Brunswick chairman Alan Parker and Tulchan Communications founder
Andrew Grant were spotted sharing a gin and tonic at the tail end of the
IPR President's reception last week - probably the first time the two
have supped together since Grant's departure from Brunswick nearly two
Grant, a former partner at Brunswick, quit in May 2000 to start his own
financial firm, Tulchan Communications.
It is no secret that relations between the two former friends were
soured by his sudden departure.
Grant doesn't deny that recent encounters have been less than harmonious
between himself and his friend and colleague of many years: 'It was an
abrupt departure,' he admits. 'I worked for him for ten years. We were
very good friends.'
It is understood the reason behind the falling out was the fact that
Grant was the only partner at Brunswick ever to have left to set up his
own agency in direct competition with Brunswick.
When asked if the two were now friends, Grant was cagey.
'He was there, and I was there,' he said, rather ducking the question.