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Creative strategy and design consultancy The Partners open studio in New York


New York, NY — The Partners, the award-winning strategy and design consultancy headquartered in the UK, is very excited to announce the opening of its New York studio. The WPP-owned agency is already known stateside for work with The National Gallery, London, Saks Fifth Avenue, Ford, and Warner Brothers. Notable projects also include work for Hilton, DeBeers, McKinsey & Company, and Stella McCartney.

Having achieved major success in the UK, the expansion into New York will allow The Partners to better service its international accounts. “With over 80 percent of our work having an international audience, the expansion was a logical move. The New York studio will enable us to strengthen our relationships with existing clients, and build new ones, through a stronger understanding of the US marketplace,” said Jim Prior, CEO, The Partners.

“The expansion is an exciting growth opportunity for The Partners and our aim is to replicate the organizational culture we have in London by keeping the team focused on creative excellence and original thinking at all times—both important benefits to our clients,” Prior continued.

Managing Director Steven Gilliatt and Creative Director Stewart Devlin form the stellar pair heading up the New York studio. Formerly President and Creative Director of WPP agency G2 Worldwide and Executive Vice President of Lippincott, Steven was most recently Principal of SG Brandgroup, a consultancy that he founded in 2006. Stewart joins The Partners from TAXI, where he was Creative Director.

“Given the current business environment, the time was ripe for us to open a North American studio. Many businesses are reshuffling their decks and reexamining their brands in what is essentially a new world. The Partners is strategically centered, but agile and ROI-driven; we’re prepared to bring a sense of structured flexibility that is required in today’s market to create or enhance brands,” said Steven Gilliatt, Managing Director, New York.

The Partners has already impressed its US peers, having just won Gold Awards at the New York Festival and the New York Art Directors for its work on The National Gallery, London. “It’s great to have captured a few industry awards and continue the legacy of The Partners being the UK’s most highly awarded agency for the last ten years,” said Gilliatt.

About The Partners
The Partners is part of the WPP Group (NASDAQ: WPPGY), one of the world’s largest communications services groups. With over 25 years experience with delivering brand strategy and design, rejuvenating existing brands, and consulting across all areas of visual strategy, The Partners has a wide range of expertise spanning many sectors. This includes work with some of the world’s most notable brands, including AstraZeneca, Jaguar, McKinsey & Company, Hilton, and Davidoff, as well as producing creative benchmark work for the likes of The National Gallery London, the BBC, and Wolf Theiss.The most awarded creative agency in the UK, The Partners is also recognized, by peers within WPP, as the most creative agency within the group. To better understand why we think we’re special, visit us online at


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