"Covid was really the making of us": A day in the life of syn co-founder Chris Newell

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Chris Newell is co-founder and creative director of syn, a creative marketing agency in Leeds. He has spent over 20 years working across fashion, financial services, FMCG and fitness for brands including adidas, Caterpillar, Vans, Asda and Gillette.

syn has grown from three people on a borrowed table in 2019, to a team of 34 in
an iconic old mill in Leeds, with a growing turnover of £5.5m, four and a half years later.
Before syn, Chris came from a Leeds based marketing agency, where he played a key creative role in helping drive the business from 50 people to a 250 strong global agency.

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