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OCTOBER 2017, LONDON

Verb Brands and DBD Media Announce official Merger

Verb Brands, one of the UK’s leading luxury specialist agencies today announced its completion of
a merger with digital marketing agency DBD Media.

Verb Brands provides Digital Design, eCommerce Development, SEO, Social and Influencer
Marketing to a growing roster of clients in the luxury, fashion and lifestyle sectors.

DBD Media, founded in 2000, was one of the first SEO and PPC agencies in London, and
continues to specialise in Performance Marketing (PPC, Paid Social and Programmatic Display),
SEO and Influencer Marketing for well-known brands, primarily in the hospitality, retail and fashion
space. DBD is also owner of one of the UK’s largest independent community of influencers, the
Bloggers’ Lounge .

Following the merger, both agencies will form part of the wider Verb Brands group, but will
continue to operate under their own brand names.

The Verb Brands group now stands at 50 employees and has further strengthened its niche focus
on the luxury, hospitality and fashion sectors. The combined agency leadership team will be
headed up by Chris Donnelly, who continues as Managing Director, with Ben Askins as
Commercial Director and Warren Moore as Operations Director. Nigel Muir (previously Managing
Director at DBD Media) has joined the Board of Verb Brands to focus on business development
and the agency’s proposition.

Over the last few years, both Verb and DBD’s boards of directors noticed the growing demand for
more integrated and joined up marketing programmes with big data, marketing automation, AI,
behavior-led digital marketing and influencer marketing all coming together. The merger of DBD
Media and Verb enables the company to capitalise on this trend, and deliver a market leading
proposition encompassing state of the art eCommerce, immersive brand experiences and effective
data-driven performance based digital campaigns.

In addition, the combination of Verb’s Creative, Social and Influencer teams with DBD’s Influencer
team, and their Bloggers’ Lounge , creates an Influencer Marketing proposition that is at firmly at
the forefront of what is one of the most significant and highest-growing trends in digital marketing.

Verb and DBD will be moving into new custom built offices in the next few months, to better enable
cross-team integration, and to bring strategy, creative, digital build, innovation, and performance
marketing all together under one roof. This move will provide both agencies’ clients with all the
benefits of high converting digital platforms, along with a core focus on search and customer
acquisition.

Chris Donnelly, Founder & Managing Director of Verb said:
“We are excited to merge the two teams, DBD have a 17 year track record of proven results within
the market and have shown their capability in connecting big brands and household names with
their target customers through SEO, PPC and influencer marketing. We are excited by the
disruptive digital force we have become together, we are taking the luxury and premium market a
step further by re-imagining brand experiences, eCommerce and performance marketing.”
Nigel Muir, Managing Director at DBD Media said:
“We are thrilled to be joining forces with Verb, who we have long admired as the go-to digital
agency in the luxury and premium brands space. Verb are the perfect home for DBD and the
combined team will bring something new to the industry. We are now the perfect destination for
luxury, fashion and hospitality brands to create ground-breaking digital opportunities. I am
honoured to have joined Chris, Ben and Warren and am delighted to have realised this vision.”

 
DBD Media were advised by M&A Advisory ( www.mandaadvisory.com ) in London.

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Pressmeddelande 2017-01-09

PwC acquires innovation consulting company Pond and strengthens its business advisory footprint

PwC Sweden has acquired Pond Innovation AB, one of Sweden’s leading brand strategy, strategic innovation and digital services agencies. The acquisition is part of PwC’s strategy to be Sweden’s leading provider of business advisory services in the digital era.

Almost all companies and organisations are being impacted by a substantial pace of change today. New market entrants are challenging entire sectors, and constantly being at the leading edge is crucial to survival and growth. 67% of executives say that innovation is the most important driver of organic growth for all companies regardless of sector or geography.

“We see that clients increasingly want business solutions that have a different perspective to meeting and leading change in the rapidly transforming world we live in. With our acquisition of Pond we significantly expand our capacity to help our clients shape the future”, said Peter Nyllinge, CEO PwC Sweden.

“PwC’s experience of helping companies all over the world with advisory services, combined with Pond’s expertise in brand strategy, innovation and digital services development, position us to help both current and future clients to create innovative, experiential services and products”.

“Today we help our clients to define clear customer promises and convert these into fantastic experiences and innovations in the digital and physical world. With PwC our proposition becomes even sharper, and we strengthen our ability to create and implement transformative experiences with our clients”, commented Dan Josefsberg, CEO of Pond.

As part of PwC’s ambition to be at the very leading edge, a whole new concept called the PwC Experience Center will now be launched in Sweden.

“The Experience Center will be a physical place where our clients can enter a creative and inspirational environment to experience the new services we offer; services related to innovation, customer experiences and brand strategy in the digital era”, explained Fredrik Lindblad, Digital Transformation Leader at PwC Sweden.

About Pond Innovation AB

Pond Innovation AB is a privately owned advisory company with approx. 75 employees and a turnover of more than SEK 100 million. The company has provided innovation, design and digital services to companies and organisations in Sweden since its start in 1999, and is one of the leading companies in its field in Sweden. PwC is acquiring the brand strategy, innovation and digital services business, encompassing approx. 50 employees. The Design business will be separated off into an independent company that will not be included in PwC’s acquisition.

Pond has been advised by M&A Advisory www.mandaadvisory.com in London.

For more information contact:

Peter Nyllinge, CEO, PwC Sweden :  Tel: +46 (0)709-29 30 60 :   e-mail: peter.nyllinge@se.pwc.com

Fredrik Lindblad, Digital Transformation Leader, PwC Sweden :   Tel: 0709 29 33 18  :    e-mail: fredrik.lindblad@se.pwc.com

Dan Josefsberg, CEO, Pond :    Tel: +46 (0)734- 100107  :   e-mail: dan.josefsberg@pondsthlm.com

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ResDiary acquires NudgeCRM

Monday 10th October 2016

We are delighted to announce that ResDiary has acquired NudgeCRM, bringing together ResDiary’s

best in class reservation and table management system with Nudge’s industry leading CRM,

marketing and analytics platform.

Rather than merging completely, the two systems will work side-by-side with a deep integration

being developed over the coming months. This will make ResDiary’s advanced table management

and reservation capabilities available to Nudge, while providing ResDiary with access to Nudge’s

sophisticated function enquiry, online payments, email marketing and analytics.

Chris Johns, founder of Nudge has joined the ResDiary board as a director and will manage his

existing staff of developers, adding to the ResDiary talented development team. Working with

ResDiary, Nudge will focus on optimising sales and marketing and further developing the Nudge

brand.

Mike Conyers, founder and CEO of ResDiary said:

“The acquisition of Nudge is a huge step forward for ResDiary as we look to strengthen our

offering. Nudge have an impressive system with deeply sophisticated function enquiry and email

marketing/analytics. The Nudge system is ideally suited to the hybrid bar/restaurant/club market.

We are looking forward to working further with Chris and his talented team.

In a world where reservations are increasingly dominated by commission grabbing big players, the

acquisition of Nudge will help grow our market share, while sticking to our core values of flat fees

and user centric developments to help operators improve profitability and yield, whilst owning and

controlling their own database.”

Chris Johns, Nudge founder said:

“This will help introduce Nudge to a huge international customer base as ResDiary is now active in

57 countries, while strengthening ResDiary’s marketing capabilities and positioning the joint offer

as one of the global leaders in restaurant, bar and club reservations.”

ENDS.

For further information, contact Gary Hall, Digital Executive, ResDiary, Floor 4, 75 Bothwell Street,

Glasgow, G2 6TS. Main Line: +44 207 871 7491. Support Line: +44 207 871 7490. Email:

gary@resdiary.com. W: www.resdiary.com .

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e3, THE CUTTING-EDGE TECHNOLOGY COMPANY, INVESTS IN INNOVATIVE GROWTH CONSULTANCY, LONDON STRATEGY UNIT, TO HELP BRANDS TO KEEP PACE WITH THEIR CONSUMERS

London, September 8, 2016. 

Leading UK technology company e3 announced today that it has acquired a majority stake in the innovative growth consultancy London Strategy Unit (LSU), bringing high-end business transformation into the heart of its digital offer.

Technology has disrupted traditional business models,” says Neil Collard, Managing Director, e3. “Clients increasingly require expert advice on how to adapt and grow to stay competitive. This exciting partnership enables us to provide what companies need: innovative and transformative thinking, combined with the right technology to bring products to market at pace.”

“Consumer behaviour is changing fast,” says Matt Boffey, LSU Founder and Managing Director. “It’s more challenging for brands to stay relevant and business effective. With e3 we combine 23 years of strategic and digital expertise, providing a seamless up and downstream proposition.”

This new consultancy agency model will help brands target high value sources of growth, blending strategy with technology to offer product, people and service innovation and development.

“Business growth no longer comes from persuasive communications and differentiation,” says Stuart Avery, Chair & Co-Founder of e3. “Growth comes from anticipating consumer mindsets, behaviour, and technology. Strategy and tech should be at the forefront of all brand organisations, so they can deliver innovative solutions.”

“This is a very exciting development for LSU. The joint e3 and LSU proposition will allow brands to thrive in today’s continuously evolving marketplace,” concludes Matt Boffey.

e3 is one of the UK’s most awarded digital agencies. Founded in 1997, the business works with globally-recognised brands including The Royal Navy, Arthritis Research UK, National Trust, Kia, Land Rover, BP and Orange.

London Strategy Unit (LSU) opened in 2012 as a strategy, innovation and learning specialist. Since launching they have worked with clients such as adidas, BBC, GSK, Jaguar, NHS, The Royal British Legion, asos and Unilever.

e3 and LSU are now working together and can be contacted at either of their current offices for more information about their new partnership and offer.

The parties were introduced and e3 was advised by M&A Advisory.

http://www.e3.co.uk/

http://londonstrategyunit.com/

http://www.mandaadvisory.com/

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For more information please contact Héloïse Hooton:

heloise@hooton.co

+31 6 2900 6895

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1st August 2016

SIDESHOW GROUP ACQUIRES LEADING SEARCH AND INSIGHT AGENCY: VERTICAL LEAP

We are delighted to announce that Vertical Leap, one of the UK’s most successful search, insight and marketing technology companies is joining the fast growing independent Sideshow group.

Vertical Leap is an award-winning UK search marketing agency that combines intelligent algorithms with smart people; specialising in SEO, PPC, content, social and marketing technology. They cross digital agency skills with a software service, optimising marketing intelligence and visibility through specialist experts and a proprietary deep data platform.

Tony Hill from Sideshow said: ‘This news represents another important milestone in Sideshow’s development. It takes the group to a whole new level, and enables us to offer scale, resource and a broad range of expertise that is a real alternative for large brands that are looking for quality digital marketing support outside of the usual global networks and consultancies. From a personal perspective, I am so excited and pleased to start working with such a brilliant Vertical Leap team and an agency with such a strong reputation in the market.

Matt Hopkins from Vertical Leap said: ‘We are very excited and proud to be joining the Sideshow group. We share a common vision for the future of digital marketing and our services complement each other so well. It’s an enormous opportunity for the Vertical Leap team to bring our unique approach and technology platform to the next level and we couldn’t be happier.

This announcement marks Sideshow’s second acquisition following the full service digital agency Strawberrysoup joining in 2013. Champions of original digital thinking, they design and develop best in class websites, mobile apps and create hard working social and search marketing campaigns. Their clients include Kenwood, The Body Shop and Pearson.

Sideshow is based in London and on the south coast. It works for global brands including BT, Visa and Prudential. It aims to be the no.1 independent digital marketing group in the UK, through the delivery of industry-leading expertise and business transforming digital experiences and communications. Revenues in the newly combined digital group are expected to exceed £10m in this financial year with staff numbers over 100.

Vertical Leap was advised by M&A Advisory – www.mandaadvisory.com

 

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7th April 2016

GUNG HO COMMUNICATIONS ACQUIRES COFFIN ON CAKE PR

London: Consumer sport and lifestyle PR agency GUNG HO Communications has acquired London-based Coffin on Cake PR in a move that will double the size of the agency’s team and create a unique proposition in the sector.

GUNG HO has an extensive portfolio of clients within the sport and lifestyle sector including New Balance, Speedo and Garmin (across its fitness, outdoor and wellness portfolio). Coffin on Cake PR is a consumer focused 360 degree communications agency servicing the fashion and lifestyle markets with a client base that includes Lee Cooper, Farah and Roxy.

Coffin on Cake will form a division of GUNG HO, creating a distinctive full service communications marketing proposition with a 30-plus strong team in both London and Birmingham servicing UK, European and global clients.

Paul Phedon, MD of GUNG HO, will work alongside Coffin on Cake co-founders and directors, Dean Bennett and Alex Craven, in taking the combined business to the next level. The deal enables GUNG HO to meet growing demand for fully integrated communications and content, extending the agency’s abilities to execute impactful creative campaigns across PR, web, mobile and social media channels.

“We have found a kindred spirit in Coffin on Cake. They are independent, entrepreneurial and their culture is about creating commercial yet creative solutions for their clients, just like us,” said Paul Phedon, MD of GUNG HO. “This deal is born from a mutual desire to deliver breakthrough work and creates a new canvas of opportunities for us and our clients. Coffin on Cake’s reputation in fashion and lifestyle is second to none and we are delighted to bring that experience into the GUNG HO fold”.

Dean Bennett said: “There’s an obvious synergy between Coffin on Cake and GUNG HO and our partnership will create a formidable proposition to the market. Combined we have a truly compelling and unique offering that excites our respective client bases and will be coveted by our future partners.”

The Coffin on Cake team will remain located in London whilst GUNG HO’s team will continue to operate out of the Birmingham office.

GUNG HO was advised by M&A Advisory www.mandaadvisory.com.

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11th February 2015
Press Release

Paperhat Group Announces Further Digital Expansion

Bulgarian Company, Despark, Revealed as Latest Paperhat Group Acquisition

It was announced today that Paperhat Group expanded its portfolio of businesses once more. Bulgarian digital specialist, Despark, has become the latest company to join the Paperhat Group fold.

Digital production company, Despark, based in Sofia, were advised by M&A Advisory www.mandaadvisory.com and specialise in app production and support for online e-commerce businesses.

Tim Peppiatt, Paperhat Group’s CEO, said ‘We are delighted to announce a second acquisition so early in 2015 and Despark expands both Paperhat Group’s global footprint and service provision. It is testament to the group’s vision and ambition that dynamic, exciting businesses, such as Despark, are aligning with us. We choose to work with teams which share in our belief of offering expertise across a range of in-group services which, in turn, gives clients improved marketing efficiencies. Furthermore it is not just our services that continue to expand but our team as well, with 126 new personnel added during the current two acquisitions.’

Adel Zakout, Chief Executive of Despark, added ‘What made this move make sense for Despark is the structure and increased commercial opportunities provided by Paperhat Group. We are all passionate about the work we do for our clients but the Paperhat Group board made it clear that they value the entrepreneurial drive that is at the heart of our company. For us this means we have the chance to be part of a multi-faceted marketing services group without losing the culture which made Despark a success in the first place.’
Despark will continue to operate from its offices in Sofia, Bulgaria.

It was also revealed this week that Paperhat Group’s current Business Development Director, Tom O’Donnell, has been promoted. With immediate effect, O’Donnell will serve as Managing Director of a new subsidiary of the group which will focus on the company’s global print management and onsite studio services. O’Donnell will continue to serve on the Paperhat Group main board.
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For more information visit www.paperhatgroup.com or contact Victoria Hughes at ENS Victoria@ensltd.com 020 7384 8215.

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1 January 2015
THE STEVENS GROUP AND UK BASED M&A ADVISORY FORM AFFILIATE WORKING RELATIONSHIP

THE STEVENS GROUP, a U.S. based mergers and acquisitions consultancy in the public relations and marketing communications industries, has announced that it has completed an agreement with UK based M&A Advisory to provide mutual clients with full international capabilities.

M&A Advisory, founded and headed by David Blois, is headquartered in London and facilitates mergers and acquisitions in the public relations, digital marketing, software, technology and social media industries. Its base of operations is the UK, Europe and the Far East. David Blois founded the firm in 2012 after spending sixteen years as regional director of Results International. His team consists of experienced professionals having held senior positions with Saatchi and Saatchi, Reed Elsevier, Morgan Stanley and Results International.

THE STEVENS GROUP was formed in 2014 and is headed by Art Stevens, still co-managing partner of SGP Worldwide. Stevens has been in the forefront of major acquisitions in the public relations agency industry for ten years after having sold his public relations firm LobsenzStevens to Publicis Groupe.

“This affiliate working relationship will prove beneficial to buyers and sellers on both sides of the Atlantic. David and I are able to extend our respective reach to buyers and sellers interested in the U.S. marketplace and vice versa. This bandwidth is essential in a world where borders are beginning to make very little difference in marketing communications services,” Stevens said.

Among recent acquisitions Stevens has been involved with, as Co-Managing Partner of SGP Worldwide, are the sale of Middleton and Gendron to Eric Mower Associates; Turner PR to Fahlgren Mortine; and Widmeyer Communications to Finn Partners.

For more information about The Stevens Group, go to www.theartstevensgroup.com or call (732) 748-8583.

For more information about M&A Advisory, go to www.mandaadvisory.com or call (+44) 207 6809849.

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London, May 6, 2014 –LEWIS PR, the global communications agency, has announced it is acquiring UK-based digital marketing agency, Purestone, in an all-cash transaction. The move quadruples the size of the agency’s London-based digital team and expands its skillset to include e-commerce, email, mobile and app development, as well as bolstering its social, SEO and web production services.

The deal creates a 25-plus strong digital team in London, servicing both UK and global clients. It enables LEWIS to meet growing demand among clients for sophisticated integrated campaigns. Purestone will add analytics, audience mapping and robust technical capabilities, extending LEWIS’ ability to execute impactful creative campaigns across web, mobile and social channels. Combined with LEWIS’ award-winning international PR, communications, social media and digital marketing services offering, this creates a unique full service digital marketing proposition.

Founded by Simon Butler, head of client services, and James Smee, strategy and planning director, Purestone has worked for clients including adidas, ASOS, UK Mail, PayPal, Freshfields, Royal Bank of Scotland, and Towers Watson. Purestone will continue to operate independently and will benefit from global reach as a part of LEWIS Pulse.

Following the plans announced last year, LEWIS Pulse plans to continue its expansion throughout Europe and Asia. LEWIS Pulse already has hubs in Barcelona, Boston, Eindhoven, London, San Francisco and Singapore and is led globally by Stephen Corsi, SVP.

“The acquisition of Purestone takes LEWIS to the next level in terms of our digital marketing capabilities. The addition of an award-winning agency like Purestone is incredibly exciting for our clients as they look for tighter integration between digital, social, content and PR,” said Giles Peddy, Group Managing Director, UK, LEWIS PR.

Simon Butler, co-founder of Purestone, said, “Since 2005 we have built an agency that works for some of the biggest and best brands across both B2B and B2C. Our clients were asking for more content, social and international capabilities, and so the vision and independence of LEWIS was exactly the right fit to help us achieve our ambitions to grow the business. Combined we will have a truly compelling and unique offering. One that I think will excite our respective client bases.”

Chris Lewis, CEO of LEWIS PR said, “As an independent we have the ability to act quickly. We invest in expanding our skillsets to satisfy client demand. This acquisition is another step in that direction. It underpins our strategy to become a global top 20 full service communications agency.

LEWIS PR is a global PR and digital communications agency. In addition to traditional media and analyst relations, LEWIS specialises in social media, digital marketing and creative services. It works with companies to implement integrated communications programs on an international scale. LEWIS works with leading and emerging brands across multiple sectors, including automotive, consumer, government, healthcare, insurance, legal, non-profit, technology and telecom. LEWIS has 25 wholly-owned offices across the US, EMEA and Asia Pacific, with regional headquarters in London, San Francisco and Singapore.

Purestone is a digital agency specialised in working with forward thinking B2B & B2C brands. We operate at the heart of the changes taking place within marketing – bringing brand experiences to life in the digital world.Through our team of highly experienced client side marketers and digital practitioners we deliver game changing strategies, projects and return on investment for our wide ranging client base.

Purestone were advised by M&A Advisory

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28 April 2014
Communisis plc  (“Communisis” or “the Group”) Acquisitions of Jacaranda Productions Limited and Public Creative Limited
– Acquisitions add video, film and digital creative capabilities to support the growth strategy of the Group’s Design segment –
Leading provider of personalised customer communication services, Communisis plc (LSE: CMS), announces that it has acquired the entire share capital of both Jacaranda Productions Limited (“Jacaranda”) and Public Creative Limited (“Public Creative”) (together “the Acquisitions”).
Strategic Rationale
The Acquisitions add specific skills and expertise which support the Group’s strategy to build a comprehensive range of integrated services in its Design segment and present opportunities for revenue synergies with existing Communisis clients.
Jacaranda is a video and film production specialist, creating, managing and measuring the effectiveness of video content for global brands. It is based in London with a team of six people. For over 15 years Jacaranda has been voted in the top ten independent production companies in Televisual’s annual ‘Corporate Top 50’ awards and has won over 250 creative awards including The Digital Impact Awards, Cannes Corporate Media and TV Awards and New York Film and TV Awards.
Public Creative creates and drives brand awareness with digital media using web and mobile applications to build loyalty and encourage customer advocacy. It is based in London with a team of eight people.
Terms of the Acquisitions
Jacaranda
Communisis has acquired Jacaranda for an enterprise value (on a cash free, debt free basis) of £1.5m plus surplus cash, which is estimated to be minimal. The consideration will be satisfied in cash of £0.9m and through the issue of 913,242 new ordinary shares in Communisis to the value of £0.6m. Further consideration may be payable annually in cash up to an aggregate amount of £0.5m dependent on the gross profit generated in the three years after the acquisition.
For the financial year ended 28 February 2013, Jacaranda generated adjusted EBITDA (on a normalised basis before non-recurring items) of £0.39m on turnover of £1.6m.
Public Creative
Communisis has acquired Public Creative for an enterprise value (on a cash free, debt free basis) of £0.35m in cash plus surplus cash, estimated at £0.04m.
For the financial year ended 30 April 2013, Public Creative generated adjusted EBITDA (on a normalised basis before non-recurring items) of £0.05m on turnover from continuing activities of £0.6m.
Commenting on the Acquisitions Andy Blundell, Communisis Chief Executive, said:
“Jacaranda and Public Creative bring important new skills to Communisis, in line with our strategy, as the Group continues to build its integrated service proposition. There is growing demand from clients for engaging content, especially for video and film across all digital channels, and these Acquisitions complement and enhance our existing capabilities.
We are delighted that these talented and committed teams have decided to join Communisis and look forward to working with them to offer our clients a broader range of creative services.”
For further information please contact:
Communisis plc
020 7382 8952
Andy Blundell / Nigel Howes
FTI Consulting
020 3727 1000
Matt Dixon / Lucy Delaney
Cenkos Securities
020 7397 8900
Ivonne Cantu / Alex Aylen
N+1 Singer
Sandy Fraser / Richard Lindley
020 7496 3000 / 0113 388 4789
About Communisis
Communisis is the leading provider of personalised customer communication services that specialises in helping clients communicate with their customers more effectively and more profitably in fast-changing markets.
Communisis has a reputation for production excellence and innovation and is trusted by many leading, consumer-facing brands to design, produce and deploy multi-channel personalised customer communications accurately, securely, reliably and at scale.

Public Creative was advised by M&A Advisory
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MBA ANNOUNCES CUBEWORKS ACQUISITION – 13th June 2013

Independent creative agency, MBA, has announced the acquisition of Cubeworks, a leading web / mobile development and systems integration business, for an undisclosed sum. Cubeworks was established in 2002, employs 15 people in its Brighton office and its current clients include CGI (formerly Logica) National Express, Diageo and the UK Government.

The move further bolsters MBA’s existing digital and mobile services by offering even more app, ecommerce and tech development opportunities to its new and existing clients, which include Everest, Embraer, Avios, Accor Hotels and Sage by Heston Blumenthal.

Cubeworks will be merged with MBA with immediate effect. Cubeworks’ office in Brighton will be renamed MBA Brighton and will continue as a tech hub for MBA London and MBA Miami, which MBA recently opened. Cubeworks’ Managing Director, Alex Cowell, will join the MBA Management Board as MBA CTO as well as continue in his role as MD of MBA Brighton.

Stephen Maher, CEO of MBA, comments: “This acquisition is about taking MBA’s proven philosophy of Brand Action ™ to the next level and about reinforcing our belief that the future of all communications in our digitally integrated world lies in the convergence of creativity and technology. Alex and his team at Cubeworks in Brighton are a highly regarded operation with an outstanding track record in offering clients the very latest in digital and mobile technology solutions. What’s more Alex and his team fit effortlessly into the MBA culture making the merger as non-disruptive for both of us as possible.”

Alex Cowell, MD of Cubeworks, said ““We are delighted to be joining up with MBA. Not only do we get on brilliantly, but we also share the same aspiration of delivering our clients the perfect blend of creative technology to drive their ROI. Added to that, we can bring all that the thriving digital hub of Brighton has to offer to MBA and its clients in London and Miami. We can’t wait to get going on this exciting new journey.”

Cubeworks was advised by M&A Advisory – www.mandaadvisory.com

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TEANECK, New Jersey and LONDON, December 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ —

Ness Technologies, a global provider of information technology solutions and services, and Imano, a full-service digital agency specializing in mobile strategy, design and development, today announced Ness’ acquisition of Imano. The pairing of Imano’s front-end capabilities with Ness’ execution expertise is expected to deliver maximum value to Ness’ mobility customers.

Ness provides end-to-end service offerings through its global delivery teams-from strategy consulting to application design and development to testing and implementation-partnering with clients to ensure all necessary steps are taken to develop a viable mobile strategy. Imano’s digital media and design expertise complement Ness’ mobile services business model, combining proven User Interface/User Experience (UI/UX) competencies with mobile strategy development and implementation to ensure a comprehensive, sustainable mobile initiative. Ness’ clients can expect an enhanced mobile experience as a result of Imano’s full-service digital capabilities.

“As Ness continues to expand its ‘compute anywhere’ mobility footprint, the synergy between our organization and Imano enables us to provide more comprehensive and exciting offerings,” said Joe Lagioia, President, Ness Software Engineering Services. “We are confident that our acquisition of Imano offers our clients extraordinary value-added benefits through Imano’s mobile and design expertise coupled with our strategic mobile development capabilities.”

Mark Lister, Imano’s Managing Director, said: “We have been making our name with world firsts in mobile, since we were first to market with an Augmented Reality app for the iPhone. Imano is skilled at imagining, creating and developing rich mobile applications that make innovative use of the latest technologies. The Ness acquisition offers us access to the scale we need to win the very biggest mobile applications. We already have the experience, knowledge and creativity – and now we have the firepower. We can’t wait to get started and see how much we can achieve together.”

About Ness Technologies

Ness Technologies is a global provider of IT and business services and solutions with specialized expertise in software product engineering and system integration, application development, consulting, and software distribution.  Ness delivers its portfolio of solutions and services using a global delivery model combining offshore, near-shore and local teams.  With about 7,000 employees, Ness has operations in North America, Europe, Israel, Singapore and India; has customers in over 20 countries; and partners with numerous software and hardware vendors worldwide. Visit http://www.ness.com for more information.

The Software Engineering Services (SES) business unit is a global provider of end-to-end, commercial-grade software development solutions, strategically partnering with clients across the entire software lifecycle to drive competitive advantage by improving time-to-market, quality and innovation. For more information about Ness SES, visit blog.ness.com.

About Imano

Imano is an agency established in 1996 that specialized in digital design and web applications. It developed a successful in-house e-Commerce platform but has recently found its stride creating and delivering engaging and innovative applications for the mobile world. Clients such as UEFA, Harrods, Stella Artois and Hertz Navigation Solutions know Imano as a mobile partner, generating the next wave of ideas that will appeal to the mobile generation. With over 70 consumer-focused apps released to date, Imano continues to evolve in that space but is increasingly drawn to opportunities in the workplace and the enterprise applications that will change the way we think and interact at work. For a more detailed look, visit http://www.imano.com.

Advisors to Imano were Results International and David Blois at M&A Advisory.

Email: davidb@mandaadvisory.com
Phone: +44-(0)207-680-9849

Media Contact:
Gretchen Rice
Phone: +1-781-743-0704
Email: gretchen.rice@ness.com

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