The acquisition includes the transition of six full time Stakeholder staff with former Stakeholder managing director, Tom Kelly, being retained as a consultant.
Commenting on the announcement, Paul McErlean, managing director of MCE said: “We had been in discussion with Stakeholder for some time and we are now very glad to get this deal agreed, retain all of the staff and move the clients across seamlessly to MCE.
“Our business has deliberately aimed to grow in our three main business areas; public and stakeholder affairs, corporate and business public relations and consumer and lifestyle communications. We have also added specialist events and digital functions in recent times and with this acquisition, we will now have a full time graphic design function also. The deep experience and networks of Tom and his team have been built up over many years and we are really looking forward to deploying that expertise on behalf of our clients.
“The world of public relations is changing rapidly and we believe that this broadening and deepening of MCE’s offer will assist us greatly in our efforts to add value to our existing clients and help us win new business here and further afield.”
Tom Kelly added: “I am pleased that MCE has acquired the Stakeholder business as it will provide continuity for both staff and clients. There are already good synergies between the two companies, which will improve with Stakeholder now fully integrated into the MCE business. It’s a positive start to a new beginning and on a personal level, I am looking forward to working with Paul as a consultant to the company.”
MCE was founded in 2006 by Paul McErlean, the current Chair of the PRCA In Northern Ireland. MCE’s Consumer Team is led by Sinead Doyle, the current Chair of CIPR NI, the corporate team is led by Symon Ross, a former BBC NI business journalist and the Public Affairs team is led by former Ministerial Special Advisor, Richard Bullick.