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Brainlabs

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Data-led marketing firm

Working with a roster of leading brands including Formula1 and TUI, Brainlabs provides a single solution marketing model bringing together technology, biddable agency services and consultancy.

Founded in 2012, the company has grown organically from one to 240 people in just seven years. It has also been placed 1st in Deloitte’s Tech Track Fast 50, 5th in the Financial Times fastest growing companies in Europe, 5th in the Sunday Times Best Small Companies to Work For, and Masters of Marketing Agency of the Year two years in a row.

CEO, Daniel Gilbert, left Google to set up Brainlabs in his parents’ attic, having seen an opportunity to disrupt the marketing industry with an innovative, scientific approach.

The business looks to take advantage of a hugely expanding market with the forecast of the UK & US addressable market for performance marketing set to grow to £3.3bn by 2021. Brainlabs is headquartered in London and has grown its overseas presence through the 2017 opening of a US office in Texas, where the business has seen rapid growth. 

Our investment will support Brainlabs’ acquisitive growth strategy, building a pipeline of merger targets with expertise in SEO, content, production, data and email to complement its performance marketing capability.

 

"I'm buzzing. We’re going to hit the ground running and reunite creative and media with a full-service marketing agency built first and foremost around clients who want true partnerships, specialist expertise and market-leading growth. Our plan for the next five years is to build the biggest and best marketing agency in the UK. On a thirty year view it’s going to be the best marketing agency in the world.

I am also excited to welcome Livingbridge as new partners in our business. Having met most mid-market PE firms it was clear to me that Livingbridge stood apart in their understanding of our sector, their ambitions for our business, and their track record of success as a firm.”

Daniel Gilbert, CEO, Brainlabs

Timeline:

2012

Brainlabs founded 

2016

Winner of the Agency of the year award at the Masters of Marketing

Ranked first in Deloitte Tech Track Fast 50

Awarded est Large PPC Agency in Europe at the European search awards

2017

Named fastest growing UK company in Financial Times ranking (4th in Europe)

Ranked 10th fastest growing company in the UK in the Deloitte Fast 50

Ranked 12th in Sunday Times Tech Track 2017

2018

Shortlisted for Campaign Agency of the Year Awards 2018

Daniel Gilbert, CEO, named the Most Influential PPC Expert of 2018 in the world by PPC Hero

2019

Livingbridge invest