It's ten years to the day since a fresh-faced Jonathan Whiteside and Andy Iddon co-founded Building Blocks....
Jonathan and Andy, 21 March 2007
Over the past ten years, Building Blocks has undergone a lot of change, including five logos!
We've also moved offices five times...just to end up back in the same place! When Building Blocks was first founded, it had a few desks at 1 Portland Street before it moved to larger premises. Fast forward seven years, and Building Blocks was back at 1 Portland Street, only this time it took over a whole floor!
Evolving from our technical roots
Building Blocks was originally founded as a technical agency specialising in SDL Tridion. Since then, the agency has developed its service offering, and is now a leading agency for design and build, with specialisms in Experience Design, UX and Optimisation, front-end and back-end development, QA and Digital Operations Services.
Our technology specialisms have also expanded to include global partnerships with SDL, Sitecore, Adobe, Hippo and e-Spirit.
Following years of steady growth, Building Blocks opened its first international offices in the US in 2013, first in San Francisco before expanding to Boston. It then opened its first mainland Europe office in Zaragoza, Spain, in May 2015.
Over the past ten years, Building Blocks has worked with a plethora of B2B and B2C clients, rolling out hundreds of websites in over forty markets around the world. With expertise in delivering multi-site, multi-language solutions to global organisations, its client base includes some of the world's largest and most-recognised companies such as Guinness World Records, Guardian Industries, GE Lighting, Butlin's, Triumph Motocycles, AstraZeneca and many more.
Building Blocks has always been an ambitious company and this ambition, teamed with our dedication to delivering high quality solutions, has led to exponential growth over the years. 2016 was BB's most profitable year-to-date, with revenue increasing to £7.7 million, fuelled by a 34% global revenue increase.
Our consistent, impressive growth led to us jumping 9 places in Econsultancy’s Top 100 Digital Agencies report, 3 places in Prolific North’s Top 50, and ranking 22nd in B2B Marketing’s Top 40 Global Agencies.
Perhaps the largest landmark in Building Blocks's ten year history was the acquisition by Dept in May 2016.
Dept is an international newtord of leading digital agencies, headquartred in the Nethelands. Dept consists of the agencies TamTam, Expand Online, a friend of mine, Second Degree, Building Blocks, Studio Dumbar, Be Excellent, Trust Agents and Unskippable. The network consists of 500 employees with combined sales of more than €60 million, and offices located in the Netherlands, the UK, the USA, Germany and Spain.
To all of BB's current and past employees, clients and friends, we thank you for your support over the years and look forward to many more years of delivering digital solutions around the world.