Acceleris acquires London’s Limelight

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

Acceleris acquires London’s Limelight

The Harrogate-headquartered communications agency is expanding its operation with the acquisition of London and Dubai based Limelight PR.

The new agency will have offices in London, Harrogate and Dubai and will be in the UK’s Top 20 agencies with a HQ outside London. 

Its 25-strong team includes senior corporate communications professionals, former national and international print and broadcast journalists as well as social media, video and content specialists.

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 London and Harrogate, Acceleris is recognised as one of the country’s most respected agencies, with close to 60 awards both in the UK and internationally for integrated, multi-discipline campaigns across specialist sectors.

The agency is three times winner of the ‘Agency of the Year’ title in the UK Public Sector Communications Awards and has also won ‘Best Issues & Reputation Management Campaign’ at the European Communications Excellence Awards three times in the last five years, in Munich, Berlin and Stockholm, competing against global brands including IBM, Unilever, BP, BASF and Lidl.  

The new agency will see all the offices work as a single business from day one.

Susanna Simpson will become a shareholder of Acceleris and join the enlarged agency’s board, focusing on growth across the London market.

All three offices will continue to operate under their existing names.

Clients include one of the UK’s fastest growing independent energy providers, Utilita; enterprise data and software provider, Acxiom; leading domestic travel company Bourne Leisure; the UK’s leading 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, copywriting, 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 about 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.”