Northcross takes York as expansion continues

Northcross in Scotland has acquired two York consultancies, continuing a spurt of growth which began last November. The group describes the acquisitions as the completion of “phase one” of its current expansion plans.

Ideas Limited, formerly the design arm of Heritage Projects, and BCA, a corporate design and marketing company, have now joined the Northcross stable. Both companies have worked with Northcross before, on a British Life Today Exhibition in Kiev for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

The companies will continue to operate separately, drawing on group resources to offer clients a wider service, says Nick Town-end, managing director of Ideas. Initially, neither of the companies will change their name. Northcross directors are to take seats on the boards of Ideas and BCA, and vice-versa.

All staff are to be kept on at both York consultancies. BCA staff have moved into the Ideas office, giving a combined strength of 13. In the short term, two further staff are to be recruited, says Townend. Across the group a further eight staff are set to be recruited during 1997, taking the group to a total of 60 employees.

The latest deal follows the purchase by Northcross of exhibition construction company Isys for a six-figure sum last year. Annual group turnover is now predicted at between 5m and 6m.

A number of major BCA clients, including Ideal Standard, Asda and Nestlé, are thought to be staying with the consultancy.

See News Analysis, page 8.

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