Building Blocks Expands With Design Agency Aquisition

We have acquired Liverpool web design agency Ucensis and added a third floor to our headquarters at 131 Portland Street in Manchester.

The acquisition boosts our in-house capability to deliver end-to-end web projects, from initial creative designs through to implementation and on-going maintenance.

Ucensis was established in 2007 and has designed web solutions for businesses including BT, the Telegraph Media Group and Intel.

The firm's founder, Andy Thomas, has joined our board as Strategy and Design Director, and comments "The creative design and strategic planning expertise we have developed at Ucensis dovetail perfectly with Building Blocks' existing in-house capabilities, and integrating the businesses will allow us to cater more effectively for clients looking for end-to-end solutions."

The acquisition has boosted staff numbers to 40.

We have grown rapidly since the company was started as a two-man operation by founders Jonathan Whiteside and Andy Iddon in 2007, and now has a turnover of more than £2.3 million with offices in Manchester and New York.

We have built a strong reputation for delivering large-scale web projects with international reach for organisations including airline Alitalia, cruise line Royal Caribbean International and pan-African mobile telecoms company Vodacom.

The new floor increases the capacity of the Manchester office by 1,683 sq ft and an additional 22 desks.

Jonathan Whiteside, director of Building Blocks, said: "We have worked closely with Ucensis as a supplier since we launched the business, harnessing the team's skills in consulting with clients in the design and creative execution of solutions.

"This has become a core service of the business as we have begun working with clients at a strategic level and the acquisition cements the necessary skill sets within the business, preparing the way for further growth.

"Demand continues to be strong for all of our services and one particular area in which we are seeing significant growth is international rollouts of websites as businesses increasingly find it a necessity to enter growing markets in territories such as China and the Middle East.

"We allow our clients to achieve this while driving efficiencies by reducing the amount of effort required to manage an estate of websites around the globe.

"Our experience of designing global rollout strategies and track record of delivering these complex projects present a lot of opportunities for us to expand the business and we are aiming to double revenues over the next two years."

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