Westbourne Communications today announced its integration into Cicero Consulting to create the leading UK independent public affairs firm with a combined fee income of £7 million.
The all-cash transaction, which will see Westbourne founder and CEO James Bethell remain with the business in a senior role, will have a total of around 55 staff with the Westbourne name continuing in the market.
James Bethell commented: “We are big fans of Cicero and the team, and I am super-excited that we are joining forces to become the UK’s largest independent public affairs player. Westbourne and Cicero are a perfect strategic fit, and the deal combines our sector strengths under one roof. This enhances our offering to clients and brings new opportunities to develop and grow the business.”
Michael Murphy commented: “I was delighted to have advised James and the Westbourne team on this transaction, and wish the combined entity every success for the future.”