And so, our next chapter begins


We’ve never been afraid of growth, after all, it’s our entire ethos to help our clients achieve off-the-charts growth online. We’ve come a long way over the years, learned a lot and had a pretty good time doing it.  

Now, 15 years since we first started Ampersand, we’re embarking on a new journey that promises to help us deliver our best work yet.  


Meander down memory lane with us 

As with many businesses, Ampersand was the result of one person’s imagination and a truckload of determination. In 2009, Daryll Adie set out to create a web development agency that would help online retailers go beyond just existing online, instead achieving exceptional growth.  

Using his student loan and some creative thinking, Daryll’s vision quickly became a reality and the rest, as they say, is history.  

The early years 

Once we got going, there was no stopping us. Thanks to a team of savvy developers, dedicated project managers and heaps of hard work, we started to make a name for ourselves. Attracting the attention of some pretty cool clients, we found ourselves working on website projects that we could have only dreamed of.  

Setting up shop in Manchester, we created our own innovation hub in the north. And as the work kept coming, so did the talented folks who became part of the Ampersand team – all of whom are the reason we are where we are today.  

We’re better together

13 years after Ampersand Commerce became a registered business, we were ready for more. The eCommerce world continued to grow and evolve and we wanted to be at the forefront of the digital landscape.  

When the idhl Group cropped up on our radar, our next move was clear. Joining forces with one of the fastest-growing digital groups in the UK, in 2022 we became idhl’s latest acquisition. Alongside their eight other agencies, we were well placed to begin our next growth stage.  

Shared expertise to accelerate growth  

Now, firmly part of the group, we’re excited to be part of idhl’s game-changing approach in 2024. Having spent the past 24 years honing their craft, acquiring the best in the business and cementing themselves as pioneers in the digital space, idhl has announced its biggest change yet. 

This year, nine agencies will become one. Operating purely as idhl, we’re taking our expertise and joining forces with the group’s stellar portfolio of agencies. Together, as idhl, we’re ready to help brands accelerate their growth online and achieve some truly tremendous results.  

Watch this space.