Chime growth beats doom mongers

Chime Communications recorded almost £100m in operating income in 2007 - 24 per cent up on its 2006 figures.

Bell: positive results
Bell: positive results

The Group, which owns Bell Pottinger agencies including Good Relations, Resonate and Bell Pottinger Public Affairs, saw operating income up to £96.5 million from £77.9 million the previous year .

Chime chairman Lord Bell said the group had not seen any sign of a slowdown and predicted a strong 2008.

'We've literally grown across the board,' he said. 'Our share price is low, because the market is looking at things other than results. But across marcoms Groups, advertising is not in the majority any more, public relations is getting stronger.'

Chime's profit margin improved by 0.6 percentage points to 16.3 per cent, and organic growth was 11 per cent.

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