Record year of growth for agency in 25th year of trading

A communications agency is marking 25 years in business with record profit growth of 24% and 36 new business appointments.

Forming part of the Baird Group, CDS employs over 170 people across eight UK offices – including its base in Leeds.

It now has an annual turnover of more than £35m, with clients including the NHS, Transport for London, and the Cabinet Office.

The company has welcomed 36 new staff and undertaken a full rebrand.

Managing director Mark Gair said: “CDS is an exciting place to be at present and it goes without saying that it’s been an encouraging start to our milestone 25th year.

“With a clear and defined strategic vision, additional colleagues joining us and a new brand identity, we have high hopes for the next 12 months and beyond – and have many more plans and announcements to make in the coming months.

“Over the past 25 years, CDS has seen all-manner of changes. Including a shift from printed communications to digital, the internet revolution and more recently, a focus on AI and machine learning.

“Our ethics and agility have seen CDS continually adapt in accordance with the changing landscapes – all while remaining completely technology agnostic.

“Our aim now is to enable businesses to simplify complexity, to make things simple not only for our clients, but their clients, consumers and users too.

“One stand-out delivery by CDS is ResilienceDirect™ – a secure platform to enable emergency services, armed forces, government and private businesses to communicate and plan effectively before, during, and after a major incident.

“Seeing CDS’ solutions used to help people during the likes of the Grenfell Tower, the Manchester bombing and the London Bridge attack is incredibly humbling.”