NEWS: Golley Slater quits London for CPS & Partners merger

Regional agency group Golley Slater is to close its London office and merge the operation with Twickenham-based advertising and PR agency CPS&Partners.

Regional agency group Golley Slater is to close its London office and

merge the operation with Twickenham-based advertising and PR agency

CPS&Partners.



The future of the combined PR and advertising agency in Drury Lane has

been in doubt since its head of PR David Lloyd left for Financial

Dynamics in April.



A spokesman for Golley Slater Group said although a deal had been done

in which it had acquired a controlling interest in CPS&P, the

formalities are yet to be concluded. The merged agency should be

operational from September.



It will be headed by CPS&P MD Patrick Ker and chairman Tony Gilbert-

Harris, while GSG chief executive Alastair Golley and financial director

David Thomas will join the board. Both Ker and Gilbert-Harris will also

become directors of GSG. The name is yet to be finalised but it is

likely to adopt the Golley Slater brand.



All but one of the 15 London staff will be offered a continuation to

their contracts at Twickenham, where there are currently 29 staff. GSG’s

spokesman said he expects a combined team of 40, with possible

recruitment when the dust settles.



The PR division will be managed by Stuart Wagner whose company Wagner PR

merged with CPS&P last year. Jonathan Smith, head of PR at Golley

Slater’s Cardiff HQ, will retain the caretaker role he has adopted in

London since Lloyd’s departure.



Alastair Golley said: ‘At an operational level the merger increases our

presence in the South East giving us necessary critical mass.’



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