Leeds-based digital marketing agency Ascensor announces third deal in a year

The Leeds-based digital marketing agency Ascensor has announced its third deal in a year with the acquisition of Blue Mantis assets.

Andrew Firth, MD of Ascensor

The deal, for an undisclosed sum, includes the recruitment of six Blue Mantis employees.

Commenting on the acquisition, Ascensor MD Andrew Firth said: “This is a strategic opportunity to accelerate the growth of Ascensor, safeguard jobs and provide clients with continuity of service.

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“The purchase is a perfect fit for Ascensor,’’ he added. “Blue Mantis has been established for 11 years, with a leading position as a developer of bespoke web software for automotive, retail and professional services clients. This deal complements our existing digital transformation activities for businesses in these sectors, and adds a raft of like-minded talent to our team.”

As part of the deal, Ascensor has recruited the three directors of Blue Mantis. Martyn Lee becomes head of client services, David Eggington joins as a senior UX designer, and Keith

Hill takes up a senior role in the application development team.

The recruitment count also includes Chris Nightingale (senior account manager), Megan Lancaster (service delivery manager) and Egle Kreivyte (back-end developer).