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DPC+UP are looking for a UX designer!

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dpc are hiring... are you the right fit for us?

We are on the lookout for an exceptional UX designer.

We are looking for a young, enthusiastic, creative, and generally amazing UX designer, who shares our passion for outstanding design, usability, technology, attention to detail and developing new ideas.

As a UX designer you will be part of a small team working on small to large web builds, right through from IA, research/planning, UX design and implementation. You will need some basic HTML/CSS knowledge too for WordPress builds.

Check out the role here: https://dpc.agency/join-us/ux-designer/ 

Please only apply if you think you would like to work for a forward thinking, fun, ambitious, energised, and slightly different agency.

DPC is acquired by UP THERE, EVERYWHERE

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New agency to become DPC+UP

UP THERE, EVERYWHERE, the Global Cloud Based Agency, has acquired UK based digital agency DPC.

UP THERE, EVERYWHERE, founded in Stockholm, Sweden, in January 2011, is a cloud based brand and digital marketing services agency. The company has a global client base including such companies as Jenoptik, Galderma, Thermo Fisher Scientific and Polaroid. UP has reported sales in 2018 of 42 MSEK (€4.0 M) and has creative hubs in Stockholm, Uppsala, Hamburg, Amsterdam, London and New York. The agency also works extensively in China and Australia.

DPC (The Digital Parent Company) is a full service creative, digital agency that develops web and e-commerce solutions as well as digital marketing through pay per click (PPC) campaigns.  Reported sales of DPC in 2018/19 were £650,000 (€720,000). Clients of DPC include innocent (drinks), Kelly’s Storage, the BVA  (British Veterinary Association), Colas, and The London School of Economics (LSE).

DPC, which is based in Guildford, south of London, was founded by Kate Darracott and Managing Director Graham Darracott in 2009.

The companies have already started working on a number of joint projects together over the past few months.

Graham Darracott, one of the founders and Managing Director of DPC, said: ‘It was an obvious match, both companies share many of the same ethical values, and just as importantly share the same vision to change the way agencies are structured. This is a great way for both companies to grow and add valuable resource and skills to our combined offering.’

Julian Stubbs CEO and co-founder of UP THERE, EVERYWHERE said ‘We saw from the first meeting that DPC was a great fit with what we do and the way we work at UP. We have global teams working in the digital content and inbound marketing area and DPC create great web and e-commerce solutions and run PPC (pay per click) campaigns for their clients.’ He went on to add ‘We have been planning the integration of DPC and UP for some time now and we can’t wait to get started on this next exciting chapter of our journey together.’

A short film interview is available here.

The deal has been brokered by David Blois of M&A Advisory, London, UK.

Additional information and contacts:

Ronja Larsson, UP THERE, EVERYWHERE International AB

Mail : ronja-l@upthereeverywhere.com

UP THERE; EVERYWHERE International AB, Grevturegatan 27, 114 38 Stockholm, Sweden

DPC will change its name to DPC+UP with new branding to reflect this change

dpc are looking for a new developer!

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We are on the lookout for an exceptional front end developer.

We are looking for a young, enthusiastic, creative, and ambitious front-end developer, who shares our passion for usability, technology, attention to detail and great code.

The ideal candidate will also have an eye for great UX too and understand how to bring great ideas to life online.

As a front-end developer you will be part of a small team working on small to large web builds, right through from planning, development and implementation. If you have some back-end skills as well then even better.

Check out the role in this detailed post: https://dpc.agency/developer-front-end/ 

Please only apply if you think you would like to work for a forward thinking, fun, ambitious, energised, and slightly different agency.

Developer (Front-end)

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Developer (Front-end)

Front-end web developer

The team at dpc need a front end web developer (HTML, CSS, JavaScript/jQuery and AJAX).

DPC is a growing agency, and we have ambitious plans. An opportunity has now arisen for a front end developer to join our team to work across the online side of the business.

We are looking for a young, enthusiastic, creative, and ambitious front-end developer, who shares our passion for usability, technology, attention to detail and great code.

The ideal candidate will also have an eye for great UX too and understand how to bring great ideas to life online.

As a front-end developer you will be part of a small team working on small to large web builds, right through from planning, development and implementation. If you have some back-end skills as well then even better.

Working from our office in Guildford, (with some days working from home) you will be developing websites for both large multinational brands as well as medium sized businesses.

This is a fantastic opportunity to join a growing company, and gain invaluable experience with multiple platforms and tools such as Umbraco, Nopcommerce, WordPress, and Shopify.

Required Skills:

  • Excellent frontend skills using HTML5 and CSS3 and Javascript
  • Excellent understanding of creation of responsive layouts
  • Experience of JavaScript, JQuery, Angular JS, Ajax and similar technologies would be an advantage
  • Understand web standards development
  • Understand front end performance techniques
  • Cross-browser and platform development experience with particular focus on responsive design
  • Ability to translate a static layout (wireframes, Photoshop mock-ups, Axure prototypes) into a working application
  • Experience of dealing with cross-browser compatibility requirements

Nice-to-have:

  • Experience in back end development
  • MVC development
  • Experience of service/API integration with 3rd parties
  • .NET/Umbraco experience
  • WordPress development
  • Shopify Liquid code experience
  • DNS management
  • Good communication skills an advantage
  • Customer service/client service skills an advantage
  • Happy to work as part of a young team

Benefits:

  • Competitive salary (depending on experience)
  • Ongoing career development, including relevant training courses
  • Flexibility with working hours
  • Guildford / South East location

This is a chance to join a dynamic and rapidly expanding company and perform a key role within many of the projects.

The vacancy is based at our studios in Guildford, and we are very willing to entertain freelance, contract, part-time, or job sharing, so if you can only manage three days a week, please apply anyway.

The main importance for us is to get the right people, we can work the hours out around you.

Send us a CV with details of projects you have worked on.

Salary: depending on experience

A new site launch for Touchstone Underwriting

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A new site for the UK insurance underwriter

A new site for Touchstone Underwriting

It is always good to announce a new site launch, yet we are often too busy to tap out a few words to acknowledge the hard work the dpc team put into launching a new site or store. This month we have launched a number of new sites, but one really deserves a mention as the team managed to get it live in six weeks.

A humungous effort from everyone saw the new Touchstone Underwriting site  go through IA, design, development, content population, QAT, UAT and then launch in what has to be a record time. Especially as there were hundreds of policy documents that had to be not only transferred from the old site and system to the new one, but redirects set up and tested for each and every document.

The client was a dream to work with (thank you Priya for all your hard work) and the end result is a fabulous new site, stunning design, and happy agency and client.

A testament to our systems and processes.

The site was built on WordPress, check out the new site here:

https://t-u-l.co.uk

Leica distributor, Hudsons, launch new eCommerce store

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A new eCommerce site for Leica distributor Hudsons.

A new eCommerce store for Hudsons.

Construction and surveying professionals regularly turn to Hudson’s dedicated team of experts to find the best laser and safety equipment for their projects, fleet hires, instrument servicing and training.

During 2018 Hudsons acknowledged that they needed a new eCommerce store to accommodate the huge range of equipment that they now stock and so they appointed dpc to design and build a new store for them.

Shopify was chosen as the platform and then (following our proven process) we wire-framed, and then designed and built the new store. The end result is a stunning store with a design and user experience firmly aimed at surveying professionals and the construction industry.

The tasks we completed:

  • Wireframes/IA
  • Design
  • Theme build
  • Shopify set up and configuration
  • Bespoke product pages developed
  • Payment gateway configured
  • Shipping configured, notifications designed and configured
  • Product data exported from legacy system and imported into Shopify
  • Copywriting and content population
  • Testing and setting the site live

The site was built on Shopify.

https://hudsons-uk.net

Plastic Generation: trying to help save our planet from plastic destruction

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A site highlighting the damage caused to our world by plastic & the steps being undertaken by some to change things.

Plastic Generation: trying to change the way we treat our world.

With the turn of the new year dpc are immensely proud to announce the launch of a new site that we hope will make a difference to our gorgeous world: Plastic Generation is a news site highlighting the damage caused to our world by plastic and importantly, the steps being undertaken by some to change things. It was the brainchild of a few business owners who want to make a difference.

Plastic is everywhere, if we wanted to go plastic free we simply couldn’t. It’s in our clothes, our seas, our cosmetics, our transport, our homes and it’s firmly embedded in our food chain.

Most people proudly declare their plastic stance pointing to their recycling efforts, it makes them feel good and ticks a box for them. The reality is though that most (91%) of plastic is too contaminated to recycle, so it’s either incinerated or chucked in landfill.

Surely we can and should do more, the legacy we are leaving is not a good one.

Plastic Generation is about discovery and understanding, it will try and educate ourselves, call out the bad guys and highlight the good ones.

We are immensely proud to be working with such a brilliant organisation and are trying to make a difference to our incredible planet, which we seem to be intent on destroying with our need for plastic.

The site was built on WordPress.

https://plasticgeneration.com

British Veterinary Association choose dpc.agency as their digital partner

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British Veterinary Association choose dpc.agency as their digital partner.

British Veterinary Association choose dpc.agency as their digital partner.

BVA is the national representative body for the veterinary profession in the UK, a not-for-profit organisation so all money made is reinvested to serve the veterinary profession.

They are the only UK veterinary association that looks after the interests of all vets in all disciplines. They have more than 17,000 members and the association is able to provide a voice to represent members on a legislative basis, and provide services to support them.

After a competitive pitch the BVA have appointed dpc to work with them to ensure their website and digital activities remain at the forefront of the “not for profit” sector, and that their website and digital content perfectly serves their membership.

We are immensely proud to be working with such a brilliant organisation and are looking forward to making a real difference to the organisation.

5 Reasons every company NEEDS a Christmas party

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5 Reasons every company NEEDS a Christmas party

5 Reasons every company NEEDS a Christmas party

As you may know, Team dpc like to “work hard to play hard”, and this years Christmas party is no exception!

This year has seen dpc launch over 30 new websites and e-commerce stores, 12 digital marketing campaigns and welcome 5 lovely new team members. All while remaining committed to our weekly Friday afternoon pub lunches amassing to a healthy 104+ bottles of sauvignon blanc… and that is just one of our UX designer’s, Emma’s, tab!

dpc truly believes that a rewarded workforce makes for a happy client base and a healthier bottom line.

That got us thinking, what benefits are there to a company Christmas party?
More specifically, what makes it worth the hangover in the morning?

There is sometimes a negative perception of company Christmas parties, fuelled by pinched pockets, relaxed inhibitions, office gossip and inappropriate photocopying (no names mentioned)!

However, it is important not to underestimate the benefits that can be delivered through the excessive wine guzzling and competition for the most deliberately garish festive jumper.

A company Christmas party can be a great way to re-energise the workforce, celebrate success and reflect on the year’s achievements before the start of a productive new year. It seems shocking, then, that 32.3% of employees do not have an office Christmas party, according to a recent survey.

Here are 5 reasons why your company should have a Christmas party:

1. It unites employees, bringing them closer together

It is all too easy to forget that your fellow employees spend their time doing a lot more than just their job, and if you don’t spend time with each other outside of work, there is probably a lot you don’t (and shouldn’t) know about each other, although this is easily solved with a few jaeger bombs.

Christmas parties can bring the workforce together, strengthening team dynamic in a friendly and relaxed environment, promoting good conversation and a night of stress-free fun!

These experiences aren’t to be underestimated; shaky video footage of a slightly tipsy colleague attempting to chat up the bartender makes a great fuel source for further embarrassment and insult down the line.

2. It provides an opportunity for reflection

A company Christmas party is a great opportunity for reflection. Talk about the year’s success, and how you can do things better in 2019. It is also a great opportunity to reiterate company values and mission, although we don’t recommend telling your clients how great you are via those drunken text messages. Airplane Mode it is then.

3. Motivate employees for the year ahead

A Christmas party can be a great tool for motivating your employees. It is a perfect reminder that although problems often arise in business, once dealt with appropriately, you can come together as a team and for the night at least, forget and move on. Thanks vodka.

4. Christmas parties don’t have to be absurdly expensive

A Christmas party doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. For the average UK employee, a Christmas party budget of £75 a head works out at less than 0.025% of their salary. It is worth knowing however, 28% of employees thought their employer could do more for the company at Christmas, so try not to be too tight..!

Believe it or not there are also tax benefits to hosting an Office Christmas Party! Even HMRC wants you to let your hair down and have a good time!

5. It is an opportunity to create stories

Depending on how big you go (how much you all drink), a Christmas party is perfect for creating those embarrassing stories (or god forbid, photos) that come back to haunt your colleagues again and again for years to come.

As Christmas speedily approaches, we are proud of our achievements of 2018, and look forward the exciting year ahead, and the opportunities it may bring to advise, assist, and evolve businesses who require a digital facelift in 2019.

As for our party, all is set for a outrageous night.
From all of us at dpc, have a very, Merry Christmas.

P.S. – We’re curious, what have you got planned for Christmas?