Vigo leads AIM advisor rankings for Oil & Gas

Vigo is pleased to report that it has been named the UK’s top-ranked financial PR adviser to the oil and gas sector in the AIM Adviser Rankings, January 2017.

The agency was ranked joint first place both in terms of number of AIM clients in the sector and outright first place in the combined market capitalisation of those clients, totalling over £1.5bn.

Vigo also continues to make significant progress in broadening its sector capabilities, building on its very strong offering in the technology, media, telecoms and healthcare sectors.

This was reflected in the agency’s top 10 ranking in the FTSE AIM 100 overall client rankings; as well as in healthcare, technology and consumer services. A raft of recent new business wins is expected to see Vigo climb higher in the technology sector rankings after an excellent start to 2017.

Patrick d’Ancona, Managing Director, commented: “This is great news for Vigo and demonstrates we can both retain the quality of our sector specialisms whilst also continuing to broaden our reach. Becoming the leading financial PR adviser to the AIM oil and gas sector is a tribute to the team’s dedication to our clients’ cause and we look forward to continuing our very close work with them throughout 2017.”


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About Vigo

Vigo is a leading communications consultancy. Our team has led communications on transactions worth more than $20 billion over the last twenty years.

We help guide businesses and execute communications strategies that enable them to connect effectively with their stakeholders through traditional and evolving media channels.

Our senior consultants advise companies across a range of sector specialisms including technology, media, telecoms, energy, mining, commodities, healthcare and support services.

We deliver high quality, experience-based counsel coupled with first class execution that addresses the communications challenges for companies in today’s highly competitive environment.

Premaitha hires Vigo for capital markets communications

Vigo is delighted to have been hired by Premaitha Health plc, the company enabling wide scale adoption of a safe, fast, accurate and complete CE Marked non-invasive prenatal screening system, to advise on capital markets communications.

Premaitha uses the latest advances in DNA analysis technology to develop safer and more accurate screening tests for pregnant women. Their IONA® test was launched in February 2015 and is the leading CE marked complete system which estimates the risk of a fetus being affected with Down’s syndrome and other genetic conditions. Unlike existing prenatal screening methods, due to its speed and high level of accuracy, the IONA® test can significantly reduce the number of women subjected to unnecessary invasive follow up diagnostic procedures which carry a risk of miscarriage.

The Premaitha account team is being led by Ben Simons and Fiona Henson.

“Premaitha is at the forefront of an emerging multi-billion pound market for non-invasive prenatal testing,” said Ben Simons, Director at Vigo. “Their leading CE marked system is gaining commercial traction around the world and Vigo is thrilled to be working with them at such an exciting time for their business.”

Vigo advises CityFibre on £90m acquisition of KCOM assets

Vigo, the strategic communications consultancy, advised CityFibre, a leading designer, builder, owner, and operator of fibre optic infrastructure in UK towns and cities, on its acquisition of national infrastructure assets and a placing to raise £80m.

The national infrastructure assets acquired by CityFibre from KCOM Group plc comprises approximately 1,100 route kms of metro network assets in 24 towns and cities, and a national long distance network totalling approximately 1,100 route kms that connects 22 towns and cities and offers connectivity into key data centres and wholesale internet peering points in London.

CityFibre has a built a significant footprint with its fibre optic networks across the UK, including in York, Peterborough, Coventry, Edinburgh and Glasgow. This acquisition will increase CityFibre’s footprint, with networks in 36 cities and major towns across the UK, including Manchester and Leeds, and will create a credible alternative to BT Openreach.

An update from Vigo Communications

Supporting our clients through a busy 2015

Vigo published an update this week on activities during a busy year so far. Highlights include:

  • Supporting our clients through fundraisings totalling more than $2 billion so far in 2015
  • Advising on corporate transactions including IPOs, farm-ins and acquisitions (ranging from $4 million up to $900 million)
  • Winning new client mandates across each of our core sectors of energy, TMT, leisure and support services

Vigo launched in 2013 and has grown its retained client base to 27 companies. Our senior consultants have a wealth of experience of advising companies across our core sectors and have led communications on transactions worth more than $20 billion over the last twenty years.

Patrick d’Ancona, Managing Director, said:

What is especially pleasing about Vigo’s activities in 2015 is that we are consistently winning business across each of our core sectors; as well as continuing to be involved in exciting transaction work for our clients.

CityFibre appoints Vigo as its retained financial PR agency

CityFibre has appointed Vigo Communications to provide advice on its ongoing financial PR and investor relations activities. Jeremy Garcia will lead the account with support from Fiona Henson and Alex Aleksandrov.

CityFibre is a leading designer, builder, owner and operator of fibre optic infrastructure in UK towns and cities, and successfully listed on AIM in January 2014. To date, CityFibre has launched five ‘Gigabit City’ projects, raised over £46.5m from the equity markets and announced a groundbreaking JV with Sky and TalkTalk.

Jeremy Garcia, Director at Vigo, commented:

We are delighted to have been appointed by CityFibre, an exciting and highly innovative business operating in a truly dynamic part of the telecoms sector. We look forward to working with the team as they pursue their stated growth strategy.

XLMedia appoints Vigo Communications as its retained financial PR agency

Vigo Communications, the strategic communications consultancy, is pleased to announce that it has been appointed by XLMedia plc, a leading provider of digital performance based marketing services, to advise on its ongoing financial PR and investor relations activities.

The account will be led by Jeremy Garcia supported by Fiona Henson and Alex Aleksandrov.

XLMedia successfully listed on AIM in March 2014 and has continued to benefit from significant organic growth and the positive impact from acquisitions undertaken during that time.

In a trading update issued on 19 January 2015, XLMedia stated it would exceed current market expectations. The Company expects this trend to continue through the ongoing efforts of further diversification of the business alongside capitalising on the high demand for digital advertising services worldwide.

Jeremy Garcia, Director at Vigo, commented:

We are delighted to have been appointed by XLMedia at a time when the business is going through such an exciting period of growth.  We look forward to supporting the management team as they continue to utilise the capital markets to explore strategic opportunities to further drive the growth of the business.

Vigo Communications strengthens team

Two new hires add considerable TMT and Support Services expertise

Vigo Communications, the strategic communications consultancy, is pleased to announce two new appointments as it continues to expand following rapid growth since the agency’s launch in July 2013.

Jeremy Garcia joins Vigo as a Director with particular focus on Technology, Media, Telecoms and Support Services, having previously been a partner at Buchanan. Jeremy spent over 13 years at Buchanan where he was instrumental in building their TMT practice and is a leading advisor across both the Industrial Transport and Support Services sectors.

Fiona Henson also joins Vigo as an Account Director, and arrives from Buchanan, having spent six years working across a range of sectors including TMT, Healthcare and Support Services.

These new appointments add significant resource and experience to Vigo’s existing expertise in these sectors.

Patrick d’Ancona, Managing Director of Vigo, commented:

We are delighted to welcome Jeremy and Fiona, as we continue to grow our business and broaden our sector expertise. People make the difference in the communications industry and with our new arrivals we are adding considerable strength and depth to our business. Jeremy is a genuine leader in his areas of expertise and Fiona has experience working across a number of sectors with real knowledge of each.

Vigo Communications announces new hires

Vigo Communications, the strategic communications consultancy, is pleased to announce several new appointments as it continues to expand its business following its successful launch in July 2013.

Alexandra Roper and Alex Aleksandrov joined the company in March in the roles of consultant and account executive respectively.

Alexandra (Ali) has been working in the financial communications industry since 2010. With experience across a range of sectors, including particular expertise in energy and natural resources, she has advised a range of clients from the FTSE 100 to AIM, as well as private companies both in the UK and internationally. Alexandra has significant transaction experience including IPOs, fundraisings and high profile M&A deals. Prior to joining Vigo, Alexandra was a consultant at Instinctif Partners, previously College Hill.

Alex assists Vigo’s clients with the development of digital and social media communications strategy across a range of sectors. Previously, Alex worked at a financial public relations and investor relations consultancy specialising in digital communications and strategic research for listed clients in the financial services and technology sectors.

In addition, Nicola Ward joined Vigo in February as team assistant and junior account executive, providing client support to Vigo’s account teams. Nicola has a degree in Philosophy and an MSc in Social Psychology from the London School of Economics. Since completing her studies Nicola has undertaken a number of policy and research assignments as an intern including work for Shelter, Pollinet and NatCen Social Research.

Patrick d’Ancona, Managing Director of Vigo, commented:

We are delighted to welcome Ali, Alex and Nicola to Vigo as we continue to develop our business and look to provide clients with the best possible support.

Vigo debuts in UK’s top-20 AIM company communications advisers after first quarter of trading

Only four months after its launch, Vigo Communications has achieved success in the latest AIM Adviser Rankings for Q4 2013.

Vigo entered the top ten advisors for AIM oil and gas companies ranked by aggregate market capitalisation of clients, coming fifth in the new list. It ranked seventh for total number of oil and gas clients.

It also featured in the basic materials sector ranking, judged 15th in terms of the number of companies it advises.

Pleasingly, Vigo entered the overall top twenty advisers for AIM companies across all sectors when measured by market cap, ranking 17th in the list.

Patrick d’Ancona, Managing Director, commented:

We are delighted to feature in these rankings only four months after we established Vigo. It is noteworthy both that we were recognised in two different sector lists and also in the overall rankings for all AIM companies. Since the analysis was undertaken we have won several additional clients in a number of sectors so we continue to make progress in broadening our offering, and look forward to working closely with all our clients to deliver the best possible work for them.

Vigo Communications announces new hires

Strategic communications consultancy Vigo Communications has welcomed three new team members this week.

Ben Simons, Holly Ribbens and Patrick d’Ancona have joined existing directors Peter Reilly and Chris McMahon at the agency, as it formally launches with a strong client portfolio comprising a dozen companies. Ben and Patrick join as directors, and Holly as account executive.

Vigo brings a strong combination of both advisory and corporate experience. Its senior consultants have advised companies across a range of sectors including oil and gas exploration and production, oil field services, commodities trading, mining, renewable energy, technology, transportation and logistics and new media.

Vigo has significant transaction experience having led communications on numerous IPOs and both corporate and asset-focused transactions, worth more than $20 billion, over the last twenty years.