Hasgrove snaps up Brussels firm

BRUSSELS: Marcoms group Hasgrove has significantly strengthened its European lobbying interests by acquiring a second Brussels PA consultancy in less than 12 months.

The Manchester-based group has spent £1.59m on Cabinet Stewart, a 12-strong EU affairs specialist. It comes less than a year after Hasgrove acqui­red Interel, another EU public affairs business (PRWeek, 5 May 2006).

The agencies will merge to become one of the largest PA consultancies in Brussels.

Hasgrove CEO Rod Hyde said: ‘This merger will create a leadership position in the market for EU public affairs consultancy services.’

He added that building up capacity in EU public affairs was a major part of Hasgrove’s plan to create a pan-European comms group.

Hasgrove also owns Manchester agency Connectpoint and design agency The Chase. The holding firm is led by Godfrey Taylor, former senior partner at accountancy firm Deloitte.

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