New venture for comms firm

Copylab breaks new ground in Asia

Paul LeesCopylab, a UK provider of marketing communication services to fund managers, is launching into the Asian market, in what it believes will be the first of its kind operating in the region.

Copylab Asia will have offices in Hong Kong and Singapore which will be headed by Paul Lees who joined the firm in 2013 from Ignis Asset Management.

Mr Lees will initially look to develop client relationships in these two locations, with further plans to expand into Australia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea and Malaysia. The new venture has been supported by Scottish Development International (SDI).

The move follows the launch of a Boston-based business announced by founder Ross Hunter in March, Copylab’s first venture outside of the UK.  

Mr Hunter said: “Copylab is now operating in all three of the world’s major financial centres and is open for business 24 hours a day.

“We have researched the Asian market closely for over a year now and believe now is the right time to take our proposition to the region.

“This is exciting in terms of new business opportunities but will also add significant value for our existing clients, more than half of which are large multi-nationals. We are now able to give their marketing functions a consistent approach globally and maximise content opportunities with their colleagues elsewhere in the world. 

“We believe there is no equivalent company operating in Asia and, following the launch of our US business, it gives us a true global perspective and local presence to match our client base.

“I am delighted that we have someone of the calibre of Paul Lees to strategically develop our proposition across the Far East.”

 Copylab has offices in Boston, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Its revenues have grown seven-fold over the last three years and it employs more than 40 people.

It is the UK’s largest specialist provider of investment writing services, supporting blue-chip clients including BlackRock, Columbia Threadneedle and Standard Life Investments.


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