Biddick Harris splits from parent to become Quill

Financial services specialist Biddick Harris has split from parent company Biddick Associates, the corporate, City and investor relations specialist, and rebranded as Quill Communications.

Financial services specialist Biddick Harris has split from parent

company Biddick Associates, the corporate, City and investor relations

specialist, and rebranded as Quill Communications.



The new agency takes all its existing clients including Clerical

Medical, ABN AMRO Fund Managers and Lazard Asset Management. Fee income

is in excess of pounds 400,000.



Biddick Associates managing director Zoe Biddick insisted that, although

she regretted it, the move was amicable.



And although there was ’very little overlap’ between the work of Biddick

Associates and Biddick Harris, she admitted the loss of revenue would

have an impact. ’There is bound to be a marginal effect,’ she said, even

though Biddick Associates’ fee income is ’slightly larger’ than its

former financial services arm. There were no shared clients.



According to Quill director Gordon Puckey, he and ex-Biddick Harris

managing director Fiona Harris took the decision to split from Biddick

Associates because they wanted to run their own separate business.

Harris is now managing director of Quill.



Biddick denied that the move would force the agency to refocus its

brief, saying that Biddick Associates would continue with its

’traditional core business’ of work with public companies during reports

or mergers and acquisitions.



Biddick’s fellow directors Shane Dolan and Katie Tzouliadis will remain

at Biddick along with six other employees. The Biddick Harris brand

ceases to exist. In addition to Puckey and Harris, Quill is staffed by

associate director Jo Stonier and account manager Lynne Kennedy.



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