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