Beattie merges with Tartan Group to form new creative agency in Canada

Beattie and Tartan Group join forces to form Beattie Tartan 

Creative communications specialist Beattie, which has an office in Edinburgh as well as 11 others throughout the UK and Ireland, has formed a new integrated agency in Canada with British Columbia-based Tartan Group.
The new firm – which has been named Beattie Tartan – will have offices in Toronto, Calgary, Victoria and Vancouver, as well as Canadian billings of $2.5 million and a team of 12 PR, digital, social and creative specialists.
From left, Laurna Woods and Deirdre Campbell
Beattie Group CEO Laurna Woods said: “Canada will be the springboard for our growth globally. It is a forward-thinking country, stable and diverse.
“I am impressed with the spirit of entrepreneurship I see in every province and the highly educated and skilled labour force. The businesses and people who are thriving in Canada are the type of clients and talent we want to attract.
“We are already planning a major recruitment drive for top digital, PR and social talent across Canada but especially in Toronto and Vancouver by building on Canada’s strong economy.
“Canadian cities are consistently rated as top places to live and work in the world, and we are proud to significantly invest in a country that has so much going for it.”
Tartan Group, is a top west coast boutique agency with a 16-year track record which works with signature clients, such as Destination Canada, Jordan Tourism Board, Aboriginal Tourism Association of Canada, the Adventure Travel Trade Association, the BC Ale Trail, Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort, the David Foster Foundation, V2V Vacations, Victoria International Marina, Long Beach Lodge Resort, Inn at Laurel Point, Oak Bay Beach Hotel, and University of Victoria’s Gustavson School of Business.
Internationally, it has worked with Central America’s award winning Cayuga Collection for more than eight years.
The newly-formed Beattie Tartan says it will roll out its integrated communications formula and digital expertise across the country.
Woods added: “We’re speaking to companies who are excited by digital-led communications. They see it as a completely fresh offering and we look forward to working with them to transform their PR and marketing strategies.”
Beattie Tartan will be chaired by Beattie Group Chairman Kevin Roberts, the former global CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi and former President and CEO of Pepsi Cola Canada.
Deirdre Campbell, the founder of Tartan and now the Managing Director of Beattie Tartan, said: “Our goal is to become the most admired integrated creative communications agency in Canada.
“Together with Beattie we have created a formidable digital-led PR, marketing and creative team and we’re looking forward to expanding beyond our expertise in tourism to work with clients across various industry sectors including health, retail, education, real estate and technology.
“Beattie’s award winning team of digital specialists bring a distinct competitive advantage to the Canadian marketplace and we look forward to showcasing our expertise to brands across Canada.”