London (April 25, 2007)—Aquent, the world’s largest marketing and creative staffing company, has announced today the acquisition of pricejamieson, the UK’s premier consultancy providing recruitment solutions to the digital, media and marketing communications sectors. The acquisition will make Aquent the leader in the media, digital and marketing communications permanent recruitment market in the UK and will enable Aquent to provide its clients with a single comprehensive solution for all their global marketing, communications and creative staffing needs.
“This acquisition brings together two highly efficient and successful companies from within the UK market,” said Stefan Ciecierski, Aquent’s Managing Director Europe. “The industry areas of focus for pricejamieson are extremely complementary to Aquent’s current offerings, and the level of relationships pricejamieson currently has will enhance Aquent’s position within the senior levels of the UK’s top companies.”
The union of Aquent and pricejamieson in London creates the largest Aquent market globally and the largest single provider of marketing, communications and creative recruitment solutions in any city anywhere in the world. It also creates the UK’s largest database of prospective candidates – in excess of 150,000 – giving clients and candidates a greater choice and opportunity than ever before.
Now with over 80 staff in London, and expectations to grow to 250, Aquent is in a position to become the only marketing, communications and creative solutions business giving companies a ‘one-stop-shop’ service.
Through this type of initiative, Aquent will continue to grow and develop further with the incorporation of exceptional and highly skilled niche businesses throughout the UK and across Europe into the foreseeable future.
“We have always focused on providing the highest possible level of service to both our clients and the candidates we represent and on finding innovative ways of responding to their changing needs,” said Ann Jamieson, Managing Director of pricejamieson. “Aquent, with its breadth of services, its global reach and its like-minded approach to providing quality services, is the perfect partner for pricejamieson.”
Ann Jamieson will continue to drive this high level of service from within her client-facing role whilst Andrew Swift remains as Managing Director.
Pricejamieson’s in-depth knowledge of the digital and marketing communications sectors will now be supported by Aquent’s global network of 70 offices in 17 countries. This will enable pricejamieson to provide a far wider client base with the high calibre of candidate that has made it such a success in the digital, media, broadcast and marketing services industries.
Pricejamieson will continue to trade and expand under its current name and remain in its central London location.
For more than 20 years Aquent has led the way in transforming how companies find and utilise marketing and creative talent to execute their brand strategies. Aquent’s pioneering approach to recruiting and consultancy services has helped thousands of companies – including two-thirds of the Fortune 500 and 90 of the Fortune 100 – build their marketing and communications capabilities. Last year we placed over 11,000 Aquent talent at more than 3,000 companies. Aquent (aquent.co.uk) has global headquarters in Boston, USA: European headquarters in London, England: and Asia Pacific headquarters in Sydney, Australia.
Established in 1982, pricejamieson is a digital, media and marketing communications recruitment specialist. With 25 consultants, the company operates in the following key markets; new media – online, wireless and IPTV – broadcast, print, marketing, market research, design and branding, integrated and above-the-line agencies. Based in London but operating globally, pricejamieson has successfully completed assignments in the last year across Europe, the US and the Far East.
The company launched Europe’s first recruitment website in 1994 – www.pricejam.com. It has helped over 150 organisations launch their businesses in the UK, many now household names.
Pricejamieson was voted a Business Superbrand in 2007 (superbrands.com/uk). The voting is by a panel of experts followed by 1,400 businesspeople surveyed by YouGov (yougov.com). Brands are rated on the following three factors:
- Quality, i.e. does the brand represent quality products and services?
- Reliability, i.e. can you trust the brand to deliver consistently against its promises and maintain product and service standards across all customer touch points?
- Distinction, i.e. is the brand well known in its sector? Is it suitably differentiated from its competitors? Does it have a personality and values that make it unique within its marketplace?