PR agencies combine

Clark Communications merges with Golley Slater

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Clark Communications and Golley Slater Scotland, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Golley Slater Group, are to merge.

The consultancy will operate as Clark Communications from offices in Edinburgh and Glasgow, offering a broad of communications services.

An alliance with Golley Slater Group will allow its UK clients to retain access to services in Scotland, and Clark Communications’ clients to connect with regional services and specialist disciplines across the UK and internationally.

Clark Communications was established by Lesley Brydon (nee Clark) in 2012, after a long career with some of the largest PR agencies in Scotland. 

“Clients include the Institute of Directors and business advisers and accountancy firm Scott-Moncrieff, which advised on the financial aspects of the deal alongside MacDonald Henderson Solicitors.  

Golley Slater Scotland is a full-service marketing agency, established in Scotland since 2005.  Clients include Paterson Arran and the People’s Postcode Lottery, alongside a number of public sector bodies.   

Mrs Brydon said: “By merging two agencies with slightly different offerings, we benefit not only from scale, but also depth of experience. 

“As the boundaries between the different creative disciplines continue to blur, the diverse mix of talent we have created will serve our combined clients as their needs develop and it will boost our engagement with their audiences.”  

Angela Hughes, formerly an account director with Golley Slater Scotland, becomes associate director at Clark Communications, with responsibility for leading the Glasgow office. 

Christina Kelly, former managing director of Golley Slater Scotland will leave the business to pursue other opportunities, having given notice prior to the deal being initiated. 

She is currently working alongside Clark Communications to ensure a seamless handover.   

David Longden, chief executive of Golley Slater Group, said: “Following the news of Christina Kelly’s departure, we considered a number of options in relation to the future of our Scottish business. 

“We were inspired by Clark Communications’ ambition and vision and felt that Lesley was the right person to take the business in a new direction.  We look forward to working with Clark Communications over the coming years.”


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