One of Northern Ireland’s most respected PR and marketing communications agencies has announced a £400,000 investment following a period of continued growth.

Lighthouse Communications, which employs 10 people and is retained by many of Northern Ireland’s leading companies, has purchased and completely refurbished Centre House on Holywood’s High Street.

The firm has also appointed Mike Smith OBE as Chairman.

Mr Smith, a former Chief Executive of Titanic Quarter and Laganside, will oversee a growth and acquisition strategy over the next three years, whilst ensuring the highest standards of corporate governance.

Stephen Smith, Founder and Managing Director of Lighthouse Communications, said:

“Following complete refurbishment works, our new headquarters now provide a modern, comfortable, spacious environment for our award-winning team, effectively future proofing the business for further growth.

“As well as offering public relations, marketing and digital communications services, the recent launch of our corporate video and design division has been well received by the corporate market.

“Mike’s appointment as Chairman is significant, as his contacts and experience complement the strengths of the executive team. He will be an asset as we continue to progress our ambitious strategy.

“Close partnerships with our long-standing clients to drive sales and ensure effective stakeholder communications has been key to our success over the years.

“At Lighthouse we aim to provide innovative counsel to our diverse client base which includes Belfast City Airport, Grant Thornton, Donnelly Group and the Institute of Directors.”

Over a 30-year career, Mike Smith’s experience spans many of the key areas of urban regeneration. As a chartered surveyor and chartered town planner, he is a former Chair of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a Visiting Professor at the University of Ulster.

Mike Smith OBE, Chairman of Lighthouse Communications said:

“Established nine years ago, Lighthouse Communications is bursting with energy, ambition and determination to consistently exceed the expectations of clients.

“I look forward to working with the team, which has built a strong reputation as one of the leading companies in this arena.

“The acquisition of Centre House in Holywood’s High Street is a very exciting time for the company and I look forward to playing my part in its future success.”