This year Hush turns 20 years old and we wanted to mark the occasion with a quick blog post and a shout out to everyone who has helped us mould the successful digital agency we are today.
When Hush Digital was founded just over 20 years ago, it was done so with a passion and determination to deliver something great and help provide the best online services possible to those who needed it. It’s fair to say now that we could never have predicted the overwhelming response that we received all those years ago and to this day. Of course, there have been some hurdles along the way, but we always found a way to jump any hurdle that was placed in front of us, and we can happily say that the highs outweigh the lows multiple times.
1997 – Inception
Based in Darlington, what was then known as ‘Intermedia Web Development’, started providing online web design, SEO, and content management services to companies across the North East. Originally established and run by Peter Bulloch, Intermedia continued to grow year by year.
2007 – Rebrand Geonet Solutions
Ten years later, Intermedia had a rebrand and became ‘Geonet Solutions’. Continuing to provide services in the North East, and expanding their service offering into providing eCommerce websites and fast & reliable hosting and domain registration services.
2010 – Team Overfield
A few years after the rebrand to ‘Geonet Solutions’, our Managing Director, Mike bought into the company, forming a father and son partnership with our Creative Director, Jonny. Having previously run a successful engineering business for over thirty years, Mike was armed with a wealth of business experience. With Mike’s business knowledge and Jonny’s digital expertise, they were truly a force to be reckoned with.
2013 – Expansion Into York
Due to high demand for digital services in York and the surrounding areas, in 2013 we bought office space at Blake House, right in the heart of York City Centre! Since then we have grown a loyal client base across the whole of Yorkshire and even further afield.
2014 – Rosie To The Rescue
To keep up with the constant increase in demand for Geonet and their services, an extra pair of hands was required to drive the business forward whilst also making sure everything continued to run smoothly. Enter: Rosie Whelpton. Rosie joined the company in 2014 to drive company growth, sales and head up digital marketing, to ensure that the studio was constantly busy with lots of exciting projects.
2014 – Geonet Go International
In 2014 we broke into the international market for digital, gaining our first international client, Aberdeen House who are based on the other side of the world (literally!) in Australia. Since then, we have perfected digital strategies for our clients who operate all over the world ranging from the US, Canada and across Europe.
2016 – We’ve Moved!
By 2015 Hush (at the time, Geonet) was growing at a rapid pace. With new clients and an expanding team, we were quickly running out of space. In November 2015, we got the keys to our brand new offices, but there was lots of work to do! After a lengthy renovation project, in August 2016 the GeoBots moved into our new, state-of-art offices at 57 Coniscliffe Road!
2017 – Google Certified
The team of HushBots are constantly striving to expand and grow their knowledge. So in 2017, as our PPC accounts grew and grew, the digital marketing team decided to challenge themselves and get officially Google certified, to give our in-depth knowledge and experience in this area an official ‘nod of approval’. We’re now PPC pros!
2017 – BBQ Birthday Bash
July 13th, 2017 marked the day of the Hush birthday BBQ bash and the celebration of 20 years of Hush. The HushBots rounded the troops to throw a legendary party for a few of our clients and suppliers. The evening involved networking, lots of Peroni and prosecco and some outrageously funny dancing! Head over to our Instagram to see more pics.
Here’s to a bright future in digital!
Everything we did in the last 20 years has contributed to who we are today and with 20 years of achievements and hard-work under our belt, it was hard to pick what the best part of this epic journey has been, but we decided what we are most happy with is the feedback from all the customers and clients over the years:
The overwhelmingly positive reaction we have received from companies, in a range of different industries, to our services and the excitement received at the launch of new websites, apps and more, is what makes us what to continue to grow and continue to help make people’s digital dreams come true. We are so proud of what we have been able to achieve, and how much we have grown as a company in 20 years. We cannot wait to see what the next 20 holds