Libby Howard has bought out Judge & Howard co-founder Suzanne Judge to take sole ownership of the Manchester agency.

Judge sold her 50% shareholding so that she could retire from agency life and spend more time with her young family.

MacCarthy, Evans, Howard

MacCarthy, Evans, Howard

“Things will be different without Suzanne’s input but I respect and fully understand her decision and all the team wish her well,” said Howard.

“On the one hand it’s a big change but on the other it’s business as usual. During the past 16 months, the business has continued to move forward and I am grateful for the tremendous support of directors Diana MacCarthy and Claire Evans and the rest of the team.”

The pair founded the agency in 2009 and in the last year financial year, it broke through £1m turnover for the first time.

“I am very proud of the quality of our work and the thriving business we have created. I am supremely confident that Libby and the team will continue to drive the business forward and achieve even greater success,” added Judge, who’s been on extended maternity leave with her first child.

Howard intends to continue trading under the Judge & Howard name in the short term, but a rebrand is anticipated early in 2015.

“We have spent considerable time assessing what our business will look like in five years time – based on the needs of clients,” she explained.

“We are honing plans to refine our offer for the fast-changing digital communications age.”