Communicators to merge after Clark acquires 100% shareholding in Golley Slater Scotland Limited
Clark Communications and Golley Slater Scotland are set to merge following the Edinburgh firm’s aquisition of the Golley Slater Group’s Scottish arm in Glasgow.
The two teams will come together to create a larger, independently-owned consultancy, offering a range of public and media relations; crisis and issues management; strategic and internal communications; digital and social, and design and advertising services, operating as Clark Communications from Edinburgh and Glasgow
Clark Communications says its alliance with Golley Slater Group will allow its UK clients to retain access to services in Scotland, and Clark Communications’ clients to connect with regional services and specialist disciplines across the UK and internationally.
The Edinburgh firm was initially established by Lesley Brydon in 2012, following her long career with some of the largest PR agencies in Scotland.
Clients include the Institute of Directors and business advisers and accountants Scott-Moncrieff, which advised on the financial aspects of the deal alongside MacDonald Henderson Solicitors.
Golley Slater Scotland is a full-service marketing agency and has been established in Scotland since 2005.
Current clients include Paterson Arran and the People’s Postcode Lottery, alongside a number of public sector bodies.
Brydon said: “By merging two agencies with slightly different offerings, we benefit not only from scale, but also depth of experience.
“As the boundaries between the different creative disciplines continue to blur, the diverse mix of talent we have created will serve our combined clients as their needs develop and it will boost our engagement with their audiences.
“Whether we are grounded in advertising, design, social, marketing or PR, the team are all communicators at heart, and that blend of backgrounds creates an exciting road ahead.
“Clients will experience, above all, consistency of service levels and account handling, but beyond that they will be able to take advantage of enhanced expertise across fully integrated services.”
Angela Hughes, a former account director with Golley Slater Scotland, will assume the role of associate director at Clark Communications, with responsibility for leading the Glasgow office.
Christina Kelly, former managing director of Golley Slater Scotland, will leave the business to pursue other ventures, having given notice prior to the deal being initiated. She is currently working alongside Clark Communications to ensure a seamless handover.
David Longden, chief executive of Golley Slater Group, said: “Following the news of Christina Kelly’s departure, we considered a number of options in relation to the future of our Scottish business.
“We were inspired by Clark Communications’ ambition and vision and felt that Lesley was the right person to take the business in a new direction.
“We look forward to working with Clark Communications over the coming years.”