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