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News January 31, 2019

Multi-Award Winning Agency e3creative Joins Dept

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e3creative, one of Manchester’s most successful digital agencies, has joined Dept. Founded in 2010 by Jake Welsh, e3creative works with forward-thinking brands to create refined, impactful and inspiring digital experiences.

With e3creative joining, Dept UK strengthens its service portfolio to match client demand, namely creative and digital marketing. e3creative will be able to leverage Dept’s large scale to service its clients with the additional technology stacks that Dept specialises in, combined with its enriched data and intelligence services.

Jake Welsh, founder of e3creative said “It’s a rare and welcomed opportunity to unite with a larger team that echoes our agency values, culture and drive to continue our growth momentum. Joining Dept is an exciting next step for e3creative; our vision since day one has been to become the world’s leading integrated digital agency and this partnership only furthers that pursuit.”

Managing Director of Dept UK, Jasper van de Luijtgaarden, added: “2019 is an important year for Dept in the UK; we’re looking to expand and complete our service portfolio in order to provide our clients with full-service capabilities. We’re one step closer to achieving our growth ambition with e3creative joining and we look forward to combining our strengths to better service our clients.”

Since 2016, Dept has grown into an international agency with over 1000 employees, spreading over eleven countries with a turnover of 130 million euros,” says Dimi Albers, CEO of Dept, “We are striving to become one of the leading digital agencies worldwide in the next few years; an ambition we believe is fully achievable by expanding our regional services and on-boarding exciting agencies, such as e3creative.”

e3creative has recently experienced rapid growth, doubling its revenue in 2017 and growing to a team of over 60 people. Listed as a top 100 Independent Digital Agency by the Drum, the agency’s creative, development and marketing teams have scooped over 80 awards for projects delivered for the likes of Sony PlayStation, O2, Royal Ascot and Carphone Warehouse.

In 2016, Dept acquired the Manchester based digital agency Building Blocks, which rebranded as Dept in 2018. Dept has expanded its service offering organically, growing and launching Commerce, Digital Marketing and Marketplace teams in the UK. e3creative continues this rapid growth, reinforcing this agency’s creative offering and strengthening its position in the marketplace. The coming years are very exciting for Dept as it continues to raise its profile across the globe.

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