Susanna Simpson – Limelight PR Founder, Nigel Howes – Acceleris Chairman and Louise Vaughan – Acceleris Managing Director
Susanna Simpson – Limelight PR Founder, Nigel Howes – Acceleris Chairman and Louise Vaughan – Acceleris Managing Director.
Nick Hill

Communications agency Acceleris acquires London PR firm Limelight

Acceleris, the Harrogate-headquartered communications agency, has acquired the London and Dubai-based PR and communications agency Limelight.

As a result of the transaction, the new agency will have offices in London, Harrogate and Dubai and will be in the UK’s Top 20 agencies with a headquarters outside London.

Acceleris said that the acquisition of Limelight from founder and chief executive Susanna Simpson is “designed to leverage growth opportunities in the London market, across the UK and overseas.”

Now in its 11th year and with offices in Harrogate and London, Acceleris has won close to 60 awards both in the UK and internationally for integrated, multi-discipline campaigns across specialist sectors, including maritime, health and wellness and transport.

Established 15 years ago, Limelight is a specialist in B2B and travel communications across the UK and UAE markets delivering targeted recognition programmes for clients across the tech, business services and travel sectors.

The new agency will see all the offices operate as one business. Susanna Simpson will become a shareholder of Acceleris and join the enlarged board of the agency, focusing on growth across the London market. All three offices will continue to operate under their existing names.

Sector specialisms of the new agency will include transport and logistics, tech, business and professional services, maritime, health and wellness and travel.

Clients include the independent energy provider, Utilita, enterprise data and software provider, Acxiom, domestic travel company Bourne Leisure, the daily car rental provider, Nexus, European maritime professionals’ union, Nautilus International, and national adult and child care provider, CareTech.

Louise Vaughan, Acceleris’ managing director who will head the new agency said: “This is a strategic acquisition that brings together two highly regarded agencies to create a single, exciting and highly credible new force in reputation management specialising in the B2B, public and third sectors.

“By leveraging our complementary strengths we will not only benefit from greater scale and geographical reach, but will also offer our clients much greater capabilities.

“These will be commercially focused services spanning corporate communications, digital and broadcast media, copy writing, content production and crisis and reputation management all of which can be delivered across the UK and Internationally.

“There is a fantastic synergy between the two agencies in terms of reputation, ambition, quality of work, client service standards and culture that makes this such a compelling deal. We are confident that bringing these award winning agencies together will accelerate growth and create positive benefits for our clients and staff alike.”

Susanna Simpson, Limelight founder, added: “Acceleris acquiring Limelight will help my team and me to take a real step up in terms of what we can offer our clients and our employees.

“The additional resources and skills provided by Acceleris and its experienced board will enable us to significantly grow and achieve greater ambitions for our clients and ourselves. I am very proud of our past, but more excited for our future.

“To be working with such a talented combined team to take our new business to the next level is an opportunity for everyone and I am completely confident it will be a big success.”

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