Chime Communications' announcement of a 43 per cent increase in
profits to pounds 14.3m for the last 12 months has sparked off
speculation that Tim Bell is edging his marketing services group towards
It is a rather obvious conclusion to reach given the continued
consolidation of the market, but Bell is unlikely to surrender hold on
his empire quite yet.
He evidently views the current climate as a buyers' rather than a
sellers' market, and the plan to replicate the Chime model in the main
two PR growth markets of US and Germany, is likely to hold his interest
for the next few years at least.
And news of Interpublic's acquisition of True North is only likely to
further fuel Bell's desire to dominate industry rankings.