We are pleased to announce that the PR division of Chalk & Ward and Attention Media are merging to form a powerful PR force in the region and further afield. The new marriage will be named Chalk & Ward Public Relations Ltd and will officially start trading as of the 1st January 2015.
Sarah Jepson (Davey), owner of Attention Media, and her team are already working out of the offices of Chalk & Ward in Southernhay and have been for the last month, so the joining of hands is well under way. Sarah will become MD of the new company, with Robert Chalk and Giles Ward as fellow directors.
“I’m really excited about the opportunities this brings for our mutual clients and the market,” says Sarah Jepson. “Having access to all the great marketing and digital skills at Chalk & Ward can only strengthen what we already see as a powerful service. All our mutual clients are fully behind the merger and looking forward to benefiting from it. I’m looking forward to being carried over the threshold by Robert and Giles, when we return from the Christmas break!”
The combined business will start with a significant client base of many leading firms in the region, most of whom are national or international players. “The integrated skills on offer will be unlike any competitors in this part of the world,” says Robert Chalk, MD of the marketing and digital side of the business. “Having Sarah and her team’s energy and PR skills is great news. We’re already wed to the concept of digital and PR being joined at the hip, simultaneously delivering content both online and via traditional routes, but throw our creative, idea generating team into the mix and the offering and potential is huge.”
Formed back in 1998 and firmly established as the largest independent, full-service agency in the southwest, Chalk & Ward work with many of the biggest names in the region. They moved from Exeter’s Quayside to Southernhay at the beginning of 2013 and were chosen as the UK representative agency within the TAAN global agency network in the same year.
Attention Media was formed by Sarah Jepson in 2011 and has experienced considerable growth since its inception, with the company quickly gaining the reputation as one of the regions go-to firms, for companies seeking dynamic, creative and progressive PR-led marketing services.