Lansons acquires PA firm The Jackson Consultancy

Lansons Communications has strengthened its fledgling public affairs business with the acquisition of The Jackson Consultancy for an undisclosed sum.

The deal brings Lansons £400,000 in fee income and four staff including founder Ralph Jackson, who joins the board although the name of his consultancy disappears.

It takes Lansons' fee income in PA up to £700,000, while doubling the number of staff to eight. The company inherits eight clients as a result of the purchase, which include Scottish Life and Royal London.
Lansons hired Dirk Paterson from Citigate Public Affairs to launch its PA practice 12 months ago. Paterson said the deal cemented the business's positioning in providing PA advice to the 'personal finance and professional services' sectors, such as accountancy and
legal firms.

In its first year, the practice has pulled in clients including the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, investment broker Hargreaves Lansdown and the Institute of Financial Services. Paterson said: 'This acquisition gives us greater expertise in the broader PA arena.'

Jackson Communications was created in 1993 and renamed The Jackson Consultancy in 2000. As well as Jackson himself, consultants Simon Christopher-Chambers, John Eskdale and Rimmi Shah join the Lansons team. Steve Wakelin quit The Jackson Consultancy at the end of last year to join Grayling Political Strategy (PRWeek, 24 Nov 2005).

Lansons now has 88 staff in total; fee income is £7m.

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