Leeds digital marketing agency Bolser – set up by the former Rapp and Havas Helia chief Ashley Bolser over 18 years ago – has witnessed a 35% rise in revenues for 2019, topping £2m for the first time in the agency’s history.
The agency’s expansion drive has been fuelled by a series of new business wins from global brands including Microsoft, KFC, Discovery Channel and Cartoon Network, which has seen headcount increase by seven to over 30. More than 55% of its turnover is now made up of overseas accounts.
Bolser said: “Our ethos at Bolser is simple. We put the customer first. This resonates powerfully with our clients, as they want to ensure their customers have the best possible digital experience.”
Bolser started his career back in 1985 as an account director at now defunct Northern agency ABA, then went into CPR (the agency, not the life-saving procedure), before joining WWAV North (now Rapp) as account manager when the Leeds agency launched in 1986.
He spent nearly 13 years with the business, ultimately as client services director, and switched to EHS Brann North (now Havas Helia) as managing director in 1999. Bolser quit to launch his eponymous start-up in 2001.
He added: “We have an extraordinarily talented team that works collaboratively with clients whilst delivering clear digital strategy and providing highly effective implementation. We will continue to grow our business on these principles and look forward to announcing further new business wins.”
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