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ABOUT US

Welcome to blubolt!

blubolt was founded in 2006 and, over the last fifteen years, has grown to become a well-respected name within the eCommerce industry. Since day one, our focus has always been on building beautiful online experiences, powered by technology that helps our customers grow; all supported by a team that is genuinely committed to their success.

Who we are

A personal and proactive agency that designs, builds and optimises beautiful Shopify Plus solutions to help your brand grow faster.

Born in a barn

It all started from an old barn...

True to our West Country roots, a tumbledown barn conversion served as home to the business, as well as our founders, in our early days. Over fifteen years later, and with a team of over 30 people, we occupy three floors of a stunning townhouse in the heart of beautiful Bath. Famous for its' thermae spas, Roman history, Georgian architecture, and pesky seagulls!

blubolt through the years.

2020

We cemented our Shopify Plus Partner credentials with beautifully built websites for brands like LINLEY, Alexa Chung and Never Fully Dressed. Ever keen to expand our offering, we partnered with age verification experts, AgeChecked, to deliver our first Shopify App with great success.

2006

The start of blubolt! Founders, Chris Mattingly & Maxwell Lamb set up blubolt in a Georgian townhouse working late nights cranking out websites. Originally, the focus was on web-applications, building one of the first fitness-tracking social networks called traineo. This went viral and people started to take notice! Other websites included a hotel booking website, a social network for working mums, and even a video sharing website pre-Youtube!

2007

Office cat acquired and the focus fully shifts to eCommerce instead of bespoke web-applications. The team grows to four members, building websites for local retailers in Bath as well as further afield with our first European customer.

2008

The start of bluCommerce! This heralds a new approach in our technical direction, creating greater efficiencies to serve our customers and build better functionality. We find our first customer who wants to use bluCommerce!

2009

Our team grows to over 15 during this time, we launch bluCommerce v3, and our customer base grows with our first household name joining us, Oliver Bonas. We innovate some cutting-edge functionality including product filtering and quick-views that haven't been done effectively before!

2011

We outgrow our original office and move across the round to the world-famous Queen Square in central Bath. We now have plenty more space to expand but sadly the office cat tenders their resignation!

2012

Mid-way through the year, we partner with marketing and analytics experts more2 in order to bring their powerful analytical capabilities to our clients, and our powerful eCommerce capabilities to theirs. bluCommerce version 5 is also released (version 4 was short-lived!)

2013

blubolt expands their client base, now working with a number of different eCommerce industries, including fashion, gifts, homeware, and food. We give our blubolt branding a small update and bluCommerce version 6 is released with a brand new administration app.

2015

We release our new mobile and B2B solutions that unlock new features and potential for customers, and our team grows to over 30 with many more specialist roles created in the process.

2016

A big year for bluCommerce, heralding the arrival of version 7. We launch the new bluCommerce checkout, search, and subscription modules, and upgrade our underlying technologies to further improve the performance of the platform.

2017

Major updates to the bluCommerce platform including our new Content Editor, persistent basket, and express payment options. bluCommerce also achieves PCI-DSS Level 1 compliance, recognising our commitment to best-practice security.

2018

At the end of 2018, blubolt was ready for growth. With growth comes change, and with change comes evolution. In balance with our rebrand, we announced our partnership with Shopify Plus to compliment our own platform, bluCommerce. This propels us forward to the next exciting phase of blubolt!

2019

In 2019, having been awarded Shopify Plus Partner status, we launched our first eCommerce sites on their platform. We had a stellar start with teapigs experiencing a 30% uplift in sales post-migration thanks to a new and improved subscription system.

What makes us different

We are a company
with a friendly face 😊

At blubolt there are no sales targets, no upsell and no faceless team you never get to know beyond an email address. We know that successful eCommerce requires true collaboration, and take time to get to know the people who power the brands we represent. We refer to ourselves as a boutique agency; we're large enough to be expert, but small enough to care.

6 reasons to work with us!
  • Creative Design
  • UX / UI
  • Shopify Plus
  • Bespoke Development
  • Optimisation
  • App Development
  • eCommerce Replatforms
  • Creative Design
  • UX / UI
  • Shopify Plus
  • Bespoke Development
  • Optimisation
  • App Development
  • eCommerce Replatforms
  • Creative Design
  • UX / UI
  • Shopify Plus
  • Bespoke Development
  • Optimisation
  • App Development
  • eCommerce Replatforms

The leadership team.

Chris Mattingly.

Co-Founder & Commercial Director

Leigh Mardon.

Chief Operating Officer

Scott MacDonald.

Client Services Director

Richard Ayles.

Head of Development

Matt Richards.

Head of Design

Rhiannon Marsh.

Head of Marketing

MEET THE TEAM

Our values.

  • 01

    Ownership

    We value building strong teams, giving them context,and empowering them.

  • 02

    Innovation

    We value always searching for a better solution.

  • 03

    Expertise

    We value being champions for our customers and for our teams.

  • 04

    Passion

    We value being enthusiastic and passionate about the work we do.

  • 05

    Fun

    We value making time to revel in our work, and to enjoy each other's company.

  • 06

    Visibility

    We value being open and accessible. Say it how it is!

Behind the scenes.

Take a quick tour of our office! Based in central Bath, our office spans 3 floors in a beautiful Georgian building. Although our team largely operates remotely, our office is a space where our team and customers can safely get together and discuss their projects.

Be part of something

Learn more about careers with blubolt.

We’re always keen to hear from forward-thinking, positive people looking to make their next career move. Whether you’re technical, creative or an incredible project manager, we’re always happy to hear from those who think they’d be a good fit for our crew!

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How can we help you?

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