Advertising campaigns for well-known names, including British Airways, Yeo Valley, Weetabix and Audi, are handled by this agency. Its creations include the Levi’s laundrette ads featuring 1980s heartthrob Nick Kamen stripping off his jeans to the sound of I Heard It Through the Grapevine, the Barclaycard waterslide commercial and Vorsprung durch Technik ads for Audi. The group, which was established in 1982 when the founders were working out of a briefcase because they did not have an office, now employs more than 700 staff in offices in London, New York, Singapore, São Paulo, Shanghai and Mumbai. Under chief executive Simon Sherwood sales climbed to £211.1m in 2010 and profits to £21m.

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Company details
CompanyBartle Bogle Hegarty
ActivityAdvertising agent
LocationCentral London
Sales £m*211.1
Operating profit £m*21.0
Main shareholdersManagement and staff (51%), The Publicis Groupe (49%)

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* supplied by Company   † annualised figure   ‡  profit = ebitda