Gallagher acquires AHC

Gallagher Group has acquired Anthony Hodges Consulting (AHC) for an undisclosed sum to form part of its UK based communications business.

The employee communications company purchased the independent communications consultancy, which specialises in pensions and employee benefits, to improve its client service.

It is part of Gallagher's strategy to partner with entrepreneurial and specialist firms to help corporate clients make working life a better experience.

Founded in 1996, AHC was a private, family-run company with close to 100 employees and offices in the UK, USA and Australia.

The consultancy aimed to help some of the world’s largest brands to simplify complex information in order to engage with their people and deliver positive measurable outcomes.

Commenting on today's announcement, Gallagher Employee Benefits Consulting Division UK CEO, Nick Burns, said: “This acquisition supports our Gallagher Better Works offering for clients, especially around organisational wellbeing, where powerful employee communications are so effective for talent attraction and retention.

“We have always greatly admired AHC’s work and professionalism. They share our values of integrity, partnership and understanding and are a perfect fit for Gallagher in terms of people talent, solutions and creative innovation.

AHC chairman and founder, Tony Hodges, added: “It was really important to us that we found a partner where we could maintain the family feel that our people and clients so value.

“It soon became clear in our discussions with Gallagher that we have found this, and that they also share our values of ‘doing the right thing’ for our clients, colleagues and the community. This is what sealed the deal for us.”

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