Recommended Magento Agencies

I’ve worked with lots of Magento agencies in the UK, at all levels of the partner spectrum. If you’re looking for a partner and you want some advice, feel free to email me (mail@paulnrogers.com), I also run Magento build RfPs pretty regularly – so happy to help on that front too . Here are the partners that I generally recommend for projects.

VAIMO – Magento Global Elite Partner

Vaimo Magento

I’ve worked with Vaimo on a fairly big Magento Enterprise project and I was really impressed with every aspect of the build process. Their Project Managers and customer-facing developers were very strong, which I think really helped the project. The client was also very impressed with them and the project went really well (it was delivered on-time and on-budget). I’d definitely recommend Vaimo for larger projects.

Vaimo are Europe’s largest Magento partner with offices in various locations including London, Helsinki and Stockholm – they’re also one of five Global Elite partners. Vaimo specialise in Magento development and have worked on some of the biggest Magento 1 and Magento 2 projects in Europe Some of their recent launches include Osprey London (Magento 2 Enterprise) and Helly Hansen (Magento 2 Enterprise Cloud Edition). Vaimo have a team of around 300 people and have worked on lots of well-known Magento 1 stores too, including Bjorn Borg, Gant and Jack Daniels. Vaimo mainly work with Magento Enterprise and Enterprise Cloud Edition.

I’ve recently been working a lot closer with Vaimo and I would say that some of the solutions they’ve built internally also given them an advantage over other partners. Vaimo aren’t the cheapest Magento partner, but they’re definitely one of the best.

Services: Magento Development, Magento consultancy

Level: Enterprise

Location(s): UK (London), Sweden, South Africa, Japan, Finland, Denmark

Website: www.vaimo.co.uk

GPMD

GPMD Magento

I used to co-own GPMD so I have a good understanding of how they approach projects – I’d definitely recommend them based on this. Mark, their Managing Director, is also great with clients and plays a big part in the discovery phases of projects.

GPMD are a small, London-based eCommerce agency, specialising in Magento development and support. GPMD have worked on a host of high-performing Magento stores, including The Watch Gallery, Cowshed.com, Cheeky, Neville, Gear4 (also my client), Urbanista and various others. GPMD work with both Magento Community and Enterprise and they’ve got a lot of experience with Magento 2 Community and Enterprise Edition.

Services: Magento Development, Magento consultancy

Level: Mid-level

Location(s): UK (London)

Website: www.gpmd.co.uk

Inviqa / Session Digital – Magento Enterprise Solution Partner

Inviqa Magento

I also used to work for Inviqa and have known the owners for a long time – over the last few years, they’ve probably been considered the market leader in the UK for Magento and they’ve worked with some really big merchants over this time , including Missguided, Radley, PZ Cussons, Dreams, Graze.com and many more! I’d definitely recommend Inviqa for large, enterprise-level Magento builds.

Inviqa are one of Europe’s largest Magento partners and are headquartered in London with offices in the UK and Germany. Inviqa works mostly with Magento Enterprise Edition and they have delivered a number of Magento 2 stores, including the first in the UK (Byredo).

Services: Magento Development, Magento consultancy

Level: Enterprise

Location(s): UK (various) and Germany

Website: inviqa.com/magento-ecommerce

Meanbee

Meanbee Magento

Meanbee are a small but really highly regarded Magento agency and I can definitely recommend them based on what I’ve seen. I’ve worked with and spoken to a number of Meanbee’s clients and they’ve all been really happy with them.

Meanbee are based in Bath and have a team very strong team of developers and project managers (10 – 15). I’ve recommended a number of mid-level projects to Meanbee and would consider them as one of the strongest (if not the strongest) small agency in the country. Meanbee work with both Magento Community and Magento Enterprise and I know they’ve done quite a bit with Magento 2 recently.

Services: Magento Development

Level: Small / Mid-level

Location(s): UK (Bath)

Website: www.meanbee.com

Pinpoint – Magento Registered Partner

Pinpoint Magento

I’ve done lots of work with Pinpoint over the last few years and have been involved in a host of builds and consulting projects for their clients. I would definitely recommend Pinpoint as one of the best agencies in the mid-level bracket and would say their support offering is one of their key strengths.

Pinpoint, who are also recently became a Magento partner, are based in Harrogate and specialise in Magento (enterprise and community) development and support. Pinpoint have worked with Magento merchants of all sizes, such as Regis Salons, Supercuts, PrettyLittleThing, The Discovery Store, Iconic Watches and The Tattoo Shop.

Services: Magento Development

Level: Mid-level

Location(s): UK (Harrogate)

Website: www.pinpointdesigns.co.uk

Space48 – Magento Enterprise Solutions Partner

space48

Although I’ve not worked with them directly on a project, I’ve heard (and seen when consulting with merchants) very good things about Space48 from their clients and various other people. I also know a few members of their team and would definitely recommend Space48 based on them – again, I’ve included Space48 in a number of Magento RfPs.

Space 48 are a Magento Enterprise solution partner and have offices in Manchester and London. They specialise in larger Magento development projects and work with merchants such as Silent Night, Gro, Taps.co.uk, Better Bathrooms, Charlotte Tilbury and Naylors.

Services: Magento Development

Level: Mid-level & enterprise

Location(s): UK (Manchester)

Website: www.space48.com

Redbox Digital – Magento Global Elite Partner

Redbox Digital Magento

I’ve worked with Redbox on a couple of projects and would definitely recommend them for larger Magento build projects. Redbox are in the same bracket as Inviqa and Vaimo and have one of the best client lists globally, which includes Screwfix, Paperchase, Sephora and Heals. Redbox have also delivered some of the biggest Magento stores that I’m aware of, generally for large Middle East-based merchants.

Redbox are a Global Elite partner and have offices in London, Dubai, Mauritius, Sydney and Aukland.

Redbox are the only UK-headquartered agency to be awarded The Magento “Partner of Excellence” award and they also launched the first Magento2 Enterprise Cloud Edition store in Oliver Sweeney.

Services: Magento Development

Level: Enterprise

Location(s): UK (London), UAE, Australia, New Zealand

Website: www.redboxdigital.com

Gene Commerce – Magento Professional Solution Partner

I’ve worked with a number of eCommerce professionals who have used or worked with Gene over the last few months and they’ve always been very positive about the quality of their work. Gene also developed the first version of the Sweatshop Magento store, which was very strong. Gene also developed Bluefoot, a third-party CMS solution that was recently acquired by Magento and is due to be developed into the core in the 2.2 release.

Examples of merchants that Gene work with include Gro, Protein World and Hornby.

Services: Magento Development

Level: Mid-level

Location(s): Brighton, UK

Website: www.gene.co.uk

Ampersand Commerce -Magento Enterprise Solutions Partner

Ampersand Commerce

I’ve never worked with Ampersand, however I’ve always rated the work they’ve done – particularly on the Harvey Nichols store.

Ampersand Commerce are a leading Manchester-based Magento partner who have worked on a number of complex, enterprise-level Magento build projects. Ampersand work with a host of household names and have delivered Magento stores for Harvey Nichols, Harveys, Poundland, Made.com, Bench and more.

Services: Magento Development

Level: Enterprise

Location(s): UK (Manchester)

Website: ampersandcommerce.com

PushOn – Magento Professional Solutions Partner

PushON are a leading Manchester-based Magento partner who have worked on various large Magento builds and re-platforming projects. PushOn have a team of around 30 and have worked with Magento stores like DOMU, Nottingham Forest, Ryman and Little Greene.

Services: Development

Level: Mid-level

Location(s): UK (Manchester)

Website: www.pushon.co.uk

Dilligent Commerce

Diligent are one of the strongest Magento agencies around for creative and have designed some of the nicest stores on the platform. Diligent are based in the heart of Shoreditch and creative is definitely at the forefront of their eCommerce offering.

Diligent have worked with lots of luxury / high-end retailers such as, Always Riding, Theo Fennell, Chester Barrie and Evisu.

Services: Development

Level: Mid-level

Location(s): UK (London)

Website: www.diligentcommerce.com

Envoy Digital

Envoy have been recommended to me at various points over the last few years and they have grown rapidly over the last couple of years, across Magento and other platforms.

Envoy Digital have worked with a host of large merchants such as Arsenal, Office, Manchester United, Sue Ryder and Offspring.

Services: Magento Development

Level: Mid-level & Enterprise

Location(s): UK (London)

Website: www.envoydigital.com

JH – Magento Enterprise Solutions Partner

JH are an experienced Magento agency who have worked with some great brands. I’ve spoken to a few of JH’s clients in the past and they’ve always recommended them very highly.

Based in Nottingham, JH are probably best known for launching the Swoon Editions store, but they’ve also worked with Selco Builder’s Warehouse, Sunspel, Grenade and many more. They also recently won an award at the Magento Imagine 2017 event in Las Vegas.

Services: Magento Development

Level: Mid-level

Location(s): UK (Nottingham)

Website: wearejh.co.uk

The Pixel – Magento Enterprise Solutions Partner

The Pixel are a very experienced Magento partner, based in Bristol, UK. I’ve worked with a couple of different merchants who have spoken very highly of The Pixel’s work and from what I’ve seen of their sites they seem very good – although I’ve not worked directly with them.

Examples of Magento merchants they work with include Cycle Republic (fairly big Magento 2 Enterprise store), David Linley, The Consortium, Bulk Powders and various others.

Services: Magento Development

Level: Mid-level / Enterprise

Location(s): UK (Bristol)

Website: Thepixel.com

Magento about Magento 

Magento is the world’s number one eCommerce platform and is used by over 240,000 merchants worldwide. Magento is currently used by countless high profile brands, including Missguided, Helly Hansen, Agent Provocateur, Ferrari, Graze.com, Radley, Paul Smith, Hermes, Charlotte Tilbury, Nike and many more. Magento 2 is the new version of the platform which is still in it’s infancy, although there are now a lot of active and stable Magento 2 stores, including Osprey, Helly Hansen, Oliver Sweeney, Graze.com and various others.

If you’re looking to select a Magento partner, here are some of the key considerations I would suggest you should be looking at:

  • What level of experience do they have with projects of our size (have they successfully delivered projects this big before?)
  • Who’s on the project team (do you have experienced, certified Magento developers, does the Project Manager have experience of large builds, do they have QAs etc)
  • How many developers do they have (are they able to complete the project if two developers were to leave tomorrow)
  • What project management methodologies do they use (Are they using agile, waterfall etc, or your preferred option?)
  • Are they a development house or an eCommerce partner (if you’re looking for someone to guide your online offering, you might want to look for more of a ‘parter’, rather than a development house)
  • Where are their development teams based – if this is something that’s important to you, it’s definitely work asking about

These are just a few considerations around choosing a Magento partner – another consideration should be around their experience with Enterprise or Community and whether that fits your requirements. In places, I’d look whether they’re a Magento partner, but this isn’t the end of the world as Magento haven’t been accepting new partners in the UK for a number of years.

One other thing to bear in mind as that their level of Magento partnership certainly isn’t everything! There are a number of non-partner Magento agencies who are far stronger than some of the Magento partners – although it’s a good measure, it’s largely based on license sales and there isn’t very much vetting of actual projects and delivery. Again, it’s a good way of finding reputable agencies, but agencies like Meanbee and GPMD are examples of very experienced, highly regarded Magento agencies that aren’t official partners.

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