Holmes & Marchant joins sister companies in Holmes & Marchant Group

Media Square (AIM: MSQ) today announces the formation of the Holmes & Marchant Group, comprising design and innovation company Holmes & Marchant UK, Holmes & Marchant Asia Pacific and branding specialist Lloyd Northover.

Holmes & Marchant will continue in its current state and the brand will remain as is, but will benefit from working more closely and sharing experience with its international offices and Lloyd Northover.

A new management team will also oversee H&M and Lloyd Northover and there are new appointments within Holmes & Marchant.

We are extremely pleased to report that John Mathers, managing director at Holmes & Marchant, becomes CEO of Holmes & Marchant Group for the UK and Europe.

Simon Gore, formerly managing director at design and packaging agency Lewis Moberly, is now MD at Holmes & Marchant UK.

Simon has been MD at Lewis Moberly since September 2009 and over the past decade has also worked as MD and joint MD respectively at new product development and innovation business Viability and at brand design agency Vibrandt.

In H&M Singapore, Addison James, CEO Asia Pacific, becomes CEO for the Holmes & Marchant Group, Asia Pacific. Steve McGinnes, currently MD for Holmes & Marchant Asia Pacific, also takes on a role as group MD.

H&M Asia Pacific has also opened its third office in the region this month, with the launch of Holmes & Marchant Shanghai, joining the APAC offices in Singapore and Mumbai.

John Mathers, CEO of Holmes & Marchant Group, said: “Simon and Garrett are fantastic appointments for us and we’re incredibly excited to have them joining the team. Simon Gore has many years of experience working on the sort of international, market-leading brands that feature on our client list, and Garrett Dearey has brought about real success in the businesses he has worked on during his career, including Currys, Virgin Active, T-Mobile and many more.

“Internally, we’re creating a much stronger structure across the businesses, with more effective management across the UK and Singapore, helping to support growth in both markets. We’re experiencing fantastic growth in Asia Pacific and the new offices across the region are expanding apace.

“The new structure makes a great deal of sense for both businesses. It allows us to benefit from the expertise contained in both companies, along with the economies of scale that come from combining administrative functions. And we’re already seeing benefits – pitching jointly for business and even winning our first pitch together.”