Same aspirations. Collectively better. AYKO is a collaboration of two specialist development agencies, Two Jay and Vortex Commerce and digital marketing agency, Eralis. Together, as a full-service digital agency, we craft and grow market-leading eCommerce experiences with ingenuity, innovation and imagination.

With a combined background in business development and technology, James Hyett and Bruce Mead founded Magento specialist agency, Vortex in 2012. Three years later, their digital marketing agency, Eralis was born to complement their development services and offer performance marketing to their customers. The two businesses are housed under one roof, and both James and Bruce play a very active role within the team. While Bruce offers guidance to the development team as Technical Director, James is committed to nurturing new business opportunities and partnerships.

The pair have always had the desire to fulfil customer needs end-to-end and evolve the two companies into something greater, likewise with Jamie Jackson. Founder and Managing Director of competing Magento agency, Two Jay, Jamie met Bruce and James within the eCommerce ecosphere and had become friends over several years.

With such great chemistry between the founders and synergy between the three brands and teams, the trio recently realised the potential of joining forces and honing their skills and services to form full-service digital eCommerce agency, AYKO.

AYKO definition: child superior to the parent

“Whilst the two agencies work in the same industry, we have previously focused our efforts on different sectors. In doing so, we have honed different skills and services, ensuring each is an expert in their field. This has meant the merger and strategic decisions have fallen into place quickly, as there is trust in the counterparts’ understanding and practical application of services in their respective areas. Independently, we saw the next stage of growth and were able to highlight weaknesses. It became clear that their journeys to date could be advanced significantly with cumulative effort in one entity. Seven years on from the formation of Vortex, with many lessons learnt and sacrifices made; I see this as the perfect balance of individuals and skills to help us realise our collective goals both personally and professionally.” – James Hyett, AYKO CBO

Meet the AYKO Directors

Jamie Jackson (CEO), James Hyett (CBO), Colin Tickle (CTO, India), Bruce Mead (CTO) and Steven Morris (CCO)

Benefits for our customers
The benefits for our customers are endless as it gives them wider access to our team of industry experts, including eCommerce consultants, UX specialists and certified developers, alongside our team of digital marketers and performance analysts. Our new team architecture will better serve our customers end-to-end while our pricing will remain competitive.

We are also better connected to retailers and partners, allowing us to maintain positive face-to-face relationships and play an active role within the tech community. We have six offices based in the following city locations: Leeds, London, Manchester, Sheffield, Dublin and Nagpur, with expansion plans to open further offices worldwide including the U.S.

As a company, our vision is more ambitious, but our promise to create excellent eCommerce solutions remains the same; as does our commitment to deliver the highest quality service with passion and integrity.

AYKO soft launch at eCommerce Show North
Excited to share the announcement with our customers, partners and friends, we launched AYKO at eCommerce Show North ahead of its official launch date of June 1st. We have so far been delighted by the positive response we have received and are very much looking forward to sharing more news and updates as they arise.

AYKO soft launch at eCommerce Show North 2019

AYKO soft launch at eCommerce Show North 2019

To hear more the merge and our re-brand, you can read an article in Prolific North here: Northern agencies merge to create largest Magento Enterprise solution partner in the UK


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