Freestyle Interactive is to open its first European office in Paris, France.
One of the largest independent digital agencies in the UK, the move by Midland-based Freestyle follows a strong period of continuous growth in the value of its overseas business.
Managing Director Suzanne Linton said: “In the last two years we have become a net exporter of our digital marketing and digital asset management services. We have a strong client portfolio in France and we also work with companies in other parts of Europe including Sweden and Germany.
“The strong strategic, creative & technical relationships Freestyle has developed with French companies means we have relevant expertise and valuable insight into working with International organisations. This understanding enables us to provide a highly relevant strategic and tactical digital communications skill-set to French businesses operating at a global level. The new office in Paris is a natural and logical commercial progression for Freestyle. We’ll be able to service our French clients better as well as generate growth in new clients."
In establishing the Paris office Freestyle Interactive worked closely with UK Government agency UKTI both in the UK and in Paris.
Alan Cooper, founder and head of business development at Freestyle believes that the network of support and practical advice provided by UKTI has made establishing a French foothold much smoother and quicker than it might otherwise have been.
Alan explained: “We were able to access a range of business support and services such as the Passport to Export scheme – the network of contacts and advice has been invaluable. Undoubtedly it has saved us time, money and effort allowing us to focus energy on core aspects of running a growing business in some pretty challenging times. We’re really excited about the opportunities this gives us to extend our business into Europe.”
British Ambassador is VIP at Digital Strategy Breakfast
To mark the occasion Freestyle is hosting a Digital Strategy Breakfast event at the British Embassy in Paris on Wednesday 28 September 2011.
British Ambassador to France Sir Peter Westmacott is the VIP guest speaker and he is joined by other speakers coming from the European Association of Communication Directors and from leading French legal firm Alain Bensoussan Associates.