JWT New Zealand acquires Heyday, a New Zealand digital agency  

wppWPP company JWT New Zealand has acquired a majority stake in Heyday, an independent digital agency based in Wellington, New Zealand.

Founded in 2000, Heyday is one of New Zealand’s most comprehensive and respected digital agencies. The company’s services include digital strategy, visual design, user experience design, content development, digital film, smartphone applications and web application development. Key clients include ANZ Bank; Trade Me, New Zealand’s largest Internet-auction website; and Z Energy.

For the year ending 31 March 2014, Heyday’s revenues were NZD 4.0 million, with gross assets of NZD 1.7 million, as at the same date. The company employs 35 people.

UK, London & New Zealand, Wellington

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WPP’s Bates CHI & Partners to acquire Temple Advertising in India

wppWPP‘s wholly owned operating company, Bates CHI&Partners, has agreed to acquire Temple Advertising Private Limited, a boutique advertising agency based in Bangalore, India. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Bates CHICo-founded in 2004 by Manmohan Anchan, Vidur Vohra and Srikanth V.S., Temple has worked with leading Indian brands across media and entertainment, automotive, fashion and retail, foods, education and real estate. Clients include Embassy Group, eTV Kannada, Reliance Trends, Sumeru Frozen Foods, Vaswani Group and Wipro Technologies. Temple employs approximately 40 people.

UK, London & India, Bangalore

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Grey to acquire advertising and communications company The Volcano Group in South Africa

wppWPP’s wholly-owned operating company Grey, the global marketing communications agency, has agreed to acquire a majority stake in The Volcano Group, a leading South African advertising and communications company. Following acquisition, The Volcano Group will rebrand as Grey Africa.

Founded in 1994 in Johannesburg, Volcano provides integrated marketing services covering traditional and digital advertising, PR, insight and social. Clients include Procter & Gamble, First National Bank, Sony and Consol Glass.

Volcano’s unaudited consolidated revenues for the year ended 31 May 2013 were approximately ZAR 61 million, with gross assets at the same date of approximately ZAR 26 million.

UK, London & South Africa, Johannesburg

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WPP to acquire digital marketing agency Quirk in South Africa

wppWPP is to to acquire Quirk, Africa’s largest independently owned digital marketing agency, subject to regulatory approval.

Founded in 1999 in South Africa, Quirk has built a strong reputation for helping clients adapt and win in an ever-changing digitally-enabled world. With five agencies across Africa and in London, the company employs 200 people. Clients include Distell, Capitec Bank, Woolworths, Caltex and Tyco.

Quirk’s unaudited consolidated revenues for the year ended 28 February 2014 were approximately ZAR 140 million, with gross assets at the same date of approximately ZAR 68 million.

UK, London & South Africa, Cape Town

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JWT to acquire creative digital agency Lemon Sky in Poland

wppWPP‘s wholly owned operating company JWT, the  marketing communications agency, has agreed to acquire Lemon Sky, a creative digital marketing company in Poland.

Founded in 2000 and employing around 70 people in Warsaw and Wroclaw, the agency specialises in producing a broad range of digital advertising and campaign services.  Clients include Nestle, Orange, Tesco and Leroy Merlin.

Lemon Sky’s unaudited revenues for the year ended 31 December 2013 were EUR 2.7 million with gross assets of approximately EUR 2.4 million as at the same date.  Following the deal, Lemon Sky will join JWT Warsaw to create one truly integrated communications agency for Poland.

UK, London & Poland, Warsaw and Wroclaw

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