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GRP ‘flew the flag’ for Glasgow says Union boss

Ian McAteer, managing director of The Union has paid tribute to Glasgow based advertising agency GRP which closed this week after a quarter-of-a-century in business.

In reaction to the announcement that the agency was to wind-up on Friday, McAteer said: “Guy Robertson [managing director of GRP] and his agency flew the flag for Glasgow agencies for many years.”

He continued: “The agency produced some great work and handled major national accounts such as Toyota. Guy personally is a warm, dedicated and energetic leader, and I’m really sad to hear the news that the agency is no more.

“Sadly it is a sign that the last three years have been very harsh on the industry in Scotland and these days no-one can relax. I wish Guy and his people all the best. I know they will bounce back.”

It is understood that Robertson and business partner Garry Allan will begin new businesses.

In a comment on the Drum website, former creative director Martin Cross said: “A sad day indeed. In its heyday GRP was a great place to be, and it gave a few of us the chance to do the best work of our careers so far. I hope and expect to see Guy, Garry and Iain [Findlay] bounce back soon.”

Also commenting was former 1576 managing director David Reid, who said: “The agency produced some quite brilliant heath awareness work a couple of years back which is probably the most creative thing to come out of Scotland in decades. Raise a glass Guy and look forward to the next chapter.”

Robertson also confirmed that the company was likely to close with debt, but said that he would be ‘working hard’ to ensure that as much as possible would be repaid.

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