Directors at lobbying agency GPC Connect have bought the firm from
its parent company, Omnicom, and renamed it Connect Public Affairs.
Andrew Gairdner, chairman of Connect’s sister company GPC Market Access,
which continues to be owned by Omnicom, has left to become chairman of
Connect Public Affairs.
The newly independent agency is now owned by Gairdner, managing director
Gill Morris, directors Jim Bewsher and Malcolm George, and selected
Connect, whose clients comprise mostly non-profit and public sector
organisations, has lost one of its 40 accounts in the move. The client,
which was not named, has transferred to GPC Market Access. The South
Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive and one other Connect client are
reviewing their accounts with the agency as a result of the buy-out.
Morris said the agency would continue to work with GPC Market Access and
its offices in Brussels, London and Scotland.
Omnicom bought Connect in 1994 as part of the European Political
Consultancy Group, which also included Market Access International and
research firm Access Options. The holding company already had a stake in
Canadian lobbying firm GPC, and in 1995 Connect was merged into the GPC