Southwark, London, 21 July 2015: AXON today announced its relocation from Richmond, Surrey, to a new central London location – 160 Blackfriars Road, Southwark. The move marks a pivotal moment in the firm’s history, as it brings AXON and Madano, the other London-based firm within the group, under one roof.

The two companies will continue to operate as independent businesses, but the move means both AXON and Madano will benefit from even greater depth and breadth of staff experience, and shared opportunities for growth, through training and personal development.

“We are incredibly excited about the move, as it provides a fantastic new working environment for our talented staff, while allowing even greater scope for collaboration and knowledge-sharing between AXON and Madano,” said Miranda Dini, Managing Partner for AXON UK. “We hope that our new central location and the stylish new office space, including our amazing roof terrace, will also be an added incentive for top-notch candidates to consider AXON, above and beyond the exciting work we do in healthcare communications.”

Ralph Sutton, International Managing Partner, added, “We are delighted about this important step forward for our operations in London. Our clients and both teams will benefit from enhanced access to shared resources, such as research and design capabilities, whilst both companies will retain ample space to nurture their individual identities and cultures. The move offers us all the best of both worlds, and will help us continue to deliver work that makes us and our clients feel proud.”

The office design was developed with significant input from both AXON and Madano team members to provide a space that drives collaboration, team work and creativity. Different work ‘zones’ allow flexibility for people to effectively deliver top-quality thinking and programming for clients, in informal and more formal settings.

Another key aspect for the new office was sustainability – AXON and Madano are committed to reducing their environmental footprints. To that end, a very conscious decision was made to choose materials that have the most sustainable futures, and with a particular focus on British made, where possible. For example, the beautiful new office carpets are made from recycled milk cartons and tyres, and after 10 years will be returned to the manufacturer to be re-purposed once more. In addition, tele-presence facilities were incorporated into all of the meeting rooms to help reduce travel, and there is easy access to recycling.

Thanks to innovative British designers and manufacturers, being environmentally friendly didn’t mean having to compromise on creating a space that feels stylish and welcoming. This feeling is further enhanced by a regular supply of baked goods (in an area lovingly known by staff as the ‘usual place’) and a bespoke ‘160 Blackfriars’ fair-trade Sumatran coffee blend that was developed by experts specifically to reflect the firm’s personality.

The move coincides with the launch of AXON’s new corporate branding, which is based on what AXON does best: Decoding health care, or turning complex information into compelling narratives that ultimately lead to better outcomes for patients. For more details on this, and to see AXON’s newly launched website, please visit axon-com.com or follow us on Twitter @AxonComms.

About AXON

AXON provides medical communications, public relations, market access and clinical trial support services to a wide range of leading pharmaceutical and medical devices companies internationally. It has operations in London, New York, Toronto and Copenhagen.

AXON is part of NATIONAL Public Relations, the largest public relations consultancy in Canada, with offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, and Atlantic Canada. The Firm serves leading corporate, government and institutional clients and offers the full range of communications services, including corporate communications, investor relations, public affairs, employee engagement, public consultation and participation, marketing, technology and healthcare communications, as well as digital communications. NATIONAL announced in 2013 that Madano Partnership, a strategic communications consultancy based in London, had joined the Firm. The acquisition is part of a growth strategy and will significantly grow NATIONAL’s footprint in the UK and Europe.

For more information about AXON, please contact:

Miranda Dini

mdini@axon-com.com

Tel: +44 (0)20 3595 2414