Citigate acquisition adds clout for Hunt Thompson

Citigate has acquired London-based hi-tech specialist agency Hunt Thompson for an undisclosed six-figure sum.

Citigate has acquired London-based hi-tech specialist agency Hunt

Thompson for an undisclosed six-figure sum.



Hunt Thompson will be merged with Citigate Technology, Citigate’s

Northampton-based IT division. It will take the Citigate name although

its employees will continue working in London.



Citigate Technology managing director Suzy Frith will remain in charge

of the enlarged operation - a team of 20 - with Hunt Thompson owner

Gareth Thompson becoming a director. The deal was signed on Friday last

week.



’They (Hunt Thompson) are a particularly good match in terms of client

roster,’ said Frith. ’They have a lot of big US clients while most of

our clients are from the UK.



’The acquisition moves us into the next division of the hi-tech

league.



It allows us not only to give better service to our clients but also to

attract good people.’



Citigate Technology began life in 1985 when Frith established

independent consultancy FTM Communications.



FTM was sold to Reggie Watts’ Watts Group in 1990, which in turn was

acquired by Citigate in 1991. Citigate Technology’s existing clients

include JBA, IT services group CMG, Xerox and environmental consultancy

WRC.



Thompson set up Hunt Thompson in 1989 after working at A Plus. Its

clients include Fortune 500 companies Silicon Graphics and EMC.



’There’s going to be a big shake-up in the IT sector, with clients

getting bigger and wanting bigger agencies,’ said Thompson. He cited IT

solutions company NCR’s decision to hire Hunt Thompson (see page 3) as

part of a team run by corporate agency Fishburn Hedges as evidence of

the greater resources and clout large IT clients are demanding from

their agencies.



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