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Celebrating 20 years in business – the FirstFound story

Posted on 1st March, 2020 by Richard Hassall

FirstFound News

On the 1st of March 2000 in a small office in Manchester, FirstFound was founded. Back in 2000 there were just 17.1 million websites on the internet and search engine optimisation was not on the radar for the majority of marketing firms, let alone businesses. Armed with a couple of computers, phones, and the internet we were convinced that SEO could benefit businesses and it wasn’t long before we started to help businesses see the potential by getting them results.

A lot has changed over the past 20 years, but one thing has remained the same, our vision “To enable all businesses, regardless of size, to succeed in the digital world.” As a business, we’ve grown from small beginnings to our current position as one of the longest and most established digital agencies in Manchester and the North West.

Manchester has always been our home, and since 2003 we’ve been based in St James’s Building on Oxford Street. We’ve expanded our office space a total of five times which reflects how much our business has grown over the years.


To help meet the growing needs of our clients, between 2008 and 2010 we introduced pay per click marketing, web design, web development, and copywriting as new services to complement our core SEO service. Not only did this help our clients to streamline their digital marketing with all tasks carried out in-house, but it helped us to attract some of the best talent in the industry.

It’s our staff that makes us the business we are today and many of our senior staff members have been integral to our growth over the years. As a business, we’re passionate about digital and this can be seen in everything we do.

In 2014 we started our social media service as a way to help businesses connect with their audiences and engage with them on a more personal level. Social media offered a perfect addition to our existing services allowing us to provide businesses with a fully digital service to reach their customers as effectively as possible.


Our Managing Director, Chris Bellamy, had this to say about the landmark birthday “The past 20 years has been an amazing journey for us as a company. We’ve seen the digital landscape change drastically and as one of the early pioneers of SEO, we’ve continued to put innovation at the heart of what we do which has helped us grow as a business.”

“We want to save businesses from overpriced SEO, we appreciate many businesses can’t afford to spend thousands of pounds a month on promoting their websites. That’s why FirstFound is still focusing on making our services as affordable as possible so that we can help start-ups and smaller companies to thrive online. It is not just a matter of being at the top of a search page – you have to be at the top of the right search page.”

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