Citizen Brando forces Nick Band to close new venture Berlin

Former Citizen Brando boss Nick Band has been forced by his former employers to close his newly-created PR and marketing shop, Berlin.

Nick Band: can't reopen Berlin until 1 December
Nick Band: can't reopen Berlin until 1 December

Berlin has been legally refrained from trading by Band's former employers' The Band & Brown Group - owners of Citizen Brando - until 1 December. Both parties declined to comment for legal reasons.

Citizen Brando forced the closure on the belief that Berlin was set up to be in competition with them – a restriction of Band’s employment contract.

A statement issued by Band to his contacts states: 'Nick's former employer The Band & Brown Group Limited considered that the Berlin Europe Limited was in competition with them and by relying on restrictive covenants they have required the company to refrain from trading until 1 December 2012.'

Berlin set up in January, only two months after the merger of Band & Brown and sister agency Brando to form Citizen Brando in October. Band was given the position of chairman at Citizen Brando.

When Band left, he was given the title of non-executive chairman of Citizen – a title that has now been revoked.

Berlin did not describe itself as an agency but as ‘a collective of highly experienced, self-employed PR and marketing people who collaborate over client projects’.

In June 2011 Nick Band, then chairman and CEO of Band & Brown, was locked in a legal battle with a former employee. Band accused former managing director Graz Belli of taking his staff and clients for her new venture, Third City.

The dispute resulted in Belli and Band settling out of court for unknown compensation sums.

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