a stinging attacked on the “reckless politicians” who “continue to sabotage the British economy and further damage our growth prospects,” questioning the ability of “wounded Prime Minister” Theresa May to secure a good deal for the UK from the forthcoming Brexit talks.

The PR firm announced plans to open a base in Canada after the UK voted in favour of Brexit and confirmed that its “significant investment” will also see an office open in the US later this summer. Beattie will also seek further opportunities in English-speaking countries around the world.

Ms Woods said it would expand Beattie’s nationwide footprint beyond Toronto.

Beattie, whose clients include Discovery Channel, Merck and Toronto-headquartered Norbord, is projecting fee income in Canada approaching $1 million by the end of the year. It has 12 UK offices including London, Manchester and Glasgow.