Citigate has acquired London-based hi-tech specialist agency Hunt
Thompson for an undisclosed six-figure sum.
Hunt Thompson will be merged with Citigate Technology, Citigate’s
Northampton-based IT division. It will take the Citigate name although
its employees will continue working in London.
Citigate Technology managing director Suzy Frith will remain in charge
of the enlarged operation - a team of 20 - with Hunt Thompson owner
Gareth Thompson becoming a director. The deal was signed on Friday last
’They (Hunt Thompson) are a particularly good match in terms of client
roster,’ said Frith. ’They have a lot of big US clients while most of
our clients are from the UK.
’The acquisition moves us into the next division of the hi-tech
It allows us not only to give better service to our clients but also to
attract good people.’
Citigate Technology began life in 1985 when Frith established
independent consultancy FTM Communications.
FTM was sold to Reggie Watts’ Watts Group in 1990, which in turn was
acquired by Citigate in 1991. Citigate Technology’s existing clients
include JBA, IT services group CMG, Xerox and environmental consultancy
Thompson set up Hunt Thompson in 1989 after working at A Plus. Its
clients include Fortune 500 companies Silicon Graphics and EMC.
’There’s going to be a big shake-up in the IT sector, with clients
getting bigger and wanting bigger agencies,’ said Thompson. He cited IT
solutions company NCR’s decision to hire Hunt Thompson (see page 3) as
part of a team run by corporate agency Fishburn Hedges as evidence of
the greater resources and clout large IT clients are demanding from