Jeal (below right), 52, and Lucas (below left), 49, left TMD Manchester back in 1994 to set up MediaVest, which grew to over 200 staff before its £95m acquisition by Aegis Media in 2011.

jealIt subsequently rebranded as Carat Manchester and is the largest media buying agency outside London, working with the likes of Pizza Hut, Welcome to Yorkshire and Brother.

Muscant (above right), who started in the business as a graduate trainee, was previously the head of MediaVest’s digital division, MVi, before becoming MD of MediaVest and now Carat.