A few long-standing anchors within London’s digital creative community have recently celebrated business anniversaries and milestones. With over 300 companies and more than 9,000 people employed in the sector, these companies are a testament that London is a place where startups can grow into reputable, established businesses.
The London Economic Development Corporation (LEDC) talked with a representative from each company to learn more about how they’ve grown over the years and celebrated their milestones.
From startup to success
While working as a digital marketing consultant in 2005, Ontario SEO President, Wayne Atkinson, noticed a trend – clients were paying good money for strategy and expertise but lacked the time and resources to implement them. This presented an opportunity to bridge the gap between creating strategy and getting results. Wayne joined forces with his wife and co-owner Kim Atkinson, and Ontario SEO was born.
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Ten years later, we continue to hold a unique place in the digital marketing landscape. Unlike many small agencies that take a ‘jack of all trades’ approach, Ontario SEO is committed to delivering specialized service and expertise in a niche market.
London has a very active and close business community that takes pride in networking and supporting one another. We’ve built some great relationships interacting at this ground-level and we were honoured to accept the Consumers Choice award for Business Excellence in 2015. Running a business in London also makes sense from a cost perspective, which allows us to offer a competitive edge against Waterloo and Toronto markets.
We’re thrilled to be celebrating three-years in our new office at The Factory. The building is located at 538 Adelaide Street in London, Ontario’s Old East Village and is home to a collection of creative businesses.
This anniversary is a reminder of the success and growth we’ve achieved, thanks to London’s healthy business economy and a team of incredibly talented people who work hard to keep our clients happy every day. The Ontario SEO team celebrated three years in their space with some tasty, local, vegan cupcakes from the Boombox Bakeshop.
Plans for the future include doubling our staff and expanding our scope of business events. We currently offer free seminars to educate clients and professionals about SEO and AdWords, which we’ll be expanding to include strategic digital marketing practices. We have a great space for these events and we’re excited to share it with the business community.