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Carl Daruvalla, Paul McErlean, Cavendish ConsultingAward winning communications consultancy, Cavendish has announced the acquisition of MCE, a leading communications consultancy headquartered in Belfast, with a recently opened office in Dublin. This significant move solidifies the consultancy’s commitment to providing exceptional services to clients operating in both the UK and EU markets, marking a pivotal step in their expansion.

The acquisition positions Cavendish both sides of the border in Ireland's thriving market, enhancing its ability to serve clients with international interests. The integration of MCE, who specialise in corporate affairs, strategic communications and government affairs significantly broadens the company’s geographic reach, deepens service offerings, and strengthens its position as a leading player in the UK corporate communications landscape.

Carl Daruvalla, CEO at Cavendish Consulting, said:

“This acquisition reaffirms our dedication, as outlined during our Management Buyout (MBO), to accelerate our evolution into a consultancy ready to service clients in an increasingly global, social, and hybrid world.

“Our expanded presence enables us to advise on the changing political landscapes in Belfast and Dublin, support growth opportunities in Northern Ireland's thriving economy, and offer comprehensive all-Ireland services to reflect the growth in cross-border infrastructure and investment.

“As we bring MCE into Cavendish, we are poised to unlock new opportunities, deepen our impact, and reinforce our position as the go-to partner for strategic communications across the UK and Ireland markets."

Paul McErlean, Managing Director at MCE, commented:

“Joining forces with Cavendish marks an exciting chapter for us. We are thrilled about the opportunities this collaboration brings, allowing us to contribute our unique strengths to a wider audience and offering clients enhanced services and resources.

“With this acquisition, the combined expertise of the two teams, complemented by strategic insight, technology, and creativity, will empower our clients to navigate change and achieve impactful results in an increasingly challenging world.”

Cavendish has consistently been recognised for excellence in the communications industry, having been named PRCA’s Large Consultancy of the Year and Specialist Consultancy of the Year, whilst also securing the top spot in PR Week’s Public Affairs list for two consecutive years.