Chime unveils steady growth at HHCL

HHCL & Partners, Campaign’s Agency of the Decade, showed a steady growth last year, with income for 1999 up 16 per cent.

HHCL & Partners, Campaign’s Agency of the Decade, showed a steady

growth last year, with income for 1999 up 16 per cent.

Income at the agency rose to pounds 19.2 million in 1999 and pre-tax

profits rose by 13 per cent to pounds 4.4 million, allowing a margin of

23 per cent, according to figures revealed this week by the parent

company of HHCL, Chime Communications.

The rise can be attributed to a combination of factors, according to the

HHCL chief executive, Robin Azis: ’We have not been losing any clients

and we’ve got more work from existing clients. We’ve also had some good

new-business wins. Some of the growth has come from the consultancy side

of our business which has been expanding over the past two years.’

Chime, whose joint chief executive is the HHCL founder, Rupert Howell,

also announced favourable results. Operating income rose by 15 per cent

to pounds 56.1 million with pre-tax profits rising by 20 per cent to

pounds 10 million.

Chime also announced the acquisition of three further companies -

Harvard Public Relations, a European consultancy; Insight Public

Relations, a specialist high-tech communications consultancy; and Brass

Tacks Publishing, a consumer magazine and web publisher.

Lord Bell, the chairman of Chime, said: ’We have experienced

considerable growth in our internet- related activities. (There are)

three acquisitions as part of our Chime online strategy, under which we

have established an advertising, public relations, design and brand

consultancy business.’


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