TWO communications agencies, including one in York, have merged to create a new firm specialising in the property and development industry.

PilgrimPR, which was based in York, and Resolve Public Affairs, which had its headquarters in Leeds, have brought their teams together to create Royal Pilgrim Communications.

Although the new company will be headquartered in Leeds and have satellite offices in York and Sheffield, the new company will continue to work across the UK.

The two founding directors, Scott Royal and Ben Pilgrim have more than 40 years combined communications experience and both specialise in working within the built environment sector.

Scott Royal, previously MD of Resolve Public Affairs and founding director of Royal Pilgrim Communications, said: “Royal Pilgrim Communications will provide a unique service to clients by pooling our skills and experience.

“Both companies work for many of the leading names in the development and regeneration sectors and have gained good reputations for getting positive results for clients.”

Ben Pilgrim, who had run PilgrimPR for more than 10 years and is now founding director of Royal Pilgrim Communications, said: “I have known Scott for many years and have been very impressed with his work on major projects throughout the UK.

" By joining together we can scale new heights and achieve even more.

“This merger will build on the success both firms have had in the property industry and we intend that the outcome for clients will be a high quality service, much like when Mr Rolls met Mr Royce!”

The company works for property firms such as Henry Boot Developments, Caddick Group, Palace Capital PLC and Bruntwood.

Royal Pilgrim Communications specialises in PR, community and stakeholder engagement, public affairs, design and marketing.