With the inception of Digital Next emanating from the relentless perseverance and drive of the founders and brothers, Justin and Mark Blackhurst, their fundamental mission is well underway and remains an ongoing endeavour.
After a year of exponential growth, 2010 saw us team up with some of the UK’s largest companies operating in an array of industry backgrounds and disciplines, from legal to retail and travel to sport.
In just two years, we hit the £1million turnover milestone and soon realised that this was the real start of the journey on the route to success.
After featuring in The Times in an article titled “Why keeping it in the family pays dividends” centred around Directors, Justin and Mark Blackhurst, we gained national exposure that would elevate us to unchartered heights.
The year of 2013, saw us acquire local web development firm, Xyline, with their CEO Adam Ramsden joining our ranks. This acquisition has spring-boarded our Web Design and Development capabilities and we’ve been creating stunning websites ever since!
The following 12 months saw Digital Next announce their acquisition of Just Search – the industry leaders of old – to become a part of Swedish giants, The Online Group, and form a fully-integrated ‘super’ agency boasting a brand new offering.
Later on down the 2014 timeline, we find ourselves partnering up with mobile giant, EE, on their latest advertising campaign publicising the launch of their new ‘Business Connect’ tariff, Justin, feature as the face of their newspaper and TV ads. This campaign was a roaring success and one which will remain a prevalent association with our brand.
Our natural progression in the UK has inevitably led us abroad and we have now firmly stationed ourselves within 5 countries, employing over 80 staff worldwide. Most notably, our launch in Australia, which has grown from strength to strength.
Following a fruitful partnership with Online Group where Digital Next demonstrated continued organic growth, the business became an attractive investment for one very influential Tech entrepreneur. Cue Scott Fletcher MBE…
After being recognised as a Top 100 Fastest Growing Technology Company, we developed a premium multi-channel service offering geared towards making our team an extension of our client’s teams and on course to break the £4million annual turnover barrier this year.