- Specialist long-term savings provider Hansard Global has secured a licence to operate in Japan with national regulators.

This is the latest step in the company's bid to expand it operations in Japan, where it sees an opportunity to provide new and innovative savings products to the nation's steadily aging population.

A general manager has also been appointed, tasked with growing the division.

'I am delighted that we have successfully achieved our registration in Japan', said Gordon Marr, chief executive of Hansard Global.

'This is a major development for Hansard's business in a market that we are confident demonstrates high potential, and represents a key part of our strategic growth plan.'

'There is more to do before we are fully operational but this presents us with a very significant and material opportunity to achieve a step change in Hansard's future growth potential.'

At 8:04am: [LON:HSD] Hansard Global PLC share price was +2.25p at 45.25p

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