LONDON EXPANSION BASED ON CLIENT DEMAND; TURBO-CHARGING INGREDIENT FOR FAST-GROWING PAN-EUROPEAN CONSULTANCY
LONDON – BOLDT, the European business strategy and communications consultancy, today opened a new office in London with Jon Rhodes and Steve Earl joining as Partners.
Since its founding in late 2017, BOLDT has grown rapidly as a rising challenger to established corporate communications and advisory consultancies. This comes as companies and organisations seeking to drive transformation and adapt to changing markets look to engage senior expertise internationally, without being restricted by the legacy operating structures and commercial models of large agency networks. BOLDT’s London office increases its presence to eight offices, adding to growing teams in Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Cologne, Dusseldorf, Oslo and Zurich.
Rhodes and Earl each bring more than 25 years of corporate communications and public policy experience across the energy, financial, food and drink, healthcare, industrial, media, retail, services, technology and travel sectors.
Rhodes was most recently Corporate Affairs Director at KPMG UK, and before that spent seven years as Director of Corporate Affairs for (BGF) Business Growth Fund, helping to grow it to become Europe’s largest provider of long-term equity capital for growing businesses. He was previously a Partner at Brunswick, having begun his career as an adviser to shadow cabinet ministers in the UK Government.
Earl was previously UK Managing Director of APCO after founding and growing Edelman sister company Zeno Group’s presence in Europe for seven years, anchored around its London business. He previously co-founded and grew his own UK agency business.
BOLDT’s new London office is in the city’s Covent Garden district, with the company planning several initial hires as it builds and expands its team.
Jeremy Galbraith, BOLDT Managing Partner: “London is the crucial, turbo-charging ingredient BOLDT has been looking to add since our foundation. The London office and its leaders will further strengthen the close bonds between our teams, drive international capabilities and be a new force to be reckoned with in both the UK and European markets. We have given great thought to the experience and expertise needed to bring BOLDT the right senior advisory capabilities and business development acumen in London in order to fully support both London-based and global clients. BOLDT has achieved this in hiring Jon and Steve, as they are communications professionals with extensive track records in counselling large multinationals, driving business growth and leading change in disrupted, dynamic markets.”
Steve Earl, BOLDT Partner:“The UK is crying out for a personal, progressive consultancy like BOLDT that excludes the operational baggage a larger agency can present and that can apply its best people to the challenges clients acutely need help with. At a time when clients face more uncertainty and larger obstacles than ever before with the COVID aftershock and Brexit transition, BOLDT will offer clients in London the best talent when, where and how they need it. We will offer true global consultancy and corporate communications expertise aligned to client needs, rather than the often outdated approaches and patchwork teams of networks that larger firms offer as a result of their legacies and reshuffling pains.”
Jon Rhodes, BOLDT Partner: “World events and UK politics have made reputation central to corporate success as boards drive transformation and navigate new risks. They need senior expertise and experience they can depend upon to lead and support them, with a track record of driving reputation value both in-house and agency-side. We see strong growth potential in the BOLDT model, in a market that both wants and needs more senior advice than the larger legacy agencies can offer, and more experience and reach than the smaller specialists can deliver.”
BOLDT is a senior-led consultancy focused on delivering business strategy, communications and stakeholder engagement. BOLDT has offices in Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Cologne, Dusseldorf, London, Oslo and Zurich. BOLDT has a network of international partners which enables us to give clients support across Europe and around the world. Please visit BOLDTpartners.com to learn more.