Two senior London admen are linking in an agency start-up that has
already begun to hunt for new business across the South of England.
The new venture brings together David Fowles, the one-time chief
executive of Hall Harrison Cowley in Bristol, and Duncan Blair, the
ex-managing director of the former Grey South agency in Bournemouth.
Fowles was previously a senior manager at Euro RSCG, DMB&B and
McCann-Erickson, while Blair’s career includes spells at Saatchi and
Saatchi and BMP DDB.
Their start-up - to be called Blair Fowles Advertising - is being
created out of the former Riggs agency, which was plunged into crisis
when its pounds 3 million Stannah lifts account, representing 40 per
cent of its business, moved to Osprey RMA (Campaign, 13 September
As a result, the Riggs office in Southampton has closed, with Riggs
staffers forming the basis of the new 17-strong shop whose base will be
in Winchester, with a subsidiary operation in Bristol.
The establishment of Blair Fowles comes 22 months after Fowles quit Hall
Harrison. It also follows his abortive attempt to take over Hall
Harrison’s advertising interests in Bristol, which were sold in July
1995 to MSL, the specialist recruitment group.
The new agency begins life with claimed billings of up to pounds 2
million and a client list which includes Coutts and Co, and Bournemouth
International Airport. Media buying will be handled by TCS Media in
’We realise this is going to be a big challenge,’ said Fowles, whose
agreement preventing him soliciting Hall Harrison clients has
’But there’s no reason why we can’t become a very good out-of-London