Major expansion plans for Liverpool agencies

Two of the largest PR agencies in Liverpool have unveiled ambitious expansion plans for 2008.

Liverpool: agency expansion
Liverpool: agency expansion

Paver Smith is looking to strengthen its consumer offering by buying a North West consumer agency. Meanwhile, Kenyon Fraser is opening a Manchester office in July and is looking to open shops in Leeds and London.

Paver Smith MD Dougal Paver said: 'We are in early talks with three other agencies that each bring something very different to the table and hope we can conclude at least one further acquisition by the autumn.'

This week Paver Smith completed the acquisition of Factory Communications (PRWeek 9 May), taking the agency to 32 staff and adding clients Heathcotes, ACC Liverpool and energy giant E.ON to its business.

The agency aims to reach a £5m turnover by the end of 2009 and hopes to become the largest PR services business outside London by 2011.

Separately, marcoms agency Kenyon Fraser has seen a 70 per cent increase across its business in the first quarter of the year.

Total turnover this year will approach £2m, but the plan is to increase this to £6m turnover by 2011. As well as PR, the agency specialises in design, advertising and media training.

'While business is booming for us in Liverpool, we are increasingly finding ourselves working for clients across the North,' said MD Richard Kenyon.

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