5 December 2017

Gatehouse, one of Europe’s leading internal communication and employee engagement agencies, has been acquired by Chicago-based, Fortune 500 insurance broker and risk management services firm, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. (Gallagher). Terms were not disclosed.

Gatehouse, which joins Gallagher’s global Communication consulting operations, was founded in 2006 by Simon Wright and Lee Smith. Today the London-based business is recognised as a leading specialist agency, with a global client base.

“Gatehouse and Gallagher’s businesses complement one another perfectly,” said Lee Smith, Gatehouse director and co-founder. “Gallagher Communication is already regarded as world-class experts in employee communication, and Gatehouse is the go-to internal communication agency, providing us with an opportunity to expand our client offering.”

Simon Wright adds: “This is a really exciting time for us. From the day we founded Gatehouse over a decade ago we have always had big ambitions for this business. Joining forces with Gallagher provides us with a global footprint spanning 34 countries – the perfect springboard for creating the world’s leading Communication Practice.”

As part of the transaction, co-founders Simon Wright and Lee Smith will continue to run the business out of their offices near Tower Bridge, London.

Tim Johnson, CEO Gallagher Benefit Services UK adds: “We are delighted to welcome Gatehouse to the Gallagher family, they share our dedication to outstanding customer service and the same business approach that has made us so successful. Together we are looking to build one of the most forward-thinking, full-service Communication consultancies in our industry”.

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