Scottish PR agency Clark Communications has acquired Golley Slater Scotland from parent company Golley Slater Group for an undisclosed sum.
Clark Communications was launched by Lesley Brydon in 2012. Its clients include the Institute of Directors and business advisers and accountants Scott-Moncrieff.
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.
The deal will see ownership of Golley Slater Scotland transfer to Clark Communications. The two teams will combine in offices in Edinburgh and Glasgow.
According to a statement from Clark Communications, Christina Kelly, former MD of Golley Slater Scotland, will leave the business, having given notice prior to the deal being initiated.
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.”
Angela Hughes, an account director at Golley Slater Scotland, will take on the role of associate director at Clark Communications, with responsibility for leading the Glasgow office.
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.”