Ocean Group Continue Portfolio Expansion with MediaCo Acquisition

This month, Ocean Group continued strengthening its position as the leading provider of premium large format in the UK, by announcing the acquisition of MediaCo Outdoor.

As Manchester’s leader in out-of-home digital and backlight premium large formats, the acquisition of MediaCo sees Ocean’s national footprint grow further across the UK’s top 3 cities for total spend on advertising.

The move comes eight months after the group acquired Signature Outdoor of Birmingham, and seeks to continue the digital out-of-home expert’s dual strategy of developing iconic digital and premium formats.

Tim Bleakley, CEO at Ocean Outdoor, commented:

MediaCo Outdoor and Manchester City Council have worked collaboratively and tirelessly together to build a truly state of the art portfolio across the city, to the mutual benefit of taxpayers and the business community alike. The entire Ocean Group team is committed to furthering this great work and using our unique offering across the UK’s top three cities to drive growth in the medium and offer advertisers a compelling network.   

Mark Wardle, Managing Director at MediaCo Outdoor, explained: 

This is a very exciting development for Manchester and I look forward to seeing how the portfolio evolves in the coming years.

Richard Blackburn, Commercial Director at MediaCo Outdoor, said:

We have built up some unique products and innovative trading models and I’m delighted we are passing on the baton to the Ocean Group, who share our ethos and, we believe, are an ambitious partner who will take the business to the next stage.

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