The Holding Company

Brunswick is the UK’s biggest financial and corporate PR company, employing 280 people in total.

The Design Offer


Merchant is set up by Catherine Samy because Brunswick wanted to offer a range of services from one house.

It has 20 staff. It project manages all its jobs, farming out the design work to outside design groups. Merchant has a separate board, but with commonality of ownership.

The Work

Mostly literature and Internet – won’t be specific.

More identity work in the past year than ever before.

60 per cent of shared clients.

1999 design fee-income was £600 000.

The future

There are lots of different media hints at the growth of digital media work.

Latest articles

Remembering Jon Daniel: 1966-2017

We look back on the life and work of the Design Week columnist, independent creative director and social activist “who helped put black participation on the political map”.