Bluestorm acquires Linfoots and expands regional client base
East Yorkshire integrated marketing support services agency Bluestorm has acquired rival business Linfoots, following the decision of its founder, David Linfoot, to retire at the end of 2017.
Established in 1989, Linfoots became one of the region’s most respected and creative design and advertising agencies. Its clients have included many of the region’s most successful organisations and businesses.
When David decided to retire, he looked for a like-minded agency to hand over to. With similar values, working practices and commitment to helping clients achieve their objectives, he found the perfect partner in Bluestorm.
“I am absolutely confident that Bluestorm will be able to provide continuity of service to Linfoots clients. I’m sure too that they will be able to build on what we have achieved.
Bluestorm offer a wider range of marketing support services than we have done traditionally and are developing new ways to integrate them to deliver maximum return on investment.”
The announcement regarding Linfoots comes days after Bluestorm’s ‘Best Website’ win at the Northern Digital Awards. The agency’s work on Hull College’s website was up against sites created for the Metropolitan Police, brewery Theakstons and the University of Liverpool.
Andy Cawley, Managing Director of Bluestorm, commented:
“We had always respected David’s work, having seen it at first hand by working on several shared clients. We knew too that we had the necessary skills and sector experience to look after his clients. We thought the that the two business would fit together well and, as a result, Bluestorm took over Linfoots on the 1st January 2018.
“It has made for a busy but exciting start to the new year, as we welcome new colleagues and clients, and celebrate our first award win of 2018. Congratulations to David on his retirement, we wish him all the very best for the future.”
As a result of the takeover, Linfoots’ offices in Beverley have closed. Linfoot’s senior designer, Mark Waudby, has transferred to Bluestorm’s design studio and David Linfoot will be working from Bluestorm’s offices in Melton until the move is complete.