Owens leaves Bridgeworks following contract wrangle

Bridgeworks’ founding partners, Simon King, Simon Calvert and Dominic Owens, have parted company acrimoniously, with King and Calvert alleging they suspended Owens from the company on 9 November after discovering he had broken contractual obligations.

Bridgeworks’ founding partners, Simon King, Simon Calvert and

Dominic Owens, have parted company acrimoniously, with King and Calvert

alleging they suspended Owens from the company on 9 November after

discovering he had broken contractual obligations.



Bridgeworks gained an injunction from the High Court against Owens on 19

November. According to King, Owens subsequently resigned from the

company, although this chronology of the events is understood to be

disputed by Owens.



Owens declined to comment on the situation, which is now in the hands of

lawyers. He said: ’All I can say is that it is true that I am no longer

with Bridgeworks and am now looking for fresh work unconnected with

Bridgeworks. My lawyers have advised me not to comment further.’



The split comes just over a year after Bridgeworks launched as a media

planning consultancy based on links with specialists in different

disciplines.



The consultancy was formed after Owens left his job as head of

communications at BT Business to join forces with King, ex-planning

director at Carat, and Calvert, formerly communications director at

Carat Insight.



Shortly after its launch last October it signed up its first client,

ICO, the satellite phone company. Its client list now includes the

London-based chain of soup bars, Soup Works, and the internet travel

company, uTravel.co.uk.



King and Calvert maintain that the split with Owens will not affect

their operations: ’It’s business as usual at Bridgeworks,’ said King.

’No clients have been affected and we have a number of new projects in

the pipeline.’



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