Comms businesses combine

Spreng and Liddell Thomson unveil merger

Spreng ThomsonTwo of Scotland’s media consultancies, Spreng & Co and Liddell Thomson, have merged to create Spreng Thomson as a full service, integrated communications business.

The tie-up formalises a partnership forged when Spreng & Co was launched by former journalist and corporate communications specialist, Callum Spreng, in 2008.

He previously led comms teams at General Accident and Scottish Media Group.

Spreng & Co and Liddell Thomson were originally located in Glasgow’s West George Street before moving to Albion Street in the Merchant City in 2012.

Spreng Thomson will adopt the the two firms’ roster of clients which includes investment group Archangels, Forth Ports and laundry firm Fishers.

It will be co-owned and managed by Callum Spreng and Lesley Thomson. Debbie Johnston, previously a director of Spreng & Co, has joined the board of Spreng Thomson. Colin Liddell, a co-founder of Liddell Thomson, will remain closely involved with the new business as the company’s strategic advisor.

Commenting on the merger, Callum Spreng said: “Between Liddell Thomson and Spreng & Co we’ve built up a portfolio of clients that we’re very proud of.

“We plan to harness this track record to grow Spreng Thomson in Scotland and across the UK.  Lesley and I are really excited about this opportunity and the team are raring to go.”

Lesley Thomson said: “This move, in what is our 20th year of operations, creates a truly unified team with a shared goal.

“We’re all really positive about the enhanced opportunities this will create and are looking forward to an exciting year ahead.”

The business has a new brand identity created by international design studio, Graven, and will operate from the existing business premises specifically designed for the business by Graven in the former Herald Building in Glasgow’s Merchant City.

Ms Thomson added: “As a business committed to learning and developing, we couldn’t be in a better place. 2016 has started well with existing and new clients active across a wide range of sectors. The merger means we are now in an even better position to provide them with the joined up support we know they expect from the team.”

Photo: Callum Spreng and Lesley Thomson

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