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Ollie’s Reflection On 2016

December 31, 2016 - Sam Doyle

WOW!  What a year.  

Let me start by talking about the end of 2015.  A record year for Fifteen on all sorts of levels – meaning personally I took a cautious step into 2016 wondering what the outcome might be (and asking myself, could we work any harder!?).

2016 has been such a great year for us.  We’ve attracted some really interesting clients that have pushed us to become even bigger and better. We’ve doubled in size to 23 staff – with the biggest changes being the growth of both our Web Development and Digital Marketing Team. We’ve won countless award, from a W3 award for the ‘iprotect’ website to 3 x  MARCOM awards for client websites… and we even won one for our very own BLOG!

We’ve knocked a few walls around in the office to accommodate some future growth – that’s right, we’re not stopping there.

And in other big news, we’ve just successfully completed our first company acquisition of another agency. (More on that in the New Year so please keep a look out!)

Highlights of the year.

It’s been fun all the way, but I must take this time to recap on my top 5 personal highlights of 2016:

In at 5 – Seeing Charlie’s face the day he launched his first website for Fifteen (he looked like a kid at Christmas).

  1. The Fifteen Mannequin Challenge – if you’ve not seen it please take a look at it here. We got over 8,700 views, so it must be worth a watch.
  1. Becoming a finalist in the Midlands Business Awards for ‘Entrepreneur of the Year 2017. An update on that in February coming your way (blush blush, lets move on quickly).
  1. The Fifteen Summer Blow-Out Party (more where that came from please – it was absolutely epic).

And finally in the top spot…

  1. Fifteen being recognised as one of the top 10 digital agencies in the UK by the Drum Digital Census 2016. That was a big one for me – for a company that had very humble beginnings and sits on the Nottingham/Derby border; especially with all the other great agencies out there and particularly in London.

So, where do we go from here…?

Plans for 2017

We’ve invested more than ever into the company in 2016 so going forward we’ll be able to deliver even better results for our clients and offer even more in terms of the latest techniques and digital practices. We truly do have an exciting year ahead and I really cant wait to see what we deliver.
We have plans to move into a bigger office. Whilst we’ve not found anything as yet, we recognise that we are still growing and need more space.

Fifteen has plans to recruit even more staff, so quick plug here but if you’re a Designer, Web Developer or Digital Marketer, SEO Executive, Hubspot certified etc. get in touch.

Well I can honestly say that I don’t think the team at Fifteen could have worked any harder at all this year, so personally from me to all the Fifteeners…

A very sincere ‘Thank You’ for all your commitment, loyalty and dedication to Fifteen. Long may the journey continue.

Happy Christmas


Sam Doyle

Sam Doyle

Technical Director

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