Building Blocks buys Liverpool agency

DIGITAL agency Building Blocks has bought Liverpool web design agency Ucensis and added a third floor to its Manchester headquarters on Portland St.

Building Blocks was set up in 2007 by co-founders Jonathan Whiteside and Andy Iddon. The company, which has offices in Manchester and New York, said the acquisition of Ucensis would boost its staff numbers to 40 and give it greater in-house capacity to deliver a complete service from initial design through to ongoing website maintenance.

Ucensis was also set up in in 2007 by Andy Thomas, who now joins the Building Blocks board as strategy and design director. Its clients include BT, Telegraph Media Group and Intel.

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.”

The firm said that adding an extra floor at its base at 131 Portland St would add a further 1,384 sq ft of space and give them 22 new desks.

“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,” said Whiteside.

“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.”

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