LONDON—Porta Communications, parent of international corporate and financial public relations specialist Newgate Communications, has reported revenues of £24.4 million for the 2013 financial year—almost three times higher than in the previous year—along with gross profit of £11.2 million and earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisationof approximately £0.65 million in the final quarter of the financial year, after all exceptional costs including start-ups for Newgate in Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore.
ATLANTA—Trevelino/Keller has brought several key players in the Atlanta start-up community together to launch a new online resource called Start-Opia. Start-Opia will curate a prolific community of startups, capitalists, experts and influencers from Atlanta and the greater Southeast region with the purpose of sharing ideas and further fostering a technology prowess that follows the path set by Silicon Valley. Initiatives such as Atlanta Technology Village, Atlanta Tech Angels and Georgia Tech’s ATDC, among several others, have driven the area’s recent momentum.
TORONTO & MONTREAL—WPP’s global content agency Spafax has expanded its Canadian business with the establishment of a Toronto Creative Hub and the launch of a public relations practice. Under the leadership of Courtney MacNeil, director of brand alliances, marketing, and PR, the new practice will amplify the programs of current and new clients reinforcing the need for integrated public relations and marketing programs. In addition, Phil Birnbaum joins the team as publicist.