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  • Date: 13.03.2017

    New Contract Win

    The Company is pleased to announce that Publicasity, Porta’s wholly owned consumer public relations and digital communications agency, has won a competitive pitch to represent F&F Tesco (“F&F”) in the UK and manage a network of agencies across Central Europe (“CE”), including Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia. F&F offers style-led, contemporary fashion with womenswear, menswear, kidswear and activewear collections. Available in 850 stores across the UK and 966 stores in CE, F&F also has a strong online presence.

    F&F will work with the fashion team at Publicasity and its partner agencies including ODD LONDON and MediaCom, to promote its seasonal offerings through media engagement, press events and influencer seeding, as well as support its brand partnerships. Agencies in each of the CE countries will execute PR campaigns within their own markets, reporting into Publicasity.

    Paul McCaffrey, Director at Publicasity, will head up the account alongside Associate Director Julie Malamute, reporting into Chris Other, F&F’s Global Brand and Marketing Director.

    “It is an exciting time for F&F, with a new look and feel for the brand,” said Chris Other. “Publicasity successfully demonstrated not only their passion and creativity, but also their understanding of the brand and where we want to go, and how to get cut-through in this highly competitive market.”

    Paul McCaffrey said: "We are thrilled to be appointed by such a well-known and credible brand as F&F. We are looking forward to showcasing the incredible range, quality and of course value, to both media and consumers in the UK and the CE markets, something we have much experience of as an agency.”


    Enquiries

    Porta Communications Plc

    Gene Golembiewski, Finance Director

    www.portacomms.com

    +44 (0) 20 7680 6500


    Redleaf PR (Media Enquiries)

    Charlie Geller

    Sam Modlin

    +44 (0) 20 7382 4769



    Notes to Editors:

    Porta has two divisions:

    • Communications - financial, corporate and consumer public relations, public affairs and research;

    • Marketing & Advertising - multi-capability marketing, brand and creative communications.


    The Group has offices in Abu Dhabi, Beijing, Brisbane, Bristol, Canberra, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Hong Kong, London, Manchester, Melbourne, Singapore and Sydney.


    The brands and companies it owns are: Newgate Communications, PPS Group, Redleaf Communications, Publicasity, 2112 Communications and Summit Marketing Services.


    Porta Communications' corporate website is - www.portacomms.com


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  • Date: 08.03.2017

    Newgate’s Analysis of Budget 2017

    On 8th March 2017, the Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered his first ever Budget Statement to the House of Commons. While this year’s Statement was relatively concise and focused compared with previous Budgets, there are a number of important takeaways. Here are Newgate’s five ‘takes’:

    Hammond prepares for uncertain times ahead: Despite the OBR revealing better short-term economic forecasts, compared with last November, the Chancellor maintained that the Government would continue with its fiscal plan “undeterred by any short-term fluctuations”. This means that Hammond intends to continue his looser fiscal policy, which he outlined last November, which in his view provides the right balance between deficit reduction, public investment and “preserving fiscal flexibility” – the last of which is clearly related to the economic uncertainty associated with Brexit (although there was no explicit mention of the “B” word in the speech and little mention of the EU). The economic and fiscal outlook over the next five years remains broadly unchanged from the Autumn Statement, with the OBR saying that there has been no “structural improvement” in the public finances. With this in mind, Hammond avoided any major spending commitments and clearly focused on prioritising fiscal stability and credibility ahead of potentially uncertain times.

    A deliberately focused and unflashy Budget: Under previous Chancellors (notably Gordon Brown and George Osborne), Budgets had become wide-ranging policy announcements, positioning the Treasury at the heart of domestic policy-making. Hammond’s announcement, however, was strictly focused on economic and fiscal matters with long sections of his speech devoted to explaining technical details of tax changes and largely avoided any headline grabbing measures or ‘rabbits’. This, in part, reflects Hammond’s sober and understated delivery style, but also reflect the new ‘centralised’ process of decision-making under the May Government, with most of the important policy decisions taking place within Number 10, rather than Number 11. To many, this Budget felt underwhelming and largely overshadowed by wider political developments, not least the current progress of the Article 50 Bill in Parliament.

    Hammond attempts to head-off negative headlines on social care and business rates: In the run up to today’s announcement, the Government was under considerable pressure from local authorities over social care funding and local businesses in London and the South East concerning the steep rises in business rates. In an attempt to neutralise both issues, the Chancellor committed additional grant funding of £2 billion to social care in England over the next three years and pledged to reform the business rates revaluation process, making it smoother and more frequent and incorporating “the digital part of the economy” in local authority taxation. There will be, of course, considerable scepticism as to whether either of these measures adequately addresses the widespread concerns, but the Chancellor will hope that they will take the heat out of current political debate.

    NI increase for the self-employed will be politically controversial: The Chancellor’s announcement to increase National Insurance Contributions from the self-employed is likely to attract considerable attention and controversy. Hammond went to considerable lengths to explain the policy change – emphasising the difference between the amount paid by employed and self-employed and noting its impact on the Exchequer as the numbers of self-employed rise considerably. Nevertheless, this measure will almost certainly encounter political opposition from his own Party due to the fact it (a) arguably breaks the Conservative manifesto pledge on NI tax rises and (b) potentially undermines the Prime Minister’s own narrative on helping out the ‘JAMS’ (those ‘Just About Managing’). Hammond also announced a cut in the tax-free dividend allowance for shareholders and directors of small private firms, which will encounter criticism from the business community. These measures will not be popular, but they do, however, reflect a Chancellor prepared to risk short term unpopularity to tackle thorny and complicated issues concerning the UK’s tax base (to ensure his “stable and competitive tax system”), which suggest a more long-term focus. This also, arguably, dampens speculation about an early election – there were no headline-grabbing sweeteners for the electorate.

    The Chancellor’s confidence was telling: Considering that this was his first ever Budget, the Chancellor appeared remarkably relaxed and confident in delivering his statement. This assurance manifested itself in a surprising number of jokes (as a politician, ‘Spreadsheet Phil’ is not normally known for his jokes) and lack of obvious crowd-pleasing announcements. As well as demonstrating a Chancellor comfortable in his role, it also reflects a Government that does not feel troubled by any serious opposition. Indeed, Hammond spent much of his statement taunting members of the Labour frontbench, describing the Party under its current leadership as a “driverless car”. In many ways, the lack of effective official opposition is a defining feature of the current political landscape and will mean that, in the foreseeable future, the Chancellor will be more concerned with his own Party and backbenches, than anything from the Labour Party

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  • Date: 01.03.2017

    Publicasity to represent F&F at Tesco in the UK

    2017 has got off to a great start for Publicasity with the news that we have won a competitive pitch to represent F&F at Tesco in the UK and manage a network of agencies across Central Europe, including Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia.

    For further info got to: http://publicasity.co.uk/announcing-our-latest-agency-win-ff-at-tesco/


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  • Date: 26.01.2017

    Newgate appoints senior corporate and geopolitical adviser David Telling

    Newgate Communications is pleased to announce the appointment of strategic adviser David Telling as a new Partner in its fast-growing senior team, with a mandate to expand further the firm’s geopolitical and blue-chip corporate client base.

    David joined Newgate on 1 January after 17 years at his previous agency, where he led the very largest cross-company client teams. He is a strategic communications specialist with more than 30 years’ experience, and has particular expertise in the Middle East and Africa.

    For further information got to: www.newgatecomms.com/newsroom

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  • Date: 08.11.2016

    View from the Bridge: Has this Conservative Government fallen out of love with business? Has populism trumped profit?

    As the UK enters the unknown and prepares for the seismic shift that Brexit will trigger, the relationship between the Government and business can be described as ambivalent at best. Theresa May sees Brexit as a cry for a new start and she set out an agenda of state intervention, more workers' rights, an assault on failing markets and a crackdown on corporate greed.


    At a time of great economic volatility and risk, business is unsure of where the Government stands on a mass of issues but is business being unnecessarily alarmist? The Government has been decisive on Heathrow and Hinkley Point (eventually), and also sought to reassure Nissan. What is the most effective relationship between the Government and business? If Brexit is a 'once-in-a-generation chance to change the direction of our nation for good', what policies should the Government pursue to ensure British business can flourish in the post-Brexit world?


    To help us read all these conflicting signals Newgate has brought together a panel of experts who can tell us what the future should hold:


    Chris Hope: Assistant Editor and Chief Political Correspondent, Daily Telegraph

    Dr Adam Marshall: Director General, British Chambers of Commerce

    Tom Tugendhat MP: MP for Tonbridge, Edenbridge and Malling


    When: 8:15 am for 8:30am Tuesday 6th December 2016

    Where: Newgate Communications, Sky Light City Tower, 50 Basinghall Street, London EC2V 5DE


    Places are limited, please RSVP to theviewfromthebridge@newgatecomms.com

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  • Date: 14.10.2016

    Newgate advises SOMPO on its $6.3BN acquisition of Endurance

    SOMPO, the Japanese insurance business headquartered in Japan, with a global network in 32 countries, has instructed Newgate Communications, its retained agency, to provide communications advice around its proposed $6.3bn acquisition of the NYSE listed, Bermuda headquartered, global specialty provide of property and casualty insurance and reinsurance, Endurance Specialty Holdings Ltd.


    To read more: http://newgatecomms.com/newsroom/newgate-advises-s...











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  • Date: 04.10.2016

    Newgate appoints former Wales Office Special Adviser

    Newgate Communications is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Tomos Davies as Associate Partner in its fast-expanding public affairs team. Drawing on his unique experience of life at the heart of government, Tomos will play a pivotal role in advising clients on the threats and opportunities emerging from an ever-evolving political landscape. He will report along with existing Associate Partner Gareth Jones to Simon Gentry, the newly-appointed Partner in the public affairs practice.

    Prior to joining Newgate, Tomos served as a special adviser in the Wales Office, working with two UK Cabinet Ministers: Rt Hon. Stephen Crabb MP, and his successor Rt Hon Alun Cairns MP. His in-tray in government included steering a major constitutional bill through Parliament and delivering the largest city growth deal in the UK, as well as supporting the UK Government’s response to the steel crisis.

    To read more: www.newgatecomms.com/newsroom

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  • Date: 22.09.2016

    Newgate further expands its public affairs and corporate communications offering

    Newgate Communications has added significant additional weight to its public affairs offering through an innovative deal that brings senior talent and a number of additional clients to the team.

    Three months after the arrival of Gavin Devine as Chief Operating Officer of Porta Communications plc, Newgate’s parent company, the deal sees Simon Gentry transfer from MWW to become a Partner in Newgate. Daniel Costen, who worked with Simon at MWW, has also moved across. Simon’s clients, including StubHub, The MBI Al Jaber Foundation and the ATM Industry Association, have made the transition with him.

    Gentry said that Newgate’s fully integrated approach, with PA playing a role on many clients, plus the opportunity to work with PRCA Chairman Steffan Williams, as well as leading public affairs and corporate communications adviser Devine, were important factors in his decision to move to Newgate.

    Gentry commented: “The fit between what clients are asking for in terms of fully integrated communications and Newgate’s approach is perfect, with public affairs staff working in integrated teams alongside specialists in corporate, financial and internal communications, and alongside the local engagement specialists in PPS Group (now part of Newgate). For that reason joining Gavin and Steffan at Newgate was an easy decision to make.”

    Devine added: “ When I joined Porta one of my first tasks was to build up our existing public affairs offer in Newgate by bringing in the very best talent in the industry. Being able to work with someone of Simon’s quality, experience and reputation is exciting, and we are also delighted that so many excellent clients have joined our roster too. This development is a big step forward for Newgate, and is further proof that our company and our approach to communications is gaining ground in the marketplace.”

    Further high profile hires will be announced as Newgate expands to meet growing client demand.

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  • Date: 19.09.2016

    Redleaf promotes Vanessa Chance to Associate Director

    Specialist integrated communications agency Redleaf, has promoted Vanessa Chance to Associate Director in the company’s professional and financial services team.

    Vanessa is an award-winning PR with over 10 years’ experience in financial services PR, gained at both in-house and agency level. Vanessa joined Redleaf from LV=, where she spent four years building up the general insurance media relations and delivered LV=’s first front page news story with the Daily Telegraph on referral fees pre-LASPO. During this time, the LV= press office was voted best ABI member press office and Vanessa was voted best General Insurance PR at the 2014 Headline Money awards.


    - See more at: http://www.redleafpr.com/media-centre/redleaf-news...


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  • Date: 08.09.2016

    Newgate advises Autins Group IPO

    Newgate Communications advised Autins Group, a leading UK designer, manufacturer and supplier of acoustic and thermal insulation solutions for the automotive sector, on its IPO on AIM on 22 August 2016.

    The Newgate team has also been retained to support the business across all aspects of its ongoing financial communications requirements, including investor and media relations.

    The Rugby-based manufacturer of insulation products for automotive companies including Bentley, Range Rover and Honda, raised £26.6m via an oversubscribed placing, in part to fund investment in new product lines and equipment and in support of anticipated future growth.

    Adam Lloyd, Partner at Newgate, said: “We are delighted to have been appointed by Autins Group to manage its IPO and ongoing communications, in what was the largest AIM IPO since Brexit. Autins is at a very exciting stage of its development, and the strong support it gained in its oversubscribed placing is testament to the quality of the business and to the appetite investors have for exciting UK-companies coming to the public market.”

    Jim Griffin, Chief Executive Office of Autins Group commented: “Newgate have given us exceptional support and guidance throughout the IPO set-up and implementation. The IPO process was new to all involved at the Autins Group; having Adam Lloyd and his team manage us along the way made the experience as easy as possible and the team were highly knowledgeable and a delight to work with. We are incredibly pleased with the outcome of the IPO, and look forward to working towards expanding Autins Group plc further with the assistance of Newgate.”

    Newgate has advised on numerous IPOs, including most recently the IPO of Blue Prism, a developer of software robots with 74 blue-chip customers including Barclays Bank, Telefonica O2 and Co-operative Banking Group, which came to market in March 2016.

    The team was led by Adam Lloyd, supported by Madeleine Palmstierna and Helena Bogle.

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  • Date: 11.07.2016

    Sompo appoints Newgate for major integrated communications campaign

    Sompo, one of the Japan’s largest insurance service providers has appointed Newgate Communications for a combined corporate and financial communications and public affairs programme to raise its company profile in the UK and support the growth of the business globally.

    The role will include media relations, stakeholder and political outreach and support in financial communications.


    Newgate team will be led by Group Managing Director Steffan Williams supported by Clotilde Gros and Lydia Thompson.


    http://newsroom.newgatepr.com/sompo-appoints-newga...



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  • Date: 04.07.2016 View pdf

    Newgate Communications UK - Appointment of another Senior Partner

    Porta Communications Plc (AIM: PTC), the fast-growing international marketing and communications group, is pleased to announce the appointment of Charles Chichester as a new Senior Partner at Newgate Communications UK, leading its Financial PR practice. Reporting to Steffan Williams, Group Managing Director of Newgate and Porta Board member, Charlie will play a key role in the next stage of the company’s development, increasing the size of its client base, strengthening the offering to the market, and growing awareness of Newgate particularly in the financial PR arena.

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  • Date: 22.06.2016

    Redleaf Appoints Insurance Specialist Simon Hayes as Director

    Award-winning integrated communications agency Redleaf, has hired Simon Hayes to join its senior team as a Director.

    Simon has over 30 years of experience of the Lloyd’s, London and international insurance markets – working client side with Marsh and Willis, and for the last 20 years as a marketing communications professional in a number of market leading agencies.

    - See more at: http://www.redleafpr.com/media-centre/redleaf-news...

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  • Date: 17.06.2016

    Redleaf strengthens senior team with Associate Director promotion

    Award-winning integrated communications agency Redleaf, part of Porta Communications plc, has strengthened its senior team with the promotion of Amy Williams to Associate Director in the company’s Professional and Financial Services team.

    See more at: http://www.redleafpr.com/media-centre/redleaf-news/2016/june/redleaf-strengthens-senior-team-with-associate-director-promotion/#sthash.OZWTwooh.dpuf

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  • Date: 13.06.2016

    Redleaf wins 'Best PR campaign' at the Insurance Marketing and PR Awards

    Redleaf Communications has been awarded ‘Best PR Campaign’ at the annual Insurance Marketing and PR Awards for its work on the ‘Insurance Made Simple’ campaign on behalf of its client, The Chartered Insurance Institute (CII).

    See more at: http://www.redleafpr.com/media-centre/redleaf-news/2016/june/redleaf-wins-best-pr-campaign/#sthash.EqBbGvfA.dpuf

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  • Date: 03.06.2016 View pdf

    Porta Communications Plc - Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 December 2015

    Read the Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 December 2015 here

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  • Date: 06.06.2016

    Newgate Australia - Why the 2016 Senate vote matters: A background note from Newgate Canberra

    With the 2016 federal election still in its ‘phoney war’ phase, the major parties neck-and-neck in the latest Newspoll and nothing much to see yet, we thought it was timely to give our clients and friends a brief background note on the political elephant in the room.


    The Senate voting changes were prompted by the Government’s desire to bring a rampant Senate under control.


    However, breaking the deadlock of successive government minorities in the Senate is a slim possibility and the next government is likely to face an eclectic, unpredictable Senate of independent and minor parties capable of stopping legislation in its tracks. The background note below, prepared by Newgate’s Canberra team, explains why.


    Newgate will begin a series of our regular election updates from next week when we expect the real campaign to finally kick into gear.


    The trigger will be the opening of pre-polling on 14 June – a surge in the popularity of pre-polling means as many as 30 per cent of voters are expected to vote early this time round. Expect an onslaught of negative advertising and the first major party campaign and policy launches from late next week.


    Our experienced Canberra team of Simon Troeth, Steve Lewis and Gail Morgan will be contributing insights from both sides of politics. If we can help you with any Federal issues, please contact our Canberra Office Head Simon Troeth on 02 6206 6974 or simon.troeth@newgatecomms.com.au.


    Read more: http://www.newgatecomms.com.au/why-the-2016-senate...



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  • Date: 26.05.2016 View pdf

    Porta Communications Plc - Director's Shareholding

    Porta Communications plc, the AIM quoted international marketing and communications business, has been notified that Mr Bob Morton, the Non-Executive Chairman of the Company, purchased, in aggregate, 1,500,000 ordinary shares of 10p each in the Company at a price of 5.75p per share. The trades were made through Hawk Investment Holdings Limited, a company beneficially owned by Bob Morton and his wife.

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  • Date: 24.05.2016 View pdf

    Porta Communications Plc - Preliminary results for the year ended 31 December 2015

    “The strong momentum shown in the first half of 2015 continued throughout the year with gross profit (fee income) nearly 40 percent higher and organic growth at 14 percent - considerably higher than the sector average of low single figures. This strong trading performance together with a substantial reduction in exceptional costs has left reported EBITDA, after all costs, nearly 5.5 times higher than 2014. More importantly, operating cash flow was £1.3m, the first positive contribution since the formation of the Group, compared with a £3.4m negative figure in 2014.

    “The current year has started well and the Group is running ahead of budget for the first quarter. New business throughout the whole of Newgate has been buoyant, although in the UK there has been some slowdown in project work ahead of the EU referendum.

    “The Board remain confident that organic growth in fee income will remain strong, particularly as the planned recruitment of a number of high quality executives gains momentum, although these inevitably will have some impact on the bottom line in the short term.”

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  • Date: 15.04.2016 View pdf

    Redleaf Communications Voted Best Adviser: Financial PR

    Redleaf Communications is pleased to announce that it was last night awarded Best Adviser: Financial PR at the UK Stockmarket Awards 2016, for the third year in a row.


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  • Date: 11.04.2016

    Newgate's Gareth Jones shortlisted for Legatum Institute's Public Policy Award

    ewgate’s Gareth Jones was delighted to have been shortlisted for the Charles Street Symposium on ‘How can we ensure that ageing societies are more prosperous societies?’ an event organised by the Legatum Institute, the international think tank, and sponsored by AIG.

    Gareth set out his policy proposals for addressing some of the macroeconomic and political challenges associated with changing demographics faced by the UK and other advanced economies. Gareth’s essay was shortlisted by a panel of judges (which included Broadcaster Sir Martyn Lewis, Jeremy Cliffe, Bagehot Columnist at the Economist and Adam Winslow, CEO of AIG Life Limited) and presented his ideas at the Symposium, alongside the other finalists.

    Further information on the Legatum Institute’s Charles Street Symposium and the published essays can be found here:

    http://www.li.com/activities/publications/how-can-we-ensure-that-ageing-societies-are-more-prosperous-societies

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  • Date: 06.04.2016 View pdf

    Porta Communications Plc- Result of General Meeting

    Porta Communications Plc (AIM: PTCM), the international marketing and communications group, announces that all resolutions proposed were duly passed at its General Meeting held earlier today.

    Accordingly, the Executive Share Incentive Plan has been approved and David Wright (Group Chief Executive Officer), Steffan Williams (Group Managing Director) and Gene Golembiewski (Group Finance Director) have each been issued with A shares representing 5% of Porta Communications Midco Holdings Limited. Following the issue of these A shares the Company will hold 85% of the issued share capital of Porta Communications Midco Holdings Limited.

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  • Date: 04.04.2016

    The Redleaf Roamer: Shepherd’s Bush

    In the Redleaf Property team, our passion for bricks and mortar isn’t confined to the working day – we love exploring different places in London and abroad, appreciating an area’s character, amenities and eccentricities.

    See more at: http://www.redleafpr.com/media-centre/our-ideas/20...

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  • Date: 16.03.2016 View pdf

    Porta Communications Plc - Proposed adoption of a new Executive Share Incentive Plan and notice of General Meeting

    Porta Communications Plc (AIM: PTCM), the international marketing and communications group, is pleased to announce proposals for an Executive Share Incentive Plan.

    Shareholders will be invited to vote on the proposals for the plan at a General Meeting, to be held at Sky Light City Tower, 50 Basinghall Street, London EC2V 5DE at 12 p.m. on 6 April 2016. A Circular will be posted to all shareholders shortly.


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  • Date: 11.03.2016 View pdf

    Porta Communications Plc - AIM Disclosure update

    Porta Communications (AIM:PTCM), the international marketing and communications group, makes the following announcement in accordance with AIM Rule 17. The Company has been informed by Bob Morton, the Non-Executive Chairman of the Company, of the following changes made to his director details:


    Mr Morton was appointed Director of Cryptic Software Limited on 8 September 2000 and resigned on 10 December 2014. The company entered into creditor’s voluntary liquidation on 2 February 2015 following Mr Morton’s resignation. The estimated deficiency to creditors is £1.82 million. This includes £1.63 million, which is owned by Southwind Limited, a company in turn, owned by Hawk Investment Holdings Limited, which is wholly owned by Mr Morton and his wife.

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  • Date: 11.03.2016 View pdf

    Porta Communications Plc - Change of Adviser

    Porta Communications Plc (AIM: PTCM), the international marketing and communications group, is pleased to announce that it has appointed Allenby Capital Limited (“Allenby”) as its nominated adviser and broker. This decision has been made in light of Allenby’s acquisition of the corporate finance function of the Company’s previous nominated adviser, Sanlam Securities (UK) Limited, and the Company’s desire to retain continuity with its advisers.

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  • Date: 08.03.2016

    Newgate supports £1.27BN Samsonite deal

    Newgate Communications is supporting luggage brand Samsonite’s US$1.8 billion (£1.27bn) acquisition of North American luxury travel brand Tumi. The deal was announced last Friday.

    http://newsroom.newgatepr.com/newgate-supports-127bn-samsonite-deal/




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  • Date: 02.03.2016 View pdf

    Porta Communications Plc - Appointment of Gavin Devine

    Porta Communications Plc (AIM: PTCM), the international marketing and communications group, is pleased to announce the appointment of Gavin Devine as Chief Operating Officer (COO). He joins Porta from MHP Communications, where he was Chief Executive Officer. Gavin will join Porta’s Executive Committee, which reports to the Group’s Board.

    As COO of Porta, Gavin will oversee the continued integration of the Group, ensuring that the various divisions collaborate effectively and take advantage of all available synergies. Gavin will also play a leading role in the further development of the public affairs and corporate communications capabilities within the Group.

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  • Date: 03.02.2016 View pdf

    Porta Communications Plc - Trading Update

    Trading at Porta Communications Plc in the second half of 2015 was very strong. Gross profit was almost £2.5m higher than the comparable period of 2014, despite the closure of the Brussels and Frankfurt offices, leaving full year growth at some 40 per cent compared with the £19.4m achieved in the previous year.


    Reported EBITDA has more than doubled on the year, while Headline EBITDA is up over 40 per cent in the second half for a full year gain of nearly 17 per cent. Exceptional costs, predominantly reorganisation (closures and redundancy costs), were high following the implementation of the management programme to close non-performing companies and account groups ahead of some very senior hires in the current year. The appointment of Steffan Williams has already had a big impact at Newgate with a number of new business wins, including Glencore.


    All of the benefits from these decisions will be felt in the current financial year.


    On the trading front Newgate Australia continues to be one of the star performers, although the weakness of the Australian Dollar has hit the EBITDA line by more than £110,000. While Newgate Hong Kong had a very solid year with EBITDA margins of over 35 per cent. Elsewhere Redleaf Communications has enjoyed a record 12 months in its first full year as part of Porta while Publicasity has performed really well under its new management team.


    Prospects for the current year look very exciting given the internal changes made and the quality of new senior recruits. New business levels and opportunities are extremely buoyant and we are looking at a number of potential acquisitions that will accelerate our growth plans if successful.

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  • Date: 28.01.2016

    Redleaf Communications Voted PR Firm of the Year 2016

    Redleaf Communications is pleased to announce that it was awarded PR Firm of the Year 2016 at the 12th Grant Thornton Quoted Company Awards, held at the Natural History Museum in London on Wednesday 27th January 2016. The award was presented to Rebecca Sanders-Hewett, Director of Redleaf Capital Markets. - See more at: http://www.redleafpr.com/media-centre/awards/2016/

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  • Date: 07.01.2016 View pdf

    Porta Communications Plc - Change of Auditors

    Porta Communications Plc, the AIM quoted international marketing and communications business, announces that it has appointed Grant Thornton UK LLP as statutory auditors to the Company, replacing Nexia Smith & Williamson. The appointment is effective immediately and will apply in respect of the Company's Final Results for the 12 months ended 31 December 2015.

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  • Date: 05.02.2016 View pdf

    Porta Communications Plc - Issue of Equity

    Porta Communications (AIM:PTCM) announced on 23 April 2014 that it had acquired 51% of the issued share capital of Redleaf Communications for a consideration payable in both cash and the issue of 6,998,050 Ordinary Shares in Porta, of which 1,760,010 were deferred to be issued following the satisfaction of certain conditions set out in the acquisition agreement. Porta today confirms that, following satisfaction of those conditions it has now issued the remaining 1,760,010 ordinary shares of 10p each (“Consideration Shares”) due in respect of the initial acquisition of 51% of Redleaf Communications.

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  • Date: 11.12.2015 View pdf

    Porta Communications Plc - Issue of Options

    Porta Communications Plc announces that it has yesterday issued options over 1.5 million ordinary shares to Steffan Williams, Group Managing Director.

    The options are exercisable at an exercise price of 10p per share, being the nominal value of an Ordinary Share, which is a premium of 43 per cent. over the closing middle-market price on 9 December 2015. The options are exercisable over a period of three years with a third vesting each year.

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  • Date: 26.10.2015 View pdf

    Porta Communications Plc Director Shareholding

    Porta Communications Plc, the AIM quoted international marketing and communications business, has been notified that Mr Raymond McKeeve, a Non-Executive Director of the Company, purchased on 23 October 2015 304,272 ordinary shares of 10p each in the Company at an average price of 9.5p per share.

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  • Date: 13.10.2015 View pdf

    Porta Communications Plc Directors' Shareholding

    Porta Communications plc, the AIM quoted international marketing and communications business, has been notified that Mr David Wright, the Chief Executive of the Company, yesterday purchased in his SIPP 714,285 ordinary shares of 10p each in the Company at a price of 7p per share. Following this purchase, Mr Wright is beneficially interested in 4,055,677 ordinary shares in Porta representing 1.46 per cent. of the Company's issued share capital. The shares are held both in his name and in his SIPP.

    In addition, the Company has been notified that Mr Eugene Golembiewski, the Group Finance Director of the Company, yesterday purchased 643,000 ordinary shares of 10p each in the Company at a price of 7p per share. Following this purchase, Mr Golembiewski is beneficially interested in 1,412,230 ordinary shares in Porta representing 0.51 per cent. of the Company's issued share capital. The shares are held in his name.

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  • Date: 12.10.2015 View pdf

    Porta Communications Plc Director Shareholding

    Porta Communications plc, the AIM quoted international marketing and communications business, has been notified that Mr Bob Morton, the Non-Executive Chairman of the Company, purchased, in aggregate, 350,000 ordinary shares of 10p each in the Company of which 100,000 was executed at a price of 6.1p per share and 250,000 executed at a price of 6.25p per share. Both trades were made through Hawk Pension Fund Limited, a company beneficially owned by Bob Morton.

    Following this purchase, Mr Morton is beneficially interested in 42,936,318 ordinary shares in Porta representing 15.48 per cent. of the Company's issued share capital.

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  • Date: 09.10.2015

    Newgate - Conservative Party Conference 2015: Seizing The Common Ground

    As delegates gathered for Conservative Party Conference earlier this week, they were greeted to quite a welcome on the streets of Manchester. Angry protesters were out in force and whipping up a noise, wearing masks, waving anarchist flags and shouting “Tory Scum” and other (unprintable) obscenities at attendees making their way to the Conference security entrance. As the attendees walked through the police barriers and security lines, they passed underneath large signs emblazoned with the Conservative Party’s latest slogan, “Security, Stability and Opportunity” and into the courtyard of the Manchester Conference Centre – an oasis of relative calmness, order and business-like activity.

    Despite the unpleasant and hateful abuse that people were subjected to, you could imagine that some in the Conservative Party were quietly pleased about the contrast and message on display here. A Party triumphant after securing a stunning election victory – given a mandate to govern, in part secured through providing many voters with the reassurance of security and leadership in the face of uncertainty and chaos. Furthermore, they now face an opposition reduced to shouting from the side-lines and adopting radical left wing positions which may excite their activists, but alienate them from large parts of the electorate.

    There was little doubt that the Conservatives would aim to exploit this opportunity to seize the centre ground (or the “common ground” as they now prefer to call it) and focus on outlining its long-term programme of economic and social policies to position themselves, once again, as the natural party of government. This was evident from the atmosphere around the hotels and bars at Conference, which was one of excitement and jubilation, but also had a strong sense of seriousness, recognising the many policy and political challenges that lay ahead for the Party and the country. Fringe debates on policy matters, ranging from energy, healthcare and financial services, were largely conducted under the basis that the Conservatives would be in power for at least another ten years. It was hard to find anyone in Manchester disagreeing with this presumption.

    No-one seemed to recognise this more that the Chancellor, George Osborne, whose speech on Monday contained a number of substantial policy announcements on the UK’s economic regeneration, including a new ‘National Infrastructure Commission’ to speed up the policy and planning decisions on vital infrastructure projects. This was Osborne keenly demonstrating his new ‘common ground’ credentials by not only borrowing a Labour policy, but also a Labour politician, Lord Adonis, to chair the new body. Osborne’s second big announcement – that local councils will retain all the revenue from business rates – is likely to have far reaching consequences on local government finance. These announcements, along with his pet project, the Northern Powerhouse, were all designed to showcase his ‘long term economic plan’ credentials, but were also designed to set the week’s agenda and prevent the Conference being side-tracked by issues less helpful to the Party.

    Before the Conference began, many newspaper commentators speculated that the week would be dominated by the two themes of (1) the upcoming European Referendum and (2) speculation over who would lead the Party after David Cameron steps down. These two issues certainly did arise, but were, arguably, reasonably well contained by the Party’s leadership. The Conservative Party’s reputation for being obsessed about the issue of Europe has never been more deserved. Fringe events on the EU referendum were by far the most popular at Conference, with many of rooms too small to take in the mass of keen delegates. The sensitivities from high-command about this were clearly evident, with Business Secretary, Sajid Javid, being pulled from speaking at a Business for Britain event on Monday at a few hours’ notice. As for leadership speculation, the main candidates – George Osborne, Boris Johnson and Theresa May – all received significant amounts of attention for their speeches, with Theresa May providing the Conference’s most controversial moment with a hard line, anti-immigration speech that felt out-of-step with the approach taken by most other members of the Cabinet.

    It was left to David Cameron’s closing speech on Wednesday to cement the Conservative Party’s claim to the ‘common ground’ of British politics and set the tone for his second term in office. It was a bold and assured speech, embracing the virtues of Compassionate Conservatism and focused on a range of socially liberal-minded causes including tackling discrimination, reforming prisons and schools and addressing deep rooted problems with poverty and social mobility. Cameron received praise for a return to a more progressive vision, reminiscent of his early years of his leadership, while some critics have argued that his centrist rhetoric is merely useful cover for his pursuit of right-wing policies, including tough welfare and public spending cuts.

    His critics and opponents, however, do not appear to be in an effective position to challenge him or his Party. Indeed, one of the key conclusions of this week’s Conference – with Labour’s shift to the left and the Liberal Democrats vastly diminished status – is that the Conservative Party’s seizure of the political centre ground appears to be largely uncontested.



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  • Date: 30.09.2015 View pdf

    Porta Communications Plc appoints Steffan Williams

    Porta Communications Plc is pleased to announce that Steffan Williams will be joining the Board as Group Managing Director reporting to the CEO.

    Steffan will have the responsibility to lead the next stage of the Group’s development including recruiting the best available talent and improving the ratio of larger client mandate wins.

    Steffan has spent over 20 years working within the field of strategic communications. Most recently, he was a Partner at Finsbury where he worked on a number of high profile M&A transactions such as Holcim/Lafarge, Greene King/Spirit and Crown/Rexam. He previously founded Capital Communications in 2001, taking it to become a top ten player within the EMEA region. He then sold it to Publicis Groupe and went on to lead MSLGroup's Strategic Communications business across the EMEA region.

    Steffan was educated at Lincoln College, Oxford University, and is now an Old Members Trustee. He is the Vice-Chairman of the PRCA, is a member of the Development Committee at the Legatum Institute, a Trustee of the National Botanic Garden of Wales, a member of Swansea University's Advisory Development Board and is a Special Adviser at the Iraq Britain Business Council. He provides communications advice to a number of charities pro bono and is a frequent guest speaker on communications.

    Commentating on the appointment Porta CEO David Wright said: “I have always had a very high opinion regarding Steffan’s qualities and this appointment is a great start to an exciting period of development at Porta.”

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  • Date: 22.09.2015 View pdf

    Porta Communications Plc announces its interim results

    Porta Communications Plc, the international marketing and communications business, is pleased to announce its interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2015.

    Please click on the attachment to see the full breakdown.

    Highlights

    · Revenue up 75% to £17,352,000
    · Gross profit up 69% to £13,906,000
    · Organic growth 17% higher than the comparable period
    · EBITDA after all costs up by 66% over the comparable period to £828,000
    · Positive operating cash flow of £0.7 million generated compared with negative operating cash flow of £2.3 million and £3.4 million consumed in the six month period to 30 June 2014 and the whole 2014 respectively
    · Gross profit per employee of £54,000 on a half-year basis - 10% higher than comparable period (£49,000)

    Commenting on the results, David Wright, Chief Executive of Porta, said:

    “This has been another period of healthy trading performance, with positive contributions throughout our integrated agency network. Our global offering is experiencing strong growth and the acquisitions that we made last year are also performing well.

    We have rationalised our business by closing non-performing offices and departments. This has contributed to annualised cost savings in excess of £1 million. The full benefits of this rationalisation process are likely to be recognised in 2016.

    “We are recruiting high quality, experienced executives in key areas, and management is confident that this will lead to further new business wins in the second half, leading to another strong performance in reported EBITDA.”



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  • Date: 06.07.2015

    New senior hires at PPS GROUP

    Joining the ranks at its new City-based offices are Perry Miller, Director, and Matthew Turpin, Account Director. Both arrive at the consultancy with significant experience of the sector, most recently working together for a number of years at another agency.

    They are reunited with Lisa Alexander, who has been driving PPS Group’s business development for the past 18 months, and is herself also a former director of the regional agency.

    Both have led high-profile – and ultimately successful – stakeholder engagement programmes on behalf of many leading developers across the UK. While much of their work has been in support of clients’ planning applications, they have also delivered regional and national public affairs and PR activity.

    They join a growing team at PPS Group and have a remit to lead on projects for many current clients as well as new business and marketing.

    Andy Martin, Director of PPS Group, said: “We’re delighted to have both Perry and Matt joining us. As our business continues to grow, so our talented team is expanding: I know that their experience and contacts will prove invaluable.”

    Perry Miller commented: “I’m excited to be joining one of the UK’s leading public affairs agencies. There is a level of skill and experience here which makes it a particularly creative working environment, something I value highly. The chance to work with talented former colleagues is a real bonus.”

    Matthew Turpin commented: “It’s great to be joining an established practice such as this at what is a particularly exciting time for the wider business. I’m looking forward to making a contribution to its work.

    It’s also a real pleasure to arrive in this role and to once again be working alongside two former team members, both of whom are well-experienced consultants.”

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  • Date: 16.06.2015

    Charles Stanley hires Redleaf to handle financial PR and media relations as it kicks off implementation of new strategy.

    Charles Stanley has appointed integrated communications agency Redleaf, part of Porta Communications PLC, to look after its financial PR, investor and media relations as it embarks on a programme aimed at taking the business onto its next stage of development in its aim to become the leading UK wealth manager by 2020.

    Following a competitive tender process, Redleaf has been appointed to integrate Charles Stanley’s external media and investor relations in order to better communicate its value proposition and help it work more effectively through the new challenges that face it as a business via social and digital media, content creation and thought leadership.

    Redleaf will provide a strong team which incorporates both financial PR and investor relations, alongside trade and consumer media relations with the aim of raising awareness of Charles Stanley’s comprehensive offering, particularly in the IFA, wealth management, national and financial consumer press.

    The teams will be led by Rebecca Sanders-Hewett on the financial PR side and Charles Ansdell for the corporate reputation and media relations focus. They will report to Charles Stanley’s Public Relations Manager Joanne Vowles, who is now responsible for all PR matters and is in charge of managing the relationship.

    Paul Abberley, chief executive, Charles Stanley, said:

    “How we communicate with the media and other audiences is vitally important for maintaining our reputation for integrity and transparency. As we strive to build a client-focused business which rewards all its stakeholders, we are confident Redleaf can help us articulate our vision and its delivery.”

    Charles Ansdell, Head of Professional & Financial Services at Redleaf, commented:

    “Charles Stanley is an established marquee brand in the wealth management space, renowned for quality customer service to private clients and through financial advisers. It is moving into an exciting period of ambitious growth targets, and is well placed through its direct to consumer and traditional wealth management offerings to achieve them. This is an excellent account for Redleaf to win and we are all looking forward to working with the Charles Stanley team.”


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  • Date: 06.05.2015

    Newgate finalist in Holmes Report EMEA Corporate Agency of the year Award

    Newgate Communications is delighted to have been shortlisted for the prestigious EMEA Corporate Agency of the year category by Holmes Report, the global authority on the PR industry.

    Holmes Report stated, "Newgate has emerged as one of the world’s fastest-growing PR firms, with a global footprint that now spans the UK, EMEA and Asia-Pacific. Despite its strengths in such traditional areas as corporate and financial, Newgate’s integrated approach lends itself to the view that audiences are now inter-linked, demand a response from one team that can manage relationships with business, investors, politicians and consumers- worldwide. The firm also takes a campaigning approach to issues, helping companies develop a point of view in such industries as financial services, retail and energy."

    Deborah Saw, Senior Partner commented, "when an authority such as the Holmes Report recognises an agency's expertise, it is a testimony to over three years' hard work on our part. We are proud to be recognised as a peer to some of the most established agencies around."

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  • Date: 06.05.2015

    New client win

    Porta Communications plc, the international marketing and communications business, is pleased to report that its subsidiary business Publicasity has secured a contract to provide a consumer and travel trade public relations programme to Saint Lucia Tourist Board.

    The contract was secured following a competitive pitch and the PR programme will be focused on raising awareness of Saint Lucia as a travel destination in the UK and Ireland.

    Atlyn Forde, director of marketing UK & Europe at Saint Lucia Tourist Board, said: “We were really impressed with Publicasity’s approach and proposal. We had a number of strong presentations from other agencies, but overall it was a unanimous decision from the panel to appoint Publicasity as they scored highly on all our key criteria and are the perfect fit to deliver on our strategic goals.”

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  • Date: 27.03.2015

    ​Redleaf Communications Voted Best Adviser: Financial PR

    Redleaf Communications is delighted to announce that it was last night awarded Best Adviser: Financial PR at the UK Stockmarket Awards 2015. This is the second year in a row that the Redleaf Capital Markets team has won this award.

    The award was made by a panel of experts from across the City and is billed as ‘recognising the agencies that advise listed companies on how to release and manage news flow and put across their investment case in the most effective manner’. Accordingly, ‘the winner in this section is likely to be chosen not just for their skills in garnering coverage of their clients by financial analysts, local or national journalists, as well as digital and broadcast media, but also for how their clients are portrayed when they deliver both good and bad news’.

    During the period under review, Redleaf supported a number of high profile transactions in the market such as the fifth largest public to private deal (Daisy Group plc) and the IPO of John Laing Environmental Assets Group. Redleaf’s team and client list experienced strong growth in 2014, a year which was a record one for the Agency on every metric.

    Emma Kane, Founder and Chief Executive, said:

    “Winning this award is testimony to the enthusiasm, talent and dedication that the Agency’s Capital Markets team continues to provide to our clients. I am exceptionally proud of my team and all they have accomplished and continue to achieve.”

    Rebecca Sanders-Hewett, Head of Capital Markets, said:

    “My team is very proud to have had such an esteemed panel of judges identify Redleaf as the rightful winner of this award. I am very proud of my team’s consistent enthusiasm and dedication to achieving the very best results for our clients and the audiences we communicate with; to have this recognised for the second year in a row makes it even more special.”

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  • Date: 10.03.2015

    ​Newgate Communications supports launch of a new challenger bank

    Newgate Communications (‘Newgate’) has been appointed to support the launch of a new UK-wide Business and Retail challenger bank. Civilised Bank this month announced that it has secured initial funding ahead of its expected launch later this year.

    CivilisedBank will focus initially on small and medium-sized businesses and their owners, offering both business and retail banking products and services. It will not have branches but will operate through a network of Local Bankers backed by an innovative yet tried and tested technology platform being rolled out for the first time in the UK.

    Newgate, along with its sister advertising agency 21:12, has been working with the team behind CivilisedBank for many months ahead of the recent announcement. The Newgate team is led by Partners Alistair Kellie and Jason Nisse, supported by Sophie Morello and Ian Schofield.

    Chris Jolly, Chairman, CivilisedBank said:

    “Newgate’s understanding of the banking market and the challenges of launching a new venture have been invaluable as we have been developing CivilisedBank. They have worked highly effectively as part of a close knit team enabling us to reach this critical milestone.”

    Alistair Kellie, Partner at Newgate Communications, said:

    “CivilisedBank promises to be at the forefront of a new generation of 21st Century banks which are fair, transparent and responsible. Working with our colleagues at 21:12, we have been able to get under the skin of this project and are excited to have been able to support this challenger bank’s development.”

    CivilisedBank will initially target owner-managers of medium-sized UK businesses by offering business current accounts with deposits, transaction banking, overdrafts, foreign currency exchange, investments, savings and loans. It will also address the UK mass retail market with specific savings and investment products.


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  • Date: 22.10.2015

    The View from the Bridge

    Newgate Communications recently held their latest View from the Bridge session on “The Internet: creator and destroyer of reputations”, which focused on the growing challenge of cyber security for companies and individuals.

    This video contains short interviews with the guest speakers: Jon Rigby, IMS Cyber Security, AlixPartners, Dave King, CEO, Digitalis Reputation and Jason Beer QC.



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Regulatory Announcements

  • Date: 03.03.2017


    TR-1 Notification of major interest in shares

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  • Date: 16.02.2017


    Issue of additional consideration shares

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  • Date: 08.02.2017


    TR-1 Notification of major interest in shares

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  • Date: 01.02.2017


    TR-1 Notification of major interest in shares

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  • Date: 30.01.2017


    TR-1 Notification of major interest in shares

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  • Date: 27.01.2017

    Porta Communications Plc
    Conversion of Retro Grand Debt

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  • Date: 07.12.2016

    Porta Communications Plc
    Acquisition of additional interest in Newgate Australia and Newgate Hong Kong

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  • Date: 09.11.2016

    Porta Communications Plc
    Conversion of Debt due from Twenty20 Media Vision Limited to Hawk Investment Holdings Limited

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  • Date: 08.11.2016

    Porta Communications Plc
    Update on Retro Grand Limited convertible loan

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  • Date: 13.10.2016

    Porta Communications Plc
    Tr-1

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  • Date: 13.10.2016

    Porta Communications Plc
    Board and Management Changes

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  • Date: 29.09.2016

    Porta Communications Plc
    Directorate changes

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  • Date: 29.09.2016

    Porta Communications Plc
    Interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2016

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  • Date: 16.09.2016

    Porta Communications Plc
    Holding(s) in Company

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  • Date: 16.09.2016

    Porta Communications Plc
    Notice of Half Year Results

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  • Date: 13.09.2016

    Porta Communications Plc
    Result of General Meeting and Issue of Shares

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  • Date: 25.08.2016

    Porta Communications Plc
    Notice of General Meeting

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  • Date: 05.08.2016

    Porta Communications Plc
    Acquisition of further 15% of Redleaf Polhill and Proposed Share Capital Reorganisation

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  • Date: 18.07.2016

    Porta Communications Plc
    Change of Nominated Adviser and Broker

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  • Date: 15.07.2016

    Porta Communications Plc
    AIM Disclosure Update

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  • Date: 30.06.2016

    Porta Communications Plc
    Result of AGM

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  • Date: 30.06.2016

    Porta Communications Plc
    AGM Statement

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  • Date: 06.06.2016

    Porta Communications Plc
    Director's Shareholding

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  • Date: 03.06.2016

    Porta Communications Plc
    Annual Report and Accounts and Notice of Annual General Meeting

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  • Date: 26.05.2016

    Porta Communications Plc
    Director's Shareholding

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  • Date: 24.05.2016

    Porta Communications Plc
    Preliminary results for the year ended 31 December 2015

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  • Date: 10.05.2016

    Porta Communications Plc
    Notice of Full Year Results

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  • Date: 06.04.2016

    Porta Communications Plc
    Result of General Meeting

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  • Date: 16.03.2016

    Porta Communications Plc
    Proposed adoption of a new Executive Share Incentive Plan and notice of General Meeting

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  • Date: 11.03.2016

    Porta Communications Plc
    AIM Disclosure update

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  • Date: 11.03.2016

    Porta Communications Plc
    Change of Adviser

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  • Date: 02.03.2016

    Porta Communications plc
    Appointment of Gavin Devine

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  • Date: 05.02.2016

    Porta Communications plc
    Issue of Equity

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  • Date: 03.02.2016

    Porta Communications Plc
    Trading Update

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  • Date: 07.01.2016

    Porta Communications Plc
    Change of Auditors

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  • Date: 11.12.2015

    Porta Communications Plc
    Issue of Options

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  • Date: 26.10.2015

    Porta Communications Plc
    Director's Shareholding

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  • Date: 13.10.2015

    Porta Communications Plc
    Directors' Shareholding

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  • Date: 12.10.2015

    Porta Communications Plc
    Director Shareholding

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  • Date: 30.09.2015

    Porta Communications Plc
    Board Appointment

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  • Date: 22.09.2015

    Porta Communications Plc
    Interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2015

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  • Date: 11.09.2015

    Porta Communications Plc
    Notice of Half Year Results

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  • Date: 28.07.2015

    Porta Communications Plc
    Investment in Capital Access Group Limited

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  • Date: 25.06.2015

    Porta Communications Plc
    Result of Annual General Meeting (“AGM”)

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  • Date: 25.06.2015

    Porta Communications Plc
    AGM Statement

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  • Date: 09.06.2015

    Porta Communications Plc
    Director's Shareholding

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  • Date: 29.05.2015

    Porta Communications plc
    Director's Shareholding

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  • Date: 29.05.2015

    Porta Communications plc
    Director's Shareholding

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  • Date: 28.05.2015

    Porta Communications plc
    Preliminary audited results for the year ended 31 December 2014

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  • Date: 18.05.2015

    Porta Communications PLC
    Notice of Results

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  • Date: 27.03.2015

    Porta Communications PLC
    Director's Shareholding

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  • Date: 18.03.2015

    Porta Communications plc
    Director's Shareholding

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  • Date: 11.02.2015

    Porta Communications plc
    Director's Shareholding

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  • Date: 11.02.2015

    Porta Communications plc
    Trading update

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  • Date: 11.12.2014

    Porta Communications plc
    Acquisition of Publicasity

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  • Date: 11.11.2014

    Porta Communications plc
    Acquisition of PPS Group

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  • Date: 23.10.2014

    Porta Communications plc
    Trading Update

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  • Date: 23.10.2014

    Porta Communications plc
    Change of Adviser

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  • Date: 20.10.2014

    Porta Communications plc
    Newgate Communications Opens Beijing Office

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  • Date: 17.10.2014

    Porta Communications plc
    New Contract Win

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  • Date: 30.09.2014

    Porta Communications plc
    Holding(s) in Company

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  • Date: 16.09.2014

    Porta Communications plc
    Interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2014

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  • Date: 02.09.2014

    Porta Communications plc
    Notice of Results

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  • Date: 30.06.2014

    Porta Communications plc
    Director/PDMR Shareholding

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  • Date: 27.06.2014

    Porta Communications plc
    Director/PDMR Shareholding

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  • Date: 26.06.2014

    Porta Communications plc
    Results of Annual General Meeting ("AGM")

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  • Date: 26.06.2014

    Porta Communications plc
    AGM Trading Statement

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  • Date: 23.06.2014

    Porta Communications plc
    Holding in Company

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  • Date: 02.06.2014

    Porta Communications plc
    Posting of Annual Report and Notice of AGM

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  • Date: 28.05.2014

    Porta Communications plc
    Final Results for the 12 months ended 31 December 2013

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  • Date: 23.04.2014

    Porta Communications plc
    Acquisition of Redleaf Polhill

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  • Date: 22.04.2014

    Porta Communications plc
    Change of Registered Office

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  • Date: 22.04.2014

    Porta Communications plc
    Significant Contract Win

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  • Date: 28.03.2014

    Porta Communications plc
    Porta acquires Digital and Print & Design units

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  • Date: 18.03.2014

    Porta Communications plc
    Grant of Share Options

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  • Date: 14.03.2014

    Porta Communications plc
    Holding(s) in Company

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  • Date: 11.03.2014

    Porta Communications plc
    Result of General Meeting

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  • Date: 21.02.2014

    Porta Communications plc
    £7.0 million Placing

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  • Date: 23.01.2014

    Porta Communications plc
    Trading Update

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  • Date: 20.12.2013

    Porta Communications plc
    Exercise of Options

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  • Date: 16.12.2013

    Porta Communications plc
    Holding(s) in Company

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  • Date: 10.12.2013

    Porta Communications plc
    £1.5 million Placing

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  • Date: 21.11.2013

    Porta Communications plc
    Trading Update

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  • Date: 01.11.2013

    Porta Communications plc
    Porta acquires controlling stake in Thirteen Communications

  • Date: 01.10.2013

    Porta Communications plc
    Notification of major interest in shares

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  • Date: 27.09.2013

    Porta Communications plc
    Interim figures to the six months ended 30 June 2013

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  • Date: 29.07.2013

    Porta Communications plc
    Pre-Close Trading Statement

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  • Date: 25.07.2013

    Porta Communications plc
    Porta appoints new finance director

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  • Date: 18.06.2013

    Porta Communications plc
    Chief Executive AGM Trading Statement

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  • Date: 22.05.2013

    Porta Communications plc
    Posting of Annual Report and Notice of AGM

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  • Date: 09.05.2013

    Porta Communications plc
    Preliminary results for the year ended 31 December 2012

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  • Date: 19.03.2013

    Porta Communications plc
    Notification of major interest in shares

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  • Date: 18.03.2013

    Porta Communications plc
    Result of General Meeting

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  • Date: 08.03.2013

    Porta Communications plc
    Related Party Loans

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  • Date: 08.03.2013

    Porta Communications plc
    Porta acquires Cauldron Consulting Limited

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  • Date: 22.01.2013

    Porta Communications plc
    Holdings in Company

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  • Date: 21.01.2013

    Porta Communications plc
    Porta Acquires Assets From Direct And Digital Marketing Agency Crazy Horse

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  • Date: 14.01.2013

    Porta Communications plc
    Appointment of Nomad and Broker

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  • Date: 14.01.2013

    Porta Communications plc
    Trading Update

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In the Press

  • Date: 13.03.2017
    Title

    Porta banishing the post-Brexit blues

    There was a bit of a wobble in the run-up to the Brexit vote and shortly after it, but the group's 'buy, build & grow' strategy is taking shape.

    Things have been looking up for Porta Communications PLC (LON:PTCM) since an upbeat trading update last September.The communications, marketing and advertising conglomerate got off to a decent start to 2016 and then things slowed down with all eyes focused on the Brexit vote.


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  • Date: 13.03.2017
    Title

    Porta Communications surges on contract with F&F Tesco

    Shares in communications and marketing group Porta Communications PLC (LON:PTCM) were wanted in early trading after the company announced a contract win.

    Publicasity, Porta's wholly-owned consumer public relations and digital communications agency, has won a competitive pitch to represent clothing firm F&F Tesco in the UK and manage a network of agencies across Central Europe, including Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia.


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  • Date: 01.03.2017
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    Tesco clothing brand F&F hires Publicasity for UK and Europe PR brief

    Tesco clothing brand F&F has appointed Porta-owned Publicasity to handle consumer PR in the UK and manage a network of agencies throughout central Europe, following a competitive pitch.

    Read more at http://www.prweek.com/article/1425815/tesco-clothi...

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  • Date: 17.10.2016
    Title

    Steffan Williams takes on CEO role at Porta

    Porta Communications, the international communications group, has announced a series of changes to its board and management team, including the appointment of Steffan Williams as CEO.

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  • Date: 14.10.2016
    Title

    Steffan Williams Promoted To CEO Of Porta

    LONDON — PR holding group Porta Communications has reshuffled its senior management, promoting Steffan Williams to the role of CEO.


    Williams, who had served as group MD since joining the company at the start of this year, replaces founder David Wright, who becomes executive chairman. Wright, in turn, succeeds Bob Morton, who is stepping down due to health issues.

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  • Date: 14.10.2016
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    Steffan Williams becomes CEO as Porta reshuffles senior team

    Porta Communications has announced major changes to its senior team, with chairman Bob Morton stepping down and Steffan Williams and David Wright made CEO and executive chair respectively.


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  • Date: 13.10.2016
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    Porta Communications announces management reshuffle

    (ShareCast News) - Porta Communications, an AIM listed communications and marketing group, announced changes to its board of directors on Thursday as chairman Bob Morton stepped down from his role.

    The company has appointed former group managing director Steffan Williams as chief executive. He will replace David Wright, who will take up the position of executive chairman.

    Previous chairman Bob Morton is stepping down due to health issues

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  • Date: 13.10.2016
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    Porta unveils boardroom re-shuffle

    Steffan Williams, formerly Porta’s managing director, is stepping up to chief executive.

    It is all change in the boardroom of Porta Communications PLC (LON:PTCM), the marketing and PR group.

    He is taking over from founder David Wright, who will become chairman, a role being vacated by entrepreneur Bob Morton due to “health issues”.Steffan Williams, formerly Porta’s managing director, is stepping up to chief executive.


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  • Date: 29.09.2016
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    Porta says the outlook is improving post-Brexit

    “The outlook is undoubtedly strengthening all the time now that the Brexit vote is behind us, but we cannot relax our resolve in growing the business,” said chief executive David Wright.

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  • Date: 28.09.2016
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    Kuflink hands consumer brief to Redleaf

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  • Date: 05.09.2016
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    Redleaf Communications appointed by Work Avenue

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  • Date: 27.07.2016
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    PRCA board selects Porta's Steffan Williams to succeed Matt Neale as chair

    Steffan Williams, the Group MD of Porta Communications, has pledged to increase the PRCA's footprint in financial and City PR as he succeeds Golin's Matt Neale as chair of the PRCA.

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  • Date: 12.07.2016
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    Newgate Communications appointed by Sompo

    Japanese insurance service provider, Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Holdings (Sompo), has appointed Newgate Communications to a combined corporate and financial communications and public affairs brief.

    Newgate will provide media relations, stakeholder and political outreach and financial comms support to raise Sompo’s profile in the UK. It will also support the international growth of the business.


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  • Date: 05.07.2016
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    Former Finsbury partner to run financial PR at Newgate

    Chichester, who began his career at Cazenove and has spent 15 years working in the City, will report to Steffan Williams, group managing director.

    Former Finsbury partner Charles Chichester has been appointed as senior partner at Newgate Communications UK, where he will head up its financial PR practice.

    Read more at http://www.prweek.com/article/1401082/former-finsb...

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  • Date: 24.06.2016
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    Newgate Communications' Gavin Devine on Brexit

    I am in shock. I can't pretend I'm not. I knew it was going to be close, but the polls all said 'remain', the betting markets said 'remain' and the financial markets said 'remain'. Common sense said 'remain'. Turns out we were all deluding ourselves.


    The first losers of this ‎referendum are the pollsters and the strategists. Not only has their methodology been found wanting yet again, but their assumptions have too. Last night proves that a high turnout was not to the advantage of 'remain', not when the turnout reflects an outpouring of anger and alienation. Some reputations will struggle to recover from this.



    Read more at http://www.prweek.com/article/1400070/first-losers...

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  • Date: 21.06.2016
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    Redleaf appoints Simon Hayes as director

    Insurance comms specialist, Simon Hayes, is joining Redleaf Communications‘ senior team as director.

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  • Date: 24.05.2016
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    Porta FY fee income grows 39 per cent but EU referendum brings 'slowdown'

    Porta Communications saw fee income rise 39 per cent to £26.9m in 2015 - with growth of 14 per cent on an organic basis - although it experienced a slowdown in some project work this year ahead of the EU referendum.


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  • Date: 24.05.2016
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    Porta Communications chief looks to double the size of its Australia business

    David Wright, chief executive of Porta Communications PLC (LON:PTCM) says he is “pretty pleased” with the company’s preliminary results released on Tuesday Morning.

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  • Date: 20.04.2016
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    60 seconds with Steffan Williams, Newgate Communications

    Steffan Williams, group managing director at Newgate, on why corporate PRs need to be decisive, the similarities between investment banking and comms and the importance of teamwork.

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  • Date: 15.04.2016
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    Newgate Communications advises Blue Prism IPO

    Financial media relations group Newgate Communications is advising software company Blue Prism following its IPO on AIM last month.



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  • Date: 02.03.2016
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    Gavin Devine To Depart MHP For Senior Role At Porta

    Gavin Devine has resigned from his role as CEO of MHP Communications and will join PR holding group Porta Communications later in the year.

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  • Date: 02.03.2016
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    MHP chief executive Gavin Devine to join Porta in new COO role

    MHP chief executive Gavin Devine will leave the company in July to join Porta Communications in the new role of chief operating officer.


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  • Date: 02.03.2016
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    MHP’s Gavin Devine to join Porta as COO

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  • Date: 19.02.2016
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    Mirada hands financial PR brief to Newgate

    Mirada, a developer of products for the digital TV market, has appointed Newgate as its financial PR agency following a competitive pitch process.

    Newgate has been appointed to communicate Mirada’s business to the investment community by increasing its presence in national and investment media.

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  • Date: 03.02.2016
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    New MD looks to take Porta Communications to the “next level”

    Porta Comunications (LON:PTCM) finished the year on a high note and expects the momentum to carry into 2016.

    In a trading update, the marketing and communications specialist said headline EBITDA was up 40% in the second half and will be ahead 17% for 2015 as a whole.

    New managing director Steffan Williams said he is “seeing growth all over the place,” adding that clients are valuing reputation and the ability Porta provides to communicate with “multiple audiences” at once.

    By using an integrated approach, he said he hopes to take the firm to the “next level”.

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  • Date: 04.02.2016
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    Porta Communications On Look Out For Deals After 2nd Half Improvement

    LONDON (Alliance News) - Marketing and communications firm Porta Communications PLC on Wednesday said it performance improved significantly in the second half of 2015, leaving it on track to deliver higher earnings for the period, before costs related to the closure of two of its European offices.

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  • Date: 03.02.2016
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    Porta targets acquisitions after 'very strong' second half of 2015

    Porta Communications says it experienced "very strong" trading in the second half of 2015, as it targets "a number of potential acquisitions" for this year.


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  • Date: 03.02.2016
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    Porta strong end to year boosts profits; 2016 shaping up well

    Porta (LON:PTCM) finished the year on a high note and expects the momentum to carry into 2016.

    In a trading update, the marketing and communications specialist said headline EBITDA was up 40% in the second half and will be ahead 17% for 2015 as a whole.

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  • Date: 26.10.2015
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    Porta Communications Plc insider Acquires £30,427.20 in Stock (PTCM)

    Porta Communications PLC (LON:PTCM) insider McKeeve ,Raymond acquired 304,272 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, October 26th. The stock was purchased at an average price of GBX 10 ($0.15) per share, with a total value of £30,427.20 ($46,603.16).

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  • Date: 26.10.2015
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    Director Dealings: Porta Communications Non- Executive Buys Shares

    LONDON (Alliance News) - Porta Communications PLC on Monday said Non-Executive Director Raymond McKeeve bought 304,272 shares at a price of 9.5 pence per share Friday.

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  • Date: 16.10.2015
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    Stockwatch: Insider stakebuilding merits attention

    With many stocks fully-priced after a six-year bull run, new ideas can require more by way of anticipation – which is admittedly a speculative approach, but if economic conditions stay fairly robust then some such firms will evolve. AIM-listed Porta Communications (PTCM) is a good example.

    On the stockmarket fringe, its financial record (see table) is immature, and not even the company's broker – Sanlam Securities – is anticipating profitability to date. Yet the directors keep buying significant amounts of shares, implying they are positive about prospects.

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  • Date: 30.09.2015
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    Porta Communications hires Finsbury's Steffan Williams as group MD

    Porta, which owns PR agencies Redleaf, Newgate and Publicasity, has hired Finsbury's Steffan Williams to "lead the next stage of the group's development".

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  • Date: 30.09.2015
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    Porta Communications hires M&A specialist as managing director

    Porta Communications (LON:PTCM) has hired a mergers and acquisitions expert as managing director.

    Steffan Williams, 47, has spent 20 years in the strategic communications sector and will be in charge of improving the number of larger client wins as well as recruiting the best available talent.

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  • Date: 30.09.2015
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    Newgate, Redleaf and Thirteen owner Porta hires Finsbury's Steffan Williams as group MD

    Porta Communications has appointed Steffan Williams, former partner at Finsbury and co-founder of Publicis-owned Capital MSL, as group managing director, with a remit to "lead the next stage of the group's development".

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  • Date: 22.09.2015
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    Porta Communications CEO says integrated approach paying off

    David Wright, chief executive of Porta Communications (LON:PTCM) says the firm’s integrated global network of businesses has been key to recent performance.

    Half-year results showed a 69% lift in gross profit, a positive operating cash flow of £0.7mln and cost savings in excess of £1mln thanks to the closure of non-performing assets.

    “We’re going to continue building this global integrated agency – key to this is that everybody in the organisation has equity and I think, in incentive terms, that sets us apart.”

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  • Date: 22.09.2015
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    Earnings surge at Porta as it closes Brussels and Germany offices

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  • Date: 21.09.2015
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    Comms drives 'outstanding' full-year growth at Porta

    Porta Communications has reported positive underlying earnings (EBITDA) for the first time in 2014, with its PR business performing particularly strongly in a year of "outstanding growth" as fee income rose 135 per cent to £19.4m.


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  • Date: 10.09.2015
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    Porta's Newgate Wins Goodfella's Pizza, Fox's Biscuits Account

    LONDON (Alliance News) - Marketing and communications company Porta Communications PLC on Friday said its Newgate Communications subsidiary has won a contract with 2 Sisters Food Group, the UK-based food manufacturer.

    Newgate will provide corporate and financial communications and public affairs services to the company under the deal.

    2 Sisters is the owner of the Goodfella's frozen pizza and Fox's Biscuits brands.

    "This appointment is further evidence of the demand for an integrated multi-service, multi-product communications offering," said Porta Chief Executive David Wright.


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  • Date: 28.07.2015
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    Porta Communications chief: Broker Profile a good fit

    David Wright, the chief executive officer of Porta Communications (LON:PTCM), says the tie-up with Broker Profile, owned by Capital Access Group, fits perfectly with Porta’s strategy to broaden its service offering.

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  • Date: 28.07.2015
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    Porta Communications takes stake in investor communications firm

    Marketing and communications firm Porta Communications (LON:PTA) is backing a takeover of equity research firm Broker Profile by two former luminaries of stockbroker Seymour Pierce.

    The company has taken a 29.5% stake in Capital Access Group (CAG), a newly formed company set up by Richard Feigen and Kevin Lapwood, until recently partners at Hub Capital Partners and, respectively, the ex-managing director and ex-head of Research at brokers, Seymour Pierce.

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  • Date: 10.07.2015
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    Porta Group's new gig takes the biscwit

    Vinnie, the panda in Fox's biscuits TV campaigns, has a new PR company backing him.

    Public relations firm Newgate Communications – part of the Porta Communications (LON:PTCM) group – has won a contract with UK food manufacturing firm 2 Sisters Food Group.

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  • Date: 25.06.2015
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    Porta Communications says strong trading continued in first half

    Porta Communications shares raced higher in early deals as it revealed underlying earnings after all costs in its first half will be "significantly higher" than in the whole of 2014.

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  • Date: 09.06.2015
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    Porta Communications chairman tops up again

    Having paid 6.75p a share at the end of May, Morton made an even larger investment this time at 7p a share.

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  • Date: 11.02.2015
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    Porta expects full-year fee income to double as PR arm experiences 'strong year'

    Porta Communications expects fee income to have almost doubled following new acquisitions in 2014, with its PR arm experiencing a "strong year across all jurisdictions".

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  • Date: 19.01.2015
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    Thirteen Communications to launch BMW 'DriveNow'

    Thirteen Communications has won the brief to launch 'DriveNow', a new car-sharing service from BMW and Sixt, as the agency kicks off the new year with a raft of new clients.

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  • Date: 12.12.2014
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    Publicasity and Thirteen Communications likely to merge, says Porta CEO David Wright

    Porta CEO David Wright has told PRWeek he expects the group's new acquisition Publicasity and its other consumer PR agency Thirteen Communications to merge at some point.

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  • Date: 11.12.2015
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    Porta Communications acquires ICAS holdings in £2,808,000 deal

    International marketing and communications group, Porta Communications has acquired ICAS Holdings and its subsidiary, Publicasity in a deal valued at £2,808,000.

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  • Date: 11.12.2014
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    Porta Communications buys consumer PR agency Publicasity for £2.8m

    Porta Communications has announced the acquisition of Publicasity, the consumer PR agency, for £2.8m.

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  • Date: 21.10.2014
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    Porta Communications' Newgate arm opens Beijing office

    Newgate Communications, part of the Porta Communications (LON:PTCM) group, has opened an office in Beijing, China.

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  • Date: 09.01.2015
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    Porta Communications posts maiden profit

    Porta (LON:PTCM), the marketing and communications specialist, enjoyed a transformational six months – a period in which revenues doubled and the group posted a maiden profit.

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  • Date: 26.06.2014
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    Porta on track to deliver positive EBITDA for full year

    Marketing specialist Porta Communications (LON:PTCM) remains on track to deliver positive underlying earnings (EBITDA) for the full year.

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  • Date: 28.05.2015
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    Porta Communications keeps its foot on the pedal

    Strong growth in the top line at Porta Communications (LON:PTCM) saw underlying earnings turn positive at the international marketing and communications firm.

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  • Date: 29.04.2014
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    Porta Communications says Redleaf Polhill acquisition will be earnings-enhancing after first full year

    David Wright, CEO of Porta Communications (LON:PTCM), tells Proactive Investors the Redleaf Polhill acquisition will be earnings-enhancing within the first full year and adds another brand to the PR group

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  • Date: 23.04.2014

    Porta Communications welcomes Redleaf Polhill team through acquisition

    Marketing and PR firm Porta Communications (LON:PTCM) has acquired 51% of communications agency Redleaf Polhill in a deal that is expected to be earnings accretive within its first full year.

    City based Redleaf, founded in 2000, will become part of Porta's public relations division.

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  • Date: 22.04.2014
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    Porta Communications wins major Australian government contract

    AIM-listed Porta Communications has revealed its Newgate Communications public relations business has been appointed by the Australian government to handle the second phase of the privatisation of state-owned health insurer Medibank.

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  • Date: 24.02.2014
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    Porta's £7mln cash call will fund the next phase of expansion

    The marketing and PR firm Porta Communications (LON:PTCM) said it is raising £7mln that will be used to fund the next phase of its growth strategy as well as pay off debt.

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  • Date: 10.12.2013
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    Porta Communications raises £1.5m in advance of office move

    Porta Communications, the AIM-listed owner of Newgate Communications, has raised £1.5m ahead of a 2014 office move.

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