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IPA elects new members - 3rd December 2002

Ten new agencies elected at the IPA Council on 3rd December 2002: 180 Communications, A Vision, Banc, Beatwax, Omobono, Pawson Media, Ptarmigan Media, Sass Panayi & Partners, Target Direct, Woolley Pau


At its council meeting, (Tuesday 3rd December 2002), the IPA elected the following 10 companies into membership:

180 Communications is an Amsterdam based creative agency, established in 1998.  Their principle client is Adidas and they were responsible for the Footballitis campaign in the 2002 World Cup.  Most of their work is run on an international basis and they now have 60 employees.  The name is derived from a quote by Francis Ford Coppola, “Whenever you get into trouble.  Keep going.  Do a 180 degree turn.  Turn the situation halfway round.  Don’t look for the secure solution.  Don’t pull back from the passion.  Turn it on full force.”

A Vision is a London based brand experience agency that was founded in 1994 by former Bartle Bogle Hegarty director Andy Marks.  They are media neutral with a strong focus on planning and give a lot of attention to the role of culture in brand building.  They have a wide range of work in their portfolio including DM, events and above-the-line.  The agency currently has 18 employees and some of their clients include: Sony, Disney, Audi and Channel 5.

Banc is a London based agency that was established in 1997. Banc specialises in working with companies whose products or brands are stronger than their communications e.g. sleeping beauties and start-ups.  Their three main services are Brand Consultancy, Design and Advertising.  They have 22 employees and are 100% independent.  In August this year they moved into the DM arena and have now won the Swan Hellenic business for this area. Some of their other clients include: T-Mobile, Associated Newspapers, Bravo TV, Trouble TV, Living TV, Youngs Breweries and Base Clothing.

Beatwax is a creative agency based in London specialising in PR, promotions, design and interactive.  Established in 2000 it recently merged with North Creative and is now wholly owned by the Miracle Media Group.  They recently won PR Week’s PR Campaign of Year award for their work on the Friends Reunited website. Some of  their clients include: Stella Artois, Capcom, Friends Reunited, James Bond, Buena Vista International, UIP and H.M Treasury.

Omobono is a business communications consultancy that takes its name from the Patron Saint of Business. Omobono which is based in Cambridge, was established at the beginning of 2001 by a number of ex-Warman & Bannister employees and now has 8 employees. They take a media neutral attitude to their work and have been regular contributors to the IPA Business Weekend course. Some of their clients include: Cambridge Education Associates, Norwich Union, Flora & Fauna International, Datamonic, Cambridge Consultants Ltd, PC Hansen,Carat Business and Travelex. 

Pawson Media is a media independent established in 1989.  They service a large number of clients and hold accounts for many record labels and related companies.  They have 12 employees. Their clients include: Battersea Dogs Home, ET Browne, GLA, Hall + Woodhouse, Imperial Nannies, Incos and Institute of Advanced Motorists.
Ptarmigan Media is a London based company, established by Managing Director David Wiggin in 1992. This media independent has now grown to 16 employees and billings of £22m.  They specialise in financial advertising and are one of the FT’s biggest users.  They also have very active digital and DM departments. Their clients include:  Jupiter Asset Management, ISIS Asset, Management,  AXA Investment Managers, Mellon Newton, Cantor Index and HSBC.

Sass Panayi & Partners is a Mere based agency, established in 1989. This agency is made up of three separate companies, Sass Panayi, Sass2Media, Sass3designmovement.  They offer services in creative, media and design and currently have 10 employees.  Their clients include: Arighi Bianchi, Venture UK, Rage Games, Top Jobs, Music Zone and Sandtoft.

Target Direct is a Cheltenham based agency specialising in consumer focussed direct marketing.  They were established in 1993 and have 54 employees.  Their clients include: Salvation Army, RNIB, Christian Aid, Royal British Legion, National Trust for Scotland, Plan International and Legacy Promotion Campaign.

Woolley Pau is a London based agency specialising in healthcare clients. They were established in 1993 by two ex-Grey Healthcare employees.  They are primarily b2b focussed but also hold some consumer accounts. Their clients include: BMS Pharmaceuticals, Evotec OAI, Stiefel Laboratories, Boehringer Ingelheim, Adams Healthcare and Speciality Retail Group.

Total IPA membership is now 229
The IPA now has 51 Media companies


Note to editors:
The IPA is the industry body and professional institute for UK advertising, media and marketing communications agencies and was established in 1917 as a servicing body and to negotiate on behalf of its members with media bodies, government departments and unions. The IPA’s 229 corporate members represent the major part of the advertising agency business, handling advertising with an estimated value of some £7,000 million per year (over 80 per cent of advertising placed by agencies) on behalf of many tens of thousands of their client companies and organisations nationwide.

For further information:
John Oldfield, IPA Membership Director tel: 020 7201 8238
Issued by:   
Justin Van-de-Velde, Public Relations Executive tel: 020 7201 8240


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