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Digital agency Essence is opening its first office outside of the UK in New York, as it expands its operation to the USA.

The new office, which will open in September, is located close to Union Square. It will be headed up by Essence’s founding partner, Andrew Shebbeare, who will be supported by a number of existing staff members including Alan Smith, account director and Tiphaine Tarhan, senior account manager. As well as relocating team members from the London base, Essence plans to expand the New York office by appointing local US talent.

Essence is already delivering digital projects for a host of international organisations including Expedia, eBay and Betfair. The agency’s decision to cross the Atlantic evolved from its desire to deepen its commitment to US based teams, notably to support large scale media projects for Google in North America with the same level of dedication as it has in Europe over the last four years. By offering international clients and suppliers face-to-face time and capitalising on the benefits of working in the same time zone, Essence will cement its commitment to its clients already operating in the US.

Andrew Shebbeare, founding partner, Essence comments: “New York offers a thriving environment for our business, and provides the perfect base for us to serve our clients in North America. Having already secured a strong positioning for ourselves across Europe, the time has come for us to bring our unique capabilities to bear in the US. We are especially excited by the opportunities that stem from the scale and technological sophistication of the digital media market there."

Dated 24/09/2010

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About Essence:

Essence is an award winning digital agency with offices in both London and New York, delivering work for clients on a global scale. With clients such as Google, Expedia and eBay, Essence delivers media, creative and technical solutions to leaders in the digital space. In 2009, the agency was announced as eConsultancy’s Most Innovative Digital Agency and in 2010 it was crowned Media Agency of the Year at the NMA Effectiveness Awards. The agency won the highly coveted Revolution Special Award for Innovation in April 2010 and in May, Essence featured in the top 20 in Europe’s Fastest Growing Larger Digital Media Companies at the Media Momentum Awards 2010. Most recently, the digital agency reached position 63 in The Sunday Times Tech Track 100.

For further information, please contact:

Matt Isaacs, Founding Partner
Tel: 0207 758 4215
Email: matt.isaacs@essence.co.uk

Published on: 4:25PM on 24th September 2010