Patrick Collins, 52, sold his previous agency, Universal CIT, for £12.8m in 2008, before leading the formation of Touch Associates in 2012. It runs corporate events and specialises in using hi-tech digital content to encourage audience interaction. In December 2014, Touch paid an undisclosed sum to acquire a minority stake in performance improvement business dbmt, which introduced new automotive clients such as Ford, and the two firms merged earlier this year. Other clients include pharma giants, such as Bristol-Myers Squibb and Merck, as well as financial and retail firms. Sales at the Surrey-based business reached £27.7m in 2016, and it opened a second US office in March.
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